Internationalising Social Enterprise: A Strategy for Scotland (September 2016)

A strategy for implementing our ambitions for international excellence, leadership and impact in the social enterprise field.

Appendix B: Glossary of Terms

British Council The UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
Business Gateway The Scottish Government's national resource that offers advice and guidance to start-up companies and established companies across the country.
CIC (Community Interest Company) A type of company introduced by the UK government in 2005, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.
Co-operative A business owned and run by its members.
Department for International Trade A UK government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy.
Fair Trade A social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.
GlobalScot A worldwide network of business contacts who are experts in their field, and driven to help Scottish companies develop, expand and thrive in a competitive international market.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise A non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government which delivers economic and community development support for the north and west of Scotland.
Innovation and Investment Hubs Scottish hubs established in London, Dublin and Brussels as a platform for businesses to meet potential buyers and to showcase their products and services.
Just Enterprise The Scottish Government's programme to help social enterprises and budding social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions.
Malawai Development Programme Scotland's largest international development programme comprising a range of projects supporting the four policy strands of the Scotland-Malawi Co-operation Agreement.
Millennium Development Goals The world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability.
Official Development Assistance ( ODA) UK tax payers' money that supports aid and development in low to middle income countries.
One Scotland Partnership A partnership setting out clear trade and innovation goals for specific international markets.
Scottish Development International ( SDI) The investment and trade promotion agency of the Scottish Government and its economic development agencies.
Scottish Enterprise A non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, which encourages economic development, enterprise, innovation and investment in business.
Social Enterprise A business that trades for the common good and reinvests any profits to deliver on its social or environmental objectives.
Social Enterprise Census The official biennial analysis of the scale, characteristics and contribution of Scotland's social enterprise sector.
Social Entrepreneur A person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.
Sustainable Development Goals Officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, these are are an intergovernmental set of Goals with 169 targets.
Social Investment The use of finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return.


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