Social enterprises and community asset transfer in community sport (a local authority angle)

This is the title of the presentation given by Colin McMillan, Club Development Officer, Edinburgh City Council at the Power of Sport conference. That takes place on 15th June 2016 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and focuses on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit their communities and increase their impact.

Local Authorities wants more people to set up as social enterprises as they give local people more of a say and they can help to make communities stronger and better off. The current economic climate means that Councils across Scotland have fewer resources to deliver services for communities.

Budget cuts mean that there is a significant strain on local services, including the increasing threat of community facility closures. However, the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has made it a statutory obligation for local authorities to provide a process for transferring assets to community organisations.

This presentation will outline the importance of social enterprise from a local authority perspective including available support structures. It will identify the process associated with Community Asset Transfer highlighting key Council departments that are involved. The type of business planning and financial management required to take on an asset as well as pitfalls and future challenges will also be investigated.

Colin brings 13 years of academic and industry experience. Now working for Edinburgh Council implementing their sport asset transfer procedures he has extensive experience of challenges faced by social enterprises.

For further information contact Svend Elkjaer at Sports Marketing Network, email svend@smnuk.com or call 01423 326 660.

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