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Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) recently launched their first Pocket Guide to Glasgow Social Enterprise and DRC Environment Trust and De’ils On Wheels both feature in the guide!

This comprehensive guide is packed full of information on social enterprises in Glasgow. Inside you will find GSEN membership organisations broken down into categories where it will be easy for you to find out what products and services GSEN members offer, handy descriptions and that all important contact information.

This guide will also help you explore what a social enterprise is and understand the diversity; while also drawing attention to the scale and highlighting the impact they are having on the social, economic and environmental life of the city.

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Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association has set up a social enterprise company employing six people to handle all its close and back court cleaning and provide concierge services for its sole multi-story block.

Aiming to provide better services to tenants in the area, the new initiative was launched in November. The new social enterprise team will be responsible for cleaning once a week 197 closes, and 205 back courts.

Close cleaning includes brushing and removing all litter and debris from landings and stairs, and a thorough weekly wash. The back court services will ensure that bin stores are cleaned and any bulk uplifts are removed to collection points agreed with the city council.

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.

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scotsocentstrat_headerThe Scottish Government recently published a new ten-year national social enterprise strategy – Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026. The strategy sets out the shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector and it provides a framework for action over the next decade.

Social enterprise models inclusive growth and this strategy will support the aim of sustainable economic growth, tackling inequalities and building a fairer Scotland.

This strategy will build on the supportive ecosystem, developed over the previous decade, and will cement Scotland’s reputation as world-leading and the best place to start and grow a social enterprise.

The strategy focuses on three main priorities:

  1. Stimulating social enterprise
  2. Developing stronger organisations
  3. Realising market opportunities

These will be developed into a series of action plans spanning the decade, the first of which will be published in 2017.

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LightBulbThe Wise Group in partnership with Citrus Energy and Glasgow City Council have launched Glasgow People’s Energy – a commercial energy switching service that could potentially save businesses and organisations in the city huge sums every year.

Glasgow People’s Energy will provide an independent and impartial energy switching service for the city’s businesses and third sector organisations to save money on their energy bills. The Wise Group saved nearly £8k on yearly energy costs after a review carried out by Citrus Energy which illustrates the size of savings which can be made.

Glasgow Peoples Energy is a dedicated service and is completely free to use and the dedicated team can be contacted on the following free phone number: 0800 112 4059 or email The service is now live.

The advisors involved have many years of experience in the commercial energy market can provide the right level of expertise to help organisations save money on their energy bill. The service delivers the best prices available from over 18 different energy suppliers who provide gas and electricity.

Co-wheels_logo_(PNG)Co-wheels Car Club has recently launched in Glasgow offering a ramge of vehicles of hire to individuals, community groups and businesses from various locations across the City. They are also offering £20 free credit when you sign up.

According to their website Co-wheels is the only independently owned national car club, providing low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis for organisations and communities across the UK.”

Also Co-wheels Car Club has been set up as a community interest company and trades as a social enterprise which means a commitment to improve society and environment. Our primary focus is to help our members to save money, reduce car ownership and create a cleaner environment by making lower impact transport options available to everyone. And they reinvest profit into their operations to expand and improve the service.

There is also the City Car Club in Glasgow as well.

SocEntCensus2015_CoverFirst ever census reveals major impact of Scotland’s social enterprises. The significant size and impact of Scotland’s social enterprise businesses has been revealed for the very first time, with the launch of the results of a large-scale census. See the full report here and view the headline stats infographic too.

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:

  • Over 5,000 social enterprises in Scotland
  • Over 200 new social enterprises formed each year
  • Highlands and Islands has 22% of all social enterprises
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow account for 26% of all social enterprises
  • 60% of social enterprises have a woman as their most senior employee
  • 68% of social enterprises pay at least the recognised Living Wage
  • Provides over 112,400 jobs
  • £1.15bn in combined traded income
  • Net collective assets £3.86bn
  • Gross Value Added (GVA) figure is approx. £1.7bn

The research was commissioned by a range of public and social enterprise organisations.

You can also follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #SocEntCensus

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De'ils On Wheels Bike Workshop

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Contact Details

Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@

De'ils On Wheels
Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@

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DRCET is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown above.

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