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Cornerstone charity boss Edel Harris wins entrepreneur award

Edel Harris was last night named EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 at an awards ceremony at Gleneagles.

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ComputerXplorers is among the projects to have been backed by the Digital Xtra Fund. Picture: Tom Finnie

Charity pledges funding boost for kids’ digital skills

Projects aimed at nurturing the next generation of digital talent could be in line for a financial boost from a newly-formed charity.

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Sustainably CEO Loral Quinn, right, with co-founder and daughter Eishel. Picture: Contributed

Charity-focused tech start-up Sustainably set to launch

An Edinburgh-based tech company founded by a mother-and-daughter team is to unveil an early-stage version of its product, which raises money for charity, at a key start-up event this week.

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Brewgooder will now be stocked in more than 350 Asda stores across the UK. Picture: Greg Macvean

Brewgooder has good cause to cheer Asda extension

Brewgooder, the Scottish beer brand that donates all its profits to clean water projects, is cheering an extension to its supply deal with Asda.

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Barack Obama will be attending a charity dinner in Edinburgh today. Picture: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

Michael Watson: Time to invest in making society better

“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community,” said the great Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

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An example of charity Challenges Worldwide's work, seen here with staff at a bakery in Uganda: Picture: Contributed

Gin venture’s first round of profits to help the poor

A social enterprise gin based in Edinburgh that launched in November has given away its first funding from sales proceeds to help disadvantaged young adults help tackle poverty in developing countries.

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James Turing, great-nephew of code-breaker Alan Turing, says tech can 'enable real change' in developing countries. Picture: Contributed

Turing Talks gears up for inaugural Edinburgh event

A social enterprise founded by the great-nephew of Second World War code-breaker and mathematician Alan Turing is to host a conference in Edinburgh next month to examine how technology can help developing countries.

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Projects backed by the Digital Xtra Fund include Apps for Good. Picture: Contributed

Fund to support digital skills wins charitable status

An initiative which supports learning of digital skills among young people in Scotland has become the first of its kind to secure charitable status.

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The Great Glen Challenge takes place on 25 August. Picture: Contributed

RSABI charity gears up for next Great Glen Challenge

Rural charity RSABI is calling for teams to enter its highly successful Great Glen Challenge event, which has raised more than £112,000 to help those in need in rural areas.

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From left: Mike Hancock, Chris Tiso and John Gilmour become the charity's latest trustees. Picture: Peter Sandground

Trustee trio on board at charity Polar Academy

Scottish charity The Polar Academy has bolstered its business and education ­credentials with the appointment of a trio of additional trustees, including retail guru Chris Tiso.

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Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn will take part in a panel discussion with students. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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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