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Scotland has a long history of social enterprises, social entrepreneurship and other forms of collective, co-operative and not-for-profit organisations. It has often been a pioneer in developing new forms of support and partnership.
Social enterprises are found across the country, in every urban and rural community and in most sectors of the economy; both complementing and replacing public and private provisions. Currently, there are about 5,600 social enterprises, with around 300 new social enterprises established annually (Social Value Lab, 2017).
Despite their significance, both socially and economically, there is a lack of understanding of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. As a result, the scarcity of empirical evidence fails to represent the positive contribution they make to overall enterprise throughout Scotland.
The research project will look at social enterprises in Scotland, with the overall aim of furthering our understanding of Scottish social entrepreneurs’ motivations, opportunities, networks and perception of success. Particular interest will be given to the view of prominent social entrepreneurs.
To do this, we will be gathering data through an online questionnaire and interviews. Through this work, we are creating a measure of social impact based on the experiences and motivations of those whom their peers consider influential.
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