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Is your organisation trading for the benefit of others? If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the majority of the following questions we want to hear from you:

Does your organisation have social or environmental goals?

-Are you operating independently of the public sector?

-Are you earning some level of income from delivering contracts or selling goods/services?

-Do you aspire to greater financial independence through earned income (not reliant on grants)?

-Do you reinvest your profits and retain assets entirely in pursuit of your social or environmental goals?

You might operate as an enterprising Charity, SCIO, Company (without share capital), CIC or Society. You might take a recognisable form such as Housing Association, Development Trust, Credit Union, Social Firm, or Co-operative. You may even earn income from fees or contracts in a variety of fields- everything from the arts to social care. Whatever the case, we want to know more about your organisation and its work.

Please take 15-20 minutes to register some basic information and give us your views (it’s best here if the person providing information has a good grasp of the finances in your organisation). You can register your information here.

Any information that you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence by the research team at Social Value Lab and used only for research purposes.

The findings will be made widely available to ensure that this type of enterprising activity is better understood and better supported, and its contribution evident to all.



A consortium of support bodies and government agencies have come together to launch a high profile and ambitious study. This large-scale Social Enterprise Census will take an official count of the entire population of non-profit-distributing organisations that are carrying out some level of trading for the good of Scotland.

As a thank you for taking the time to respond, you will have the option of entering a FREE PRIZE DRAW to win an iPad Air. In partnership with Run Native,, and Social Enterprise Networks, we will also be announcing winners of a great selection of weekly prizes to be contributed by some of Scotland’s leading social enterprises/ If that’s not enough. we will provide each of the first 3 respondents with a special gift, so get your response in quickly!


More than 100 visitors and 25 stand holders attended the inaugural Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Trade Fair.


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The event, held at the Alona Hotel in Hamilton, provided local social enterprises, including Recap, LAMH Recycle ltd and Clydesdale Community Initiatives, with a showcase for their products and services.

Highlights included a live performance from Soundsational Community Choir, part of Soundsational Community Music, a social enterprise based in Fountain Business centre, Coatbridge.

The group is a not-for -profit community arts organisation aimed at bringing people together and encouraging  community cohesion and social inclusion.



Exhibitors were also able to take advantage of one-to-one specialist surgeries on Procurement and Marketing.

The trade fair was organised by Lanarkshire Enterprise Services in conjunction with North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd chief executive Ronnie Smith said: “We have long been a supporter of the Social Enterprise Sector in Lanarkshire. We recognise the value the sector adds to the Lanarkshire economy and therefore it was a pleasure to be able to organise the Social Enterprise Trade Fair.

“I am delighted to see such a successful event, especially as it is a ‘first’ for us.

“Our intention was to encourage trade within the sector and promote social enterprise as a whole.

“I believe we exceeded all of these objectives with the trade fair.”



LAMH Recycle, a stand holder based in Range Road, Motherwell, provide workplace opportunities within a supportive environment for people who are long-term unemployed, generally through long-standing health issues, family/personal circumstances and/or no previous or recent work history.

Operations and Development Manager Joe Fulton said: ““The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase the diverse range of services provided by Social Enterprises in Lanarkshire.

“ Already we have had fruitful discussions with a number of potential new customers who attended and I really hope, expect, it will become a regular event.”

For more information on the fair, which has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, email Claire McLaughlin on or call 01236 702020.

The Broadband Voucher Scheme offers vouchers between £100 – £3,000 for eligible SME’s, to deliver a step change by increasing their current broadband to at least 30 Mbits/s – wired or wireless services or combination.

On 3 December, the Chancellor announced that the Government will make up to £40m available from April 2015 to March 2016 to support more cities administer The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

Connection Vouchers will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

North and South Lanarkshire Councils are joining forces with Glasgow City Council to bring businesses the first connection voucher scheme on 1st April 2015.

More than 12,000 vouchers have already been issued to businesses in other cities around the UK.

For further information visit Connect Vouchers.  (Please note eligible postcodes will be uploaded to the website for the programme start date of 1st April 2015).

General enquiries – 0141 276 5392


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In its fourth successful year, Lanarkshire Business Week is one of the highlights in the local business calendar. The week ran from February 23-27th this year and aimed to provide businesses, from the newest start-up to the long established, a framework to grow their enterprises.

An impressive programme of seminars, conferences and networking events was developed to encompass the whole area and cut across local authority boundaries joining North and South Lanarkshire Councils in a unique partnership which recognised the entrepreneurial vision within their areas. Highlights of the week included the Lanarkshire Business Conference, Business Show and the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

Lanarkshire Business Conference

The first ever Lanarkshire Business Conference, held at the Hamilton Town House on Tuesday 24th February, saw the launch of Choose Lanarkshire, a new joint inward investment initiative between North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

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Around 150 local business people attended the event, which focused on the theme of growing business in Lanarkshire. Speakers included leading Scottish economist, Professor Brian Ashcroft of Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute, local entrepreneur Neil MacDonald and renowned Scottish financial journalist, Bill Jamieson.

“This well-organised event deserves commendation, both for presenting a strong case for Lanarkshire as a business destination and for setting an example to organisations elsewhere in Scotland. Getting the message across deserves effort and imagination- both were on display here.”

Bill Jamieson, Scot-Buzz.

Lanarkshire Business Show

Attracting more than 400 visitors and over 80 exhibitors at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell, the Lanarkshire Business Show had its best turn out to date. Exhibitors included household names like Rentokill, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and local businesses, including Parks of Hamilton, Crawford Group, Lisini Group and Haven Products, showing how much Lanarkshire has to offer entrepreneurs.

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Industry experts were also on hand to deliver a series of seminars which ran throughout the day and aimed at assisting local entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.

Cllr Chris Thompson, chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Services Committee, said “The Business Show has become one of the most important B2B events in the country and I expect the fruits to be harvested for many months and years to come.”

Check out what people had to say about the Lanarkshire Business Show in these videos.

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Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards

The 22nd Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards was attended by almost 500 guests from some of Lanarkshire’s most entrepreneurial organisations.

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The night kicked off with the extremely talented St Aidan’s Jazz Band opening the ceremony for guest. Fred MacAulay compered, with “Only an Excuse” star, Jonathan Watson, then entertaining the guests after dinner. Guests were then treated to a selection of desserts, designed and made by local college students from New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College, helping to make the awards the biggest and most successful of all time.

The crowd then celebrated as the 11 category winners were crowned; see a full list of winners here.

Andy Kerr, Managing Director of CMS Windows, winners of Lanarkshire’s Best Business and Best Green Business, said:

“With such a buoyant business community in Lanarkshire and so many enterprising firms, it is a tremendous achievement for us to win these two awards this year. More than anything it is trestament to the enormous effort that every member of our team- including our 15 apprentices- puts in on a daily basis to make CMS the business it is today.”

Lanarkshire Business Winners 2015

If you attended Lanarkshire Business Week and wish to give feedback, please click here.

To find out more information on Lanarkshire Business Week please contact Lynn Gow,



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Browse • Trade • Chat

Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Trade Fair 2015, providing businesses, local
authorities, public sector bodies and other third sector organisations with
the opportunity to learn how social enterprise can assist you to:
• Deliver Better Services
• Deliver significant community benefit
• Support local communities
• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Become more efficient


• Official opening by Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social
Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights
• Live performance by Soundsational Community Choir

Friday 20th March 2015, 10am to 3pm, AlonA Hotel, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, ML1 3RT

Book the event here or email Claire McLaughlin or call 01236 702020

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