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S2S Trade Fair
SSEC
Date: 18th Dec 2008
The Marketplace is Open for Business!...more

Business Forum – “Surviving Recession”,
SSEC
Date: 18th Dec 2008
Tuesday 20  January 2009, 2pm to 4pm: Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition Business Forum – "Surviving Recession", Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR ...more

GHA Focussing On Long-Term Plans
Housing Scotland Today
Date: 18th Dec 2008
Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has revealed its long-term plans to improve housing services, building new homes and regenerating local communities....more

Asylum seekers are part of us
Chris Arnot, The Guardian
Date: 18th Dec 2008
Christian socialist Bob Holman, who famously lived and worked for many years on deprived housing estates, tells ­Chris Arnot why he has taken up the cause of asylum seekers with a report for an influential Tory thinktank...more

Piloting more community asset transfers
VolResource
Date: 18th Dec 2008
The third round of the Advancing Assets for Communities demonstration programme has been launched for another 30 areas across England. ...more

Scotland's third sector should be 'innovative, dynamic and focused'
Public Service Review: Devolved Government Issue 16
Date: 18th Dec 2008
The third sector in Scotland has 'transformational potential', according to its Finance Secretary John Swinney. Here he explains why he is so impressed with the third sector and what he wants to see in the future
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Third Sector Enterprise Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 18th Dec 2008
The Scottish Government's £12 million Third Sector Enterprise Fund, aimed at encouraging Third Sector organisations to become more enterprising, was launched on 9 December 08 by Jim Mather (Minister for Enterprise). ...more

Roadwise Driver Training and Aberdeen Foyer
Aberdeen Foyer
Date: 12th Dec 2008
Last week's bulletin included an erroneous piece profiling Foyer Drive.  To clarify, Foyer Drive is not a new social enterprise run by Aberdeen Foyer.  Foyer Drive is an initiative offering young people involved with Aberdeen Foyer highly subsidised driving lessons, road safety tuition and basic car maintenance as well as Pre-17 Driver Training days. ...more

Surf Celebrates a Decade of Regeneration With Nicola Sturgeon
SURF
Date: 11th Dec 2008
Community champions congratulated for transforming neighbourhoods during challenging economic times....more

Social Enterprise Mark – Outline proposal
Senscot
Date: 11th Dec 2008
From dialogue with our network, Senscot believes that a UK wide 'Social Enterprise Mark' (akin to the Fair Trade Mark) could help promote this identity with the general public but the challenge has been to agree eligibility criteria for such a common identifier. ...more

Social Investment Scotland And The Scottish Investment Fund
SIS
Date: 11th Dec 2008
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is a unique partnership between Scotland’s four biggest banks and the voluntary and public sectors. The Scottish Investment Fund (SIF) is a £30 million fund established by the Scottish Government and managed by Social Investment Scotland (SIS)....more

PG Certificate
Glasgow Caledonian University
Date: 11th Dec 2008
Scotland's first post-grad qualification in Social Enterprise.
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Mather Launches Third Sector Enterprise Fund
The Scottish Government
Date: 11th Dec 2008
A £12 million fund which will encourage ambitious Third Sector organisations to become more enterprising is to open for applications in the new year....more

Social enterprise business park for Aberdeen
Amy Liptrot, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 11th Dec 2008
Scotland's first social enterprise business park is set to open after Aberdeen City Council approved the purchase of the premises of struggling social enterprise Glencraft....more

City tenants in five areas vote to ditch GHA and go it alone
Gerry Bariden, The Herald
Date: 11th Dec 2008
Tenants in five areas of Glasgow have voted overwhelmingly to break away from the country's biggest social landlord and run their own housing associations....more

Labour Party review of Third Sector
The Fabian Society
Date: 5th Dec 2008
Gordon Brown asked David Blunkett to produce Third Sector proposals for the next Labour Manifesto. His work has now been published as a Fabian Society pamphlet. This should be compared to the Tory policy development by Ian Duncan Smith. This extract clarifies Blunkett's thinking around the core values of the Third Sector...more

The English 'Duty to Involve'

Date: 5th Dec 2008
In England, new legislation requires authorities to take those steps they consider appropriate to involve 'representatives of local people' in the exercise of any of their functions. The attachment gives a definition of what is meant by 'representatives of local people'. Not a sniff of this legislation in Scotland ...more

Big Issue Invest
The Big Issue
Date: 5th Dec 2008
Social enterprises and trading arms of charities are responding to the social crisis that is the fall-out from the current financial turmoil. Big Issue Invest, part of The Big Issue group of companies, will be part of this response by providing loan finance from £50,000 to £250,000 to meet shorter-term cash-flow or longer term investment needs...more

A Community of Business: Programme Roll-out for 2008-2011
SSEC and Senscot
Date: 5th Dec 2008
Last year, the Coalition's "A Community of Business" programme, run in partnership with Senscot saw three successful Chambers of Commerce lunches run in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow and a SCDI Influencers' Dinner in Edinburgh with principal guest cabinet Secretary, John Swinney. During 2008-11 the Coalition with Senscot will deliver a three-year programme of events ...more

Dormant cash 'could be close to £4bn'
David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online
Date: 5th Dec 2008
The sum available for social causes could be up to 10 times the £400m currently estimated, say experts...more

Third Sector Enterprise Fund

Date: 5th Dec 2008
The £12m Third Sector Enterprise Fund will build capacity, capability and financial sustainability in the third sector. Between 2008-11, this fund will invest £12m in the sector, offering funding from £25,000 up to £100,000 to third sector organisations based on assessment of business plans and social outcomes. ...more

Edinburgh Quay's Donation to Re-Union Set to Bring More Projects and People on Board
Edinburgh Quay Limited
Date: 5th Dec 2008
Edinburgh Quay Limited, a joint venture between Miller Developments and British Waterways Scotland, has made a generous donation to Re-Union Canal Boats, a social enterprise which runs a number of beneficial community and commercial projects along Scotland’s Union Canal.    ...more

Dormant cash 'could be close to £4bn'
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 3rd Dec 2008
The sum available for social causes could be up to 10 times the £400m currently estimated, say experts...more
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