Networks 1st Update: 30th October 2009

The LSEN Reps Group met this week to have its first look at the Model Rules for Social Enterprise Networks, based on the LSEN Blueprint.  Drafted by Stephen Philips (Burness) with the support of Co-operative Development Scotland, the Model Rules are designed to support an ethos of mutually beneficial clusters of social enterprises working collaboratively. The structure is democratic, straightforward, inexpensive and flexible. Whilst this legal model may not suit every Network, depending on their stage of development, it does offer a bespoke legal structure for LSENs, specifically designed to enhance the benefits that working together through the Networks.

The Ceilidh is almost full. See list There’s now a waiting list in case of people dropping out. If you’d like to join this list, contact  The programme has now been finalised. See here

The Aberdeen SEN was invited by Sue Bruce the new Aberdeen City Council CEO to meet with the heads of service.  Founder member Sophy Copland and Karen Smith, along with Colin, covered the national picture, the local context including the vital stats ( hopes for the future.  As a result, follow up meetings with individual directors have been planned to look at procurement opportunities.  The Network member Iceberg, produced a leaflet to accompany their presentation, profiling the individual members Tayside has also got emerging opportunities around procurement and it is hoped other areas will soon begin to get connected at this level.


TENDER OPPORTUNITY: The Food Train is inviting tenders for a piece of work that will support the transition from providing its services on a regional basis to operating at a national level, as a result of their successful application to the Enterprise Fund. See more

SUPPORT: The Aspire to Enterprise Programme is drawing to a close for this year.  If you have been thinking about submitting an application but have not got round to it then now is the time to do so.  The programme continues to be very successful in its second year and will be available again next year. See

EVENT: Voice 10, the UK Social Enterprise Conference is in Cardiff in February.  Anyone who may be interested in going as part of a Scottish party, please contact  More details at
TRAINING: Understanding Social Enterprise, Edinburgh. The Social Enterprise Academy is running a course introducing the concept of Social Enterprise.  Useful for new members of staff or board members as well as anyone interested in starting their own social enterprise.  See

Case Study:  Send-It

Send-It, formally known as Printability has had a very successful year.  In response to consultancy support secured through the Aspire to Enterprise Programme they went through a re-branding exercise earlier this year to more accurately reflect the businesses activities.  To top this they have also just found out they were successful with their application to the Enterprise Fund securing £57,000 to for a Sales/Marketing Manager.

Dates for the diary

Aberdeen SEN, Tues 3rd Nov
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