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Students gather in Edinburgh to tackle social issues

More than 100 entrepreneurial students are gathering in Edinburgh to help tackle a range of social issues such as fuel poverty and gender equality.

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John Anderson will chair the investment arm of Homes for Good. Picture: Contributed

Enterprise guru joins board of social letting agency

Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency has netted a top specialist in entrepreneurship and business growth as it limbers up for expansion.

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Social Bite, which has expanded its operations to include restaurant Home and aims to create a village for the homeless, is a flourishing social enterprise. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Third sector needs more business-like approach

Change is on the horizon as squeezed funding and a new generation of entrepreneurs pave the way for more commercial structures, finds Emma Newlands.

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Sanjeev Gupta, right, with his wife Nicola, who will chair the GFG Foundation, and chief operating officer Tim Smith. Picture: Contributed

Gupta foundation aims to encourage more skilled workers

A businessman whose family has a prominent presence in Scottish steel, aluminium and energy plants has unveiled the creation of a multi-million-pound foundation to foster a new generation of skilled workers, helping regenerate manufacturing communities in Britain.

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Heroes Drinks' vodka will be available in Asda stores across the UK. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Social enterprise Heroes Drinks secures Asda listing

A social enterprise spirits company that supports the armed forces by donating at least 20 per cent of profits to military charities has secured the largest ever listing of its kind with a national supermarket chain.

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Edinburgh council is working with the exchange as it aims to launch in Scotland. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Social Stock Exchange set for launch in Edinburgh

A stock exchange focused on “profit with a purpose” is preparing for a full launch in Scotland after agreeing to carry out a study on the project’s feasibility with the City of Edinburgh Council.

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Abbeyfield is teaming up with Dandara to bring two-bedroom bungalows to the developer's Hazelwood development in Aberdeen. Picture: Contributed

Charity and developer team up for Aberdeen project

A charity supporting older people is launching an initiative, thought to be the first of its kind in Scotland, set to grow its operations in Aberdeen and help people live independently for longer.

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Brewgooder donates all of its profits to clean water projects. Picture: Nick Ponty

Social beer brand gets funding injection

Brewgooder, the not-for-profit craft beer brand, is looking to get into more pubs and off licences after benefiting from a new funding package.

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Lagavulin celebrated the 200th anniversary of its distillery on Islay last year. Picture: Contributed

How rare whisky is funding community projects on Islay

Residents of Islay have played a major part in the success of the distilleries located on the island over the past few centuries, and now one of those success stories is looking to give something back to the local community.

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Domino's in Shawlands is one of only two stockists of the 'wipeable' onesie. Picture: Mikael Buck/Domino's

Domino’s expands into onesies – for a good cause

A Glasgow outlet of pizza retailer Domino’s is one of only two to stock what it says is a global first – a garment to help consumers when eating their orders, with proceeds going to charities like the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Edinburgh's Gorgie City Farm was among the good causes supported by Aberdeen Asset Management. Picture: Toby Williams

Charities boost from Aberdeen Asset Management

Aberdeen Asset Management said it is looking forward to its continued support of good causes in 2017 after donating £140,000 to charities and trusts in Edinburgh and Aberdeen this year and providing volunteer support.

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Social Enterprise Scotland chief Fraser Kelly pointed to a 'clear vision' for growth. Picture: Contributed

Vision for Scottish social enterprise unveiled

A new ten-year strategy aimed at stimulating a surge in social entrepreneurship in Scotland has been launched.

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Nick Freer: Bedding down for social enterprise

Tomorrow night sees around 300 CEOs from across Scotland’s business, university, government and not-for-profit sectors sleep out rough overnight in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square to raise money for Social Bite, who are using the funds to build a village for the homeless west of the city.

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The team at Bruce Stevenson will offer a range of services to HIT Scotland. Picture: Cate Gillon

Bruce Stevenson brokers hospitality charity sponsorship

Insurance broker Bruce Stevenson is sponsoring an initiative aimed at nurturing talent across Scotland’s hospitality sector.

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Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn will talk about his goal to end homelessness. Picture: Contributed

Josh Littlejohn to kick off new EICC lecture series

The co-founder of Social Bite, the sandwich chain that supports homeless people, is to deliver a charitable lecture at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) next month.

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Mother and daughter team, Loral and Eishel Quinn, are the co-founders of Sustainably. Picture: Contributed

Social good tech venture looks to raise thousands

An Edinburgh-based social responsibility venture is looking to raise £10,000 via crowdfunding to grow a community of supporters and take its product to market.

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At the launch at Harry's Bar in Edinburgh are, left to right, drinks
industry specialist David Moore, social entrepreneur Chris Thewlis and Pickering's Gin directors Matthew Gammell, Dave Mullen and Marcus Pickering. Picture: Contributed

World's first social enterprise gin goes on sale

Craft spirit Ginerosity, which claims to be the world’s first social enterprise gin, has launched, with advance orders from the south-east of England to the Western Isles and distribution deals struck across the country.

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SES chief executive Fraser Kelly said social enterprise aims to create a 'society that benefits everyone'. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow letting agency wins social enterprise accolade

A Glasgow-based letting agency that reinvests all its profits to help vulnerable tenants has scooped top honours at an awards ceremony for Scotland’s social enterprise scene.

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Josh Littlejohn says business leaders need to 'think different'. Picture: Contributed

Josh Littlejohn: Leaders need to ‘think different’

I first got the bug for entrepreneurship when I left university and set up a small events company in Edinburgh.

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Mark McFall says the business community needs to offer more support to those with mental health issues. Picture: Contributed

Mark McFall: Let’s start talking about mental health

In recent years we have all become more aware of our social, physical and mental health, and the term “mental health” itself has become more socially acceptable, but has this tolerance spread into the workplace?

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