As part of our monthly newsletter (you can subscribe here) we have a section called Friend Focus where we highlight the great work that is being undertaken by one of the many organisations that we work with.GSEN_Logo

Our latest Friend Focus features Glasgow Social Enterprise Network which is a membership network of social enterprise leaders who believe that social enterprise can transform the economic, environmental, social and cultural life of Glasgow.

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) beleives that by supporting, promoting and developing social enterprise they aim to create an environment in which social enterprise is able to flourish and becomes central to the way that Glasgow chooses to do business.

To fulfil this GSEN:

  • Provide a peer support opportunity for members where they can share experiences and advice openly;
  • Enable members to share information about investment, contracting, business opportunities and emerging policy information, ensuring members have as much access as possible to information which will help their businesses;
  • Create an informal but business focussed environment which is conducive to intertrading between its members and other social enterprises
  • Engage selectively with policy makers, funders and other strategic partners of interest to its members – to lobby, challenge and provide input, into relevant agendas and
  • Enable access to events and training

Key to realising their ambition is an active membership.  The support, direction and commitment from GSEN members is crucial to the work they deliver, the partnerships they make and the influence they have.   Since December 2012 the membership has grown by over 80% indicating that there is absolute value and strength in bringing together leaders that share the passion and determination to change Glasgow for the better.

During this time GSEN have also delivered on a long term goal of identifying the scale and prevalence of socialGSEN_KeyFacts enterprise in Glasgow  – Scale as well as Substance – a mapping study of social enterprise acitivity in Glasgow, which identified over 500 social enterprises across the City.

In addition GSEN has enabled members to participate in a leadership programme, events such as the Social Enterprise Exchange, delivered a social business award in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and provided business support to a number of GSEN members.

GSEN membership includes social enterprises of all sizes at all stages of their development, across a wide range of trading activities from arts and culture to social care to food and catering.  You can find out more about the GSEN members in the GSEN – Membership Directory.

If you want to find out more about GSEN please go to www.gsen.org.uk