Firstport case studies

We have helped a wide range of new start enterprises across Scotland that have gone on to win awards, create jobs and deliver real social benefits to people and communities. Read our case studies to find out more.

One of the 2016 Social Innovation Competition winners, Pianos on Prescription is an innovative scheme helping people experiencing difficulties including: isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions…
Social entrepreneur Gillie Banks is working hard to turn her idea into a business, as part of the Vital Spark programme in Rothesay.
Meet one of the aspiring social entrepreneurs to come onboard the Vital Spark programme in Rothesay.
Duncan MacGillivray is developing his social enterprise in Dunoon as part of the Vital Spark programme.
Meet Fiona, one of the aspiring social entrepreneurs to come onboard the Vital Spark programme in Dunoon.
Campbeltown social entrepreneur, David Fee, is working hard to turn his idea into a business as part of the Vital Spark programme.
Our Campbeltown Vital Spark participants have gone a long way since they started on the programme last October.
Gordon is one of the budding social entrepreneurs to embark on the Vital Spark programme in Campbeltown.
Uist Wool is reconnecting the communities of the Outer Hebrides with their cultural heritage of wool-working.
Natalia Jejer founded Bottle of Ginger, a community drinks company based in Bridgeton, which aims to change local 'juice' culture by challenging consumption habits, redefining…
In November 2016, Firstport announced the winners of the first ever Social Innovation Competition, including our Young Social Innovator Award.
After surviving a period of anxiety and depression, Eve became aware of how commonplace mental health conditions are in modern society. She was one of…
Lily wants to tackle the stigma around mental ill health with Real Talk, a mental health storytelling social enterprise. She was awarded £500 seed funding…
Shiatsu practitioner Jenny wants to make touch therapies as a form of health and well-being available and accessible to all. She successfully pitched her idea…
16 year old Annie was awarded £500 seed funding to develop her 'Muirhouse has got talent' project, as part of our partnership with North Edinburgh…
Like many social entrepreneurs, Rogan’s motivation came from his own circumstances. After recovering from brain injury, he decided he wanted to help others do the…
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