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'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.

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.

'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.

Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Jim Bristow.WMA, 1:46:03 hours, 102MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Jim Bristow_Interview.pdf, 23 pages, 278kB

This item is an interview with Jim Bristow recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on 27 April 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Jim Bristow's involvement in community work and the community enterprise movement from the 1970s to 1990s. 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.

Jim Bristow worked evenings at an Inverclyde youth club in the 1970s before being drawn towards the community work full time. His first job in this area was as an adventure playground development worker for Greenock Corporation, later being promoted to Community Centre Manager. He trained as a social worker in the early 1980s and began to look at the community enterprise movement. In 1987 he took up a post as Employment Development Worker for Greenock Employment Action Group and has remained with that organisation, which became Inverclyde Community Development Trust in 1996.

'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.

Pull-up banners for the travelling exhibition

This file contains 3 pull-up banners with stands and 1 digital object:

  • 1 single banner titled 'A history of social enterprise in Scotland' with SECS project artwork by Magic Torch Comics, April 2019
  • 1 banner in 3 sections displaying a social enterprise timeline 1975-1999; images of document from the archives and descriptive text; images of covers of 'Community Business News' and 'New Sector' magazine spanning the 1980s and 1990s, April 2019
  • 1 single banner titled 'A history of social enterprise in Scotland' with text box 'Insert your history here' with contact details for the project and acknowledgements, April 2019
  • Design proof for the banners by Gilmour Graphics, as a pdf digital file, 16 April 2019

'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.

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