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John Pearce papers (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-JP
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2010

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection includes John Pearce's papers dating from 1976, when he moved to Scotland, until his retirement in 2010. They include correspondence, hand annotated agendas and minutes from a variety of meetings, newspaper cuttings that Pearce found of interest, training guides (some of which he created himself), and material relating to legal structures of community and social enterprises. The papers reflect Pearce’s areas of interest and expertise (such as Social Accounting and Audit), and the work of organisations that he founded and/or was a member of: Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM), Industrial Common Ownership Finance (ICOF), Scottish Co-operative Development Committee (SCDC), Commonwealth Association for Local Action in Development (COMMACT), Community Business Scotland, Scottish Community Enterprise Investment Fund. The records have been arranged into 2 series reflecting these areas of John Pearce's work:

  • Social enterprise papers, 1973-2010
  • Social accounting and audit (SAA) papers, 1977-2008

Pearce, John | 1942 - 2011 | social enterprise pioneer

Glen Buchanan interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2019

  • Audio recording of the interview, Glen Buchanan.mp3, 1:23:12 hours, 104MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Glen Buchanan_Online Transcript.pdf, 16 pages, 481kB

This item is an interview with Glen Buchanan recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in May 2019 as part of the Scottish Government funded Future development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project. It is the oral history of Glen Buchanan's involvement in the community enterprise movement and social housing from the 1980s to 2000s and his reflections on the sector and the impact of the political climate of the 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.

In 1981 Glen Buchanan took up the position of research fellow in the Local Government Unit at Paisley College of Technology, where he first worked alongside John Pearce on the Local Enterprise Advisory Project (LEAP). In 1984 he began working for Strathclyde Community Business (SCB) as Training Officer, eventually becoming Depute General Manager for John Pearce. From 1991 to 1993 Glen worked as National Coordinator, Care and Repair Initiative, Glasgow, for Shelter Scotland. In 1993 he was appointed by Scottish Homes to coordinat national development of Care and Repair throughout Scotland, later working on local housing and planning strategy development. He worked for Communities Scotland when it took on the function of Scottish Homes and widened its community regeneration remit and then for the Scottish Government as Policy Manager, Glasgow, from 2008 to 2010.

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.

Community Business Scotland Ltd (CBS) reports, conventions and publications

This series consists of 4 files:

  • Annual reports and conventions of Community Business Scotland Ltd, 1986-1990
  • Scottish Community Enterprise Investment Fund plc promotional material, 1989
  • Publications of Community Business Scotland Ltd, 1986-1987
  • Newsletters of Community Business Scotland Ltd, 1984-1991

Community Business Scotland Ltd was founded in 1981 to provide support to the growing community business movement in Scotland. In the 1980s the organisation worked with 8 regional councils to establish independent development units to support community business and enterprise across Scotland. It also produced a newsletter CB News, which was succeeded by New Sector in the 1990s, closing in 2009. In 1990 CBS launched the Scottish Community Enterprise Investment Fund, raising £0.5m to lend to community enterprises. The fund was absorbed into Charity Bank in 2000. In the 1990s CBS researched and developed methods in Social Accounting and Audit working with partners across Europe. From 2003-2005 CBS managed the Bridge to the Social Economy project, which initiated the establishing of Social Enterprise Scotland. From the 1990s CBS was known as CBS Network and closed in 2015.

Glen Buchanan papers (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-GB
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1991

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection covers records kept by Glen Buchanan while working for Community Business Scotland Ltd and Strathclyde Community Business Ltd from 1981 to 1991. The records have been arranged into 4 series reflecting these and other businesses Glen Buchanan worked with and publications he kept, including:

  • Community Business Scotland Ltd (CBS) reports, conventions and publications
  • Strathclyde Community Business Ltd (SCB) reports and training materials
  • Association of Community Enterprises in the Highlands and Islands (ACE-HI) annual reviews and newsletters
  • Social enterprise projects and publications

Buchanan, Glen | b 1955 | social enterprise research and development coordinator

Community Business Scotland Network Ltd records (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-CBSN
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2010

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection covers records from Community Business Scotland (1981-1999) becoming Community Business Scotland Network. The records have been arranged into 10 series covering the following activity or format (4 of the series are awaiting cataloguing and this has been noted in brackets at the end of the series title):

  • Management and administration of CBS and CBSN, 1981-2010
  • Information and guidance provided by CBSN, 1981-2005
  • Events and training delivered by CBS, 1985-1997
  • Marketing materials and annual reports for CBS and CBSN,1989-2001
  • Community Economic Development Ltd (CED) records, 1988-1991
  • Scottish Community Enterprise Investment Fund plc (SCEIF) records, 1984-1999
  • CBS national projects and collaborations (uncatalogued)
  • CBSN international projects and collaborations (uncatalogued)
  • Social enterprise and related research and literature (uncatalogued)
  • CBS artefacts (uncatalogued)

Community Business Scotland Network Ltd | 1981-2015