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Edinburgh social enterprises’ role in Development Academy highlighted.

Three innovative Edinburgh social enterprises recently took part in Asda’s second Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy. The participation of Ginerosity, Punjabi Junction and The Justice Brand in the Academy- a joint initiative between Asda and Social Investment Scotland (SIS)- has been highlighted in a Parliamentary motion by Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Asda’s Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy is a really positive initiative and I am delighted that three city based social enterprises have been able to benefit from its expertise and support.

“ It is encouraging to learn that some social enterprises that attended last year’s Academy have now received national listings with Asda, allowing them to expand, and I hope that this can be replicated in future by some of Lothian’s excellent and innovative social enterprises.”

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* Please see below Miles’ motion as tabled today.

Motion Number: S5M-06823
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 21/07/2017

Title: Edinburgh Social Enterprises Participate in Asda’s Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes that three innovative social enterprises based in Edinburgh, Ginerosity, Punjabi Junction and The Social Brand, recently took part in Asda’s second Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy; understands that the academy, developed in partnership with Social Investment Scotland (SIS), is the first of its kind in the UK and is funded through the proceeds from Asda’s carrier bag charge in Scotland; notes that it aims to help product-based social enterprises to develop the skills required to access the large retail market; further understands that a number of social enterprises that attended the inaugural academy in 2016 received national listings with Asda that helped increase the size and scale of their operations; commends Asda’s investment in social enterprise through the academy and ongoing mentoring and access to social investment loans, and wishes the social enterprises success in the future as they aim to grow and potentially become suppliers.

Miles Briggs