Social Enterprise


Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better.  Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it's what they do with their profits that sets them apart - reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.  Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets in East Dunbartonshire from coffee shops and clothes shops, to art and crafts, garden centres, international work and much more.


​Social enterprise is a growing part of the third sector in East Dunbartonshire, and beyond.  A social enterprise combines the best of the voluntary sector and private sector to create a business-like organisation which trades for profit and puts that profit into community benefits.

Our Purpose at East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action

As part of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action's remit to support the Third Sector we are tasked, as one of our four key functions, to support the Social Economy and Social Enterprises working in East Dunbartonshire

What we do

​•Advice, information and guidance materials for social enterprises

•Signpost to other agencies for enterprising support (Senscot, Firstport, Social Enterprise Academy, Just Enterprise)

•One-to-one meeting with EDVA Development Officer to discuss social enterprise modelling and social enterprise start-up support

•Provide templates and specimen documents for you to complete and create generic and bespoke training opportunities for our member enterprises and other external stakeholders

•We operate an effective Strategic Social Economy Partnership which provides the opportunity for local social enterprises to contribute to, shape and influence local outcomes and priorities

•We raise awareness of the role and added value of social enterprises with opinion formers, decision makers and the wider public

•We represent the interests of social enterprises within East Dunbartonshire through effective advocating and negotiation within East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership and Health and Social Care Partnership

•We work towards building the capacity and confidence of our members as individuals and as social entrepreneurs 

•We foster a culture of mutual support and co-operation amongst social enterprises in East Dunbartonshire

Our Values

​We believe that social enterprises work toward creating a more just society and we believe that we should act with integrity and be:


•Democratic and transparent

•Creative and innovative

•Inclusive and effective

•Determined to make a difference

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action is not responsible for the content of external sites


Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire


School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland


Social Firms Scotland


Social Investment Scotland


Social Enterprise Scotland


Social Enterprise Academy


Just Enterprise





18  Townhead



G66 1NL


T: 0141 578 6680

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