Social Enterprise

LESL has a dedicated team working with the "Enterprising Third Sector", which includes social enterprises, housing associations, credit unions, and other socially-based firms.

Specialist and impartial advice helps these organisations as they develop and grow. It focuses on improving the organisation's long-term sustainability, whilst also reducing its reliance on grant funding and the public sector.

Our team has a real specialist knowledge and understanding of the social enterprise concept, and of the aspiring third sector. Specific work has included:

  • Completing business development reviews 
  • Advising and helping with financial management 
  • Advising on collaborative working and forming co-operatives 
  • Advising and supporting on tendering of services 
  • Helping to identify and develop commercial opportunities across the business 
  • Supporting the establishment of trading subsidiaries and spin-outs 
  • Advising on starting-up businesses 
  • Developing business plans. 

LESL has delivered the Beyond BG programme in Lanarkshire. That has included supporting 30 new-start social enterprises, advising more than 150 social enterprises, and backing the creation of 175 new jobs and increased turnover of nearly £7.5m (2010 data).

LESL also delivers training specifically for the third sector, including master-classes on the potential of inter-trading and collabroate working. These have been delivered to more than 50 social enterprises in Lanarkshire on behalf of the local Social Economy Partnership.