Arran business wins national social innovation competition

Arran business wins national social innovation competition

A community supported organic farm in Arran has been voted Young Social Innovator of 2017 in a national competition.


Wed, 08 Nov 2017



Woodside Arran based in Kildonan is a community supported organic farm and delivery business, selling sustainable local produce to residents and businesses on the Isle of Arran.

The Social Innovation Competition delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport, celebrates individuals and start up companies in Scotland using their creativity and imagination to solve pressing social issues, focusing in 2017 on the themes of culture, heritage and tourism.

Woodside Arran director Jennifer Macdonald was presented with her award by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, at a reception held by Social Enterprise Scotland in the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 7 November). 

Maria Perez, of Scotland’s Social Way, and Sarah Mackenzie, of Tain Picture House Regeneration Project, also won awards. All three winners receive £5000 each and tailored business support from Firstport.

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport, said: “Scotland is renowned around the world as a country of inventions and innovators, from scientific breakthroughs to engineering masterpieces to cultural successes. 

“Supported by the Scottish Government, Firstport launched a search for the next generation of Scottish social innovators who have the potential to make a real difference to their communities. Our brief was to find the most exciting, innovative ideas tackling social issues and we were very impressed with the quality of entries from the length and breadth of Scotland.”

“The winners of last year’s inaugural competition – Pianos on Prescription, Echo Shoes and Studio Pop – have gone onto expand their enterprises and win awards in the past 12 months. Huge congratulations to Jennifer and our other 2017 winners - we look forward to supporting them on the next stage of their journey.”

Jennifer Macdonald said: "Woodside Arran’s aims are simple - we would like to establish a diverse local food network for the island of Arran that encompasses organic growing techniques, permaculture design principles and regenerative agricultural practices. We want to provide as many residents, tourists and local business the opportunity to buy healthy, high quality food whilst educating and supporting as many people as possible to become connected to the food they eat.

“Winning the Young Social Innovator award means so much to Woodside Arran. Not only will it help to support our expansion plans but it allows us to fast track our plans to diversify bringing more local food produce to the island sooner."

The awards were presented as part of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017. Full details of all the awards at More information on the Social Innovation Competition at More information on Woodside Arran available at 


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