The most recent survey of social enterprise in Scotland (Social Value Lab 2019) identifies some vital statistics about rural social enterprise in Scotland.
While social enterprises in rural areas are diverse, a rural focus group held in Oban in March 2019 recognised that the rural context provides particular challenges and opportunities for social enterprise. Challenges include logistics and costs to deliver in the rural context, the withdrawal of public services and demographic change. Opportunities are those provided by natural resources, collaborative and enterprising communities and collective leadership.
Inspiralba has been an advocate for rural social enterprise over many years and has received a small amount of funding in the last two years from the Scottish Government to work with partners across the social enterprise sector to develop a hub for rural social enterprise. This is a focal point for research, knowledge and development activities on social enterprise in the rural context and is building opportunities for collaboration and peer to peer learning.
For more information visit Rural Social Enterprise Hub