Social Enterprise in North Lanarkshire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire offer a range of social enterprise support and services including advice on start up, governance, charity law and income generation to our members. As well as this we also provide information and support for HR, IT, quality systems, networking and partnerships. Throughout the year we offer an organisational development training programme with a variety of courses delivered throughout North Lanarkshire.  

VANL is a partner within the Lanarkshire Social Economy Partnership which is responsible for driving the social economy in Lanarkshire. The partners provide a strategic and operational function ensuring advice and support services for new and existing Social Enterprises in North Lanarkshire. Other partners include North Lanarkshire Council, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (Business Gateway), Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Council.

Through the North Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Framework, the partners seek to increase the development and growth of the sector locally in terms of jobs and turnover during the period 2013 – 2018. The Lanarkshire Social Economy Steering Group was established to provide the structure for a co-ordinated inter agency response to social economy development across Lanarkshire.

For further information or to discuss any aspects further please contact Michelle Thomson, Development & Support Officer. 

Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy  - 2016-26

Download a copy of Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy,

Read more on Scotland's Vision for Social Enterprise - Building a new Economy

Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme - 2017 Round Open

This scheme has launched a new round of its Social Entrepreneurs Programme which aims to support community-focused businesspeople across the UK to start or expand their projects.

This year the programme comprises the following support strands:

  • Start Up - For those who are in the early stage development of a project or organisation. This programme will support personal development and business skills development to help turn projects or project ideas into a reality.
  • Scale Up - For established organisations that are looking to take their operations to the next level. This programme will equip applicants with the tools to develop their enterprise further and maximise its social impact.
  • Trade Up - For established organisations tackling a social or environmental issue.

Each strand provides successful enterprises with a free learning programme, mentoring and a community of people who run social and environmental projects. This is coupled with grant support at the following levels: Start Up - £3,000; Scale Up - £10,000; and Trade Up - £5,000.

Individuals who are leading or planning to set up a project or social enterprise organisation which will create social change in the UK may apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1pm on 26 April 2017.




There's more about Social Enterprise on the Community Toolkit.