Social Enterprise Register

Fit for purpose: 2016 and beyond

The Ready for Business Consortium held its Fit for Purpose 2016 event at Easter Road Stadium in March. Over 80 delegates were present to hear from a range of inspiring speakers as well as engaging in a series of workshops. With Health and Social Care Integration coming into force across 31 local authority areas on 1st April, the Conference focused on the important role social enterprises can play in improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Scotland. These contributions, via community focused initiatives, can go a long way towards addressing many of the issues being faced by our health service – as well as contributing towards healthier, happier and more vibrant communities. To achieve these aims, the conference also heard call for more creative approaches to procurement and commissioning of services and an end to short term funding.

A summary report on the event will be available soon. In the meantime, you can check out the Twitter chat here or on Storify and the presentations below (all in PDF format).

Keynote Speech

Dr Andrew Murray

Governmental Address

Ian Mitchell, Deputy Director for Strategic Health & Social Care Integration, Scottish Government

Social Enterprise Showcase

Michelle McCrindle, Chief Executive, Food Train

Niall McShannon, Managing Director, CCI Scotland


Jim Miller, NHS, Acting Director of National Procurement

Social Business & Health

Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian

University; and Hugh MacLean, Director, Healthy Options

NHS Lothian PSPs – GameChanger

Linda Irvine, Strategic Programme Manager, NHS Lothian; and Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive,

Hibernian FC

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) Community Transport PSP

Graham Dunn, Transport Development Officer, SPT

Micro Enterprise and Social Innovation

Des McCart, National Coordinator for SDS & Commissioning, Scottish Government

See the programme of the day here.

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