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What is social enterprise?

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A social enterprise can be the zero-waste shop where you get your groceries, the community café where you meet friends, the craft beer or artisan chocolate brand with a social purpose, the clothing label supporting people facing homelessness or an organisation running events and activities.

There are over 6,000 of them across Scotland, which embody a more ethical and sustainable way of doing business by actively contributing to build a fairer society, a more inclusive economy, and a healthier planet.

Social enterprises are led by passionate people whose core mission is to make Scotland a better place for everyone. They are a great option to buy local and ethical products, services and experiences. If you're looking for a gift for a loved one (or for yourself!), chances are there's a social enterprise that offers it.

When you purchase from them, each pound you spend contributes to make Scotland a better place. This is because social enterprises are businesses for good who reinvest their profits to address the most pressing issues we face, from autism to care, art and culture, employability, homelessness, mental health, or youth services.

Social enterprises have been hit hard this year. Yet through the pandemic, they have shown incredible resilience, creativity and determination to keep going and support their local communities by providing food parcels, bicycles for key workers, online activities for school kids stuck at home, kindness calls and much more.

Many of us don't want to go back to the old way of doing things and social enterprises have never been more needed than now, so it's the right time to come together and support them to get back on their feet and continue to deliver positive impact in our communities.

This is why this Autumn, we're running #BuySocialScotland, a campaign designed to make it easy for you to find social enterprises and what they offer across Scotland. We'll be asking you to think and buy social, and to share the word to encourage your family and friends to do the same.

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