About Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network supports, promotes and develops social enterprise in Edinburgh and serves as a hub creating social and economic growth.


Social Enterprise is central to delivering social and economic change in Edinburgh.


Creating opportunities for Edinburgh’s Social Enterprise community to develop and thrive, and recognising its positive impact on society and the local community.

Through this vision and mission, we will continue to:

  • Increase recognition of the contribution of social enterprise to local and national strategic priorities
  • Increase the number of social enterprises based in Edinburgh, operating locally nationally and internationally
  • Support the sustainability and growth of the sector
  • Promote and increase awareness of the social enterprise code so that it is adopted as best practice for ethical, socially and environmentally responsible businesses
  • Increase membership of the network to build a strong, cohesive community influencing and informing local and national policy
  • Establish The Good Stuff Network Edinburgh as the go to organisation for social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, enterprising third sector organisations, social enterprises and socially responsible businesses
  • Create the conditions to develop and test new ideas and concepts to enable social enterprise in Edinburgh to thrive and contribute to Edinburgh and Scotland’s growing international reputation as leaders in social enterprise.

Social Enterprise in Edinburgh

Read about the growth in the sector and see all the facts and figures in our latest Social Impact report.

Key Partners

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network has key partnerships both locally and nationally, including collaborations with:

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Edinburgh Third Sector Interface

ESEN is a partner in the Edinburgh Third Sector Interface, together with Volunteer Edinburgh, and EVOC.

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More about Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network

The Board

Emma Galloway, Chair. Emma is an experienced social entrepreneur with a track record of developing sustainable enterprises and the current chair of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network. She has been…

Meet the team

James Wood, CEO. James is a Community Development professional and a gifted partnership-builder, engaging in international & multi-cultural settings with public, private, third-sector and community groups since 1998.

What is social enterprise?

Social enterprise is an exciting, ethical and sustainable way of doing business which benefits the community, society or environment.

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