Community Enterprise was incorporated in 1987. At that time it was called Community Enterprise Lothian and was very active in setting up and launching community businesses in Edinburgh. Many, like the One World Shop are still going strong. At that time Community Enterprise was at the forefront of what was to become social enterprise and a pioneer in the sector, working strategically to promote the model at a time when it was relatively unheard of. Soon, and due to demand, the organisation started to work beyond the city of Edinburgh and by the mid-1990s had become one of the very few national social enterprise support agencies.
For some time we were heavily dependent on grants, largely from Europe and, though helpful, we found this to be a vulnerable model. As a result about 10 years ago, we moved away from grant dependence and became a fully sustainable social enterprise ourselves.
"Excellent Support from the organisation. We highly recommend Community Enterprise to new and established Social Enterprises. Its refreshing to come across professionals who know what you need and then tailor their support to fully help you take your business to the next level!"
You Can Cook, Edinburgh