CTSI Launch ‘Buy the Good Stuff’
There are now over 5600 social enterprises in Scotland and the Wee County is no exception. CTSI wants to raise the profile of the importance of social enterprises and the social economy in Clacks and highlight the value that they have to local people’s lives and creating jobs. To do that CTSI has joined forces with Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network to bring their highly successful, big blue monster, Doogie Goodstuff and branding, ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ to Clackmannanshire. Anthea Coulter, Manager explained the background to the launch, “Doogie has been helping successfully promote social enterprises in Edinburgh for over three years and we felt that we could bring the same Doogie magic to Clacks too. We want to put a spotlight on our own great social enterprises, from cafes and catering companies to garden nurseries and furniture recycling – and also entice more social entrepreneurs to think about Clacks as a fantastic, central and supportive place to set up their social businesses.”
To kick off the launch, Doogie will be visiting Alloa on Wednesday 11th October from 11am-1pm and children are families are invited along to The Hub, Whins Road, Alloa ( home to Alloa Community Enterprises) to meet Doogie and take part in a range of free activities – face painting, balloon modelling, recycle activities, bulb planting, bird box building and much more. Jennifer Robertson, Enterprise Development Officer for Clacks, Falkirk and Stirling outlined plans for the future, “Across Forth Valley we want social enterprises to thrive and we hope that soon we will be able, not only to use Doogie as a way of raising awareness of social enterprises but also offer loyalty cards and more reasons for customers to use social enterprises actively everyday too. I am based in Clacks two days a week now and work closely with Business Gateway and together we want to encourage more people to set up social businesses and effect long term sustained inclusive growth for the area.”
For more details, please contact CTSI on 01259 213840 or go to the website at www.ctsi.org.uk.