Social Firms Scotland is a voice for the sector; one of our most important roles is representing our members interests and influencing at a national and local level to ensure a supportive policy environment for Social Firm development. Our aim is to be recognised for our expertise in matters related to employability, social inclusion, economic activity and health improvements.

Listed below are the main policy areas within which we operate and influence, along with key documents, consultation responses and external links from Scottish Government, Social Firms Scotland, our partners, and other stakeholders. Our support and representative work in Procurement, Employability and Health and Wellbeing are underpinned by the guidance, frameworks and practices listed here, and all of our involvement in transnational directives can be accessed via the included documentation. All files are available to download



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Supporting people to gain employment quickly after they leave prison can reduce offending by up to 50%

Centre for Mental Health. Supporting offenders into employment. 2013

Social Firms Scotland is currently involved in numerous employability related activities/fora to represent our Members’ interests and influence on their behalf, whilst also supporting them and the work that they do directly. We have recently taken the lead role in facilitating the Employability Social Enterprise Network (SEN) which aims to ensure the role social enterprise plays in employability is recognised and valued. Activity to date is varied and includes connecting with key stakeholders, a series of consultation events with SEN members to inform a response to the Government’s consultation on the futures of employment services (see resources), and we will continue to support our members’ and Scottish Government’s ambitions in this area.

Our partnership activity includes working with Falkirk Disability Employment project, and working alongside Scottish Prison Service, local SENs and other partners to explore how social enterprises and prisons can work together to increase opportunities for people within and when leaving prison.

Scottish Government
Scotland’s Future Employment Services Consultation (2015-16)
‘Creating a Fairer Scotland: Scotland’s Future Employment Services’ (July 2015)
‘A new Future for Employability Support in Scotland’ (March 2016)
‘A working life for all disabled people’ – Employability Framework for Scotland (2010)
Main report
Summary document
Refresh of the employability framework for Scotland (2012)
‘Working for Growth: A refresh of the employability framework for Scotland’
Related Documents
Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-15
Full document
‘Keys to Life: Improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities’
Full document
Social Firms Scotland

Consultation on Scottish Government Response to the Apprenticeship Levy (2016)
Social Firms Scotland and Senscot joint response on behalf of SFS and Employability SEN members

Scotland’s Future Employment Services
SFS Briefing Paper on Scotland’s future employability support services (from Third Sector Employability Forum Meeting) (March 2016)

Scotland’s Future Employability Support Services Consultation (2015)
Social Firms Scotland response
Employability SEN response
: Submitted on behalf of the SEN by Social Firms Scotland

Scotland’s Next Mental Health Strategy Consultation (2016)
Social Firms Scotland response


Social Firms Scotland is a partner in the Ready for Business Consortium, a partnership providing free tailored support to maximise social value through procurement. The tailored programme offered identifies the needs of public sector bodies, whilst engaging and supporting social enterprises in the tendering process. Pauline Graham, Social Firms Scotland’s CEO is also actively involved in the Ministerial Strategic Group for Procurement at Scottish Government.

Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a partnership between Senscot, Social Firms Scotland, the Scottish Community Alliance and Co-operative Development Scotland.  It supports mainly small, locally based social enterprises and other third sector organisations looking to form partnerships and consortia in their efforts to access more of the investment currently being driven through the public procurement market. For more information about the range of support and information available through P4P visit:

Health and Wellbeing

Social Firms Scotland firmly believes that Social Enterprise is at the heart of public health, and contributes to groups that include the Third Sector Roundtable on Prevention and the Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing roundtable, whilst actively engaging with NHS Health Scotland and partners. Social Firms Scotland is committed to improving the links between public health agencies and social enterprises, and promoting opportunities for social enterprises to deliver public health contracts and other services directed at improving the health and wellbeing of the public.

European Network

Social Firms Scotland is dedicated to building the profile of Social Firms across Scotland and beyond, and has demonstrated this by its involvement in numerous transnational directives. Notably, its participation in the European Social Entrepreneurship network during 2013 and 2014. The network brought together representatives from nine EU countries and regions in order to create a framework of best shared practice and learning from each of their extensive experiences.