Six social enterprise programmes will share more than £637,000 of SNP Government grant funding, bringing the total invested so far this financial year to £4.9 million.
The programmes will drive forward Scotland’s ten year Social Enterprise Strategy, supporting and encouraging businesses that reinvest their profits to address social change in areas such as homelessness, unemployment, inequality, and climate change.
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell MSP announced the latest round of funding during a visit to Brewgooder, a craft brewer which recently shipped its one millionth can and invests all of its profits towards ending water poverty for one million people in some of the world’s poorest countries. Brewgooder has received £20,000 from the SNP Government to establish a new headquarters in Edinburgh.
Ms Campbell said:
“This latest round of funding is to support social enterprises in Scotland and help deliver our ten-year social enterprise strategy and I look forward to Scotland’s social enterprise successes being showcased and to further learning from international experiences when the Social Enterprise World Forum returns to Edinburgh next month.”
Brewgooder founder Alan Mahon added:
“Scotland is one of best places in the world to start and grow a social enterprise, and the SNP Government’s commitment to the sector is world leading.
“Brewgooder has grown by 200%, exceeded £500,000 in turnover and helped bring 40,000 people clean drinking water with the help of the Social Enterprise strategy. We are looking to take the next step and internationalise through the support package announced today.”
Commenting, Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“Scotland is a world leading social enterprise nation and we are committed to continued investment and support to drive forward social change and improvement, both in our own country and across the world.”
The six programmes sharing the latest £637,000 funding are:
Intrapreneurship in Scotland, delivered by The Lens: Scotland’s only provider of intrapreneurship programmes, helping promote innovation by encouraging entrepreneurial behaviour within organisations across the public and third sector.
Brewgooder launched on World Water Day 2016, brews a craft lager in a highly efficient and scalable way that allows it to invest 100% of its profits into ending water poverty for 1,000,000 people, through investment in the growth of their impact, and in direct funding, and co-funding, of clean water projects. Brewgooder has funded 60 projects in Malawi so far, reaching over 40,000 people.
Alan Mahon is one of the first 20 entrepreneurs chosen for the First Minister’s ‘Unlocking Ambition’ challenge.