Social enterprises and employee owned businesses

 

Remit

The Committee sought views on social enterprises and employee owned businesses, including cooperatives, in advance of hearing evidence in January/February 2016.

Timetable

The deadline for receipt of written evidence was Wednesday 20 January 2016.

Read the written submissions received

On 27 January 2016 the Committee took evidence on social enterprises.

Watch the video of evidence on social enterprises

Read the Official Report of evidence on social enterprises

On 3 February 2016 the Committee took evidence on employee owned businesses and cooperatives.

Watch the video of evidence on employee owned businesses and cooperatives.

Read the Official Report of evidence on employee owned businesses and cooperatives.

The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government for clarification on a number of points, and the Scottish government wrote back on 2 March 2016.

Evidence

Following on from a roundtable on social enterprise in August 2014 and evidence heard during our Work, Wages and Wellbeing inquiry, the Committee agreed to look again at social enterprises and alternative business ownership models in more detail. The theme of this short inquiry was ‘innovation’, one of the Scottish Government’s four economic priorities.

We invited businesses, membership organisations and academics to submit evidence on the extent to which social enterprises and employee owned businesses, by their very nature, encourage cultures of innovation.

The four main aims of evidence-taking were—

  1. Understanding the scale and growth of social enterprises and employee-owned businesses in Scotland;
  2. Hearing examples of innovation from businesses, for example employee involvement in developing new products, services or processes and innovative partnerships within communities;
  3. Assessing the sources of funding and support available;
  4. What public bodies are doing and should be doing to encourage these business models.

The deadline for written submissions was 20 January 2016 

Read the written submissions received