Social enterprises can fill Bute community gaps

The Vital Spark social enterprise project was launched at a brain-storming event at Rothesay's Moat community centre.
The Vital Spark social enterprise project was launched at a brain-storming event at Rothesay's Moat community centre.

The first steps towards encouraging ‘social enterprises’ to fill economic gaps in communities like Bute were taken at an event in Rothesay this week.

A brainstorming session at the Moat community centre formed the Rothesay launch of the ‘Vital Spark’ project, a partnership between InspirAlba, a social enterprise which helps community-based organisations turn ideas and aspirations in to robust, sustainable business activities, and Firstport, which provides free business support and awards for new-start social entrepreneurs in Scotland.

Ailsa Clark from InspirAlba said: “We’re introducing the programme by asking local people about the issues and opportunities which exist in their community, and hopefully these will help set the context for new social enterprises to emerge in the future.

“Social enterprises are businesses in which any profts made are reinvested into tackling the issue the social enterprise was designed to address.

“Bute has a number of successful social enterprises, such as Fyne Futures and Calum’s Cabin, and across Argyll there are community cinemas, swimming pools, petrol stations and more which are run on that basis.”