So­cial en­ter­prises are ‘in­spir­ing’

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

SO­CIAL en­trepreneurs from across Ar­gyll and Bute came to­gether in Oban on Novem­ber 2 and 3, with lo­cal so­cial en­ter­prise In­spirAlba co­or­di­nat­ing the event. So­cial en­ter­prises are busi­nesses that have a so­cial en­vi­ron­men­tal pur­pose and are able to rein­vest profit for com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

The event kicked off in the evening of Novem­ber 2 with a film festival hosted at Oban Phoenix Cin­ema (it­self a so­cial en­ter­prise) and com­pered by Les­ley Rid­doch with a se­lec­tion of in­spir­ing short films from Stra­mash, Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling, Dunol­lie House, Kil­martin Mu­seum, and Mull and Garminy Hy­dro en­ergy ac­cess. A new film high­light­ing Homesong as a way of bring­ing artists and au­di­ences to­gether in home-based gigs was also shown. An in­for­mal net­work­ing event fol­lowed at Oban Youth Hos­tel.

The event on Thurs­day Novem­ber 3 in­cluded a net­work ses­sion where more than 40 en­ter­prises shared in­for­ma­tion and learned from each other as well as high­light­ing is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area, with Kim Wal­lace from Sen­scot fa­cil­i­tat­ing. Ailsa Clark of In­spirAlba said: ‘It was great to welcome folks from across Ar­gyll and Bute for the event where there was a very clear in­di­ca­tion of the value and de­sire for net­work­ing amongst the so­cial en­ter­prises, with feed­back from one so­cial en­tre­pre­neur high­light­ing they had been in­spired by be­ing around peo­ple that care enough for their com­mu­ni­ites to try and make a dif­fer­ence, and an­other stating that the range and di­ver­sity of So­cial En­ter­prises in Ar­gyll was in­spir­ing.’

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