Social entrepreneurs scoop nearly £23k from Government-backed fund

Seven social enterprises, ranging from a gym to a media planning and buying firm, are set to benefit from £22,738 

Seven social entrepreneurs from across Scotland have been awarded a total of £22,738 from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund – delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency – to help pilot their business ideas.
They are Sara Hawkins of Run It, Edinburgh; Stacey Norwood of the UPBEAT Theatre Company, Glasgow; Greg Lennon of Tech Bank in North Lanarkshire; Malcolm MacSween of ActivNess; Denise McNulty of the Scottish Make-Up Artists Creative Agency; David Massey of The Apprentice Store, and Rhiannon McQuade, who is developing a media planning and buying company which will offer opportunities to people affected by mental ill-health.
Social entrepreneur Sara Hawkins of Edinburgh-based Run It
Social entrepreneur Sara Hawkins of Edinburgh-based Run It
Edinburgh-based beneficiary Sara Hawkins was awarded £3,000 to help develop a gym in the capital that’s designed to help people overcome depression, anxiety and other issues through exercise and fitness activities.
The awards are part of Firstport’s ‘Start It’ awards programme, in which entrepreneurs can apply for up to £5,000 to pilot their business ideas.
They are funded by the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund and, as social enterprises, each of the beneficiaries have social or environmental goals. They all plan to become financially sustainable and generate profits to re-invest in the causes they support.
Karen McGregor, chief executive of Firstport said: “I’m very pleased that Firstport is supporting people at the start of their entrepreneurial journey, enabling them to test their ideas. The variety of ideas shows that social enterprise can be applied to any sector and tackle a range of issues in innovative ways. We believe that they will take their ideas forward and turn them into sustainable businesses, adding to the pool of successful social enterprises in Scotland.”