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Starting a social enterprise

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What does this involve?

Social enterprises are set up primarily to address social or environmental goals such as providing employment or selling sustainable goods. A social enterprise must make money to keep afloat, but all profits are directed towards achieving its primary purpose.

Managing a ‘multiple bottom line’ has its challenges, but specific support and sources of finance are open to Scottish social enterprises. Find out what help is available to you in Business Gateway’s free guide to starting a social enterprise.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

Who is this for?

Any potential start-up or new business based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Take 2 minutes to read the Business Gateway guide to starting a social enterprise.

Important information

It’s likely you will need to present a business plan to access finance for a social enterprise. Even if not, the process of writing a business plan will help you decide if your idea is viable.

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway website for more advice on starting a social enterprise.

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