Are we there yet? - Transport for Tongue Limited – A case study of a not-for-profit company in North West Sutherland

Janette Wyper, Geoffrey Whittam, Alexander de Ruyter

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    This paper explores an under-researched area namely the provision of ‘public transport’ in remote and hard to access areas. The case study approach utilises social capital theory to analyse how a social enterprise has been able to provide a much needed service in the Highlands of Scotland in a situation where private sector provision is at best limited and typically non-existent. The paper highlights the issues faced by many third-sector organisations within rural communities, namely resource acquisition with an emphasis on funding, securing personnel with the right skills set, volunteer burn-out, sustainability and growth. The paper concludes by highlighting an apparent dilemma for the organisation does it scale-up, with all the potential challenges this would imply or does it consolidate?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)589-601
    Number of pages13
    JournalLocal Economy
    Issue number5
    Early online date24 Jun 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016



    • social enterprise, rural transport, social capital

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