Take Part in the 2017 National Social Enterprise Survey

In 2015, the first ever Social Enterprise Census in Scotland was undertaken by Social Value Lab, in partnership with key organisations. As “the most comprehensive snapshot yet” of the 5,199 social enterprises operating in Scotland, the findings have already informed the Scottish Parliament’s first debate on social enterprise and Scotland’s bold new strategy to support social enterprises.

Following this success, over the next six weeks, social enterprises can now take part in the 2017 Census by completing the following short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SECensus2017

Respondents will be entered into a free prize draw to be in with a chance of winning an iPad. They also be the first to receive the published Census findings.

For more information or if you would like to understand the ways in which the Census might add value to your work, contact Jonathan Coburn at: jonathan@socialvaluelab.org.uk or on 0141 530 1479.

This 2017 Census hopes to uncover the multitude of community enterprises making significant contributions to communities but which often do not identify with the term ‘social enterprise’ and so miss out on support. By broadening the Census, all types of social enterprise will be given a voice to demonstrate their contribution to the sector.

Key Results from the first Social Enterprise Census in 2015

The survey originally arose in light of the growing appetite for social enterprise over the past decade. This is reflected in the Scottish Government’s strong support for social enterprises as well as the growing awareness of the role of the economy in creating a fairer society in Scotland.

The survey undertook the national count of social enterprises based on the definition set out in the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland. The results uncovered a range of useful insights on social enterprises including:

The research drew out a number of key headline figures, as shown in the infographic below.

Social Value Lab (2015)