Scottish report blasts social enterprise support failures

Support mechanisms for social enterprise in Scotland are "fragmented, complex, uneven and inconsistent", according to a damning new Scottish Government report.

The report, Support for Social Enterprise Start-Ups, said that current support services were difficult to navigate and too complex.

It called for "an effective pipeline of support", including better guidance, better promotion of social enterprise and consistent, integrated start-up funding, combined with business advice.

"The research has identified a number of reported challenges," the report says, "including a lack of leadership and guidance, at both a national and local level, a lack of connectivity between the various sources of funding, training and advice, and a cluttered and complex landscape of provision in lowland Scotland."

The report called on support providers to speak to one another and form a joined-up approach.

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