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SIS marks 15th birthday with six new patrons

SISSocial Investment Scotland (SIS), has marked its 15th Anniversary to announce the appointment of six patrons, in recognition of their ongoing support for SIS.

They are: Lady Susan Rice, who was instrumental in SIS’s establishment, former Scottish Executive minister Wendy Alexander, previous chairs of the SIS board, Ray Perman and Alf Young, and former SIS trustees Sarah Smart and Kenneth Ferguson.

SIS has invested more than £53 million in 250 organisations, supporting local job creation, community engagement and economic development in Scotland.

To mark its progress, Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP attended a celebratory dinner held at Home in Edinburgh, a social enterprise restaurant.

SIS chairman, Nick Kuenssberg (pictured, above left), said: “As one of the first examples of social finance in the UK, SIS has consistently shown that social investment can increase financial sustainability, delivering longer lasting social impacts which ultimately help to improve the lives of more people.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “As a Government, we are fully committed to supporting social enterprises to flourish, as underlined by our national Social Enterprise Strategy, to be published later this year.

“I greatly value our positive partnership with SIS, who I am sure will be critical to helping the Scottish Government deliver our ambitions for the social enterprise sector in the years to come.”

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