Social Enterprise Study Visits

We have experience in arranging bespoke social enterprise study visits, with access to social enterprises, government officials, academics, intermediaries and public and private sector across Scotland.

Whether you want to focus on specific sectors, policy areas, business support programmes, or geographies we can organise a study visit to help you achieve your learning objectives and understand why Scotland is a great place for social enterprise.

Scotland is one of the world’s leading nations in social enterprise, known for its comprehensive ecosystem and policy environment, supported by the Scottish Government. As such, there is strong overseas demand for visitors including policy makers, academics, social enterprise leaders, civil society organisations and specialist support agencies wanting to learn and understand more about the Scottish social enterprise environment.

Our lead partner, CEIS is experienced in organising national study visits supported by our Team Scotland partners. Whether you want to learn about the policies, funding or support programmes or have an interest in a particular sector or geography we can help arrange a tailored study visit.

If you’d like to organise a study visit to learn more about Scotland’s social enterprise ecosystem, get in touch.

Learn more about our policies, strategies and programmes of support for the social enterprise sector below.

See a timeline of social enterprise policy and strategy development in Scotland below:

This 2016 strategy describes Scotland’s ambitions over the next decade to achieve global excellence, leadership and impact in social enterprise. It proposes actions in the areas of trade, investment, education and more

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This paper from 2015 outlines a shared vision to grow Scotland’s social enterprise sector over the next 10 years. It looks to build agreement on goals for social enterprise to become more mainstream, visible, impactful and collaborative.

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This 10-year strategy aims to fulfil the potential of social enterprise in Scotland. It was developed through working with the sector. It sets long-term priorities to encourage more social enterprises, strengthen organisations, and enable market opportunities.

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The 2017 action plan sets out a 3-year programme of initiatives to stimulate social enterprise activity, develop stronger organisations, and create market opportunities. It works towards the 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy goals.

The 2021 action plan sets 3-year priorities to realise the potential of social enterprise, as part of Scotland’s COVID-19 recovery and transition to a wellbeing economy. It focuses on sector growth, organisational development and market opportunities.

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The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Map shows the breadth of support available in Scotland.

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