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"Right now across Scotland social enterprises are shaping economic and civic life," was the opening gambit in an avalanche of praise from the Scottish minister for social security at the Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace.
The social enterprise chose World Water Day to announce it has now reached a fundraising milestone for WaterAid. CEO Karen Lynch, who recently won the SE100 Social Business Leadership award, tells us how the team did it.
"We have solutions to some of the big questions in society: unemployment, bad health, environment, loneliness. They can all be tackled by social enterprises based in the community," says Simon Donovan, CEO of MHDT.
Is enough of the right kind of social investment available to social ventures at the smaller end of the market? We meet Resilient Scotland, a social investment finance intermediary, which is doing its bit to plug the gap.
In a speech to attendees at the NatWest SE100 Leadership event, social entrepreneur Niall McShannon spoke about the challenges of running a social enterprise and issued a warning about the sector's capabilities.