Networks 1st Update: 13th November 2009

The Social Enterprise Ceilidh is now officially FULL! There is another great line up of speakers from social entrepreneurs Marie Marin (N. Ireland), Paul Smith (Stranraer) and Derek Marshall (Dundee) to the Scottish Government’s Geoff Pearson. The Dragons Den is full, as is Speed Trading and the Market Place. Thursday will see many roads leading to New Lanark; we look forward to seeing you all for another lively gathering! http://www.senscot.net

Aberdeen SEN member the Breadmaker is celebrating its move towards a profitable future! At its AGM (14th October) figures showed the Breadmaker has moved from grant dependency to 93% self-financed through trading. Turnover in the last financial year grew 74% on the previous year, mainly down to an increase in trade at its artisan bakery and coffee house in the centre of Aberdeen.

Tayside SEN’s follow up to their Community of Business event – ‘Smart Procurement’ on 20th January 2010 – promoting Community Benefit Clauses, is shaping up well.  Three speakers from Social Firms Scotland, Grampian Housing and Bovis Land Lease will give an overview on how the Clauses work, followed by case studies featuring successful partnerships from both social enterprise and private sector organisations. NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council, Angus City Council and Ready for Business will also be holding open door surgeries at the exhibition.  For more info, contact


CONSORTIUM BUILDING: Ready for Business ( is a new way for social enterprises to put themselves in the shop window for procurers. Over 80 organisations have already registered their interest! FULL registration is now open so please take 5 minutes to get your social enterprise registered.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY: £800,000 to Inspire Re-use Revolution – targeted at Scottish-based community based initiatives which re-use household items, such as furniture, white goods, or carpets, the fund will cover 50% of costs.  The investment programme will be managed by WRAP Scotland (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and supported by the Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS). The programme closes at 1.30pm on Friday 8th January 2010.  

NEW FUND: The Scottish Government has launched a £1.5 million scheme aimed at reducing ill-health in Scotland’s working age population. Other actions include: a helpline offering advice on good health in the workplace to small and medium sized enterprises, the creation of a ‘Scottish Offer’ setting out the access and availability of treatment and support that employees can expect, and promotion of best practice examples. Last week we launched a similar document for social enterprise.

EVENT: Selling to the NHS in Scotland – The NHS in Scotland spends over £1.5bn a year and buys virtually every type of service and supply, thus affording opportunities for virtually every type of business. This event is designed to provide new and current suppliers with a greater understanding of how the NHS market operates and how it is currently developing.

TRAINING: Social Enterprise Academy, Glasgow, 24th or 25th November – Prove, Improve and Account – Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) creates a flexible framework to help your organisation to fully account for its social, environmental, and economic impacts, and to report on its performance to stakeholders.

Case Study:  The Factory Skatepark
The Factory Skatepark was the first purpose built facility of its type. The purpose-built venue has approximately 16,500 square feet of skating area. Boards, blades and BMX’s are all catered for and there are competitions for each of the disciplines throughout the year.  Factory Skatepark also play an active role in the Tayside SEN.

Dates for the diary

Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 19th & 20th Nov
Tayside SEN, Thurs 26th Nov
East Lothian SEN, Thurs 26th Nov
Inverclyde SEN, Fri 27th Nov
Glasgow SEN, Fri 27th Nov
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 1st Dec
Clacks SEN, Wed 2nd Dec
Aberdeen SEN, Wed 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, Wed 9th Dec
Health SEN, Wed 16th Dec