Inspiration at the Social Enterprise Summit
Last week Laura and I spent two days at the Social Enterprise Summit in Inverness. We had no idea what to expect or if we should really have taken two days away from the yard. We lucked out – it was definitely worth it.
The Social Enterprise Summit was organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, CEIS, Social Enterprise Scotland and the Social Enterprise Exchange. Day one was a conference with the focus on rural social enterprises and the overall future of social enterprise. John Swinney pledged his support for the sector; we learned what HIE had achieved over the last 50 years; visiting speakers from Canada and Australia shared their experiences of social enterprise and a new Scottish strategy was unveiled. The day was rounded off by a delicious and massive bbq catered by … with music by Fèisean nan Gàidheal – two amazing social enterprises.
Day two was the trade show. Without wanting to get too cheesy, the room was genuinely full of energy and enthusiasm. Laura set out to score as many freebies as possible and came back bursting with ideas. And cupcakes. There are people and social enterprises out there doing inspiring work.
There’s loads about social enterprise and the event online. Read more at http://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20150611/social-enterprise-summit-provides-global-focus