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#SocEntCensus17   New census reveals big growth of social enterprises in Scotland

The latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report has been launched in Glasgow on Wednesday 6 September. The new report shows clear growth in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact.

The research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation in the support and development of social enterprise:

  • 5600 social enterprises now operating in Scotland (up from 5199 in 2015)
  • 64% of Scotland’s social enterprises led by women
  • £2bn GVA, the economic contribution of social enterprises to Scotland
  • 34% of social enterprises located in rural Scotland
  • 50% negatively affected by the economic climate over the last 12 months
  • 599 social enterprises formed in the last two years
  • 81,357 full-time equivalent employees in Scottish social enterprises
  • 1:2.5, is the average differential between the highest and lowest paid worker

Download the full census report