Regional online directory of social enterprises launched in Forth Valley
THREE Third Sector Interfaces across the Forth Valley have joined in the launch of a new online directory of social enterprises.
Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and CVS Falkirk supported the new venture after noting how the Covid-19 pandemic had highlighted the value of buying local products that have community, social and environmental benefits and respond to this demand and interest in social enterprises.
The directory is easy to use with a list of categories and integrated with keywords that make it easy to search.
Maps, directions, and links to websites, Facebook pages, and other social media services are listed in each listing, along with photos of their work.
Anthea Coulter, CEO of CTSI, said: “We are delighted to have collaborated to create a simple and innovative way for people, businesses and organizations to easily find local social enterprises.
“This will give people confidence that the services or goods they buy are not only locally based, but also have benefits for the community.
“We hope the directory will be a great way to develop local economic outcomes in the region. ”
The directory is open to new social enterprises in Clackmannanshire, Stirling or Falkirk which have an asset foreclosure constitution and no private gain.
Businesses will benefit from membership as free members of the local STI as well as membership in FVSEN and the directory.
Mary Houston, Managing Director of Alloa Community Enterprises, added, “This will be a great way for us to connect more broadly to a larger regional area.
“The directory can increase awareness of the value of social enterprises and encourage people to buy local and social, which can only be good for the region. ”
Visit fvsen.scot or ctsi.org.uk for more information.