The third sector encompasses social enterprises, small community groups and voluntary organisations/charities. We provide advice, guidance and support to new, emerging and established third sector organisations on a broad range of topics and activities.
The Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) promotes businesses, social enterprises and the self-employed in Scotland’s rural and island economies. Participating enterprises are included in the online directory and have the option to accept the REDS gift card.
GrowBiz offer support to social enterprises across rural Scotland. We can offer 1:1 meetings with our friendly advisers for guidance and support to help you identify what you need to get started or to achieve your enterprise goals. From talking through your initial idea, helping you to develop a business strategy or identifying areas where you require training and development. GrowBiz also offer online learning sessions so can upskill in the areas necessary to run a successful enterprise, host informal networking events and have an award winning mentoring programme.
Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues by providing practical support for community-led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland.
Inspiralba provide support for social enterprise development, growth and sustainability across Argyll and Bute.
HIE invests in building capacity, empowering communities to acquire assets, enabling growth in the economy.