Social enterprises are ‘inspiring’
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.’