ACVO is the Third Sector Interface for Aberdeen City. We exist to develop, involve, represent and support the voluntary, charity and social enterprise organisations in Aberdeen. We are one of 32 Voluntary Interfaces (TSI’s) created throughout Scotland and represent what is often called the ‘Third Sector’.

Voluntary Action Scotland 

Voluntary Action Scotland is the network organisation for Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). We advocate for, co-ordinate and support the work of Scotland’s local third sector support organisations.


Business Gateway Aberdeen 

Offer a range of professional resources, support and tools to help businesses learn new skills, create new opportunities and develop strategies to take your business forward.

The place where businesses in Scotland can find support and information


CEMVO Scotland was set up in April 2003, with the aim of building the capacity of Scotland’s minority ethnic voluntary and community sector. CEMVO Scotland is a strategic partner of the Scottish Government with a network of over 600 ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations and community groups throughout the country.

Co-operative Development Scotland

They support company growth in Scotland through collaborative and employee ownership business models.

Development Trusts Association Scotland 

Through the provision of information, resources and a variety of direct contact, DTA Scotland assists interested communities explore the benefits and relevance of the development trust approach. We also provide useful resources, training and limited support to communities wishing to establish a development trust.


Free business support and awards for new start social entrepreneurs in Scotland.


Interface provides a central point of access to the expertise available in Scotland’s Higher Education and Research Institutions. Interface will help your business by matching you to the right academic expertise.

Just Enterprise 

Just Enterprise supports the enterprising third sector in Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, Just Enterprise assists social enterprises who show the greatest potential to grow and develop sustainably – that could be in terms of income, employment or contracts secured.

Scottish Enterprise

Work with businesses across Scotland to stimulate economic growth and improve the business environment.

Social Firms Scotland 

Social Firms Scotland is the national support body for the development and promotion of Social Firms in Scotland.

Social Investment Scotland 

SIS aims to support the creation and growth of charities, community organisations and social enterprises that have the capability to make sustainable social impacts.


Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Third Sector Forum 

The Third Sector Forum brings together voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering organisations from across Aberdeen. The Forum has been developed to ensure that the third sector contributes to shaping Aberdeen for the better.

Cross Party Group on Social Enterprise – Scottish Parliament 

Scotland’s policy forum for social enterprise.


Senscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.

Social Enterprise Scotland 

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – bringing together social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force.


School for Social Entrepreneurs

SSE supports individuals to realise their potential and to establish, scale and sustain, social enterprises and social businesses across the UK, Australia and Canada. – See more at:

Social Enterprise Academy 

Deliver learning and development programmes in leadership, entrepreneurship and social impact measurement.


Senscot Legal 

Senscot Legal offers affordable legal advice of the highest quality to social enterprises and the wider third sector.


Senscot e-bulletin
A weekly news update on all things social enterprise in Scotland. Also provide recruitment and event advertising.

Linked to the Senscot bulletin this weekly publication is for Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland.


A weekly E-Bulletin providing a great local communication tool and can be used (at a small cost) for recruitment advertising.


Run Native 

Run Native is an online marketplace created by social enterprise for social enterprise. We have scoured the UK to find the best that social enterprises have to offer. You will find an eclectic mix of products here from high fashion and homeware to stationary and chocolate.


Public Contracts Scotland 

This portal gives free access to contract opportunities in Scotland. Find details of contracts with Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Agencies and NDPBs, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services by browsing the available contracts. You can also register to receive free e-mail alerts.

Ready for Business

The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme forms a key part of the Scottish Government support strategy for the Third Sector for the period 2011 – 2014 and complements other initiatives and activities including the Procurement Reform programme and the forthcoming Procurement Reform Bill.

Supplier Development Programme 

SDP is a partnership of Local Authorities and Scot Gov (third sector) working together to bring your business support in all aspects of tendering. By assisting businesses to become tender ready for public procurement we improve all-round efficiency, sustainability and market potential.


Social Value Lab 

We work in Scotland, UK-wide and internationally – conducting research, demonstrating impact, developing new social ventures, and supporting others to do the same. We produce evidence and ideas that help to make things work better… communities, organisations and services.

Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health 

The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health is based at Glasgow Caledonian University and aims to transform the lives of the poorest through pioneering research examining the relationship between social business and health improvement.