Staran is a social enterprise company established by Third Sector Hebrides as part of their group - Staran means pathway in Scottish Gaelic.
Staran is a pathway for people living in their community to get their life back on track. Staran employs people who have been out of the job market for a long period in some cases for many years due to addiction problems, health problems, and a variety of other reasons.
Grounds Maintenance has always been the bread and butter of Staran. Traditionally it was based on volunteers cutting grass for the elderly and disable. As funding from public bodies has become more difficult to source Staran was faced with a choice. A decision was taken rather than barely existing with low key activities we decided to become more professional in our approach. Staran became a community interest company and began to employ a work force.
To find work, Staran went out into the marketplace and began to compete for contracts and other business opportunities. Where ever the business strand we become involved in we are acutely aware that community interest and the health and well being of our work force are paramount.
Today Staran operates Public Service Bus Contracts, Dial-A-Bus contracts, Patient Transport contracts, Community Mini-Bus Hire, MiDAS Training, School Meals Delivery Service, Grounds Maintenance for the public and private sector, Hygienic Contacts for the Council, and Vehicle Maintenance Service for Community Groups.
UK First for New Social Enterprise Start-Up
The UK's first social enterprise MOT Centre has been approved by VOSA.
The MOT Centre in Stornoway has been developed by Staran Community Interest Company in part of the former Kenneth MacKenzie Tweed Mill which serves as a base for Staran's other transport operations and Staran's ground maintenance service. Cllr Neil Campbell, Chair of the TSH group of which Staran is part, said "Boyd MacKenzie and his team in Staran should be pleased that they have achieved this without any public subsidy or grant for the facilities and, in the process, have created two new jobs."
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