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'Community business 1986 directory'

The Community Business Scotland, 'Community business 1986 directory' lists the activities of over 80 trading community businesses which had become established in Scotland. It includes an overview of community business setting the context, its contribution to community economic development, support for and appraisal of community business and listing of community businesses by region.

'Community business in Scotland: an alternative vision of 'enterprise culture', 1979-97'

Murray, G, 2018, 'Community business in Scotland: an alternative vision of 'enterprise culture', 1979-97' Twentieth Century British History. 10.1093/tcbh/hwy007

This paper was an outcome of the CommonHealth research project. It provides a history of an alternative vision for enterprise culture by examining the community business movement in Scotland, the largest experiment of its kind in the UK in the 1980s and a forerunner of social enterprise.

'Historical perspective on social enterprise as a public health initiative'

-Murray, G, 2018, 'Historical perspective on social enterprise as a public health initiative', CommonHealth briefing paper series: paper number 5, 405KB

This briefing paper reflects on the emerging findings of Project 1; ‘the history project’. The broad aims of the project have been, firstly, to chart the history of Social Enterprise in Scotland from the late 1970s, through the turbulent 1990s, to the type of social enterprise that we recognise in the 21st century. Secondly, the project has also considered the long history of connections between social enterprise, health and wellbeing.

'The first ten years'

Community Business Scotland and the Association of Community Enterprises in the Highlands and Islands, 'The first ten years: a decade of community enterprise in Scotland', October 1987. This publication covers the development of the community enterprise movement in Scotland between 1977-1987, looking at lessons learned, key issues and development for the future. Containing foreword by Glen Buchanan and 16 articles written by leaders in the field: Linda Echlin; John Pearce; Willy Roe; Ronald Young; Roy Pedersen; Carola Bell; John Rugman; John Harrison; Iain Clark; Helen Macneil; Colin Roxburgh; George Burt; Pat Cassidy; Keith Hayton; Sir Kenneth Alexander; and Tor Justad.

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.

Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Tuffs.mp3, 1:35:36 hours, 128MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Tuffs_Online Transcript.pdf, 25 pages, 662kB

This item is an interview with Alan Tuffs recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Tuff's involvement in setting up and running community enterprises in Scotland from the 1980s to 2010s and his reflections on the sector changes over time. 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 Tuffs trained as an architect. He moved from London to West Lothian with his family in the early 1980s. Inspired by a similar initiative in Govan, Glasgow, in 1983 he began work with John Pearce on what would become West Calder Workspace, which opened in 1985. By 1987 West Calder Community Holdings included a workspace, and Employment Opportunities Trust and West Calder Community Enterprises. Alan went on to work in community planning for Rural Forum and the Corrum Trust before starting Small Town and Rural Development Group with friend Colin Roxburgh in 1998, developing the Community Futures Project. Alan retired in 2013.

CB news, issue 20

Issue 20 content:

  • Great news for Grampian, Community Business Grampian Ltd being established
  • CBS annual convention '86 overview
  • New CBS Board
  • Opinions No. 3 - A more appropriate model of development, comparison of Scottish and Irish models
  • Commitment to co-operative principles
  • Private business and social responsibility, Shell UK Ltd
  • Community business in New Lanark
  • Goodwill Enterprises Whitburn
  • ACEHI considers membership and involvement
  • Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) agrees continued support of community enterprises
  • CBS policy planning seminar
  • Business is buzzing, Drumchapel Community Business Ltd (DCB)
  • Furniture Direct, Paisley, opened by Port Glasgow Community Enterprises Ltd
  • Sad statistics, from Strathclyde Economic Trends
  • The Westburn Centre, Forum for Greenock
  • Value for the Valley, Garnock Workspace Ltd
  • CBS membership
  • The Alternative Employment Creation Group (AEGIS) conference report
  • Community Business Central Ltd
  • WASPS artists studios
  • Scottish Co-operative Forum, on co-operative philosophy
  • Women in Community Enterprise (Scotland) (WICE), 1986 conference and CBS convention
  • Secretary's report for 1986: CBS progress; corporate plan; regional developments; publications; co-operation; lobbying and promotion
  • Membership and involvement
  • New community business directory
  • Minutes of 1986 AGM
  • CB News to be re-vamped

CB news, issue 21

Issue 21 content:

  • Election year, general election speculation
  • Penalising success, Govan Workspace Ltd funding
  • Community enterprise in Eire, Youth Employment Agency (YEA)
  • A development unit for Lothian, Community Enterprise Lothian Ltd (CELL)
  • Community Business London
  • Opinions: 'federations': history approaches and needs
  • Strathclyde news: Eurotrain on the rails, Garnock Workspace; SCB under review; Barrowfield video; Clyde Foods stops trading; training courses; training packs; Barry organises SCB Library; development funding; staff exchange with Department of Employment and Training in Western Australia
  • CBS development units seminar
  • The many shades of green, environment rally in Glasgow
  • Enterprise Development and Advisory Project (EDAP) a success
  • Women in Community Enterprise (WICE), information provision, training and campaigning
  • Designprint Ltd , Kilmarnock
  • Economic Creation Group (ECG) publicity bid
  • Publications
  • Conference reports: Tackling unemployment with enterprise; How to lobby effectively

CB news, issue 22

Issue 22 content:

  • What the parties didn't say!, policies and intentions towards community businesses
  • Action for Jobs, roadshow in Glasgow
  • Opinions: ommunity business and private enterprise
  • Lessons from America? USA social policy; community contracting
  • Community and Social Enterprise (CASE) training in West Lothian
  • First local co-operative development agency being established in Edinburgh
  • Community business researched, University of Glasgow's Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) research commissioned by the Scottish Development Department (SDD)
  • Breich Enterprise Action Group (BEAG), a collective community response to unemployment in West Lothian
  • The struggle for Stonebridge, BBC2 "40 minutes" production
  • Strathclyde Community Business: review; a new community business for Ruchill; enterprise education in schools; what's it called..Cumbernauld, Cumbernauld Commmunity Business funding; the 1986 vocational training programme; pre-service training for community workers
  • Second CBS development unit seminar
  • Community Business Grampian, progress
  • Community business federations
  • Goodwill Enterprises Whitburn
  • Report on community business developments in London
  • Finance as if people mattered, Industrial Common Ownership Finance Ltd (ICOF) share issue
  • People in community business, William Currie
  • The do's and dont's of public speaking
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Background to Bootstrap Enterprises, Hackney, London
  • Publications
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