A decade of success

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TURNING over more than £23m and employing around 700 people, Dundee’s social enterprises make a significant contribution to the city’s economy.

The umbrella organisation looking after such business, Dundee Social Enterprise Network, recently marked a decade of existence by highlighting some of its successes, including Tayberry Enterprises Ltd.

Tayberry is a social enterprise working with people with long term conditions and learning disabilities. It provides creative art activities, volunteer opportunities and training placements in catering for people with significant health barriers to employment.

It was the inspiration of staff working in healthcare services in Dundee as a response to difficulty accessing employability opportunities for their clients within the existing provision in the city.

Income is generated through a mixture of grant funding, trading in art performances, running groups and workshops.

Gillian Funai director and founder said: “The value of the training I have received through Dundee Social Enterprise Network cannot be underestimated.

“That and the other support we have had has been extremely valuable to Tayberry and the people we work with.”

Councillor Lynne Short who sits on the city’s Social Enterprise Development Board said:  “Dundee has a strong and resilient Social Enterprise Network driven by enthusiastic and caring people.

“It helps to put the enterprise into the city, as many of the businesses are about much more than just the social benefits they bring,  they are also significant economic drivers.

“There are already 135 Social Enterprises in the city adding value and richness by providing social and environmental benefits in every sector you can think of, from furniture making to recycling and childcare to tourism.

“In the coming years as Dundee develops I want to help more Social Enterprises become established here and make their own unique and valuable contribution to the local economy.”

DSEN has more than 70 members who have a joint turnover of more than £23 million and it has just published a new network directory of the city’s social enterprises. A copy can be had by contacting admin@dundeesen.org.

Cllr Lynne Short, Social Enterprise Development Board, Julie Farr, CEO of DSEN, Derek Marshall, Chair of DSEN

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