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Brief to Deliver Social Enterprise Support Services
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Date: 28th Apr 2011

Constituted as a Community Benefit Company, the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN) is a network of over 20 social enterprises operating in Edinburgh. Established in 2005, the original aim of the Network was to provide networking and peer support to its members. One of three partners within the Third Sector Interface in Edinburgh, ESEN has received funding from the Scottish Government (via the Single Interface) to deliver social enterprise support in Edinburgh (see revised work plan for details).

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Youth SEN Study Visit
Senscot
Date: 28th Apr 2011

Over the past few years, Senscot has led a delegation of SEN members to the Social Enterprise Coalition UK`s Voice Conferences in England. This year’s Study Visit was supported by Scottish Govt`s Third Sector Division, as it has in previous years, as well as the Local People Leading Knowledge and Skills Fund.

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Did Chris Grayling break code by awarding contract to Tory donor?
Home Westminster Unions Media Activism, by Sunny Hundal
Date: 27th Apr 2011

Labour MP John Robertson has today written to David Cameron and the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office – Sir Gus O’Donnell – concerning potentially seven breaches of the Ministerial Code by minister Chris Grayling MP over awarding of new contracts.

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Best bits — leadership in social enterprise
The Guardian, by Nick Petrie
Date: 27th Apr 2011

A round up of our experts advise and experience from last week's Q&A

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Lessons in social enterprise from the Basque country
The Guardian, by Randeep Ramesh
Date: 27th Apr 2011

If David Cameron wants to create an environment for charities to do more of the state's work, then he'd do worse to take a few lessons from Spain's Basque country. An hour's drive out of Bilbao to the hi-tech testing track of the Epsilon Formula One team, the PM could see a radical attempt to put social enterprises to work.

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Exploring better ways to live, and how to make better places to live in
Living with rats, Blog by Julian Dobson (Co-founder of New Start Magazine)
Date: 26th Apr 2011

Community organisers: collaborators or prophets?  Of all the discussions that followed last week’s troubles in Bristol, perhaps the most important is a series of posts by Tessy Britton on conflict and collaboration, and the online chat that has surrounded them.

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New Guide to SAA - 2011
Social Audit Network
Date: 26th Apr 2011

As many of you will know the Social Audit Network has been re-designing the Social Accounting and Audit process based on experience, consultation and collective thinking.  Prove, Improve, Account: The New Guide to Social Accounting and Audit was finally published in March and is now available for £40 a copy.

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Money, greed and social enterprises
Social Enterprise Live
Date: 26th Apr 2011

Is limiting the profit one can make from supporting socially impactful enterprises the equivalent of biting off one’s socially entrepreneurial nose to spite the venture capitalist’s face? Do we yet have a structure that allows profit and social impact to balance out in a way that really works? Stephen Lloyd, who co-created a bespoke legal form for social enterprise in the UK, is asking if the innovation could now go a step further.

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Ten years on, the Homeless World Cup is still helping to change peoples lives
The Daily Record, by Samantha Booth
Date: 26th Apr 2011

It is 10 years since Mel Young and his friend came up with the idea for the Homeless World Cup over a beer.  They were looking for a way to bring together people from around the world and thought of using the international language of football.

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St Mirren fan group to begin takeover
The Herald Scotland
Date: 26th Apr 2011

THE first stage of the proposed community takeover of St Mirren is expected to be completed within a fortnight.  An ambitious social enterprise project that would see a Community Interest Company (CIC) purchase a 52% shareholding in the club has been gathering momentum in recent months and is set to become a reality in the next 12 days.

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Legal challenge looms over job-finding contract award
By Stephen Naysmith, The Herald Scotland
Date: 8th Apr 2011

UK ministers could face a legal challenge over the decision to award a contract finding jobs for people who are out of work to two private-sector companies, at the expense of a successful Scottish social enterprise.

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Peter Holbrook's Blog

Date: 8th Apr 2011

Well we’re back at SEC towers after a long but inspiring VOICE 11 and UK Social Enterprise Awards event. We struggled in late this morning battered and bruised and with sore feet and drained batteries on our pedometers… I had clocked up 19,027 steps from the time I was pedded up at 12.30pm until the time I got to my bed at 4.30am.

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Anger as corporate firms win Big Society contracts
The Herald Scotland
Date: 7th Apr 2011

Employment Minister Chris Grayling flies into a storm in Edinburgh today over a leading Scottish charity losing out on a multimillion-pound Government contract to a firm led by one of his department’s former top officials.  A jobs summit at the Scotland Office this afternoon with key figures from the third sector is likely to turn into an inquest, after social enterprises such as the Wise Group and other voluntary sector bodies lost out to major corporate firms.

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Locality to ‘mobilise a million’ for local change
Locality
Date: 7th Apr 2011

200 practitioners and supporters of community-led renewal will gather today at the House of Lords to celebrate the launch of Locality, the organisation created through the merger of bassac and the DTA. During the launch, Locality will unveil five key pledges to help communities flourish, including a pledge to ‘mobilise a million’ people to drive forward positive local change.

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Social Enterprise Flourishing in Scotland’s Schools
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 7th Apr 2011

In 2007 the Social Enterprise Academy began working with Determined to Succeed and Scottish Government. Our joint aim was to raise awareness of the social enterprise business model in Scotland’s schools.

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Food Train Evaluation Report
The Food Train
Date: 6th Apr 2011

Over the last year 15 years Food Train has been providing a multi award winning highly successful shopping service to older people across Dumfries & Galloway, led by local volunteers with a social enterprise ethos.  Need for low level preventative social care services, such as Food Train provide, extend beyond local boundaries right across Scotland.  To help improve the daily lives of more older people we began working towards expanding Food Train across Scotland, with a pilot project to test our transferability to another area. 

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Land Reform - The Way Ahead
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 6th Apr 2011

This report was commissioned by the Land Reform Advisory Group of the Scottish Community Alliance. The report takes as its starting point the recommendations of the Land Reform Policy Group in their Recommendations for Action, published in January 1999.

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A dramatic new development for charities in Scotland
By Nancy Fancott, Third Force News
Date: 6th Apr 2011

The new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation is set to make running a charity much simpler: Nancy Fancott give an overview of what it is about.  You might be forgiven for thinking this is another 1 April gag, but news of the arrival of the new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) has been verified by the highest authorities. After years of sector lobbying and development, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is open for SCIO business.

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Miliband praises impact of social enterprise, but says sector must be taken seriously
by Gemma Hampson, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 6th Apr 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband, pictured at last night's Social Enterprise Awards Social enterprise can have an impact on the private sector and change the public sector, but it needs to be taken seriously, Labour leader Ed Miliband said at last night’s Social Enterprise Awards

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Are the police now in a 'cocoon of contempt' for the rest of us?
By Kenneth Roy - Scottish Review
Date: 6th Apr 2011

When objections were raised to the oppressive police presence at Glasgow University a week ago yesterday, the police responded by describing these objections as 'frankly ridiculous'. In the frankly ridiculous stakes, a horse race with a crowded field, Strathclyde Police are among the front-runners.
 

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The Social Enterprise World Forum 2011 - South Africa

Date: 6th Apr 2011

The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) - the world's premier event engaging social enterprises over all the continents - is taking place on the African continent in 2011. This year's theme is 'Social enterprise as a catalyst for sustainable development'. The intention is to have a 'how to' approach that covers topics such as sustainability, performance and social impact.
 

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