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SFHA to reform, says new chief
TFN
Date: 30th Sep 2010

 The body tasked with supporting Scotland's housing associations has run aground and needs to get back on an even keel again, its new chief execntive has said. 

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Numbers nightmare could jeopardise social enterprise
Gemma Hampson, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 30th Sep 2010

 The boss of the Social Enterprise Coalition has called for a clarity on what social enterprise is and how many there are, following major research challenging the accuracy of current figures.

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Funding for staff training
Skills Development Scotland
Date: 30th Sep 2010

 Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with under 50 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.

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4,000 downloads for Social Enterprise London's Transitions guide
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 30th Sep 2010

 Popular guide provides advice for public sector workers and demonstrates how social enterprise can be effective

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The Guild issues warning over social impact assessment tools
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 30th Sep 2010

 Charities struggling to perform complex impact measurements, according to new guide

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Report: Number of social enterprises greatly inflated
Sarah Townsend, Regeneration and Renewal
Date: 29th Sep 2010

 An annual government survey into small businesses could have greatly inflated the actual number of social enterprises, according to an analysis by a third sector think-tank.

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Ed Miliband 'gets' Scotland, says Scottish Labour leader
Severin Carrell, The Guardian
Date: 29th Sep 2010

 Iain Gray hails new chapter in party's history as he gives his backing to new leader

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A message of hope to Blindcraft
The Guardian
Date: 24th Sep 2010

 Bob Keiller explains how his Aberdeen oil firm rescued Glencraft, an employer of disabled people which was in 'strikingly similar' difficulties to Edinburgh's Blindcraft factory

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Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2010-11

Date: 23rd Sep 2010

 Thank you to all who showed an interest in the Government Opportunities (GO) magazine Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2010-11. The standard of the submissions received was highly impressive, each presenting a unique account of the excellent and innovative work which is carried out every day in procurement across Scotland.

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SCVO's response to the independent budget review
SCVO
Date: 23rd Sep 2010

 In the context of the remit and timescale of the Review and of the need for practical options, are there particular key issues which you consider should be addressed by the Panel for the purposes of its report?

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Edinburgh's Blindcraft staff backed by Robin Harper and John Prescott
The Guardian
Date: 22nd Sep 2010

 Parliamentary motion on 'deplorable' decision to consider shutting blind workers' factory

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Out of the Blocks
Craig Dearden-Phillips
Date: 22nd Sep 2010

 Its official. I am in business. Stepping Out was born on Wednesday at 3.30pm. It was swaddled in an email from my accountant, saying that, despite a few difficulties, everything had gone OK. I held the Certificate of Incorporation in my hands and looked at it lovingly, muttering promises to myself about its bright future.

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Liam's Got Issues
Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 21st Sep 2010

Top tips for a better business and a better you, by Liam 'blindlingly obvious' Black

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Ignore us and Big Society will fail, community sector warns coalition
Sarah Townsend, Regen.net
Date: 16th Sep 2010

 The chair of membership body the Development Trusts Association (DTA) today warned the Government not to 'ignore' existing community regeneration work when it comes to implement the Prime Minister's Big Society vision.

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Angry heckles disrupt government priority speech
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 16th Sep 2010

 A fiery audience of social entrepreneurs shot down a senior civil servant yesterday as he outlined the government’s priorities for the sector.

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Community Enterprise Marketing launches new media service
Community Enterprise Ltd.
Date: 15th Sep 2010

 Community Enterprise Marketing has set up a new press release writing and distribution service for social economy organisations across Scotland.

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Big Lottery Fund appoints acting Scotland Director
Big Lottery Fund Press Release
Date: 15th Sep 2010

 The Big Lottery Fund has appointed Jackie Killeen as its new Acting Scotland Director.  Ms Killeen was previously the Head of Policy and Public Affairs for BIG in Scotland, and will take up her new role on October 1st, 2010.

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Old Maps and New - Highlands and Islands Culture and the Economy
HIE Press Release
Date: 15th Sep 2010

 A Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)/Creative Scotland conference, celebrating the last and the next 20 years of communities and culture in the Highlands and Islands is to be held in Inverness in November.

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Cohen predicts new social investment asset class
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 15th Sep 2010

 The father of venture capital in Europe is predicting the beginnings of a new investment asset class that will turbo charge social entrepreneurship.

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Mother knows best in this fraternal struggle
Ian Aitken, Tribune
Date: 10th Sep 2010

 Perhaps the nicest idea to have been put up in the seemingly endless contest for the leadership of the Labour Party came from Justin Webb on the Today programme recently.

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Senscot AGM Agenda
Senscot
Date: 9th Sep 2010

 AGM Agenda

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Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland begins legal action
Andy Ricketts, Third Sector Online
Date: 9th Sep 2010

 The charitable body claims its covenant with Lloyds Banking Group should have yielded funding of more than £3.5m in 2010 rather than £38,920

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Increasing Urbanisation
Madhu Satsangi, Stirling University
Date: 9th Sep 2010

 ...from the last census to the most recent date for which data are available, the population of rural Scotland and the proportion of national population that can be called rural (both 'remote' and 'accessible' on Scottish Govt definitions) actually increased.

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How greed begets hunger
Afua Hirsch, The Guardian
Date: 8th Sep 2010

 Crop shortages alone are not behind global food crises. Speculators have been pushing prices up

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Interest in social energy projects gathering momentum in Scotland
Business 7
Date: 3rd Sep 2010

MORI poll suggests more than half of Scots surveyed would be interested in setting up a community energy project

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Single Interface Meeting
SSEC
Date: 2nd Sep 2010

 Minutes from the meeting held on 31.08.10

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Sadly, David Davis got it about right on Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ proposal
Paul Gosling, The co-op
Date: 1st Sep 2010

 There is an old saying, ‘be careful what you wish for — it might come true’. The co-operative and mutual movement and social enterprise sector may well mull over those thoughts in the months and years to come.

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Edinburgh eviction dispute heads to top Scottish court
Sarah Townsend, Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 1st Sep 2010

 A legal dispute between a group of community organisations and Edinburgh City Council has escalated after the community groups secured a hearing in Scotland's highest court to fight the council's decision to evict them from their offices.

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Hand Hygiene in the woods in Fife
Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery
Date: 1st Sep 2010

 Lead Practitioner Cathy Bache and Directors Tom Hedley and Linda Holt of the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery met today with the Care Commission to continue discussions re hand hygiene in the woods in Fife.

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Social Impact Bond pilot to receive £6m in lottery cash
Sarah Townsend, Regen.net
Date: 1st Sep 2010

 A pilot that will involve using an innovative funding mechanism to fund a Government project aimed at reducing reoffending rates has received £6 million from good causes distributor the Big Lottery Fund.

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Development Trusts Association in talks with Bassac over merger
Sarah Townsend, Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 1st Sep 2010

 Membership body the Development Trusts Association (DTA) is in talks with community sector umbrella body Bassac about a proposed merger.

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