Social enterprise receives £ 150,000 funding for learning campaign
A COMPANY that claims to be Scotland’s premier ethical social printing and photocopying business has received £ 100,000 from Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and over £ 50,000 from the Scottish Government’s Adapt & Thrive program to boost its activities and recruit five new apprentices.
The Social Print and Copy Learning Program, aimed at 16-24 year olds, was developed to help young people start their careers and acquire key technical skills in a social enterprise created with sustainability and lasting change at the heart of the company.
Launched next month, the youth of the program will be based in SP&C’s Edinburgh office, alongside a group of leading charitable partners and printing industry professionals set up in the height of pandemic to support SMEs and new organizations that often struggle to secure the funding they need for printer and copier technology.
The funding announcement comes as the company is shortlisted for the 2021 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland One to Watch Award, which recognizes charities and community organizations that have a social and environmental impact in Scotland.
Ian Gray, Founder and Managing Director of SP&C, said: “Our innovative business model and approach is a first for social enterprises in Scotland, any profits we make are being fed back into the sector to better serve local communities through the through youth employment and education.
“SP&C was created to combat the abuses that plague the printing and photocopying industries and to support SMEs that do not have access to proper financing. Our vision is to help educate and develop third sector employees and administrators around technology purchasing, which in turn will help us contribute to the local economy by creating jobs and helping others. to find full-time employment with partner organizations.