Forth Valley Social Enterprises Shows Steady Growth

Forth Valley Social Enterprises first started trading in 2014 with its rickshaw service being contracted into several Falkirk events to support the movement of people around their event space. Since then the business has enjoyed steady growth through all its project delivery strands and with the company already taking bookings for 2017 it looks like a promising year ahead.

One of its core delivery projects is the Stirling Highland Games. An annual cultural sporting event attracting interest from around the globe which not only generates income through ticket sales for the community interest company but is also starting to contribute to the wider economic impact for Stirling and Scotland.

The 2016 event generated almost £200,000 of economic impact for Stirling and just over £300,000 for Scotland with on average, visitors staying 2.36 nights in Stirling and 7.55 nights in Scotland.

FVSE Director Matt McGrandles explains, “I am absolutely delighted with the success we have achieved in the delivery of Stirling Highland Games in such a short period. When we took over in 2014, the event hadn’t run since 2011 so we knew we had a mammoth task ahead but our aim is still clear – to attract 10,000 visitors to the event by 2020.”

If you didn’t know Matt, you might think this to be too much of a challenge but people who work alongside him like Graham Innes from Creation Social Media commented, “Having worked with Matt over the last few months, I have found his enthusiasm and commitment to the Stirling Highland Games project and others outstanding. When you speak with Matt, it is obvious he is someone that is committed to the task in hand, is willing to help wherever possible and will endeavour to succeed regardless of any barriers.”

Even though numbers dipped slightly in 2016 because of the horrendous weather that day, it has not diminished an appetite to develop the project. Matt added, “We are always looking at additions to the highland games, giving our visitors an affordable day out as well as a great experience.” Back in 2014, Stirling Highland Games received a rave review on its onsite food so it’s no surprise that the food and drink offering has morphed into Stirling’s Foodie Fest this year. A fully covered area for visitors to wander, taste and buy from the 25 Scotland Food & Drink producers located there.

The event promises to be a must visit this summer for locals and visitors, showcasing some of the UK’s best athletes, experiencing the sights and tastes of Stirling Foodie Fest, participating in fun visitors’ races and enjoying the Traders Village with quality Scottish arts and crafts available to buy.

Fundraising for the project started back in September last year with all Community, Principle and Funding Partner, Active Stirling to date committing to support the 2017 Stirling Highland Games experience on Saturday 19th August.

If you are looking to support a 3rd Sector organisation in 2017 then Forth Valley Social Enterprises would welcome the opportunity. Its business services include Event Management, Digital Filming and Rickshaw Hire for events. Alternatively, if your business is looking to commit funds through your social responsibility framework then opportunity exists to support one of their training programmes for young people or one of their exciting projects such as Stirling Highland Games.

You can find out more about FVSE through their web site at www.fvse.org.uk and www.stirlinghighlandgames.com or call them on 07432 289445 during office hours.

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