This week Shadow Social Security Secretary and South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, spoke in the Scottish Parliament debate on the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018.
In her speech, Mrs. Ballantyne praised local social enterprises such as the ‘You Can Cook’ project in Peeblesshire and highlighted how social enterprises can promote entrepreneurship and provide social benefits in rural communities.
The Scottish Parliament debate on this week highlighted the role of social enterprises in responding to social challenges and Scotland’s place in promoting the development of social enterprises on the world stage.
Michelle Ballantyne praised the commitment to social enterprises but also highlighted the importance of making sure that they are sustainable.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“Social enterprises have an important role in inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and I’m very proud that we have groups in the Scottish Borders working towards this.
“I have worked and continue to be active in a social enterprise. This activity tends to be hugely important to the cohesiveness and sustainability of communities.
“They can inspire groups to consider expansion, provide the support and experience to find routes to long-term development, and allow fragile local social enterprises to think bigger and ensure their sustainability.
“It is important that we continue to promote the development of social enterprises and help them grow in the Borders.”