17 Aug 2018
One of Scotland’s oldest charities, Kibble, has been named as a key sponsor for the Social Enterprise World Forum, bringing global leaders in the sector to Scotland for a three-day event.
The charity is a gold sponsor for the forum which will bring policy makers, academics, students and social enterprise leaders to the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12th to 14th September.
The forum, made up of workshops, debates, masterclasses, lectures and cultural tours, aims to connect 1,200 people from across the world to create a sustainable future for social enterprises.
The inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum was hosted in Edinburgh in 2008, and now in its tenth year, it’s set to return to where it all began.
Joining Kibble’s chief executive, Jim Gillespie, and executive director Audrey Baird, among a host of speakers and academics from the sector, is Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.
As a specialist supplier of services for at risk children and young people, Kibble has a number of social enterprises for under 29-year olds.
KibbleWorks, based in Paisley, is made up of a range of fully functioning businesses from a mechanics, to a lawn mower repair service and a bike shop, where young people are given a range of qualifications including work-based learning.
Kibble’s other social enterprise, The Experience, is Scotland’s only electric go-karting arena and has recently been awarded a Silver Green Tourism award.
Part of the forum will take place at The Experience bringing delegates from around the world to the site in Hillington for a pre-forum zero waste and zero carbon event on 10th and 11th September.
Jim Gillespie said: “It’s great to be part of this global movement that supports social enterprises of all kinds, bringing them together to create the best possible outcome for local communities.
“Our social enterprises work to bridge the gap between traumatised children and their future, giving the experience and work place learning required to progress within the workforce.
“We’re very much looking forward to hearing from global leaders in social enterprise and developing our own businesses in light of this.”