Social Enterprise in Argyll and Bute – Small and Local with Significant Impact across the area
The 2017 Social Enterprise Census for Scotland demonstrates the significance of Social Enterprise in the rural context with 34% of Scotland’s social enterprises with only 18% of the national population. This is particularly relevant in Argyll and Bute, one of the top 3 local authority areas with the lowest population densities and highest density of social enterprise per capita, at 1.6% of the population and 4.4% of Scotland’s Social Enterprises
Social Value Lab have just published the Census the ‘Social Enterprise in Argyll and Bute Report 2017’. The full census is attached, but headlines include:
The total income of the social enterprise sector in Argyll and Bute being £57 million with an additional £30.3 million of Housing Association income for Argyll’s economy. This is a sizeable economic contribution, with the social benefit being more significant still.
Most of these enterprises are small scale (with 70% of Social Enterprises having a turnover of less than £100k) and 48% delivering activities in a single neighbourhood or community. Lower than the national average in accessing procurement with the public sector.
See the full details of the census in the attached report.