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Share Your Success with SURF
SURF
Date: 30th Jul 2009
The SURF Awards, first presented in 1998, are now well established as the major independent awards for community regeneration projects in Scotland...more

Community Assets
The Herald
Date: 30th Jul 2009
The Scottish Land Fund (SLF) has been one of the most successful pieces of flagship legislation of the early years of the Scottish Parliament....more

Adventure Capital Fund set to bid for social investment wholesale bank
John Plummer, Third Sector
Date: 30th Jul 2009
Social lender aims to become billion-pound-plus third sector investor...more

Community Capacities and Community Necessities
John McKnight
Date: 30th Jul 2009
John McKnight's 1986 E. F. Schumacher Lecture "John Deere and the Bereavement Councilor" is one of the most circulated of a treasure of fine lectures. ...more

Government responds to Social Enterprise Summit
Cabinet Office
Date: 29th Jul 2009
The Office of the Third Sector has published the cross government response to the recent Social Enterprise Summit. It details the next steps for the four departments who's Cabinet Ministers attended:...more

Evaluating community assets

Date: 29th Jul 2009
Over recent years the English Govt. has introduced both legislation and policy with the intention that the transfer of publicly owned assets to communities should become mainstream rather then exceptional as it is in Scotland...more

Community Re-investment Act
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 29th Jul 2009
The message from the room was loud and clear. The banks have had it their own way for long enough. Now they must do more for communities, says Naomi Kinsley...more

Community Re-investment Act
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 29th Jul 2009
The message from the room was loud and clear. The banks have had it their own way for long enough. Now they must do more for communities, says Naomi Kinsley...more

Scottish Government Third Sector Division Organogram
Scottish Government
Date: 29th Jul 2009

See the Scottish Government Third Sector Division organogram

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SIS moves to bolster senior team
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 29th Jul 2009
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) the national body  that makes loans and grants to third sector organisations,  has announced several key appointments to its Board and senior management team as part of its ongoing expansion strategy. ...more

Enterprising Third Sector Organisations Zone
Scottish Government
Date: 24th Jul 2009
Scottish Government has set up the above zone on the Third Sector Division pages of the Scottish Government website...more

The education test that Labour must not fail again
Ian Bell, The Herald
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
It's true: there is something wrong with the education system. How else can 12 years in power pass before the finest minds in the Labour Party begin, ever-so-timidly, to take notice of truths that should be encoded in the DNA of any Labour government? ...more

Core values
Annie Kelly, The Guardian
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
The legendary founder of the time bank movement tells Annie Kelly why our communities' long-term health depends on the strengths of their social networks, family structures and economic self-sufficiency...more

Calling for Community Reinvestment
Urban Forum
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
At Urban Forum we, like everyone else, are worried about the recession and the impact it is having now, and in the future, on communities – particularly poorer ones. ...more

An extract from Scottish Civil Society
Ian MacWhirter, The Herald
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
It is very rare in politics that something actually works and we should not it let it pass unremarked, even if we don't start popping BBC champagne corks in celebration. ...more

Community Land Rights
Andy Wightman
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
Community Land Rights is the first comprehensive overview of land rights that belong to communities in Scotland ...more

Masterclass Programme 2009
Firstport
Date: 23rd Jul 2009
For those more familiar with business planning or those at very early stage indeveloping their initiative these 2 hour sessions have been designed for those who are not able to attend an 8 day course and want advice on specific areas of development rather than business planning as a whole. ...more

Breadline entrepreneurs tumble into benefits trap
Faisel Rahman, UTV Business
Date: 22nd Jul 2009
The New Deal for the self-employed offers only £50 a week to people moving off jobseeker's allowance, says Faisel Rahman...more

OTS launches Social Investment Wholesale Bank consultation
Cabinet Office
Date: 16th Jul 2009
The Office of the Third Sector is today publishing a Consultation on a Social Investment Wholesale Bank which sets out the vision, the economic case and consults on proposals for the design and functions of a potential bank....more

How a revolutionary third world bank lifted millions out of poverty… but hit the buffers in Scotland
Edd McCracken, The Herald
Date: 16th Jul 2009
It is a concept that turns the western idea of banking on its head. With no shareholders, no collateral, no profit margin, relying purely on trust, and lending only to the poor and disadvantaged, the Grameen banking system has already been a huge success in alleviating poverty around the globe....more

Public Contracts Portal
Scottish Government
Date: 16th Jul 2009
In order that enterprising third sector bodies are both aware of emerging contract opportunities and best placed to respond to these, the Government is keen to encourage bodies to take advantage of Public Contracts Scotland - the national contracts portal, where most public authorities now place contract notices ...more

E. ON and EDF have drawn the battle lines between renewables and nuclear
Jeremy Leggett, The Guardian
Date: 16th Jul 2009
Energy bosses don't like the idea that renewable energy delivers power to the people – both literally and metaphorically...more

Community lender to run third sector fund
Herpreet Kaur Grewal, Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 16th Jul 2009
A consortium led by community enterprise fund the Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) has been appointed to run a £70 million government fund...more

Big hitter Mayo appointed CEO of Co-ops UK
Henry Palmer, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 16th Jul 2009
National trade association Co-operatives UK has appointed Ed Mayo, the current head of the powerful consumer watchdog Consumer Focus, as its new CEO....more

Cohen ups pressure on banks to publish lending data
Henry Palmer, Ian Allsop, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 16th Jul 2009

The only way to increase banks' activity in the poorest parts of the UK is to introduce new laws to force them to publish how much they lend to deprived areas, according to venture capitalist Sir Ronald Cohen.

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A Civil Society Roundtable held on 25th June 2009
SCVO
Date: 16th Jul 2009
Scotland and the Global Crisis...more

New Report: Scotland Could be 100 per cent Renewable in only 20 Years
WWF Scotland
Date: 16th Jul 2009
New report shows a cleaner, greener energy future for Scotland is possible...more

Prisoners making time to help themselves and their communities
Tam Cassidy
Date: 16th Jul 2009
The Time Banking Prison Initiative has been in operation for the past two years.  It was first developed between Castlemilk Time Bank, which is Scotland's longest running and biggest Time Bank and HMP Shotts, a maximum security prison which holds prisoners serving sentences lasting a minimum of  four years to life.  ...more

The Draft Housing (Scotland) Bill
EVH
Date: 10th Jul 2009
A quick guide for committee members...more

European project to aid rural shops in Scotland
Community Retailing Network
Date: 10th Jul 2009
A new trans-national project has been launched to aid the survival and growth of rural shops in Scotland and other North European countries....more

Powering up for Powerdown
Community Powerdown
Date: 10th Jul 2009
A new website to help communities reduce the carbon footprint of their village or town was launched today (Monday 6 July)....more

DWP keen to test community allowance
Clare Goff, NewStart
Date: 9th Jul 2009
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has rejected Create Consortium’s proposal to pilot a community allowance scheme, but has asked it to put forward another, scaled-back bid....more

Post Bank’ proposals unveiled
Ian Alexander, NewStart
Date: 9th Jul 2009
A new state-backed ‘people’s bank’ based in post office branches could be formed using the government-owned Northern Rock, a new report claims....more

Bangladeshi banking to help Scots
BBC News
Date: 9th Jul 2009
A radical form of banking pioneered in Bangladesh could be brought to Scotland to help people out of poverty....more

Think Tanks 'Shaping the Future' Conference Report
Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA)
Date: 9th Jul 2009
The Think Tanks Project is one of the cross-cutting strands of the SVA Programme portfolio of work. ...more

Time to stop being intensely relaxed about charity fees
Stephen Maxwell, TfN
Date: 9th Jul 2009
Early in 2008 OSCR commissioned consultants to report on the "affordability" of fees charged by some charities. ...more

Innovative Scottish businesses beat the recession with major cash injection for social change
Firstport
Date: 9th Jul 2009
Four visionary Scottish social entrepreneurs are each celebrating a £20,000 award, but £1 million is still up for grabs before 2011. ...more

Social Enterprise Identifier (SEI)

Date: 9th Jul 2009
The English Government (OTS) are keen to bring two things together- a widespread awareness campaign about social enterprise- and the roll out of the SEM.  The wider campaign is to raise profile and will invite a large number of people and agencies to sign up their support- the SEM is only for authentic social enterprises. ...more

Chef gets money for homeless enterprise from enlightened source
Patrick Butler, The Guardian
Date: 8th Jul 2009
Spark steps in to invest in Dragon's Den reject Simon Boyle...more

Triodos wins the Sustainable Bank of the Year award
Triodos Bank
Date: 3rd Jul 2009
In June this year a group of influential figures from the banking industry took a brave and unexpected decision. The Financial Times and the IFC (International Finance Corporation) awards panel chose Triodos Bank as the winner of the Sustainable Bank of the Year - an award designed to celebrate a bank that best integrates social and environmental concerns in its work ...more

Motivate to Innovate
BRAG Enterprises Ltd
Date: 2nd Jul 2009
BRAG Enterprises Ltd has successfully delivered the School for Social Entrepreneurs since 2002.  We are now pleased to offer residents of Fife – “Motivate to Innovate” a new and exciting ERDF funded  programme offering business start up support for both aspiring social entrepreneurs and existing voluntary organisations....more

Scotlands Brand New Bank
BBC1
Date: 2nd Jul 2009
With no lawyers, no collateral and no credit rating, the Grameen loan and banking system can seem more fantasy than fact, and yet its unparalleled success in many developing countries around the world is beyond dispute...more

Community Reinvestment: people-centred finance for the 21st century
Urban Forum
Date: 2nd Jul 2009
Very few people foresaw the economic situation we now find ourselves in or predicted that the government would be forced to bail out collapsing banks that just a few months previously were being heralded as world leaders....more

Scottish Civil Society
Ian MacWhirter, The Herald
Date: 2nd Jul 2009
The journalist Ian MacWhirter pointed out that Scottish civil society has achieved devolution – ‘The most radical reform of the British Constitution since universal suffrage’...more

Social Enterprise Mark (SEM): Consultation conducted by Senscot
Senscot
Date: 2nd Jul 2009
Senscot`s involvement with RISE and the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) originated last February at Voice 08 in Liverpool where we had arranged to meet up with other Social Enterprise Networks from around the UK. For the past year, Senscot has introduced the `mark` through our weekly bulletin and has been taking soundings from various people within the sector ...more

Charity Columba 1400 wins top prize
Mark Macaskill and Andrew Stone, Sunday Times
Date: 1st Jul 2009
Sunday Times social entrepreneur award goes to Scottish organisation that turns teenagers into leaders...more

Something to Hide
Henry Palmer, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 1st Jul 2009
Pressure is mounting on high street banks to reveal where they do and do not invest. Henry Palmer investigates why this should help social enterprises identify new market opportunities ...more
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