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With three months to go until the Social Enterprise World Forum, Firstport CEO Josiah Lockhart, has written a blog looking at the potential for shared learning across borders

Celebrating the best of Scottish social enterprise, the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are open for applications - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 20 JULY

Young people are being encouraged to try out ideas that make a difference in the world around them by applying to Pounds for Purpose, a new programme launched today by social enterprise agency Firstport.

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport, has been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming Social Enterprise World Forum 2018, taking place in September.

This summer Social Enterprise Scotland are launching a new public campaign #SocialSummer2018 - to inspire the public to get out during their holidays and visit the many social enterprises across Scotland and the UK.

Fancy volunteering at this year's Social in the Gardens 2018?

Girvan Community Market, run by Pearl McGibbon, has re-launched for 2018 with a new name, branding and seed funding to develop the social enterprise.

People with innovative suggestions to support young people in Scotland are being offered the chance to win £5000 to make their ideas a reality through the Scottish Social Innovation Competition.

Ayrshire social enterprise programme What if…Girvan is to become the first social investor on a global digital platform, OASIIS, which connects UNESCO Biospheres worldwide.

A Tayside business which helps young people and those facing barriers into employment has won a funding package worth £128,000 to help them expand further.

Hey Girls, a social enterprise tackling period poverty in the UK, has been named Virgin StartUp’s Scottish Business of the Year 2018

Firstport are partnering with Scott-Moncrieff to deliver a workshop on 11 April, helping you to prepare your enterprise for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Women are leading the way in social enterprise, a Scottish business conference heard today, on International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March).

Last night (Wednesday 7 March) we celebrated the achievements of the Vital Spark programme at a parliamentary reception, hosted by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell. Here he explains why social enterprise is so important in rural communities.

A total of 18 businesses set up to tackle social and economic issues in Argyll and Bute have had their achievements recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

Could you be a potential supplier for this year's Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Edinburgh?

Seven entrepreneurs from across Scotland have been awarded a total of £170,000 in the latest round of funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

To mark Year of Young People, Firstport are inviting Young Scot Rewards users to come up with an inspiring name for a new awards programme

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February 7, 2018

Firstport releases a step by step guide to its Awards Programme for support agencies

We're partnering with Social Investment Scotland and Community Shares Scotland to get you ready for investment!

Fiona Page has been developing her social enterprise, Takeaway Creative, through the Vital Spark programme. In the blog below she shares some of her learning from her social enterprise journey.

Firstport and What if…Girvan are teaming up with Columba 1400 to offer people in Carrick the opportunity to take part in a Community Leadership Academy in 2018.