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First UK Earthship launched in Fife
Paula Cowie
Date: 30th Sep 2004
Paula Cowie of Sustainable Communities Initiative reports on the recent triumphant launch of the environmentally friendly house....more

Employers ‘fail to allow volunteer time for staff'

Date: 29th Sep 2004
Report warns of difficulties implementing Digby Jones proposal that firms should withhold pay increases from staff who don't volunteer for charity. ...more

Farm diversification funding
Scottish Executive
Date: 29th Sep 2004

The Executive is to provide over £370,000 to 36 farm diversification projects under the Farm Business Development Scheme

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Business Oscars nomination for Scottish community project set-up
Alastair Reed
Date: 26th Sep 2004
Loch Fyne Oysters, the Argyll-based seafood company, is in line for one of the UK’s leading business awards after setting up a successful community project. ...more

Leicester groups win historic funding case
Third Sector
Date: 26th Sep 2004
Six voluntary organisations in Leicester have won a landmark court case halting the City Council's decision to end their core funding. ...more

SEU sees home ownership as answer to joblessness
David Blackman
Date: 26th Sep 2004
People living in areas of concentrated unemployment will be encouraged to buy their homes as a way of turning round their communities. ...more

Talking newspaper charity gets loan in buy-to-let initiative
Third Sector
Date: 25th Sep 2004

Cue and Review, the talking newspaper and magazine charity for partially sighted people, is buying all the unit space in its Glasgow offices.

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Coalition for social enterprise to lobby party conferences
Third Sector
Date: 24th Sep 2004
Social Enterprise Coalition starts series of seminars at three main political parties' autumn conferences, to explore what government can do to support social enterprise....more

Scottish Dynamic Place shortlist announced
Senscot
Date: 24th Sep 2004
A heritage centre in Beith, a railway station in Edinburgh and a community garden in Moray are among the entries on the shortlist for the Scottish Dynamic Place Awards, announced this week....more

Free banking offer to not-for-profit groups
Senscot
Date: 24th Sep 2004

An account was launched this week offering free banking to thousands of not-

for-profit organisations.

 

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Mixed fortunes for greener Scotland
Senscot
Date: 23rd Sep 2004
Executive to monitor environmental impacts... while green routes blossom, but Executive criticised over climate change failure. ...more

Trust numbers grow with land take-overs
Senscot
Date: 23rd Sep 2004
Remote Scottish communities using new laws to take over land and assets have fuelled a dramatic growth in the number of community-based trusts north of the border....more

Cut politics from Lottery funding, say volunteers
Naomi Lindsay
Date: 23rd Sep 2004
Lottery distributors should be turned into independent foundations to leave them free of political interference, according to an influential group of voluntary sector leaders....more

Port expertise to be exported south
Senscot
Date: 21st Sep 2004
Scotland's biggest port owner has announced plans to use its expertise in regeneration to help revive other parts of Europe and the UK. ...more

Charity Bank saves Scottish centre for miners with £100k
Senscot
Date: 14th Sep 2004
More than 30 community groups, from youth clubs to business start-up advice groups as well as a silver band, will use new £1.2m centre....more

Villagers win “first victory under Land Reform Act”
Senscot
Date: 14th Sep 2004

Boddam Development Trust in the North-east of Scotland has won legal first right of refusal to buy RAF station on its doorstep

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Regeneration funding for Argyll and Bute
Scottish Exec
Date: 14th Sep 2004
up to £15 million will be available for regeneration activity linked to transfer of  6,000 tenants in the area from council to not-for-profit landlord,...more

Housing associations may be forced to merge
Guardian
Date: 13th Sep 2004
Hundreds could be forced to merge, it was warned today, because of government's failure to challenge a European ruling on status of the sector....more

Public benefit issue unresolved
Third Sector
Date: 13th Sep 2004
Row over a definition in the draft Charities Bill 'unlikely to be settled by new statement'...more

Developer abandons plans for Edinburgh site
regeneration
Date: 12th Sep 2004

Plans to regenerate a prime brown field site in the capital forced back to the drawing board after company chosen to develop it pulls out of the project.

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Connections event hailed as success
Linda Singer
Date: 11th Sep 2004
Inverurie networking event brings together voluntary groups, social enterprise organisations and funding providers...more

Robert Broadway
Social Firms Scotland
Date: 9th Sep 2004

Robert Broadway, Guest Speaker, Social Firms AGM, 23 September 2004, biography.

 

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Trusts warn executive over social economy
Susan Downer
Date: 4th Sep 2004
Scotland's development trusts have accused ministers of creating a policy landscape littered with well-meaning initiatives but devoid of genuine support for the social economy....more

Court fight over Ravenscraig plan
BBC
Date: 4th Sep 2004
Plans to redevelop North Lanarkshire former steelworks site  "would severely undermine" existing retail centres Hamilton and East Kilbride - claim...more

Government interest rate ‘cave in’ to rip-off lenders - debt campaigners
Senscot
Date: 4th Sep 2004
ministers accused of 'failure to protect the interests of low income consumers' as they reject interest rate caps as means of curbing extortionate lending. ...more

Call for extension to Scottish fund
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 4th Sep 2004
Executive is urged to back its £18 million action plan for the country's social economy with longer term finance streams to ensure its success beyond 2006 ...more

Scottish Enterprise fund lures investors
Regeneration magazine
Date: 4th Sep 2004
A business angels scheme in Scotland has raised £45 million of private sector cash, figures released last week show...more

Mutuals enjoy a bumper year
Patrick Collinson
Date: 3rd Sep 2004
Building societies last year enjoyed strongest growth for nearly a decade, regaining some ground lost after the demutualisation wave of the 1990s...more

Land fund boost to Stirlingshire Trust
Scottish Enterprise
Date: 3rd Sep 2004
Kilmadock Development Trust is first Forth Valley project to draw down funding from the Scottish Enterprise Community Land Fund...more

Questions regarding Futurebuilders' different roles and powers in Scotland
Matthew Little
Date: 2nd Sep 2004
Scottish version will not have lending powers, and "focuses on long-term unemployed rather than attempting adding value to existing public services" ...more

Shadow Economy ‘has benefits’
Heather Greig-Smith
Date: 2nd Sep 2004
informal economy can be a major resource in deprived areas, say researchers ...more

Blair school put in charity firing line
Matthew Little
Date: 2nd Sep 2004
The private school in Edinburgh that educated Prime Minister Tony Blair would almost certainly lose its charitable status if proposals from the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations became law. ...more

Guggenheim Leith ‘would boost urban regeneration’.
Mike wade, Scotsman
Date: 1st Sep 2004
The firm of architects behind the Guggenheim gallery in Bilbao has visited Edinburgh as plans to open a similar one in the capital gather momentum ...more
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