In the past years social enterprise has grown and gained momentum in Falkirk, and a number of local business and third sector support organisations now offer a range of social enterprise specific support alongside generic business support packages.
CVS Falkirk promotes social enterprise as a model of doing business. We work with both existing and start-up social enterprises, and encourage individuals and organisations to be more socially enterprising, through a range of tailored services.
Business Gateway in Falkirk offers businesses (including social enterprises) practical help and guidance. Whether you’re starting up or growing a business, we provide access to publicly-funded business support services. By supporting new and developing businesses across the Falkirk area, we contribute to Scotland’s economic wellbeing.
Our free support available includes:
- Workshops and events
- Expert advice
- Access to Scottish Enterprise programmes
- Web audits
- Social media training
- Aftercare support
- Links with professional organisations
For more information about Falkirk Business Gateway please visit their website www.bgateway.com/local-offices/falkirk
Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce was founded in September 2012 with the aim of sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise across the Forth Valley.
Operating as a social enterprise, the Chamber is well placed to offer advice, support, business networking and trading opportunities across the region to social enterprise members as well as commercial business members. There are many benefits of being a member of the Chamber with access to a range of products including:
- Business Mentoring
- Chamber Fuel Card Scheme
- Chamber Merchant Services
- Business Advice Service
The Chamber also delivers a Community Covenant Grant Scheme initiative called ViNE (Veterans into New Enterprise) designed specifically to help ex-servicemen and their families set up their own businesses. For more information about Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, its services and membership details please visit their website www.forthvalleychamber.com
Falkirk District Social Enterprise Network was set up by social enterprises for social enterprises, to offer peer support, promote and encourage growth of the social enterprise sector in Falkirk District.
Their monthly meet up’s currently offer:
- Peer Support – come along to a monthly meet up where you can draw experience from existing local social enterprises, share best practice and collaborate on proposals
- Signposting – due to the depth of experience from members we can signpost you in the right direction for additional support services, funding, training and other opportunities
- A local voice – members sit on other local groups and committees offering a voice for the sector
Meeting dates for 2017/18 to be announced.
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