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Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan: How The Circle aligns with priority areas

In 2016 The Scottish Government published its 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy. This plan, developed in collaboration with organisations within the sector, sets out the government’s ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland. As part of this, a Social Enterprise Action Plan for 2021 to 2024 was published in March 2021.

How does The Circle see itself fitting into the Social Enterprise Action Plan?

The Scottish Government have highlighted a number of key priority areas within the plan to help achieve the aims of the Social Enterprise Strategy. We were delighted to see there were a number of areas where our work already aligns with some of the strategy’s key priority areas:

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Welcoming our two newest Board members

We are delighted to welcome two newly appointed non-executive Directors to The Circle’s Board. Campbell Archibald and Caroline Lees are joining the Board to help oversee the organisation’s ambitious plans for growth based on its new three-year strategy. These recruitments have come at an exciting period of development for us including our recent announcement of plans to expand to a site in Glasgow.

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The Circle is coming to Glasgow

We are thrilled to announce that Circle Scotland CIC is expanding its operations to a second site, this time in Glasgow. We are taking over the Westwood Business Centre in Easterhouse, opening our doors to the community and local businesses later this Summer.

We launched our first hub in Dundee in 2016, initially offering affordable offices, co-working space, community spaces and meeting and event spaces. We also provide consultancy and business support as well as our training programme for social entrepreneurs, The Circle Academy. The Circle is now looking to expand into further sites, like the one in Glasgow, to create more hubs where organisations can collaborate to pool resources and find new creative ways to work.

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Wells Gibson are the second sponsor for cohort 4 of The Circle Academy

Dundee-based financial planning firm, Wells Gibson, have been announced as a second sponsor of social entrepreneurship training programme, The Circle Academy. This donation will be used towards the costs of the next cohort of candidates on the programme.

The Circle Academy is our practical education and training programme for those interested in running an organisation which has a positive social impact and has a financially sustainable business model, an approach we refer to as ‘More Than Profit’. The Academy is focused on developing skills and knowledge in mindset, business planning, legal structures, governance, finance, marketing, sales and selling, teams and culture, social impact, funding and pitching.

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£80,000 has been distributed in Dundee through the Resilient Communities programme

A total of £80,000 has been distributed to Dundee social entrepreneurs over the past four years through a strategic partnership between The Circle and national funding body, UnLtd. This funding was awarded through UnLtd’s Resilient Communities programme, a project which aimed to support and work with social entrepreneurs to build resilient and enterprising communities in areas throughout the UK.

Through the People’s Postcode Lottery, grants have been awarded in South Wales Valleys, North Staffordshire, Brighton and Dundee. Grants were also awarded in 19 other areas of the UK through Local Trust.

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A Kickstart: Tips for employing young people in 2021

With the country slowly opening back up, and the introduction of the government’s Kickstart scheme, It’s highly likely that your organisation may be looking to recruit new talent and offer opportunities to young people. 16-25 year olds have been disproportionately impacted by job losses over the last 12 months, and many more have missed out on furlough due to zero hour or casual contracts, or working on a freelance/self-employed basis.

New figures have revealed that 63% of those who faced job losses in the last 12 months were under 25. Employees aged 25 and under were nearly two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that was shut down due to social distancing, with many of these unlikely to return to full staffing levels for some time.

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