Scottish government sets up scheme to attract social enterprise

First Minister Alex Salmond tells Social Enterprise Exchange the initiative will include grants to help international enterprises base themselves in Scotland

Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond

The Scottish government will run a new programme that will encourage international social enterprises to base themselves in Scotland, according to Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister.

Salmond spoke about the scheme at the Social Enterprise Exchange, the joint conference of Social Enterprise UK, Social Enterprise Scotland and Community Enterprise in Scotland, which was held in Glasgow yesterday.

He said the government had not yet developed details of the programme, but it would include grants for establishing a headquarters as well as advocacy and support from the government.

Salmond did not make clear how much money would be available or what criteria an organisation would have to meet to qualify for funding. But he said the programme had already attracted interest.

"We've spoken to some potential candidates and negotiations are going extremely well," Salmond said. Asked to provide more details on the scheme, he said the government had not yet worked it out.

Salmond said he wanted to "continue to provide the most supportive environment in the world for social enterprise" and that he wanted to develop rules to ensure social enterprises won public sector contracts.

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