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Community business news, issue 7

Issue 7 content:

  • Strathclyde Leaps, on Strathclyde Regional Council agreeing to set up a community business development unit
  • How can the Scottish Development Agency back community business
  • Publications: newsletters; LEAP case study series; Bootstrap Enterprises annual report 1982
  • The Sheffield experiment with the Council trying to influence the local community into desirable directions and developments
  • Comment on Strathclyde's plans, Strathclyde Regional Council's plans for backing community businesses
  • Pallion Residents Enterprises (PRE), community business in Sunderland based in an old clothing factory
  • Community Business Lothian (CBL), aims, community business information kit
  • Community business groups in Lothian: Craigs Farm; Self Help Employment Leith Focus (SHELF); Wester Hailes Community Enterprise Ltd; Castlecliff Workshops; Breich Enterprise Action Group (BEAG); Gorgie City Farm
  • Lothian catches up on CBL's first executive committee meeting
  • West Calder Workspace, premises discussion
  • Community business training in Lothian with CBS and LEAP
  • Enterprise allowance scheme - a new start or the same old story?
  • New developments at Craig's Farm, Livingston
    -Frustration in Govan, Govan Workspace and Scottish Development Agency backing for development of Elderpark Workspace
  • Your news, on funding for Community Business News
  • Wigtown Rural Project launched
  • Monitoring project, on eight community-based employment initiatives in the UK by the Community
  • Initiatives Research Trust (CIRT)
  • Jobs for warmth?, launch of Scottish Neighbourhood Energy Action
  • Urban Aid 1983-84 applicationsby community groups to Strathclyde Regional Council

Community business news, issue 6

Issue 6 content:

  • Go Ahead for Community Business Central
  • Levi-Strauss back Forgewood Enterprises Ltd survey in Motherwell on feasibitility study into setting up a community employment agency.
  • Publications
  • The Fisherfolk, Community of Celebration, an ecumenical, community in the Scottish Episcopal Church, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae
  • Bombay Mix, origins of spicy snack packaged by Govan Enterprises
  • Palliatives of real job creation? On community business in a wider context for economic and social development
  • Around the regions: Strathclyde; Lothian; Wigtown; Grampian; Scottish Development Agency (SDA)
  • HIVE Ltd, Help for Industry from Voluntary Enterprise initiative by Fife Regional Council Social Work staff
  • EEC consultation in Glasgow with community business groups, public authorities and the private sector on job creation
  • More about SARC, Scottish Action Resource Centre providing accountancy, architectural, general commercial, marketing, personnel and publicity advice for community businesses
  • Profit, definitions of different types of profit
  • What's happening at Poldrait, Glasgow, including Poldrait Service and Industry Ltd Cleaning Services Ltd
  • Which purse for community business? Scottish Development Agency, Scottish Office and EEC alternatives
  • Co-operative origins, EEC consultation organised by CBS for the Centre for Employment Inititatives
  • LEAP training/education programme 1983
  • Your news, on CBS news funding
  • Community business exhibition commissioned by LEAP and CBS
  • Community shop, The Look Around, Priesthill

Community business news, issue 5

Issue 5 content:

  • A growth in industry, on the annual convention
  • Publications
  • Coodham Unemployment Project, Kilmarnock
  • Greater Springburn Enterprises Ltd, Glasgow
  • HAZE, knitwear range from HPSO at Scottish Trade Fair
  • Despair or hope?, in the community business movement
  • And just like Topsy it growed and growed, Easterhouse Festival Society is five years old
  • Garthamlock Community Shops, official opening
  • Legal structures, for community businesses
  • Finance for community enterprise, cash-in on EEC money: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), US, finance for community-based economic development inititiatives
  • How do community businesses start
  • CBS membership 1982/83

Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015

  • Audio recording of the interview, Tor Justad_Track 1.WMA, 1:26:40 hours, 83MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Tor Justad_Approved Transcript.pdf, 19 pages, 482kB

This item is an interview with Tor Justad recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2015 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Tor Justad's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from 1978 to 2011, including his work with community co-operatives and community businesses in Shetland and Central Region; social auditing; and international projects. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Tor Justad trained as a community worker and between 1978-1987 worked with community groups in Shetland. In 1987 he moved to the Scottish mainland, and based in Stirling, managed CESU, Community Enterprise Support Unit (Central Region) Ltd. In 1994 he began working freelance as a Social Economy Adviser trading as Tor Justad Associates, with contracts in the UK, Sweden, Ireland and other countries. He returned to the Scottish Highlands and between 2000-2011, was employed as a Co-operative and Membership Officer with the Co-operative Group covering the Highlands and Islands.

Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Kay.mp3, 2:26:08 hours, 81MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Kay_Approved Transcript.pdf, 34 pages, 476kB

This item is an interview with Alan Kay recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in November 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Kay's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from the late 1980s to mid 2010s. It includes his reflections on the sector and his work with John Pearce and others for Community Business Scotland, Community Enterprise Lothian, and latterly through freelance work. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Alan’s background is in overseas development and he lived and worked in East Africa and South-east Asia before returning to Scotland in 1988. He joined forces with John Pearce, and worked with community-owned enterprises and social enterprises, firstly for Community Business Scotland as a researcher and then in 1991 for Community Enterprise Lothian, initially as a Training Officer. He moved to Indonesia to work with VSO as their Country Director from 1994 until 1997. On returning to Edinburgh he carried out numerous commissions for a wide range of clients in the statutory, charitable, public and third sector in the UK and abroad. He helped to found the Social Audit Network and continued for many years as an active Board member, acting as its Chair at one stage. In 2009 he became an Associate Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and assisted in the establishment of a Diploma and MSc in Social Enterprise. He then went on to become a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU where he advised on the 5-year CommonHealth research project. He was an active tutor with the Social Enterprise Academy for over 10 years and specialised in ‘social impact’ measures, working abroad for them on several occasions. He was also is on the board of the Community Development Journal for over 20 years, much of that time as the CDJ Treasurer. Alan was a long-standing Member of the
Institute for Economic Development. Alan retired in 2018.

Liz Gardiner interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2019

  • Audio recording of the interview, Liz Gardiner.mp3, 1:19:49 hours, 104MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Liz Gardiner_Online Transcript.pdf, 11 pages, 464kB

This item is an interview with Liz Gardiner recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in November 2019 as part of the Scottish Government funded Future development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project. It is the oral history of Liz Gardiner's involvement in cultural social enterprises from the 1980s to 2020s, including discussion of community activism in Easterhouse; Fablevision; networks; and cultural planning. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Liz Gardiner taught Drama and English to High School students before a spell of maternity leave prompted her to become involved in community theatre groups. She is a founding member and now Director of Fablevision, which supports creative community cultural development. Liz has a Masters degree in Cultural Planning and is currently undertaking a PhD.

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