Inspiralba is a delivery partner for Just Enterprise.
Just Enterprise is a business support programme which aims to support growth in revenue and employment in the third sector in Scotland, and increase its profile in Scotland, the UK and internationally. Over the past 3 years Inspiralba has provided Just Enterprise Business Support to 45 organisations in Argyll and Bute, including:
Examples of Support Provided via Just Enterprise
Oban Communities Trust (known as the Rockfield Centre) a charitable company, established in 2014 to take on ownership of the former Rockfield School building on behalf of the wider community. The aim is to operate the centre as “a cultural hub, which will operate as a social enterprise, celebrating culture and heritage whilst also embracing enterprise and community wellbeing“.
Oban Communities Trust ( OCT) requested business support to strengthen the financial case for development at a major milestone. The 5 year projections and assumptions were in place but needed review and revision to support the business case for a community share offer. With a very small staff team the organisation needed additional suppport to maintain momentum, support Trustees and put OCT in a stronger position for funders to engage and achieve the target for the Main build works (3million) whilst also looking at the operational growth potential.
Business support and financial expertise assisted OCT to demonstrate project viability and growth potential. This included:
- External review of financial projections.
- Additional capacity to review projections.
- Robust financial information produced to give board and investors confidence.
As a result OCT secured investment to progress the capital project. www.therockfieldcentre.org.uk
Jura Community Business (JCB) Ltd is a community owned social enterprise established to secure the islands fuel services in 1997 in recognition of the essential nature of access to fuel for the sustainability of the island. Changes to legislation, meant that the previous honesty box self serve approach was no longer an option turnover from fuel sales would not cover staffing costs and so the short term solution has been to operate the filling station with volunteer cover.
JCB devised an innovation response to this issue; to develop business workshop space on the land adjacent to the fuel filling station, which would meet the need for business space, and provide a presence on the site for fuel sales.
Support from Just Enterprise assisted Jura Community Business to develop their business plan for the new business units and outline an investment strategy. Additional support was also provided (with support from HIE) for Inspiralba to assist JCB to secure investment of from Leader, HIE, Social Investment Scotland and from local fundraising. JCB were then able to take forward the capital project and build the business units on site. More recent Just Enterprise support has assisted JCB to review, score and allocate the Business Units with island businesses now established in the new premises. Support also assisted in updating financial projections.
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust was established to bring the Dunoon Burgh Hall back in to usage as an arts and culture venue for the area. The historic B listed Dunoon Burgh Hall is now a fully accessible venue for exhibitions, performances and gatherings. Alongside a gallery and theatre, the venue offers creative workshop space, a garden and a cafe.
Support was provided to review the catering and hospitality operations. This included interviews with staff and volunteers, visits to the premises to gather data, engagement with potential partners and desk based research. This informed the report and recommendations for the development plan of the catering and hospitality element of the arts venue.
This assisted DBH to confirm the wider community benefit of the catering and hospitality element of the business, as well as the ability to retain closer management of this aspect of the arts centre, which can act as a draw and provide added value for visitors. The report and recommendations included identifying scope to lever additional resource to support this aspect of the enterprise, including employment training placement and graduate opportunity. As a result DBH were able to secure support from HIE for a Graduate placement and support was secured from Fyne Homes for an employed trainee to assist with catering activities. There was also an outline of the potential to host food related events utilising the venue and catering element. DBH have introduced Local Food focussed events as part of their programme of activities. www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk
South Islay Development Trust
South Islay Development Trust operate to develop growth in South Islay for the benefit of the community. Having identified Port Ellen Filling Station as a vital service, Just Enterprise support was provided to determine the viability of a community purchase and operation of Port Ellen Filling Station. This enabled SIDT to secure Scottish Land Funding to purchase the business as a community asset which they now operate.
“Just Enterprise support allowed us to have an essential piece of work completed which was of great assistance to the board when determining the viability of the project. We have now taken forward the community owned filling station a vital local asset for the community of South Islay.” – Kirsten Laurie, South Islay Development Trust.
If your enterprise could benefit from Just Enterprise support please follow the link below and apply online- http://www.justenterprise.org/
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