New report – Social enterprise is a healthy enterprise

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 21st January 2020

According to the latest figures from Social Enterprise Census 2019, health and social care is a growing purpose for many social enterprises.

755 social enterprises work specifically in health and social care, that’s 13% of all social enterprises and a 21% increase since 2015. Health and social care contributes a big 28.4% of income to our social enterprise community.

Even for those enterprises not directly working within health and social care it’s clear that many support beneficiaries with additional needs and within the broader wellbeing agenda.

Social Enterprise Scotland and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland recently launched a brochure called A Healthy Enterprise – Bringing health and trading together for social impact and the wellbeing of Scotland, that highlights the innovation of these health enterprises.

Social enterprises are involved in a broad range of work that makes a difference to people’s health and wellbeing. With ageing populations, stretched public sector budgets and increased research and understanding, health and social care social enterprises are developing new, creative ways of working.

The new report has a wide range of practical case studies of social enterprises transforming lives across Scotland.

Ian Welsh of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland says:

“Expenditure on health and social care remains a key priority. The growing pressure on the system, however, requires ever more innovative approaches to help change design, delivery and evaluation of services. In the past few years we’ve seen a number of ground breaking and entrepreneurial approaches from a growing, health based social enterprise sector. We look ahead to see how social enterprise can play its role in shifting the balance of health and social care spending to provide better outcomes for the people of Scotland.”

Read more information visit Scottish Enterprise Scotland website (this link will take you away from our website)



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