Social Enterprise

CTSI can provide advice and support to social enterprises who want to start up or develop further. We also provide support with Community Asset Transfer and the distribution of community benefits; helping your organisation to build meaningful relationships within the local public and private sectors.

Social Enterprise

Unlike a traditional business which focuses on making profits for its shareholders, a social enterprise uses business practices to achieve socially positive goals; most often the enterprise still makes a profit, but would responsibly reinvest it back into the company’s social aims. They can be both community interest companies, have charitable status or be a community benefit society or credit union. 

Alloa Community Enterprises and Clackmannanshire Credit union are some of our best known social enterprises  – they trade fully and the profits they make are invested back in the local community or their services  A social enterprise could be formed to deliver youth activities, run a community hall, or achieve other goals within a community.

What We Do

CTSI supports your social enterprise creation or development by helping you to

  • Understand the basic principles
  • Examine whether your group could operate as a social enterprise
  • Decide on the best structure, get set up and start operating
  • Make plans which underpin best practice, sustainability and getting results
  • Work with our TSI partners, SVE and CVS Falkirk to administer and facilitate the Forth Valley Social Enterprise Network FVSEN
  • Provide Local Authorities, NHS procurement & Community Benefits support 

For further information contact anthea.coulter@ctsi.org.uk or phone 01259 213840 or 07977 142605. To register on our Forth Valley Social Enterprise Directory  and become a member of CTSI, please complete this online form.

Community Benefit Information

CTSI is currently working on helping achieve community benefit and supply chain initiatives. Community benefits are part of the tendering and procurement process that many local statutory and large businesses include when awarding contracts to suppliers. The benefits which are aimed at Social Enterprises, derives in two forms, (1) financial; by way of direct grants and (2) non-financial; by way of materials and/or equipment, professional support including mentoring, and training opportunities.

Please view our current Community Benefits Wish List here. We are working to update the List regularly with the support of Samtaler, an expert consultant in the field. 

Forth Valley TSIs are working together with NHS to test new community benefit procedures with community organisations and social enterprises. 

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