Governance and legal support

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Governance and legal support

Voluntary Action Scotland 

Voluntary Action Scotland is the national organisation for local third sector infrastructure.

Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector.  The new interface arrangements bring together four key, local infrastructure functions:
  • support to voluntary organisations operating in the area, both local and those national organisations that deliver services at the local level;
  • support to and promotion of volunteering
  • support and development of social enterprise;
  • connection between the Community Planning Partnership and the third sector.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS)

GCVS is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow and a key partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface

Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS)

CEIS are a leading authority in the social enterprise sector and the largest third sector business support provider and a key partner in Glasgow Third Sector Interface.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

SCVO offer online advice to help identify the right legal structure with a range of templates available.

Senscot Legal

Senscot Legal provides affordable support in legal matters to the social enterprise community and wider third sector in Scotland.  Areas of law include governance, company formation, employment law, contracts, dispute resolution and intellectual property issues- this list is by no means exhaustive.


Firstport support new social enterprises during start up with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing and strengthening a business model, writing a business plan and cash flow projections.   They also provide a programme of workshops tailored to the needs of start-up social enterprises.  Support is free as part of the Just Enterprise programme.

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