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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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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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Squaring The Circle on Social Impact In A Digital With Bruce Walker

It’s undeniable that the circumstances this year have had a huge impact on the third sector, and on businesses that want to make an impact beyond profit. Face-to face interaction with beneficiaries and customers is often not an option and the use of video conferencing and team management software has prevailed. And whilst the move to digital has proved beneficial in some circumstances, the underlying economic uncertainty, and the process of integrating new technologies and processes into an organisation is still a challenge for many.

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Applications open for the next cohort of The Circle Academy

The Circle Academy is an intensive learning programme that provides a mixture of expert led sessions, exclusive online content including The Academy Manual, one to one practical learning and expert consultancy time to help you deliver a well researched and credible business plan, cash flow and marketing plan worthy of investment.

Over 12 weeks, it covers 12 key elements of running a More Than Profit business including entrepreneurial mindset, business planning, legal structure, governance, finance, marketing, sales and selling, teams and culture, social impact, funding and pitching.

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What Is The Circle Academy?

Here at The Circle, we’ve been thinking hard about how to distil down to it’s essence, exactly what The Circle Academy is, and what it can do for you and your business. It’s an informed, multifaceted approach to equipping social leaders with business skills, covering a plethora of topics.

You can find out more about The Circle Academy here, but with the second cohort of the Academy just around the corner, we thought we’d break down exactly what it is, and answer some of your frequently asked questions along the way:

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The Circle Academy: A Springboard For Social Entrepreneurs

Look at an individual’s drive to create change with innovative ideas and creative solutions, and it’s easy to see why social enterprise in the UK is booming. From establishing pay it forward schemes to facilitating social procurement, the number of entrepreneurs bringing businesses with an ethical focus into every sector and industry is incredible. There are so many success stories and individuals to champion that the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs are often overlooked.

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