Media Release: Big Issue – Good Stuff

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EDINBURGH Social Enterprise Network’s mascot, Doogie Foodstuff - who promotes great social enterprise products and services across the city, with his ‘Buy The Good Stuff’ campaign – joined his social enterprise friends and colleagues to sell The Big Issue on in Edinburgh yesterday.

The team, made up of ESEN members founders and chief executives from social enterprises across the city, were on Castle Street near Rose Street, this Wednesday 13 July – along with Doogie Goodstuff.

Doogie’s ‘Big Issue’ team will be getting top tips from a regular vendor to help them sell as many copies as possible with all profits raised by them going towards a treat for regular Edinburgh sellers at Christmas.

Chief executive of ESEN, Claire Pattullo, said: “Edinburgh is home to over 200 social enterprises and ESEN exists to promote social enterprise as a way of doing business that protects profits for community benefit.

Claire added: “This coming week there is a focus on homelessness with the Homeless World Cup taking place in Glasgow’s George Square. We want to amplify the message in Edinburgh – that social enterprise does have a huge impact on health, wellbeing and homelessness. With the support and expertise, we have in Edinburgh we continue to demonstrate that social enterprise is an agent for change.

Rebecca Pringle, team leader Scotland, The Big Issue, added: “ESEN is an impressive network, working together with other social enterprises to strengthen the sector and the impact it can have on society and community.

“With Doogie Goodstuff on hand it will be hard to miss this great partnership which we anticipate will have an impact on awareness of both Big Issue and the sector as a whole.”


The Big Issue team includes:

Doogie Goodstuff, mascot, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Emma Galloway, chair, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Claire Pattullo, CEO, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Pat Bowie, development manager, Re-union Canal Boats
Jonny Kinross, CEO, Grassmarket Community Project
Kerry Johnson, transformation development officer, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Catherine Eadie, founder, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC
Gordon Hodgson, network development officer, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
and representatives from Whale Arts and Social Enterprise Scotland in the team.

For Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network information contact:
Claire Pattullo E:
Mobile: 07940 512110

For further press information contact:
Fiona Stewart/Interwoven PR/E:
Mobile: 07940 560453

Images will be available on 13 July 2016 of Doogie Goodstuff and Big Issue friends.

Notes to editors:

The Big Issue is a social enterprise which works with individuals who are homeless, vulnerably housed, long term unemployed or facing poverty. Vendors buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, making a profit and earning a legitimate income. Since The Big Issue’s launch in 1991, they have helped thousands of vulnerable people take control of their lives and currently work with over 200 individuals across Scotland.

Buy the Good Stuff is a call to action to the general public to consider how they shop around the city and can really make a difference by purchasing from social enterprises. Over 200 social enterprises are trading in Edinburgh, from cafes and retail, to creative industries and leisure generating income and reinvesting their profits into the community for social or environmental benefits.

The Buy the Good Stuff campaign is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and delivered by Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.

What is social enterprise? Social enterprise is a way of doing business that benefits the community, society or the environment. Social enterprises must reinvest all of their profits into their social or environmental aims and many also achieve their aims through the way that they run their business, for example by employing people who might otherwise find it difficult to find a job.

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network uses the criteria for social enterprise set out in the Social Enterprise Code ( The most common legal models for social enterprises are: Companies Ltd by Guarantee, Companies Ltd by Guarantee with Charitable Status, Charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

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