Social Enterprise

Engage Renfrewshire - supporting social enterprise start up


Engage Renfrewshire provides advice and support to social enterprises who want to start up or develop further. We also provide support with Community Asset Transfer and the distribution of community benefits; helping your organisation to build meaningful relationships within the local public and private sectors.

Social Enterprise

Unlike a traditional business which focuses on making profits for its shareholders, a social enterprise uses business practices to achieve socially positive goals; most often the enterprise still makes a profit, but would responsibly reinvest it back into the company's social aims.

The Cooperative Group and The Big Issue are some of the largest social enterprises in the UK, but organisations come in all sizes. A social enterprise could be formed to deliver youth activities, run a community hall, or achieve other goals within a community.

Iain has created a short introduction to Social Enterprise which can be viewed here.


What we do

Engage Renfrewshire supports your social enterprise creation or development by helping you to

  • Understand the basic principles
  • Examine whether your group could operate as a social enterprise
  • Decide on the best structure, get set up and start operating
  • Make plans which underpin best practice, sustainability and getting results
  • Facilitate the local Social Enterprise Network
  • Access Local Authorities procurement & Community Benefits programme

For further information contact or 0141 887 7707. To register on our Renfrewshire Social Enterprise directory, please complete this FORM.

Go to the 'Tools to Help You' section to download the social enterprise toolkit and legal structure quick guides HERE.

Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland have produced a report - Partnerships for Good - Bringing social enterprise and the private sector together to build an inclusive economy. This report introduces the types of partnership that can be fostered beyond the more traditional ‘charity sponsor’ approach. You can read the full report HERE

Community Benefit information

Engage Renfrewshire is currently working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council’s Economic Development and Procurement Officers on their community benefit and supply chain initiatives. Community benefits are part of the tendering and procurement process that Renfrewshire Council includes when awarding contracts to suppliers. The benefits which are aimed at Social Enterprises, derives in two forms, (1) financial; by way of direct grants and (2) non-financial; by way of materials and/or equipment, professional support including mentoring, and training opportunities.

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Engage Hub

Our office in Paisley is a hub for local and national organisations including Quarriers, West College Scotland, Prince's Trust, Renfrewshire Access Panel and the Scottish Football Association. 

A fully equipped meeting room is available for hire with discounted rates given to members. 

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