Vital Spark news

Latest news from Firstport's Vital Spark programme.

Last night (Wednesday 7 March) we celebrated the achievements of the Vital Spark programme at a parliamentary reception, hosted by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell. Here he explains why social enterprise is so important in rural communities.

A total of 18 businesses set up to tackle social and economic issues in Argyll and Bute have had their achievements recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

Fiona Page has been developing her social enterprise, Takeaway Creative, through the Vital Spark programme. In the blog below she shares some of her learning from her social enterprise journey.

Earlier this month Vital Spark collaborated with another of Firstport's support programmes, What If... Girvan, to bring our social entrepreneurs together in Glasgow as part of a two day exchange programme.

A Bute based puppet company has won £3000 of funding from Lloyds Bank of Scotland to work with the Talespinners, a local creative writing group.

Alison Clark is taking part in the Vital Spark programme with her social enterprise, the Triple Aspect Puppet Company. In the blog below she explains what she's been up to over the past year.

Argyll social enterprises gathered in Campbeltown at the end of June to plan the future together. 

In 2016, eight locals from Rothesay, embarked aboard the Vital Spark programme. They have been developing businesses that benefit their community. They are passionate about their island and are instilling change, drop by drop.

Social entrepreneurs have a key role to play in Argyll’s economic and social prosperity. This is the premise of an event that took place in Dunoon on 25th of May 2016. 

Ten social entrepreneurs from Argyll have been awarded a total of £33,897 to develop and grow their business ideas. 

Takeaway Creative, a new service allowing Argyll residents to enjoy creative activities in their own home is due to launch in March.

Fiona Page is one of the entrepreneurs who is part of the Vital Spark programme. She has been working on her business Takeaway Creative since November 2015 and is now ready to launch.

As the Vital Spark programme is opening for applications again, we talked to Fiona to find out more about her journey as an entrepreneur, her experience of Vital Spark and advice that she wants to give new applicants.

Firstport, in partnership with InspirAlba, is developing Vital Spark, an exciting new social enterprise initiative for Argyll and Bute. The Vital Spark programme will be working in Dunoon, Rothesay and Campbeltown to stimulate and support people from the local areas to turn their social enterprise ideas into reality.