Today I am thrilled to spotlight on choosing a Social Enterprise venue for your Wedding or Event.
Choosing a Social Enterprise venue to accommodate your event fundamentally means investing your money into social change: as these organisations channel all profits towards improving their communities.
It is the best way to make an ethical purchase, and SE -Venues would love to share what they do and some stunning Venues they have for Weddings.
Social enterprises need to generate revenue for sustainability but they also have equally important social and/or environmental aims.
The requirement to manage this ‘multiple bottom line’ – financial, social and environmental – can result in unique challenges but huge benefits.
The ability to bring about positive change to people and communities can be satisfying and provide a means of keeping a front line service to disadvantaged people alive.
The government defines social enterprises as ‘businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
All social enterprises have a social and/or environmental mission, which is absolutely central to what they do – it’s why they exist.
That may be reducing carbon emissions or landfill, supporting people with disabilities into paid work, or providing training to the young or disadvantaged. Put simply, when social enterprises profit, society profits.
With this in mind , SE Venues provides an easy to use online search facility for people who are interested in hiring an ethical venue for their event or business meeting.
All profit from these events is re-invested in social change and regeneration.
The website came into existence through the work of Community Enterprise, the parent social enterprise of SE -Venues.
Over many years Community Enterprise has supported asset transfers and the development of community owned buildings all across Scotland.
They became aware that there was a common need to market and promote space to the general public, local people, private and public sector.
They felt that creating a national on-line platform would help customers find venues and boost the sector nationally.
This platform was established as a support to the sector to showcase the wide ranging and high quality facilities that are on offer, to raise profile and maximise sales and sustainability.
It is the only website dedicated to Social Enterprise Venues in the UK and provides a fantastic and much needed platform to promote the space they have.
By having all of Scotland’s best Social Enterprise Venues listed in one place for the first time; it provides a simple and straightforward way for companies and individuals interested in hiring ethical venues to search for and find something that meets their needs, where they need it.
By providing such an easy to use online search facility for users it is the aim of the site to bring about more bookings with Social Enterprise Venues, and also provide clients with the information that there are different options for Events.
The Website breaks down Venue search into the type of Event you wish to cater for and this includes Conference Venues, Music and Arts Venues, Party venues, Christmas Party Venues, Corporate Away Day venues, Sports and Leisure Venues, Offices, Catering , and meeting rooms.
To break this down further SE – Venues have 8 beautiful and versatile venues that can accommodate Weddings:-
The Royal Society Of Edinburgh
The RSE Scotland Foundation was established in 1996, is a charitable body connected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and manages the Society’s conference facilities.
At The Royal Society of Edinburgh they can offer timeless elegance combined with modern audio-visual facilities in stunning spaces, flexible enough to suit any event for 4-145 people.
For more information on the Venue – http://www.royalsoced.org.uk
The Merchants Hall, Edinburgh
The Merchants’ Hall is a beautiful A-listed building in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, which offers competitive rates for charities and non profit organisations.
The Venue provides a distinguished and impressive location for Seminars, Conferences, Drinks Receptions, Private Dining and Wedding Receptions.
With just two rooms (plus an anti-room) The Merchants’ Hall can be hired exclusively if both rooms are booked.
The Hall, with its magnificent domed ceiling and spacious sprung wooden floor, provides an exceptional setting to host any event.
This room is ornately panelled and pillared with a charming Minstrels’ Gallery – ideal for musicians and photographers, or from where a Bride can throw her bouquet!
The mahogany-panelled Court Room is an elegant area suitable for small events, with portraits by Raeburn and Ramsay adorning the rich crimson walls.
Catering is offered via a group of preferred catering professionals, who can create menus and packages for all tastes and budgets.
Having exclusive use means both the venue and catering staff concentrate their full attention on the guests to ensure the smooth running of all events.
The Merchants’ Hall is the head-quarters of one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most prestigious business organisations – The Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh, thus ensuring the building is well maintained and is in secure hands.
The Company believes in enhancing the venue’s facilities when possible – e.g.: recently re-decorating The Hall, adding The Master’s Suite (an en-suite changing room) and designing a stunning new bar (which is movable).
For more information on the Venue – http://www.mcoe.org.uk/merchants-hall.html
Riddles Court, Edinburgh
Riddle’s Court is an A-listed former merchant’s house near to Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile.
The building has considerable cultural significance with rooms containing architectural features from its 400 years of history and historic connections with King James VI and Patrick Geddes amongst many others.
The building offers venue and meeting space to hire within attractive historic rooms suitable for a wide range of functions and events from meetings and seminars to private parties and performances.
For more information on the Venue – http://www.shbt.org.uk/
The Three Villages
The community of Arrochar, Tarbet and Succoth is situated within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, at the gateway to the Argyll Forest Park and the Cowal Peninsula.
The Three Villages Hall, completed in 2010, is situated in Arrochar on the A814 road to Helensburgh.
The Hall acts as a vibrant local hub for the three villages and also the wider community.
A fully equipped gym and a local Heritage Society Room offer additional facilities for locals and visitors alike.
The Hall is also a place where you can hold family gatherings: wedding receptions, christening parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations.
The Three Villages Hall offers the opportunity to hire either part of, or the entire venue, with exceptional facilities, flexible use and stunning surroundings.
For more information on the Venue – http://www.threevillages.org.uk/
Other Venues include:-
Perth Subud Centre
The Perth Subud Centre is a listed Georgian house located in the centre of Perth, on the edge of the beautiful South Inch park.
The building provides wonderful views over the park and environs as well as enjoying its own enclosed grounds.
At Perth Subud Centre they offer several rooms of various sizes to hire for business or community events, meetings, classes or consultations.
They also offer hire of the entire house and gardens for exclusive use for weddings, parties and other gatherings of up to 60 people.
For more Event Hire information – http://www.perthcentre.co.uk/
Grassmarket Community Project
The Grassmarket Centre is a purpose designed conference and events space in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
The space is clean, light, airy and provides an inspiring venue for meetings/conferences and events.
There are a variety of rooms in the Centre and they can accommodate all sizes of meetings from 8 people right up to 150.
The Grassmarket Centre is also available to hire for Private functions, parties, weddings all types of celebrations.
For more information on this Venue – http://www.grassmarketcommunityproject.co.uk/
Auchindrain is an internationally-important heritage site, the last surviving and best-preserved example of the thousands of “townships” that were home to the majority of Scotland’s rural population until the Highland Clearances, and the development of crofting and of modern farming, in the period 1760-1860.
Today, Auchindrain is a museum run by an independent charity and social enterprise, The Auchindrain Trust.
Auchindrain is conveniently located in Mid Argyll, on the A83 6 miles south of Inveraray.
They have on-site parking, and the home cooking produced by their Tearoom receives high praise.
As a venue, they have three different facilities to offer, depending on what you want.
Between October and April the Visitor Centre is available for hire. It can seat up to 40 people for meals, meetings and training courses.
Year-round, the Meeting Room in the office building, the New House, can seat 12 boardroom style, or 25 theatre-style.
For something different (again, year-round), one of the township’s historic buildings is available for ceilidhs and private functions.
Martin’s House offers open peat fires, hurricane lamps and heritage cooking for those looking for a very special and memorable experience.
For more information on this Venue – http://auchindrain.org.uk/
Base Kilmarnock CIC
The Base is a multi function centre in the heart of Kilmarnock town centre.
Thier mission as a social enterprise is to bring the local community together to meet and enjoy fitness classes and activities in a friendly and inclusive environment.
They strive to make the base a focus for community activities and helping create other social enterprises and community based employment and training, as well as also being a Venue that caters to Social Functions.
To find out more about this Venue – http://www.thebasekilmarnock.com/the-hall
A Social Enterprise Venue for your Wedding or Event is a great way to be able to give back to the community as well as finding an unusual Venue that is perhaps off the beaten track or is somewhere that you would not have originally thought of.
Whether its a grand hall or a blank canvas that you can stamp your personality on, S.E Venues give you something to think about with new Venues being added soon.
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