Written by Mike Grigor – Chair Resilient Scotland
As we approach the end of 2014, I am delighted to have the opportunity to reflect on the progress that Resilient has made during the year.
The appointment of Chris Holloway as Head of Resilient Scotland was a catalyst in driving our ideas forward. In the recent months we have expanded the Resilient team, appointing an Investment Manager and a Community Engagement Executive . This has allowed us to continue to deliver significant results, with the provision of more than £1m of investment this year to date, all facilitating locally-led community regeneration. The growing pipeline of potential investees that we are currently in discussions with, means that we are well on our way to delivering further significant investments in the coming year.
All start up Trusts experience various issues when establishing themselves, and we at Resilient were no different. However, this year has brought a real change in focus, and we are now looking forward with excitement at the opportunity that Resilient has in making a meaningful difference in the 13 local authority areas in which we deliver our work.
A cafe in Greenock, traditional boat building in Govan, local honey production in North Lanarkshire, PAT testing in Clackmannanshire; Resilient has acted as a stimulus in the growth in these diverse community based Social Enterprises. Our investments have often resulted in the creation of jobs for those in the local communities, frequently for those who would otherwise be far from the traditional jobs market.
As Chair of Resilient, I’m looking forward to the year ahead, building on the successes to date, and to making more investments where we can assist in making a difference