Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was at the Factory Skatepark in Balunie Drive today to launch a mentoring scheme that will match-up successful business people and social enterprises to help them develop and succeed.
The scheme will provide six charities across Scotland with top business mentors such as senior staff from Scottish Enterprise, Visit Scotland, sportscotland, Schuh, Scottish & Newcastle and Redspire – is known as the Pilotlight partnership.
Working with the Scottish Government, the scheme aims to put the social enterprises on a steady footing for growth and development.
The new partnership between the Scottish Government and Pilotlight in Scotland is part of the Legacy 2014 project to deliver a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games.
Shona said: “I’m launching this initiative at the Factory Skatepark – which previously benefitted from Pilotlight support and has prospered and substantially expanded as a result.
“The Commonwealth Games will deliver 11 days of spectacular sporting events but success will be measured not just by medals but by more training opportunities, a stronger economy and more jobs.
“This initiative will help these enterprises enhancing the services they offer to their local communities and making a positive imprint on the future of the organisation.
“The business leaders involve will provide invaluable experience, sharing the benefit of their skills and knowledge of the business world to create a significant impact on the operation and performance of social enterprises to ensure their future sustainability.”
The first three projects to benefit are Active Communities in Paisley, Drumchapel and District Sports Centre and Youth Football Scotland.