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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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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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Help shape The Circle’s future as a non-exec Director

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses.  We provide affordable offices, co-working and community space, as well as affordable meeting and event spaces.  By bringing organisations together, we are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.  We have recently launched The Circle Academy, a training programme for individuals interested in running “More Than Profit” businesses.

You can read our most recent Social Impact Report here.

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Ask The Circle: TAX Returns.

Do you find yourself leaving your TAX Returns to the last minute year after year? Find completing your TAX Return tedious and complicated? Do you want to know if you really need to do it, and if it really matters if it’s a little late?

Our Financial Controller Ruth has answered all of your need to know questions, so if you struggled this year, then the information below should help you to be much better prepared next time…

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Pitch Perfect: The Circle Academy celebrates 2020’s participating Social Entrepreneurs

Cohort 3 of The Circle Academy commenced on the 17th of September 2020 after 6 months of what can only be described as COVID-related chaos. It was an immense victory for us to be able to pilot the first ever fully digital Academy programme, with a brand new Academy Manager, a purpose built online learning platform and eight existing or aspiring social business leaders along for the ride.

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