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SIS Business Support: Cost of Living Crisis

Working with partners and industry experts, we are launching a series of interactive webinars to support social enterprises, charities and business through the Cost of Living crisis.


Cost of living crisis – Practical Approaches with Inspiring Scotland

Tuesday 11 October, 13:00 – 14:00

In partnership with Inspiring Scotland we bring together a range of industry experts. In this session we will focus on the impacts of the cost of living crisis on your business, your property, your workforce and the sector and their views on the practical steps and plans you can make to enable you to thrive and strive . As well as routes and options for support in Scotland (both financial and practical if available).

We will look at energy planning, attracting and retaining staff and when should legal advice be taken and where you can get support.

Guest speakers –

Tommy Seymour & Elaine Crichton, Inspiring Scotland

Kieran Daly, Market Building Manager, Social Investment Scotland

Rhona Delaney – Brodies LLP

Associate in Brodies’ Charities & Third Sector team, Rhona Delaney specialises in provided corporate, governance and charity law advice and guidance. Rhona comes with over six years’ experience in working with a wide range of charities, including setting up new charities and social enterprises, to providing advice to existing charitable organisations, development trusts and social enterprises.

Neill Sullivan, Head of projects Boxfish, Ethical Utility Management
Neil is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering. After graduating, he worked in the pharmaceutical sector before going back to Uni to gain a masters in Energy Systems and the Environment. From there he moved into consultancy with a focus on energy and water efficiency, carbon management and legislative compliance. He now heads up the technical projects team at Boxfish, helping clients to minimise their impact on the environment, reduce their operational costs and ensure they remain complaint.

Jackie Lawrie, JL Recruitment
I started my career in HR for a retail group tasked with recruiting staff for over 30 branches throughout Scotland and the north of England. Returning to Edinburgh in 1990, I worked for a large national recruitment agency and in 1998 set up my own business sourcing staff for temporary contracts and permanent placements for predominantly office-based staff within a variety of large and small employers. Clients included the former Lothian & Borders Police, Bovis Construction, Changeworks, Marie Curie – contact centre, City of Edinburgh Council and lots of professional service and smaller financial clients.
In 2016, I downsized to work from home, still placing/sourcing similar candidates but with a client based of smaller businesses, charities and support staff within education along with hospitality staff for a client with ski chalets in France. My strengths lie in recruitment and during the start of Covid joined the volunteers at Inspiring Scotland to support several of their clients with writing job specs and ads and have also helped recruit for a few of their members.



SIS Briefings – Insolvency & Restructuring

Wednesday 2 November, 09:00 – 10:00

In this session, we will be joined by two of the expert team from FRP, a business advisory firm providing restructuring, corporate finance, debt advisory, forensic accounting and pensions services and is one of the UK’s largest specialists in the area of corporate restructuring.
You may have to plan for, and make some big decisions for your organisation now or in the future based on the the current economic climate and the impact of the cost of living. What should you be considering? Our experts will provide you with an overview of the detail to help better inform your decision making process and next steps.

Guest speakers –

Tom MacLennan, Partner, FRP – Tom has a wide variety of sector experience including construction and property, retail, agriculture and aquaculture, professional practices, shipping, and the hotel and licensed trade. He and his team have wide sectorial and geographical knowledge, and an extensive contact base within the Scottish marketplace.

David Stevenson, Senior Manager, FRP – David has extensive corporate restructuring experience, undertaking administrations, liquidations, accelerated mergers and acquisitions, and pre-pack administrations across a wide range of industries such as agriculture, professional services, property, engineering, haulage, and oil and gas. He has undertaken numerous diligence reviews and advisory assignments to boards, creditors and other stakeholders.


SIS Briefings: Trustees -Strategy, Trading, Risk & the Cost of Living Crisis

Tuesday 8 November, 14:00 – 15:30

In this session and as part of trustee week, we will be joined by two industry experts from OSCR and Johnston Carmichael looking at financial strategies and assessing risk and how you can you work with your trustees to take on some of the key and business critical responsibilities.

If it’s right for your organisation we will also spend sometime discussing social investment options including what recovery funds might be available to you at this time (if available).

Understanding the risks in order to mitigate and act, we will share regulatory insight and guidance for organisations and their trustees on managing the potential risks through the cost of living crisis.

Guest speakers –

Martin Tyson, Head of Regulation and Improvement OSCR

Martin leads OSCR’s main outward-facing functions. This includes overseeing delivery and continuous improvement of OSCR’s regulatory casework, as well as its work with the charity sector and key stakeholders to build improvement and public confidence in charities.

Martin has worked in OSCR, with a particular focus on casework and policy issues, since 2006. Brought up in the north-east of England, he is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He began his career at the National Archives of Scotland, serving as the Inspecting Officer for government records in Scotland. Following that, he was seconded to the former General Register Office for Scotland and managed its public search facilities, including Scotland’s People website.

Scott Jeffrey Audit Partner Johnston Carmichael

Scott is an Audit Partner in the Inverness office and heads the team responsible for the day to day operations of the audit function and for corporate accounts compliance for small, medium and large companies.

As a member of the Audit and Assurance Group, Scott has joint responsibility for the provision of technical assistance and support throughout the firm. His role also involves the training of students on internal audit courses, and is involved with the presentation at the Annual Audit Conference.

Scott has responsibilities for compliance with charity legislation and ensuring the adequacy of disclosures.


SIS Briefings: Redundancy & Leadership Resilience

Wednesday 9 November, 13:00 – 14:30

Our guest speakers for this session have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of employment law and senior leadership.

You may have to plan for, and have to make some big and difficult decisions for your organisation now or in the future based on the the current economic climate and impact of the cost of living.

Our expert from employment law will provide you with an overview to help better inform your decision making process and next steps, should you have to consider redundancies within your business and the best way forward for its future success.

Being a leader can be a lonely place. How do you muster the layers of resilience needed to make key and difficult decisions for the business and the team you lead? At what point do you make them? Any choice is the right choice as long as you know the how and why. Your wellbeing, taking time out and speaking with others you know who can support and guide you is essential at challenging times.

Guest Speakers:

Jane Bruce, Founder of Brilliant Leaders

Jane is the Founder of at Brilliant Leaders a transformational coaching & development for mission driven leaders and teams. Jane’s coaching is based on a belief that everyone has the potential for leadership and the ability to have a positive impact on the world. She offers a model of modern leadership that is accessible and effective for the challenging times we are living in.

Jane has been operating at senior leadership level as a Chief Executive and Board Member for the past 16 years, bringing a deep knowledge of organisations to her coaching. Jane has worked mainly in the not for profit sector but have also worked extensively with partners across the public and commercial sectors.

Jane was also previously Director of Venture Scotland – delivering on running wilderness-based programmes of personal development and volunteering for disadvantaged young people.

Sarah Gilzean, Senior Associate at Morton Fraser

Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Employment Law team. She is an accredited specialist in employment law and has particular expertise in discrimination and equal pay. Sarah is highly regarded in the sector as a discrimination lawyer and is Convener of the Law Society Equalities Law Reform Committee and Secretary of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association.

She regularly advises in relation to senior exits, TUPE and redundancy, disciplinary and grievance, contractual disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay and industrial relations. She appears on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and training seminars on employment law and discrimination topics. Sarah is considered an Associate to Watch in Employment law by Chambers and Partners.

SIS Briefings: Emergency Cashflow

Wednesday 16 November, 12:00 – 13:00

In this session, we will be joined by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants and a SIS customer.

Book your place here. 

Accessing Social Investment and the Cost of Living Crisis

Wednesday 2 February, 09:00 – 10:00

Social Investment Scotland, in partnership with South of Scotland Enterprise, invite you to an interactive session that will give you an overview of Social Investment and with the help of our social enterprise sector expert, we discuss the effects of the cost of living crisis on your organisation in the South of Scotland, your team, the sector as a whole and the route to recovery.

Our social enterprise expert, Ingrid Webb will focus on the effects of the increasing cost of living and her views on the key steps that could be taken to support your sustainability and recovery during this time of economic crisis. What questions should you be asking yourself?

Book your place here.

SIS Briefings: Rising Construction and Materials Costs

Thursday 23 February, 10:00 – 11:30

In this session, we’ll be joined by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust.

More details will be published in due course.

Past Webinars

Cost of Living Crisis – Practical Approaches

Social Investment Scotland, in partnership with Inspiring Scotland, brought together a range of industry experts to help support you with the webinar – Cost of Living Crisis – Practical Approaches.

In this session, we focused on the impacts of the cost of living crisis on your business, your property, your workforce and the sector. Our panel also shared their views on the practical steps and plans you can make to enable you adapt to the expected challenges that both businesses and individuals may face. The session also spent some time highlighting routes and options for support in Scotland (both financial and practical).

We looked at energy planning, attracting and retaining staff, when should legal advice be taken and where you can get support.

Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building for Social Investment Scotland will be joined by Tommy Seymour & Elaine Crichton from Inspiring Scotland joined Rhona Delaney, Associate at Brodies LLP, Neill Sullivan, Head of Projects at Boxfish, Ethical Utility Management and Jackie Lawrie of JL Recruitment.