Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) recently published their third Social Enterprise in Glasgow report, following similar reports published in 2013 and 2015.

Delegates at the event, held at the Glasgow Women’s Library, heard Keynote Speaker Cllr Rhiannon Spear highlight inclusive and economic growth is at the heart of the new administration within Glasgow City Council.  Cllr Spear also announced the implementation of a newly reformed Glasgow Economic Partnership Group, where GSEN will take a seat, and the development of a local social enterprise strategy.

DRCET was invited along as one of several enterprises to say a few words about what we do as a social enterprise.

GSEN are delighted to have worked with Social Value Lab to once again produce a report which contributes to our understanding of social enterprise and reaffirms the social, economic and environmental contribution they make in Glasgow. The announcements from Cllr Spear are exciting developments and we’re looking forward to working with members, Glasgow City Council, partners and stakeholders on fulfilling our ambition for Glasgow.

The research conducted confirms

  • 732 social enterprises currently operating in Glasgow
  • 44% of social enterprises are based in the 20% most deprived areas of Glasgow
  • 59% are generating at least half of their income from trading
  • 61% of Glasgow’s social enterprises led by women
  • 84% of social enterprises in Glasgow Pays at least the Living Wage
  • 61% have a social objective of improving Heath and Wellbeing
  • 48% have been negatively affected by the economic climate over the past 12 months

The Glasgow report follows on from the recent launch of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the definitive biennial account of social enterprise activity in Scotland which was conducted by Social Value Lab, in partnership with a range of national agencies, the new research confirms Scotland as a world-leading nation in nurturing social enterprise and recognises social enterprise as a fairer and more inclusive way of doing business.