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Just Enterprise

Date: 29th Jul 2011

 Are you interested in starting a social enterprise or do you need assistance to develop and grow your existing social enterprise? Just Enterprise business support, start-up, procurement and learning services are available to help.

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Enterprise Growth Fund

Date: 29th Jul 2011

 The Wise Group, with partners CEiS, DSL and the Social Value Lab, has been awarded the contract to manage and administer a £4 million Scottish Government Fund to support growth and development of the Third sector in Scotland.

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Report of the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services
SCA
Date: 28th Jul 2011

The big ideas to come out of the Christie Commission on the future shape of public services are all spot on - less top down, more joined up and with an emphasis on prevention.

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PRESS RELEASE: Boost for Community-Owned Shops
Community Retailing Network
Date: 28th Jul 2011

Community-owned shops in Scotland are set to receive a boost with the announcement of a new three-year funding package for their support organisation, the Community Retailing Network (CRN).

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Social Finance Seminar

Date: 28th Jul 2011

.  It was a great discussion, covering a lot of ground and I certainly learnt a lot about what is happening in Scotland, much of which is very relevant to the rest of the UK. 

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An iconic council estate will be handed over to the community

Date: 27th Jul 2011

 An iconic council estate will be handed over to the community to run after an overwhelming majority of tenants voted to take control.

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Best bits: the open public services white paper
Gines Haro Pastor, Guardian Professional
Date: 27th Jul 2011

 A round up of our experts' advice on what the white paper means for social enterprises

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Back to the land for a lesson in sustainable living
Lesley Riddoch, The Scotsman
Date: 20th Jul 2011

What do Ryanair and community land buy-outs like Eigg have in common? Different as they are, Ireland's cut-price airline and Scotland's first island community buy-out prove the same thing. Relatively remote places can be viable and popular once there is leadership and belief, a small investment and an end to restrictive practices

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Launch of Just Enterprise & The Enterprise Growth Fund Programmes
CEiS
Date: 15th Jul 2011

Scotland's third sector has been given a 'massive boost' with the launch of two new programmes to help enterprising organisations grow and operate more efficiently. 

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Isle of Scalpay Estate - Community Ownership: Feasibility Study

Date: 14th Jul 2011

 The residents of Scalpay are currently considering whether or not to accept the recent offer of free community ownership of the Island provided by the current landlord, Fred Taylor.

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Analysis: Leisure trusts - should they really have charitable status?
Ben Cook, Third Sector
Date: 14th Jul 2011

 Critics, including the Directory of Social Change, have argued that such trusts lack independence and fail to conform to the public's ideas about charity

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Just Enterprise and Growth Fund Launch

Date: 13th Jul 2011

 Monday sees the launch of two new Scottish Government funded programmes, the Just Enterprise programme offering business support services to Social Entrepreneurs and Enterprising Third Sector Organisations and the Enterprise Growth Fund.

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Brian Monteith: We should forget centralism and think local

Date: 13th Jul 2011

 It's all part of a trend - the SNP government can only think of reducing the number of police forces, to have a single state police, rather than breaking up the leviathan that is Strathclyde and making it accountable to its disparate local communities.

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City institutions want bigger social investment opportunities with less risk
Tim West, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 13th Jul 2011

 Social investments must offer near-market returns, bigger opportunities, better risk guarantees and robust measurement of their social impact to if they are to get serious attention from City institutions.

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Sector verdict onthe Open Public Services White Paper
Andrew Holt, charitytimes
Date: 13th Jul 2011

 The Government's modernisation of public services and promise to give people choice and control over the services they use, and end the ‘get what you’re given’ culture, has been met with sector responses that range from the lukewarm to ice cold.

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Public Social Partnerships

Date: 13th Jul 2011
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Third Sector Growth Fund
Senscot
Date: 11th Jul 2011

Third Sector Growth Fund

Ministerial launch of the above is on 18th July so we will know more after that but the Growth Fund will open on 1 August offering grants of anywhere between £25,000 to £200,000.

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If we don't act now, worse will follow
Andreas Whittam Smith, The Independent
Date: 8th Jul 2011

 There are similarities with the Italian mafia. Unchecked, News International's illegal practices would grow

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Letter from Geoff Pope, Manager - Organisational Support, Third Sector Divison

Date: 7th Jul 2011

 Following recent restructuring at Scottish Government, there has been a change of Deputy Director at the Third Sector Division, with Yvonne Strachan taking up the post. 

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Buddhist Economics
E. F. Schumacher
Date: 6th Jul 2011

"Right Livelihood" is one of the requirements of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. It is clear, therefore, that there must be such a thing as Buddhist economics.

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The Ready for Change Tool
Rocket Science
Date: 6th Jul 2011

 Building on our highly acclaimed Readiness Assessment Tool (RAT), we have developed a new, easy-to-use tool for Third Sector organisations which are managing change.

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Analysis: Why the Big Lottery Fund is giving details of solicited bids
Andy Ricketts, Third Sector
Date: 6th Jul 2011

The grant maker has pledged to explain the process after critics complained about it

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Data or imagination? Maybe neither is right when we talk about our impact
Rosamund McCarthy, Third Sector
Date: 6th Jul 2011

Are you frustrated that the sector's debate on impact is focused on measurement? Researchers and evaluators such as Charities Evaluation Services and economists at the New Economics foundation and New Phi lanthropy Capital arc to be congratulated for keeping impact high on the agenda, but has their collective emphasis on measurement skewed the debate? 

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Community ownership boost to rural Scotland

Date: 1st Jul 2011

 They range from populations of just 23 to 11,000 and together they own 500,000 acres of Scotland’s land.

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