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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Josh Littlejohn, right, with Dean Gassabi of Maison Bleue at Social Bite's new venture, Home. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Social dining project set to offer Home cooking

Not-for-profit sandwich shop chain Social Bite has joined forces with key names on Scotland’s dining scene to create Home, a new restaurant where diners can support the homeless, set to officially open its doors on Saturday.

Hollywood star George Clooney is a fan of Social Bite, a high-profile Scottish social enterprise. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Gillian Donald: Social investment goes mainstream

Most of us are familiar with enterprise investment schemes and the tax incentives they offer to private investors.

Ed Monaghan (Chief Executive of Mactaggart and Mickel Homes), Mark Deans (competitive outdoor swimmer) and Andrew Mickel (Director of Mactaggart & Mickel Group).

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Builders take on swim challenge for Beatson Cancer Charity

Co-workers from a building charity swam the equivalent width of Loch Lomond as part of an outdoor charity swim challenge to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Fred Berkmiller demonstrates healthy cooking for Eleanor Cunningham and pupils from Gracemount Primary School. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Larder to embark on food education drive

The social enterprise arm of a cafe and restaurant network based in Edinburgh is aiming to raise £10,000 via crowdfunding to buy an educational food truck promoting better eating habits.

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Adventurer Mark Beaumont.

Mark Beaumont helps finance workers with charity cycle

Colleagues from a Scottish finance firm will cycle 500 miles in five days to raise funds for charity - with help from some famous Scottish athletes.

Social Enterprise Scotland chief executive Fraser Kelly. Picture: Contributed

Shortlist revealed for social enterprise awards

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards, with six accolades up for grabs.

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Champions in Scotland event launch at Wallace High In Stirling.  Scott Frew, who has represented GB playing Handball, takes a group shot.

SEP renews support for Winning Scotland Foundation

Winning Scotland Foundation has announced that venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is to continue as a corporate patron for a third year, supporting the charity in its work to help children in Scotland achieve their personal best.

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