Social & Economic Impact

We thank our customers for their tireless pursuit of creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of communities and people all over Scotland.

As in previous years, SIS commissioned FMR Research, an independent social research consultancy, to conduct this survey. This year, the findings have been analysed internally.

Across The Board

infographic showing the 36% of beneficiaries that live in 0-15 most deprived areas of Scotland

38%

of beneficiaries live in 0-15% most deprived areas of Scotland, a total of

417,952

individuals

(as classified by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)


SIS customers are active in all 32 local authorities
Investnments made in 26 local authorities

SIS customers work and engage with a range of beneficiaries:

72%

anyone in the local community

56%

children, young people and families in general

47%

people experiencing long-term unemployment

44%

people living in poverty and/or financial exclusion

40%

anyone in the local community


With 1.1m people benefit from SIS customers’ activities

From Strength To Strength

As more investments are made in communities, illustrated by the numbers on the financial highlights page, these support an uplift in employment and trading income, contributing to Scotland’s economy and social fabric.

Employment

4,193

jobs sustained (up from 3,120 in 2016)

303

jobs created

6,500

total employees

54,698

total number of volunteer hours in average month

Turnover

£182m

total turnover

Investnments made in 26 local authorities

£110m

trading income

£59m

grant

£13m

other


25%

customers reported no grant funding (up 7% on 2016)


69%

of customers expect turnover to grow next year

What customers had to say about SIS

98% response rate | 8+ Average mark (out of 10) for customer service

83%

believe SIS staff are friendly and helpful (up from 77% in 2016)

74%

think SIS staff understand the social enterprise sector

Only 1%

of our customers think that SIS is risk averse

56%

of respondents said SIS’s investment had made a significant difference to what they were able to do

61%

had already recommended SIS to another organisation

41%

said interest rates are too high

15%

mentioned inflexibility over interest rates (down from 20% in 2016)

Investment enquiries 2016/17

Total number of enquiries:

289

Total estimated value of enquiries:

£42,534,960

SIS Outreach 2016/17

1794 attendees at 59 workshops

Absolutely awesome - so many penny-dropping moments. Lots to digest and help frame the business case I am currently working on!
Early Days & Changing Ways Workshop 2017