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Double win for Stirling in Founders4Schools awards

Efforts to improve the job prospects of young people and encourage more children to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects have seen representatives of Stirling Council pick up two accolades.

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Social Bite is among Scotland's raft of social enterprises. Picture: Greg Macvean

Scotland sees jump in social enterprises as sector booms

The number of social enterprises operating in Scotland has leapt over the past year but some parts of the sector remain “fragile”, a key study has revealed.

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Byte Night in Scotland. Picture: Neil Hanna

Rhona Hutchon: Taking a bite out of disadvantaged beginnings

Fortunately, most of us are lucky enough to have had a safe and stable family home. Can you imagine how your life may have turned out completely differently without that foundation?

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Scott MacDonald, left, with Brewgooder co-founder Alan Mahon. Picture: Contributed

Ethical beer brand Brewgooder appoints ‘chief well digger’

Beer brand Brewgooder has named Scott MacDonald as its commercial director and “chief well digger” as it sets its sights on increased distribution across the on and off trades.

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BrewDog staff and investors will choose which charities will benefit from its Unicorn Fund. Picture: Contributed

BrewDog pledges to give staff and charities 20% of profits

Staff at Aberdeenshire craft beer producer BrewDog could be in line for a £22,500 windfall each over the next five years after the firm pledged to give away a fifth of its annual profits.

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Scott Mitchell, commercial director of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Royal College of Surgeons has hotel growth plans sewn up

An Edinburgh hotel that forms part of the Royal College of Surgeons is to undergo an £8.5 million expansion that will increase its room capacity by about two-thirds.

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Hawthorn housing chair Helen Graham, left, with Amanda Dorel, head of SME real estate for Bank of Scotland. Picture: Peter Devlin

Glasgow social housing developer Hawthorn lands £5.7m funding

Glasgow has received a social housing boost with the news that Hawthorn Housing Co-operative is to build 48 homes in Possilpark after securing a multimillion-pound funding package.

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David Thewlis, co-founding director of Ginerosity. Picture: Simon Vine

Social gin brand Ginerosity raises glass to Asda sales

Social enterprise gin Ginerosity is toasting the fact that its sales in Asda have helped fund six placements for disadvantaged young adults in the UK.

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Lloyds' Philip Grant said digital skills are 'critical to social mobility'. Picture: Contributed

Lloyds backs scheme to help improve digital skills

Lloyds Banking Group is backing an initiative to help improve the digital skills of thousands of people.

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From left: Stuart Nicholson, loan investments director at Scottish Widows, Lar chairman Andrew Robertson, housing minister Kevin Stewart and Alan Brennan, relationship director at Bank of Scotland Commercial Real Estate. Picture: Newsline Media

Lar Housing Trust secures £65m to build up portfolio

A Fife-based housing trust has secured a multimillion-pound funding package that will boost its portfolio of mid-market rental properties across Scotland.

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Social Investment Scotland chairman Nick Kuenssberg, left, with chief executive Alastair Davis. Picture: Greg Macvean

Social Investment Scotland racks up 15 years of growth

Social Investment Scotland (SIS), the lender to the third sector, today marked its 15th anniversary with an unbroken track record of growth.

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From left: Magners' George Kyle with programme graduate David Kelly and Celtic project co-ordinator Nikki Smith. Picture: Andy Buchanan

Celtic, Magners and Tennent’s team up to train budding chefs

A tie-up between Magners Irish Cider, Celtic FC Foundation and the Tennent’s Training Academy is on the lookout for culinary talent.

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Eskimo Financial Training Academy wants to break down the barriers to employment. Picture: Cate Gillon

Academy seeks to break down barriers to financial jobs

A not-for-profit training academy has been set up to assist disabled and disadvantaged individuals into employment within the financial services industry.

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EY praised Cornerstone chief Edel Harris for her 'passion, drive and strategic mindset'. Picture: Contributed

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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