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Recently the first Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow was launched at a Civic Reception at the Glasgow City Chambers.

The 10 year strategy is a broad, longterm and ambitious framework that aims to support the social enterprise sector in three priority areas:

  • stimulating social enterprise activity,
  • developing stronger organisations, and
  • realising market opportunity.

In Glasgow, we share this ambition for social enterprise to be “a farreaching and valued alternative and a key part of the Scottish way of doing business”.

The Strategy has been co-produced by Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and Glasgow City Council and will be supported by a Social Enterprise Board, chaired by a City Councillor and vice-chaired by Elizabeth Docherty, Director of GSEN. In this way, the lead public agency in Glasgow and the representative body for the sector in the city are jointly leading in the development of the sector in Glasgow.

The Social Enterprise Board is comprised of representatives from the Council, the social enterprise community, other public agencies based in Glasgow and academia.

Glasgow Wood Recycling, a thriving social enterprise based in Whiteinch, has recently achieved the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award by demonstrating a clear commitment to increasing cycling for staff, volunteers and trainees. Achieving the award was made possible with funding from the Cycle Friendly Employer Development Fund.

Glasgow Wood Recycling was assessed against a range of criteria – they have a cycling champion, they have improved their cycling facilities including installing a new cycle shelter (made from recycled wood!), bought tools and a bike stand, bought a pool bike and have undertaken bike maintenance training. All clearly demonstrating that they fully deserved this Award.

Glasgow Wood Recycling is the 153rd workplace in Glasgow to achieve the award and they join over 525 Cycle Friendly Employers throughout Scotland. In addition, Glasgow Wood Recycling entered a team into the recent Glasgow and Clyde Cycle Challenge which took place throughout May. The team finished second overall cycling over 4000kms and one of the GWR team finished third in the individual standings, cycling nearly 1200km!

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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.

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@


Legal stuff

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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