Comment on Community Ownership of Scotland's Islands

Press Release

By Social Enterprise Scotland

COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP OF SCOTLAND'S ISLANDS

Commenting on the potential community buyout of Ulva, Duncan Thorp of Social Enterprise Scotland said:

"It's great that the community of Ulva is launching a bid for ownership of the island. Community land ownership ensures that assets are freed up for real economic development, instead of being decided by often absentee landlords.

"While traditional developers take over islands like Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles, we need to drive forward local community ownership as the default model in both rural and urban Scotland."

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1 Ulva story: http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/victory-as-islanders-get-green-light-to-buy-ulva

2 Summer Isle story: www.heraldscotland.com/news/15982606.Ambitious_plans_to_transform_remote_island_into_tourist_destination_unveiled

3 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Read more here.

4 Any social enterprise questions or requests for information etc. please get in contact with us. See our social enterprise FAQs for Scottish journalists.

5 What examples are there? Diverse examples include: The Big Issue, The Wise Group, Divine Chocolate, Kibble Education and Care Centre, Glasgow Housing Association, Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Link Group Ltd, the Eden Project in Cornwall, Capital Credit Union, The Grameen Foundation, Mondragon Corporation in the Basque Country and the Homeless World Cup.

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