Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015

Posted by: Carlene O'Carroll on September 08 2015 | Tagged:


The first Social Enterprise in Scotland Census has been carried out by the team at the Social Value Lab. The report sets out findings, drawingon data from the social enterprise population database, financial review and Census survey.


Some of the Key Messages found in report were:

  • There are currently 5,199 Social Enterprises currently operating in Scotland.
  • £1.6bn GVA (Gross Value Added) is the estimated economic contribution of Social Enterprises to Scotland
  • 42% of Scotland's Social Enterprises were formed in the last 10 years.
  • There are 112,409 employees in Scotland's Social Enterprise Sector.

Scotcash CEO Sharon MacPherson said:

 As a social enterprise, Scotcash is at the forefront of tackling financial exclusion in Glasgow and has saved residents over £2.5m in interest payments.  This research demonstrates the critical role we, and other social enterprises, have in tackling inequality and contributing to economic growth 


The research will give policy-makers a better understanding of how to help grow the business community in Scotland and it will help social enterprises when working with public and private sector partners and the public.