EXPERTISE from Scotland will help grow and sustain new social enterprises in India.

Edinburgh-based Social enterprise development organisation the Social Enterprise Academy has launched its first base in the country, supported by the Scottish Government.

In addition, £40,000 of Scottish Government investment will fund the Scotland:India Impact Link, providing Indian social enterprises with mentoring and financial support, as well as matching social entrepreneurs in India with their counterparts in Scotland.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney will formally launch Social Enterprise Academy India in Mumbai today as part of a four-day trip to strengthen education and business links. Swinney said: “With more than a decade of experience in developing social enterprise in Scotland, it is our responsibility as a good global citizen to share what we have learned.

“Examples such as Brewgooder show the success of our approach. Scotland is considered a world leader in the support and development of social enterprise and this will bring benefit to both countries.”

Scottish Government funding has been used for pilot programmes run during 2017.