Social Firms Scotland

Social Firms Scotland

Charity information

Social Firms Scotland

Social Firms Scotland exists to grow the Social Firm sector in Scotland in order to increase employment opportunities for severely disadvantaged people. We help, support and promote the creation and development of Social Firms by raising awareness and providing information on the model, promoting the sector and by undertaking initiatives directly to help grow the number of Social Firms and improve the quality and sustainability of those businesses

Social Firms are a type of social enterprise; they are commercial businesses driven by the social purpose of creating employment opportunities within a supportive working environment for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market. Social Firms aim to generate at least 50% of their income from sales of goods and services. They are non-profit distributing, with any surplus being shared by employees or re-invested in the business or community in order to meet the social purpose. At least 25% of a Social Firm’s workforce is people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market. Social Firms have a ‘family business’ atmosphere, providing an environment where team working and participation in the business are paramount.