So­cial en­ter­prises re­ceive sup­port

The Oban Times - - News -

SO­CIAL en­ter­prises in the High­lands and Is­lands are to re­ceive spe­cial­ist sup­port from the Bank of Scot­land.

Spe­cial­ist non- ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors, with a range of back­grounds in busi­ness, from the Bank of Scot­land will serve on so­cial en­ter­prise boards.

Eight so­cial en­ter­prises from Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, the Outer He­brides, Ar­gyll and Bute, Caith­ness and Suther­land, Mo­ray, Orkney and Shet­land are tak­ing part in the six-month pilot scheme from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE).

HIE ScotGrad place­ment Ca­tri­ona Mal­lows said: ‘ This pilot is about pro­vid­ing so­cial en­ter­prises in ru­ral ar­eas with a range of ex­per­tise to which they might not oth­er­wise have ac­cess.’

So­cial en­ter­prises, which are busi­nesses with a com­mu­nity or en­vi­ron­men­tal mis­sion, are par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent in the High­lands and Is­lands, with 22 per cent of so­cial en­ter­prise groups op­er­at­ing in the area.

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