Starting social enterprises in remote and rural Scotland: best or worst of circumstances?

Jane Farmer, Artur Steinerowski, Sarah Jack

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In the UK, like in other countries, current social policy exhibits a push towards using social enterprises to provide a range of services. Characteristics of rural locations might present a suitable nurturing ground for social enterprise; however, the nature of rurality also raises concerns. This paper considers promoters/barriers to growth of social enterprise for rural service provision. Using a qualitative approach, this paper draws on data from interviews with stakeholders in the Scottish Highlands to assess the likely success of rural social enterprise. Findings indicate that there are specific promoters/barriers to the success of social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-464
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • social enterprise
  • rural communities
  • Scottish Highlands


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