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Public service reform must put outcomes before self interest
Third Force News
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

THE need for sustainable, high-quality public services opens up new opportunities and calls for new ways of working, positively acknowledged in these pages by a range of contributors.

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Land Fund will empower Scottish rural communities
Newsnetscotland.com
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

The announcement of a £6million land fund to enable more rural communities to buy their land has been welcomed by today. 

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15 charities named
Civil Society, by Kirsty Weakley
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

Nesta and the Observer have revealed their list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals with 15 registered charities or charity leaders making it on.

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Guide to Managing Procurement in Voluntary Organisations & Social Enterprise
SKS Scotland
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

Jim Bennett of SKS Scotland CIC has put together a free guide for social enterprises on how to procure services. The guide covers model approaches from drawing up specifications to debriefing unsuccessful bidders.

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Leading Scotland
Kibble & Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

Graham Bell (Kibble) and the Social Enterprise Academy are to host a day conference called ‘Leading Scotland’ – which looks interesting – it’s on 28th March

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A Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprises - Draft 5
Senscot
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

In 2002, the UK Govt published an ‘official’ definition of social enterprise (SE) which was also adopted in Scotland; The ensuing 10 years has seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of SE; a tide which no-one could have anticipated and shows no sign of turning.

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Social Enterprise UK slams Newsnight as think-tank publishes social enterprise schools report
Charity Times, by Andrew Holt
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

“John Lewis” style, social enterprise schools should be piloted in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

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To My Daughter
Raymond Carver
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

It's too late now to put a curse on you - wish you plain, say, as Yeats did his daughter. And when we met her in Silgo, selling her paintings, it'd worked - she was the plainest, oldest woman in Ireland. But she was safe.

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News Release: Social Entrepreneurs - Latest Award Winners Scotland
Firstport
Date: 23rd Feb 2012

A Highland based outdoor activities project, sporting reminiscence workshops for dementia suffers in Stirlingshire, a Clackmannanshire employability project, a community owned shop in the Western Isles, an inspirational personal development enterprise for teenage girls and an East Ayrshire cleaning and maintenance service.

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Government uses Social Enterprise Mark criteria in contract
Civil Society
Date: 17th Feb 2012

A new government and European Union contract seeking to increase social enterprise involvement in a £275m programme uses the Social Enterprise Mark Company criteria to define what a social enterprise is.

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End the Big 6 Energy Fix
Compass
Date: 16th Feb 2012

Since launching the ‘End the Big Six Energy Fix’ campaign on Friday over 5000 have signed our petition – this is a fantastic start. On its front page on Saturday The Independent revealed that the big six energy firms are due to make a £15bn windfall

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Press Release - Official Opening of New Community Enterprise
Mull & Iona Community Trust
Date: 16th Feb 2012

Today marked the historic event where Alan Reid MP and Michael Russell MSP, opened   An Roth Community Enterprise Centre in Craignure, Isle of Mull.

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A4e got welfare-to-work contract despite 'abysmal' record, MPs say
The Guardian
Date: 16th Feb 2012

Public accounts committee criticises decision to award contract to A4e despite poor performance on government programmes

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Social Impact Bonds Conference
Cornerstone
Date: 16th Feb 2012

Social Impact Bonds Conference is to be held on 14th March 2012 at The Elim Centre, Glasgow.

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Community power projects urged to challenge big firms
The Scotsman
Date: 16th Feb 2012

COMMUNITY-run renewable energy projects should be promoted by ministers to break the grip that the Big Six power firms have over consumers, a leading think-tank director has said.

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Defining social enterprise
Civil society
Date: 16th Feb 2012

The charity sector must take the lead in defining what we mean by social enterprise, urges Su Sayer.

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The Seven Wonders of Scotland
Gerry Hassan
Date: 16th Feb 2012

The Seven Wonders of Scotland is a creative project to imagine seven wonders of world-class significance in our country. Since none of the ‘wonders’ will exist, the essence of the project is fictional but it is important that they could potentially exist.

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Releasing the Potential of Social Entrepreneurs
Social Value Lab
Date: 15th Feb 2012

Some observations on the progress, effectiveness, and impact of the Firstport awards programme.

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Vivarium Trust Seminar - Planing for your Future
Vivarium Trust
Date: 15th Feb 2012

A positive choice for lifestyle, health & wellbeing, 6 March 2011, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, 9.30am-3.30pm

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Community Jobs Scotland
Scottish Government
Date: 10th Feb 2012

8.5M to Support Youth Employment.  Additional funding will boost Opportunities for All

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The Bongo Club under threat
The Bongo Club
Date: 10th Feb 2012

Despite being a beautiful, blossoming city of international renown and appeal that hosts the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh’s all year round independent music and arts venues are few and far between.

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Social enterprise: Bridging two worlds
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 9th Feb 2012

Vibeka Mair charts the apparently unstoppable rise in the popularity of social enterprise.

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A Mistake
by Czeslaw Milosz
Date: 9th Feb 2012
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A Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprises - Draft 4
Senscot
Date: 9th Feb 2012

In 2002, the UK Govt published an 'official' definition of social enterprise (SE) which was also adopted in Scotland; as far as we know the following remains part of Govt Policy:
 

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Capita’s National Conference on Commissioning Social Enterprise
Capita
Date: 9th Feb 2012

The launch of the Open Public Services White Paper last year and the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Bill in Parliament has meant that the role of Social Enterprise in public service delivery is becoming ever greater.

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Sustainable Procurement Bill / Community Benefit Clauses
Scottish Govt / Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 8th Feb 2012

The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil, today outlined his intention to further reform public procurement to improve Scottish businesses’ access to contract opportunities.

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Gaelic speakers offered opportunity to learn about social enterprise in native tongue
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 8th Feb 2012

It is more than just a language. It is the basis of a culture that traces its roots back to a rich ancestry of Celtic peoples on the north west fringe of Europe. It is the beating heart of the Gaidhealtachd.

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Nordic Horizons Meeting
Lesley Riddoch
Date: 3rd Feb 2012

The first meeting of Nordic Horizons in 2012 is happening on Feb 7th in the Scottish parliament on the theme of localism and local government. The success of the Nordic nations seems tied to their systems of small and powerful municipal government.

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SSE & Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme Announced
School for Social Entrepreneurs
Date: 2nd Feb 2012

SSE and Lloyds Banking Group have joined forces to launch a pioneering new programme.

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Essay of the Week
by Pat Kane
Date: 2nd Feb 2012

WHILE visiting my mother in Coatbridge last year, I came upon the town's newest landmark: the Coatbridge Superhero Archway.

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New community finance chief launches campaign for "Just Finance"
Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 2nd Feb 2012

 Some 3,300 social enterprises are financially excluded and would benefit from community finance. Ben Hughes, new boss of the Community Development Finance Association explains why his members can help – and how we need to innovate together to deliver “Just Finance”

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Ken Livingstone praises 'visionary' Ed Miliband
The Guardian, by Andrew Sparrow
Date: 2nd Feb 2012

Mayoral candidate likens leader to Attlee and backs his position on acceptance of coalition cuts if Labour wins 2015 election

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Funding Deadline for Level Two Awards Approaching
Firstport/Scotland Unltd
Date: 1st Feb 2012

Firstport / Scotland UnLtd are on the look out for Social Entrepreneurs who are in the start up phase of their social enterprise.  If you have already developed and tested your idea but need more time to implement it then a Level 2 award could pay for your living expenses.  Level 2 awards are awards of up to £20,000.

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Why Involve the Third Sector in Health and Social Care Delivery?
Scottish Government & the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum
Date: 1st Feb 2012

Q&A Need-To-Know for Policy Makers

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Enterprise Growth Fund recipients
The Wise Group
Date: 1st Feb 2012

John Swinney, this week, announced the organisations who were successful in their applications for investment from the Enterprise Growth Fund

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Neither fish nor fowl - what exactly is social enterprise?
Civil Society
Date: 1st Feb 2012

Is social enterprise genuinely new, traditional charity re-badged, or something in-between? Simon Teasdale answers the exam question.

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Neither fish nor fowl - what exactly is social enterprise?
Civil Society
Date: 1st Feb 2012

Is social enterprise genuinely new, traditional charity re-badged, or something in-between? Simon Teasdale answers the exam question.

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