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Scottish social enterprise award winners revealed
Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 26th Oct 2012

The winners of the annual Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012 were announced today at a special awards lunch in Edinburgh.

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GO Awards Scotland honours excellence in procurement
GO Awards
Date: 25th Oct 2012

The Scottish procurement community’s finest celebrated recently at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2012/13, held at the Marriott hotel in Glasgow.

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Mythbusting: co-operatives are old fashioned
The Guardian, by David Floyd
Date: 25th Oct 2012

They were out of fashion for a while but co-operatives could form part of a new economic future, argues David Floyd

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Concerns over payment-b-results
Civil Society
Date: 25th Oct 2012

Payment-by-results (PBR) has been the subject of scrutiny in the charity sector with concerns raised over its implications for charities burdened with workload and no guaranteed payment

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David Cameron on payment by results
Third Sector Magazine, by David Ainsworth
Date: 25th Oct 2012

Prime Minister says he wants to see the approach used as 'the norm rather than the exception'

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It's cooperation, stupid
Charles Leadbeater
Date: 25th Oct 2012

The argument of this pamphlet is that we should jettison the assumption that humans are selfish, first and foremost. Instead, we should start from the assumption that most of the time, most people want to be cooperative.

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Social Enterprise Fair
PwC
Date: 25th Oct 2012

We are contacting you to let you know about Social Enterprise fairs that PwC are hosting in Scotland as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting social businesses.

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A Referendum Road Show - Outline
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 25th Oct 2012

The Scottish Community Alliance is a coalition of the major networks and intermediaries that support Scotland’s community sector. The SCA was formed because these networks recognise they have a shared agenda around the empowerment of local communities. This paper outlines one of the projects that the Alliance’s membership has committed itself to delivering.

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Third Sector Unit Organogram
Scottish Government
Date: 25th Oct 2012

Following the recent staff moves within Third Sector Unit and Equalities unit, here's an up to date organagram for both units showing the current staff structure.  We have had requests for this information so happy to provide it. 

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Inaugural Stephen Maxwell Lecture
SCVO
Date: 25th Oct 2012

Join us at SCVO’s 69th Annual General Meeting, where the results of the Policy Committee election and our new treasurer will be announced.

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Unity Trust Bank History
Unity Trust Bank
Date: 18th Oct 2012

Unity Trust Limited opened its doors for trading on May Day 1984 - an appropriate launch date for Britain's first trade union bank.

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Unity Trust Bank publishes social media guide for SMEs
Unity Trust Bank
Date: 18th Oct 2012

The definitive guide to social media for charities and social enterprises is launched today, in tandem with a survey revealing how small and medium-sized social impact organisations currently use new developments in social media for communication and fundraising.

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The UK Community Food Sector: Towards Sustainability through Collective Action and Social Enterprise
CFINE
Date: 18th Oct 2012

CFINE has been short leeted in the UK Government’s Business Innovation and Skills Department and Cooperatives UK ‘Buy Better Together’ challenge – one of 7 leeted from 120 and the only Scottish finalist.

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DTAS CERB Response
DTAS
Date: 18th Oct 2012

The purpose of Community Planning needs to be clarified (particularly in light of the Christie Commission) and the use of the word “community” removed from the title of the activity. 

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Community finance: social loans for your social enterprise
The Guardian, by Ben Hughes
Date: 18th Oct 2012

Let's work together to scale up community finance so that every social enterprise can benefit, says CDFI expert Ben Hughes

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Number of UK poor receiving emergency food aid doubles
The Guardian, by Shiv Malik and John Burn-Murdoch
Date: 16th Oct 2012

Figures from Trussell Trust, which operates food banks, show 110,000 were referred for help between April and September

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Guide to Social Enteprise Planning
JUST the Business
Date: 16th Oct 2012

 “Social enterprises do not need business plans, they need social enterprise plans which demonstrate how their social purpose will be achieved, how they will be environmentally responsible and how they will achieve financial sustainability.

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New backing for community shares
Community Shares
Date: 11th Oct 2012

On Friday 5th October, a new service for the growing number of communities wanting to raise finance for co-operative and community-owned enterprises was launched: 

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Cheap, good to eat and home-grown: apples can help beat the recession
The Guardian
Date: 11th Oct 2012

Scotland has thousands of acres of public land lying underused or empty: time for politicians to support self-sufficiency and cutting food miles by backing public orchards, says John Hancox of the Fruitful Schools campaign

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Changing Minds, Changine Lives
Carnegie UK
Date: 11th Oct 2012

In Scotland, localism has taken a different form. In recent years a vision of community ownership of land has developed, not only to address historical grievances, but to remove landlord obstructionism as an obstacle to rural development, and to underpin a collectivist, asset-based community development model. 

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S Leinn Fhin am Fearann (The land is ours)
Fiona Mackenzie
Date: 11th Oct 2012

“ ’S Leinn Fhèin am Fearann” (The land is ours): re-claiming land, re-creating community, North Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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David Cameron has lost his chance to redefine the Tories
The Guardian, by Phillip Blond
Date: 11th Oct 2012

He has abandoned the vision of one-nation conservatism that so inspired me, and retoxified his party.

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Save the world's best bank
Avaaz.org
Date: 11th Oct 2012

To Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina:  "Over the past three decades, Grameen has empowered millions of women and families in Bangladesh to break the shackles of poverty and inspired a worldwide microfinance revolution.

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Texting generation doesn't share boomers' taste for talk
The Washington Post, by Ian Shapira
Date: 11th Oct 2012

Jane Beard and Jeffrey Davis didn't realize how little they speak to their children by phone until they called AT&T to switch plans. The customer service agent was breathless. The Silver Spring couple had accumulated 28,700 unused minutes.

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The The Bill Speirs Lecture
The Bill Speirs Foundation
Date: 10th Oct 2012

amily members and members of the Bill Speirs Foundation would like to invite you to the Bill Speirs Annual Memorial Lecture to be given by David Hayman on Thursday 29 November 2012, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University in the Deeprose Theatre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

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Start and Grow Programme
Resilient Scotland
Date: 10th Oct 2012

Resilient Scotland’s Start & Grow aim is to help community organisations looking for small investment solutions

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Letter to Laurence
From Michael Roy
Date: 4th Oct 2012

Hi Laurence, I've met Dennis Young: he was at Trento at the EMES Summer School I attended and also at the ISTR conference in Siena which followed it.

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Procurement Reform Bill Consultation Event
Social Firms Scotland
Date: 4th Oct 2012

Scottish Government is currently consulting around the Procurement Reform Bill which will establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement that supports Scotland’s economic growth.

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Job Opportunitiy
Strategic Relations Officer
Date: 4th Oct 2012

Co-operatives UK is the national member association working to promote, develop and unite co-operative and mutual enterprise.

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Mike Russell MSP applies for membership
Land Action Scotland
Date: 4th Oct 2012

Local Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell, who is also an SNP Cabinet Secretary, has backed a campaign launched this week to open up ownership of Bute to the local community.

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People and Communities Fund Awards
Scottish Government
Date: 4th Oct 2012

The People and Communities Fund (PCF) supports community organisations to grow and strengthen by delivering outcomes to meet and respond to the aspirations of their communities.

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People & Communities Fund
Felix Spittal
Date: 4th Oct 2012

The first twenty projects approved by the People and Communities Fund (PCF) have just been announced.

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The UK Co-operative Party
Wikipedia
Date: 4th Oct 2012

The Co-operative Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom committed to supporting and representing co-operative principles.

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