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Ailsa Clark, Founder and Development Manager at Inspiralba, a social enterprise and charity providing support to rural social enterprise. We have seen a much welcomed growing interest in community wealth-building and the need to re-evaluate our priorities was brought in to harsh focus as a result of Covid 19, with
Community Wealth Building

23rd October 2020

The Future is Co-operative

We hear from Greencity Wholefoods,  a wholesaler of fine food and drink based in Glasgow’s  east end. Greencity operate as a worker co-operative, democratically run by their members, and champion co-operative working as a successful alternative business model. Community Focused 2020 has been a year that anyone over the age of
Community Wealth Building
Kat McManus, LGIU In the 1990s, Vienna began ground-breaking work into actively considering the role of gender across areas of policy never normally associated with any gendered differences. The city began to research and identify the gaps in data relating to how gender affected use of public space, and by
Regional Economic Partnerships
Cllr Adam McVey,  Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s main economic drivers and it continues to evolve as a dynamic and futuristic city that puts people at its heart.  In regenerating Granton Waterfront, one of the seven strategic sites within the Edinburgh and South
Community Wealth Building, Regional Growth Deals
Sarah Deas, WEAll Scotland Trustee Imagine an economic system which delivers social justice on a healthy planet: a system in which the economy works for the people, not the other way around. This is a wellbeing economy. At WEAll Scotland, our goal is to work with governments, organisations, and individuals
Wellbeing Economy

11th September 2020

Why Choose Community Ownership?

Toby Sandison, Community Shares Scotland Small businesses have long provided a heart to communities across Scotland, especially those in rural areas. Village shops, pubs and post offices become so much more than just a place to pick up essential items: they are meeting places, information hubs, a landmark for lost
Community Wealth Building, Inclusive Growth
Professor Maggie Cusack, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling   Environment & Economy do not Oppose The Scottish Government is committed to addressing climate change and achieving Net Zero by 2045. Many organisations and individuals are keen to do the right thing to address climate change
Regional Growth Deals
Peter Hayakawa, Procurement Policy Officer, University of Edinburgh The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal (ESESCRD) is a major investment of the UK and Scottish governments, led by the region’s six local authorities (Edinburgh and the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife) and higher education institutions, to accelerate growth
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Fiona Hyslop MSP,  Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture I’m really pleased that the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report recognises the importance of place-based initiatives and the need to work with Regional Economic Partnerships, City Region and Regional Growth Deals, and local partners to continue embedding
Community Wealth Building, Inclusive Growth
David Reid, Paradigm Futures Ltd We have so much to learn from history and it is interesting in how many ways things have gone ‘full circle’. A great example is the advent of the national supermarkets many of whom now have a range of express or local shops – effectively
Inclusive Growth
Brendan Turvey, Scottish Natural Heritage We all know that a dose of fresh air can help lift our spirits. For me, it’s running outdoors that keeps me refreshed – and every time I put my running shoes on, nature gives me another gift. A dawn, a sunset, a fleeting glimpse
Inclusive Growth
Inclusive growth has been a feature of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy for the past five years, with governments across the globe agreeing that it can help tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges. But what does it mean at a practical level? Scotland Excel has chosen inclusive growth as
Events, Inclusive Growth
Laura Brady, CITB Scotland It’s no secret that the Scottish construction industry needs more workers. Employers, however, need support to allow them to take on more apprentices and staff – particularly in the face of Brexit-related uncertainty. A key part of my work at CITB is to help employers find
Business and Inclusive Growth, Inclusive Growth
Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies(CLES) Inclusive economic growth is a key aspiration and is set out in Scotland’s Economic Strategy. Scotland aims to grow a sustainable and successful economy whilst tackling inequalities. To realise these aspirations, the fast moving Community Wealth Building (CWB) movement offers a practical, common
Community Wealth Building, Inclusive Growth
Steve Dunlop, CEO Scottish Enterprise The definition of economic success is changing. Successful nations no longer seek only to create wealth; they distribute wealth so that success and happiness is shared by everyone – this is the very definition of inclusive growth. Currently in Scotland, less than 70% of working
Business and Inclusive Growth, Inclusive Growth
Wendy Pring, CEng MICE, Co-founder and CEO of KCP Material Transfer Business I have found that being inclusive doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to the same people and probably won’t feel like the same thing from organisation to organisation. To me what it is, is simply feeling included and
Business and Inclusive Growth
Hamish Trench, Chief Executive, Scottish Land Commission The Scottish Land Commission’s recent conference on ‘Scotland’s Land and Economy’ underscored why the way we own and use land is central to big public policy challenges including climate action, productivity, and a fair economy. Land is a national and a local asset.
Inclusive Growth
Chris Oswald, Equality and Investment Policy Manager, Scottish Government Promoting Inclusive Growth and creating opportunity through a fair and inclusive jobs market and regional cohesion is one of the 4 priorities of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy. This focus on employment as a means of advancing equality and reducing poverty
Inclusive Growth
Julie McLachlan, North Ayrshire Council A recent report by the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) identified North Ayrshire as having the lowest inclusive growth score in Scotland. It is no secret that Ayrshire contains some of the most challenging economic conditions in Scotland. Given this, there is a need to
Community Wealth Building
The role of business in supporting the delivery of inclusive growth was the focus for the second meeting of the Regional Inclusive Growth Research Network Event (RIGRN). The meeting brought together academics from across Scotland including: Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh and Stirling University. The guest speakers were Ziga Zarnic, Inclusive
Business and Inclusive Growth, Inclusive Growth Research
Kevin Rush, Director of Regional Economic Growth, Glasgow City Region City Deal outlines progress being made and how the City Deal is stimulating further growth and investment. Glasgow City Region is one of the largest in the UK, with a population of 1.8 million. Our economy generates over £40 billion
Regional Growth Deals
Mark Hepworth, Director of Research and Policy, The Good Economy The Scottish Government wants businesses to play a central role in delivering its inclusive growth policies at the national, regional and local levels. It recognises that engaging constructively with businesses is contingent on a deep understanding of the links between
Business and Inclusive Growth
Richard Holt, Oxford Economics With Regional Economic Partnerships across Scotland, Scottish Futures Trust recently commissioned Oxford Economics to examine the extent to which regional economic arrangements are used alongside local and national interventions to deliver inclusive growth. Our conclusion from the several case studies that we undertook is that there
Inclusive Growth Research
Professor Stephen Sinclair, Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit Inclusive growth is at the top of not only the Scottish Government’s agenda, but that of countries across the developed world. This interest is relatively new and welcome. Recent Economic orthodoxy is summarized by Robert Lucas, the 2004 Nobel Prize winner,
Inclusive Growth Research
Professor Alan McGregor, University of Glasgow The £250m Ayrshire Growth Deal (AGD) will provide much-needed momentum to help propel forward economic growth across the area, although this will need to be supported fully by mainstream public sector expenditure and private sector investment if the gap between the Ayrshire economy and
Regional Growth Deals