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These events take place online using Zoom.

We’re delighted to invite you to our series of Raising Investment events, delivered by our ASSIST Business Support initiative.

Our Raising Investment programme will be delivered this year based on the knowledge and experience of entrepreneurs who have raised social investment within a specific sector.

We’ll also be working with a range of industry experts from each sector during these sessions. We’ll hear from property lawyers on the likely state of the property market post COVID-19, tourism and heritage sites on the upcoming challenges they will be facing and we’ll be speaking with social care, arts and theatre venues, who are dealing with the everyday practicalities of operating differently as we emerge from lockdown.

During these sessions, we’ll look at the range of social investment providers operating in Scotland, the range of options available (including some grant or ‘blended’ options). In the latter part of our session we will be joined by Community Shares Scotland. Using case studies relevant to our themes they will discuss the community shares and crowdfunding approach as an additional way of raising finance and gaining community buy-in.

The Raising Investment webinars run for 2 hours – focusing on raising investment for the first 90 minutes, which is then followed by 30 minutes covering crowdfunding and community shares.


Webinar Recordings

Raising Investment – Food and Drink Services
with Fiona Allan, Chair, Fly Cup Catering | 21st July, 2020

Fiona Allan, Chair, Fly Cup Catering

Fiona Allan, Chair, Flycup Catering

Fiona is the chair of Fly Cup catering based in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.  The Fly Cup provide catering training for young adults with learning disabilities and currently work with around 40 trainees providing valuable skills and qualifications to allow the trainees to reach their full potential and access employment opportunities. The Fly Cup provides event space, a café and outside catering business where all the food is prepared and served by the trainees.


Raising Investment for Online and Trade Retail
with Alan Mahon Founder and Managing Director, Brewgooder,
Reuben Chesters, Founder and Managing Director, Locavore
and Rachael Brown, Chief Executive, Future Economy Company / Creative Entrepreneurs Club | 28th July, 2020

Alan Mahon Founder and Managing Director of Brewgooder

Alan Mahon, Founder & Managing Director, Brewgooder

Alan Mahon is the Founder of Brewgooder, a profit for purpose beer brand that is trying to make beer the world’s most empowering consumer product. Since 2016 Brewgooder has funded 135 water projects for 65,235 people in Malawi, unlocking hundreds of millions of litres of safe drinking water.

Alan is also an anti-racist campaigner and Founder of Work In Progress a brewing industry initiative to increase the inclusion of under-represented groups in the beer industry.

Reuben Chesters, Founder and Managing Director of Locavore

Reuben Chesters, Founder & Managing Director, Locavore

Reuben Chesters is the Founder and Managing Director of Locavore. Locavore run an organic supermarket, a veg box scheme, market garden and provides wholesale organic groceries to other UK shops through Locavore Trading.


Rachael Brown, Chief Executive, Future Economy Company / Creative Entrepreneurs Club

Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown is a strategic advisor to Social Investment Scotland and our Social Entrepreneur in Residence. Rachael is the CEO and founder of both The Future Economy Company and the Creative Entrepreneurs Club – a dedicated member driven community that connects, upskills and empowers creative entrepreneurs throughout Scotland.

Prior to becoming a Director at Impact Arts, Rachael, a trained opera singer, delivered community arts education programmes in settings ranging from prisons to large theatres. She has an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, from Babson College, and is a Saltire Fellow.

For the previous two years, she has been Convener of the ‘Can Do Scotland Collective’ – a collective Impact approach to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in Scotland. She can often be found front and centre of a stage, facilitating large scale innovation events and also championing entrepreneurship across Scotland.


Raising Investment for Sports Club and Leisure
with Craig Graham, Chairman, Spartans Community Football Academy and James Steel, Lead Manager, sportscotland| 4th August, 2020

Craig Graham, Chairman, Spartans Community Football Academy

Craig Graham

Craig is the Chairman of The Spartans Community Football Academy and The Spartans FC.  Along with Derick Rodier he founded the Academy as the charitable arm of the football club in 2006.  The Academy aims to change lives through sport.  He works closely with his fellow trustees, the Chief Executive Douglas Samuel and the members of the team to develop the vision and strategic initiatives for the charity.

He is immensely proud of the impact the Academy has had and was awarded an MBE in 2018 for services to football and the community of North Edinburgh. Craig has also been an advisor to the SFA in various capacities and has supported several Scottish sporting organisations with their development.

Craig has worked as a consultant at KPMG since 1989 having been a partner for many years, he specializes in the Insurance sector.

James Steel, Lead Manager, sportscotland

James Steel

James has been with the national agency for sport since 2006 where he was worked primarily on club and community sports projects. He has led the Community Sport Hub project since its inception and also leads on sportscotland’s Changing Lives work. In his spare time, he is the chair of a local basketball club in Dunfermline which was set up as a charity to develop people through basketball.


Raising Investment for Tourism and Heritage 
with Jane Isaacson, Sustainability & Development Manager, Dunollie | 11th August, 2pm – 4pm| 2020

Jane Isaacson , Sustainability & Development Manager, Dunollie

Jane leads the team at MacDougall of Dunollie preservation trust. During her time with Dunollie she has developed different, varied income streams and long-term sustainability. Working closely with Dunollie’s Trusties and Directors their aim is to work towards their agreed vision “to be Oban’s jewel; an internationally celebrated centre for Scottish culture and heritage and home of the world-wide Clan MacDougall”.  Visitors to Dunollie can travel back more than 1,000 years to learn about the history of the castle and the MacDougall Family through exciting exhibitions and displays.

Heather Macnaughton, Partnership Manager at Historic Environment Scotland

Heather Macnaughton

We will be joined in this session by Heather Macnaughton, Partnership Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. Heather will provide an overview of the typical sources of finance available for heritage projects which could support a blended approach to raising funds for investment.


Raising Investment for Technology
with Jo Halliday, CEO & Founder, Talking Medicines and Hazel Jane, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for Scotland, Tech Nation | 18th August, 2020

Jo Halliday, CEO & Founder, Talking Medicines

Jo Halliday

Talking Medicines is a mission-driven business that puts patients at the centre of healthcare. The digital product captures the global voice of the patient, in parallel with extensive compliance requirements in order to provide curated digital insights to their clients both above and below the medicine brand.

Talking Medicines gives a digital window into aggregated views on how patients talk about and use individual medicines once they leave the pharmacy. Their social data is at a medicine level with metrics that pharmaceutical companies can use to support patient-centric marketing decisions; driving more effective medicines.

Hazel Jane, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for Scotland, Tech Nation

Hazel Jane

Having moved to Scotland in 2017 Hazel worked first for Amiqus and Future X and she is now is one of 11 Entrepreneurship Engagement Managers. Excited by the role Scotland has in being a key player in Tech for Good Hazel is also an interfaith Minister in training.

Technology has and will continue to play an increasing role in our lives and Tech Nation seeks to build a national network connecting ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs across the UK.


Raising Investment for Health and Social Care
with Susan Clark, Project Manager, Glenurquhart Care Housing Project | 25th August, 2020

Susan Clark, Project Manager, Glenurquhart Care Housing Project

Susan Clark

Susan owns and is a Director of Great Glen Consulting which offers project management and business consultancy services for a range of clients, including community, charity and private sector,  in the renewable, building, social care and transport industries.

Susan is heavily involved in her own community and is chair of Glenurquhart Rural Community Association (GURCA), Secretary of the Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games.

Since 2012, Susan has also been a trustee of the Port of Inverness and also co-owns a holiday rental cottage in Drumnadrochit.

Susan was the project manager for the Glenurquhart Care Housing Project from the very beginning (when it was just and idea) until the houses were completed, residents moved in and snagging completed.


Raising Investment for Buildings
with Susan Aktemel, Executive Director, Homes for Good | 1st September, 2020

Susan Aktemel, Executive Director, Homes for Good

Susan Aktemel

Susan Aktemel is the founder of the UK’s first social enterprise letting agency, channelling all of its profits into services for tenants – many of whom receive Universal Credit.

Susan leads by example in the private rental sector, creating safe happy homes for tenants and sound investments for landlords. Working across the West of Scotland, Homes for Good builds relationships and customer care standards with tenants and landlords alike, which sets them apart.


Raising Investment for Land and Energy
with Calum Macdonald, Development Manager, Point and Sandwick Trust | 8th September, 2020

Calum Macdonald, Development Manager, Point and Sandwick Trust

Calum Macdonald

Calum is the development manager for Point and Sandwick Trust and was the MP for the Western Isles from 1987 to 2005. Calum was the initiator and developer of the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm. An academic turned politician turned wind farm developer and community activist. Calum is deeply committed to community development and rights and keen to maximise the community’s involvement in, and its financial benefits from, the renewables industry in the Highlands and Islands.


Raising Investment for Contracts and Procurement
with Ally Scott, Operations Manager, All Cleaned Up | 15th September 2020

Ally Scott, Operations Manager, All Cleaned Up

Ally Scott

Ally is a highly experienced manager with a background in the hospitality industry. Ally took his experience and knowledge into the third sector many years ago and never looked back. Ally is passionate about people, empowerment and change. Currently leading one of Scotland’s most inspiring social enterprise’s, Ally fully believes that the third sector and social enterprises, in particular, are one of Scotland’s shining areas of success and will play an ever-increasing role of importance in our future.


Raising Investment for Arts & Culture
with Jeremy Wyatt, CEO, Ayr Gaiety Partnership and Medeia Cohan, Co-Founder, Creative Entrepreneur’s Club| 22nd September, 2020

Jeremy Wyatt, CEO, Ayr Gaiety Partnership

Jeremy Wyatt

Jeremy is CEO of Ayr Gaiety Partnership (AGP) and Executive Chair of Borderline Theatre Company.  He was one of a small group who established AGP to take on and run The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr after it was closed in 2009 by the then owners, South Ayrshire Council.  After reopening the theatre in December 2012, Jeremy secured funding from a range of sources to tackle a major refurbishment in 2016 – this included a significant loan element from SIS.

Up to the point, the theatre suspended operations due to the pandemic Jeremy, his board and staff team, had established an operating model involving a small staff team and around 150 volunteers.  The theatre presented around 220 performances a year, largely being professional shows but with a significant community element. In 2019 AGP raised its game to move from being a receiving house to a producing house, delivering its own (highly successful) panto.  A growing programme of Creative Learning and Rural Touring complemented this activity. But because the theatre’s income was over 90% in ticket sales, overnight closure in March led to an immediate emergency.

Since then, a combination of Government support, generous donors, partnership with South Ayrshire Council, support from SIS and a reinvention of the organisation’s method of operation have led to considerable success.  The organisations finances are more stable than at the start of the crisis and it has been delivering a significant programme of online and outdoor activity that is bringing leading Scottish artists to work across communities in Ayrshire.

Jeremy also chairs Hall Aitken Associates and from time to time leads on investment appraisal and social value assessments for their clients.  He is also chair of the Social Value UK Council and is a member of the Social Value International methods sub group. He holds an MBA, is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and a Fellow of The RSA.

Medeia Cohan, Co-Founder, Creative Entrepreneur’s Club

Medeia CohenRespected as an innovative and creative force, Medeia has forged a successful career in the space between the creative and businesses sectors. Having held high-level roles within both the public and private sectors, Medeia has established a reputation for creating impactful programmes, driving new ventures, and developing powerful networks. In 2013 she was recognised for her work by being named a Woman of Achievement by Director Magazine. In 2018 Medeia embarked on the development of the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club in Glasgow.

This session will explore the current and emerging landscape for creative organisations and entrepreneurs.  Medeia will share what the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club is doing to support the creative industry during this important time. Medeia will also discuss how partnerships and investment can help build resilience and support recovery.

CEC also partners with SIS on our annual Retail Academy and our inspiring Ambitions leadership programme. They provide a wealth of resources, support, expertise as a networking hub for those looking to learn and gain the best understanding of creating social impact through culture and the arts.