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Community and social enterprise

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business that aims to improve an area of society, not for financial gain.  Any money made is usually put back into the business to allow it to continue to run or given back to the community. Their aim is to look at a wide range of social and environmental issues. They look to create a strong and sustainable society, particularly in communities that are disadvantaged.

Who can help me with my social enterprise?

Fife Voluntary Action (FVA)

FVA supports new and existing organisations that operate in Fife. These include

  • community groups
  • voluntary organisations
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • individuals looking to set up a new organisation

FVA can help you decide if the social enterprise route is right for you and your idea. They will provide information on everything you need to consider before getting started. If social enterprise isn't the right approach for you, they will give you advice and guidance on other options. For more information, please visit

Business Gateway

Business Gateway Fife provides a wide range of support and advice to individuals looking to set up a Social Enterprise, as well as to existing businesses looking to grow. To arrange to meet an advisor, please visit the BGFife website or call 01592 858333.