Scotland’s International Social Enterprise Observatory
September 7, 2021
Giraffe Healthcare: online physiotherapy treatment platform for global remote patients

How an idea first conceived in 2011 to offer online rehabilitation services to people in remote areas overcame commercial challenges and negativity; now on the cusp of providing services globally. On the face of it, Ayrshire and the UAE don’t have much in common, but one Glasgow-based social[…]

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July 7, 2021
Pianodrome: from viable social enterprise to global arts project

              A journey starting with 2 Scottish creative founders’ love of old and discarded pianos: from launching a viable social enterprise to transforming it into a global arts project. For one very special Edinburgh-based creative project, an entire constellation of stars were[…]

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June 7, 2021
Free business support for Scottish social enterprises looking to trade internationally

As the economy reopens, we hope many of our colleagues in the sector are able to resume more agreeable trading activity. Over the last year we have supported and engaged with a wide range of international social enterprises and have been able to provide support and development resources[…]

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April 13, 2021
Saorsa 2030 anti-slavery intelligent data platform [Feature]

Noun. Saorsa (Scots Gaelic) : freedom. salvation, redemption. Today, there are well over 100 global organisations working on anti-slavery and ethical supply chain initiatives. With this said, understanding the scale and depth of this global challenge continues to be a challenge in itself. This is because of the fragmentation of[...]

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August 20, 2020
Social Enterprise and Fair Trade: working towards a common goal

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum are hosting an event on Saturday 12 September 2020 (1100-1215 BST) focussing on how the Fair Trade and social enterprise movements can work together to ensure we truly build back better and transition to a new economy that prioritises people and our planet.[…]

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February 28, 2020
The sweet smell of success: the link between Rwandan coffee farmers and Scottish coffee drinkers

Coffee farmers in Rwanda are tasting the sweet smell of success thanks to a Fairtrade project funded by the Scottish Government. The Rwandan Coffee Project has trained more than 800 farmers in less than three years and the eight co-operatives taking part are now producing top-quality speciality coffee[…]

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January 15, 2020
ISEO Features – Challenges Group

Challenges is an international business consultancy that delivers enterprising solutions to global challenges. We have three broad aims: to support small and medium-sized enterprises to improve and expand; to enable support ecosystems to work better; and to drive enterprise collaborations that address complex challenges. Training and employment for[...]

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