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Just launched: SIS Social Impact Report 2017

More than 1 million Scots have benefited either directly or indirectly from social investment over the past year according to our latest annual Social Impact Report.

The 2017 report is the result of in-depth research amongst 130 SIS customers comprising of social enterprises, charities and community organisations to measure the impact of investment on their social and economic goals.

Over the past year the activities of SIS’s customers have benefited 1.09 million Scots. Of these, 38% are estimated to live in Scotland’s most deprived areas (0-15% SIMD areas).

The benefit of these activities is felt across every local authority in Scotland with Edinburgh, Glasgow and Highlands & Islands proving the most popular regions for social investment.

While the total turnover reported for the last full financial year by 127 customers decreased from 2016 by £9m to £182m, the number of customers becoming financially sustainable, a key success indicator, increased.

25% of customers reported no grant funding, relying on trading and other income instead, 7% more than in 2016.

Encouragingly, seven in ten (69%) organisations also expect an increase in turnover from the last full financial year to this financial year (up from 62% in 2016), while all expect the number of employees to grow over the next two years (6,873 employees and 4,843 FTEs expected at the end of 2018, compared to a total of 6,500 and 4,495 FTEs reported at end 2016).

The Social Impact Report follows hot on the heels of the latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report which shows clear growth in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact, underlining Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation in the support and development of social enterprise. There are now 5,600 social enterprises operating in Scotland (up from 5199 in 2015), while the economic contribution of social enterprises to Scotland reached £2 billion GVA.

Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland

Alastair Davis

“As we grow and expand our services, I’m proud that our focus on supporting the most marginalised communities has remained unchanged, and we have also been able to maintain our high service standards, as judged by our customers.”

“While economic conditions over the past year have been testing, our customers remain broadly optimistic about both their revenue and employment prospects over the coming years. At SIS we have been doing a lot of work with organisations across Scotland to help them become more investment-ready and this appears to be paying off. Only by becoming more financially sustainable can these organisations plan for the future, targeting growth, greater employment and increased impacts.”

Nick Kuenssberg, chairman, Social Investment Scotland

Nick Kuenssberg, SIS Chair“As one of the UK’s leader responsible finance providers, SIS will continue to retain a singular focus on increasing social impacts across Scotland and the numbers of people benefiting from these impacts. Whether these impacts are delivered by ambitious third sector organisations or by innovative socially-focused entrepreneurs, we will underpin them as best we can with the right capital and support to meet their requirements to succeed.”

Read the report