Scottish Government 'drops' distinct social enterprise policy

Founding member of Scots network says move lowers profile of social businesses

One of the founders of Senscot, the network of social entrepreneurs in Scotland, has criticised the Scottish Government for dropping a distinct social enterprise strategy.

In a statement, Laurence Demarco said that in 2007 the Scottish Government had laid out a "differentiated strategy for social enterprise" and proposed "an infrastructure that could have given the Scottish social enterprise community an international reputation".

But he said the Government had since moved away from the idea of a separate strategy and decided that social enterprise should be considered part of a general third sector strategy.

"We believe that this lowering of focus and profile is a failure to grasp what's happening on the ground," he said. "Many of us believe that social enterprise, as a movement, continues to develop a distinct identity."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We value the role social enterprises can play in increasing sustainable economic growth."

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