Five awarded Social Enterprise Mark

Bookdonors and Wise Group among organisations trading 'for people and planet'

The Social Enterprise Mark has been awarded to social enterprises in Scotland for the first time.

Five organisations received the mark, which recognises that organisations are trading for the benefit of society or the environment, rather than for shareholders or owners.

The mark has been pioneered in Scotland by social entrepreneur network Senscot, working with Rise, the organisation for social entrepreneurs in south-west England, which created the mark.

The organisations that received the mark were Bookdonors CIC, The Engine Shed in Edinburgh, Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust, the Wise Group and Recycle Fife.

"We're very pleased to bring the Social Enterprise Mark to Scotland," said Colin Campbell, Senscot's development manager.

"Working alongside Rise and the first Scottish mark holders, we can show other social enterprises in Scotland how they will benefit from applying for the mark when it's launched nationally later this year.

"We believe many more social enterprises in Scotland will want the Social Enterprise Mark because Scottish customers want to understand when a business is trading for ‘people and planet'.  The Social Enterprise Mark shows people when a business is truly socially motivated."

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