Survey shows support for setting up rival social enterprise mark in Scotland

Social enterprises north of the border back stricter criteria than existing model

Social entrepreneurs in Scotland have voted to set up a rival social enterprise mark with stricter membership criteria than the UK-wide one launched recently by the Social Enterprise Coalition and Rise, an umbrella body for social enterprises in south-west England.

The proposed Scottish mark would be open only to organisations north of the border.

About three-quarters of 130 social enterprises responding to a poll by Senscot, the umbrella body for social entrepreneurs in Scotland, backed an independent mark with stricter criteria.

Senscot and its members had objected to a weakening of the conditions needed to apply for the social enterprise mark, particularly the fact that mark holders would be able to distribute half their profits, instead of only 35 per cent, as was the case in a pilot version of the mark.

"We have been asked to prepare a simple statement of what we understand to be the criteria by which the social enterprise community in Scotland wishes to define itself," Senscot said in a statement to members.

"This statement is to be circulated widely for reaction and we will also approach the Scottish Government for support towards creating an independent Scottish identifier."


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