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A project which helped young entrepreneurs start their own social enterprises and revive Glasgow’s high streets is opening its doors to the public over the next week.

Nominations are now open for the Herald Society awards. This year, Firstport is supporting a new category which will recognise people who have set up and run a business driven by social aims and objectives. 

An Edinburgh based social enterprise, set up to promote and sell the creations of independent designers in Scotland, has been recognised as having an outstanding business model by Firstport, the social enterprise start-up agency. And today (31 July) became part of its ‘Ditto’ bank of business ideas. 

A project to help young entrepreneurs start their own social enterprises and contribute to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games has given new life to Glasgow’s high streets.

A Fife community bakery is set to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland by sharing the secrets of its business success. 

Firstport has today published “Start Something Good”- a landmark report that sheds a light on the journey, psyche and impact of start up social enterprises in Scotland.

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Government has awarded the Just Enterprise consortium ongoing management of the Just Enterprise Programme.

LaunchMe, Scotland’s first social enterprise accelerator is now open for applications.

 

Vibrant social enterprise project Beyond the Finish Line, developed and implemented by Firstport along with Icecream Architecture, successfully launched on February 21st at their headquarters in Glasgow’s emerging Trongate area. 

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth paid a visit to Social Bite today, a sandwich shop in Edinburgh funded by Firstport that donates 100% of its profits to good causes, as well as supporting the homeless community.

Beyond the Finish Line, a new programme by Firstport and Ice Cream Architecture, challenges young people to revitalise their local areas using social enterprise ideas.

 

Three short films produced from the hugely successful ‘Social Entrepreneur Chat Show’, which featured among its star guests the international entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, have been released for online viewers on youtube. 

 

Firstport, the leading development agency for start up social enterprises in Scotland, works in partnership with Scotland Unltd to distribute funds from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Millennium Awards Trust. 

Category 3 of the Enterprise Ready Fund can support smaller capital, marketing or training costs directly linked to trading or income-generating activities.

If you have ever considered setting up a social enterprise, attend our iCAN programme in December and get ready to launch in the New Year!

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The Enterprise Ready Fund, funded by the Scottish Government, aims to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

More than 40 young people are to be offered the chance to get a vital first foot on the employment ladder through an initiative launched by Skills Development Scotland, which opens up work placement opportunities in the social enterprise sector.

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Applications for th Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2013 are open!

The Social Enterprise Academy has announced the latest dates for their Leadership Programmes for startups

Working Digital 2013 is a week of digital technology and social media events involving industry leaders, key thinkers and future business stars.