Networks 1st Update: 20th November 2009

Yesterday’s Ceilidh was our fifth and, again, proved a great success. Around 120 people attended – 85 from LSENs – and enjoyed a lively day with a number of great contributions – including a star turn from Scottish Govt`s Geoff Pearson. This year saw a double whammy with The Wooden Spoon (Dundee International Women`s Centre) winning both the Dragons` Den and the Audience prizes. We’ll have a fuller report for next week.

New Social Enterprise Network, Angus SEN, saw a healthy turnout for its first meeting in Abroath on Monday to kick start Enterprise week. Angus SEN has been born out of local demand, and also thanks to the success of the Tayside Network, now likely to become the Dundee SEN. There are also signs of a Network emerging in  Perth, and plans for all three to have close links to capitalise on opportunities such as contracts with NHS Tayside and the Community Benefit Clauses event on 20th Jan.  For more information contact

Caring Christmas Trees have successfully sold their first Franchise outside Scotland, in London. They now have 8 centres selling ethically sourced trees; Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, London, Perth and Paisley.  All surpluses go towards local Charities.  The aim is to have a Caring Christmas Tree Franchise in every major town in the UK.  You can order your tree online at,


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARDS: The 1st Social Enterprise Awards took place at the Scottish Parliament last night. The winners were ACE (Clacks SEN), Breadmaker (Aberdeen SEN) & Social Enterprise Clydebank (Glasgow SEN).

TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Community Enterprise is looking for someone to team to develop an accessible, easily identified and easy to use website. The budget is up to £5000, dependant on services included.

ASPIRE TO ENTERPRISE: In its 2nd year this Government backed initiative has proved highly successful and supported a number of LSEN members to make significant progress in their business. This year the Aspire is likely to surpass its targets but still looking for social enterprises in Dumfries & Galloway and Edinburgh & the Lothian’s!! If you’d like more info visit

TRAINING: The Social Enterprise Academy (SSEA) is currently recruiting for its first 20: Twenty Leadership Residential in the Highlands and Islands. The residential is specifically for people from Highlands and Islands and will run from 26th-29th January 2010 at the Knipoch Hotel, near Oban. Any LSEN members interested should contact  The programme is aimed at those working in or aspiring to a leadership or management role within the social enterprise or third sector organization. See details

LEARNING FUND: Senscot is a partner in the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund, provided by Local People Leading (LPL – The Fund supports activities which promote the exchange and dissemination of good practice through study visits. Senscot is able to support activity that will benefit either a whole LSEN or a number of Network members, rather than individual organisations. Networks can apply for up to £1000. To get involved contact Anna

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Caring Christmas Trees raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months.

Caring Christmas Trees are fresh, needle-last, high quality and from sustainable tree farms. All the profit helps homeless people and they are around the same price as you’d pay elsewhere.


Dates for the diary

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
Tayside SEN, Thurs 3rd Dec
Coalfields SEN, Tues 8th Dec
Fife SEN, Wed 9th Dec
Health SEN, Wed 16th Dec
Sports SEN, Mon 18th Jan