Networks 1st Update: 6th November 2009

The shortlist for Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Awards was announced this week. We’re delighted to see a number of LSEN members figuring on the list, including Wise Group, Alloa Community Enterprise, Instant Neighbour, the Breadmaker and With People. Winners will be announced at the Scottish Parliament on 17th November for a first prize of £5000. They will then go on to compete with their counterparts from Wales, England and Northern Ireland in the Grand UK final to be held in London in December.

Ready for Business (RfB) allows social enterprises to demonstrate they are gearing up to deliver procurement contracts. LSEN members who sign up will be putting their organisations in the frontline for procurers looking to work with social enterprises and also for other social enterprise wishing to form consortia. The Register will also hold information on best practice in procurement and community benefit clauses. The signing up process is simple and straight forward. As more and more public procurement contracts are likely to include Community Benefit Clauses now is a good time to get involved.

Two LSEN members in the papers this week! Health SEN member, Centre for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), is hosting a Laughter Show on Saturday 14th November at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh. Founder Lubna Kerr is offering LSEN members a half price deal. All you have to do is mention the word WHY when you buy your ticket.  There’s also an article in the Scotsman promoting the work of Edinburgh SEN member, Caring Christmas Trees member. We’re hitting that time of year again, so you know where to go for your tree this year.


TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Community Enterprise is looking for someone carry out to research on a new trading subsidiary that would like to establish if there’s a market for it. The focus will be in the area of marketing, advertising, promotion and branding and is fundamentally a service that will help get products and services developed by social enterprises to market.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Send-It Fulfilment Solutions in Aberdeen are recruiting a Development Manager after a successful application to the Enterprise Fund.  Two year post, £25,000 p.a.  For details contact

EVENT: Voice 10, the UK Social Enterprise Conference, will be taking place in Cardiff on 1st and 2nd February 2010.  If you’re interested in joining a Scottish delegation, please contact  More details at

EVENT: The Melting Pot is holding an Ethical Enterprise Fair on Saturday 21st November. As part of the day, they’ve lined up a number of experienced social entrepreneurs available for one-to-one advice sessions to help you take your idea to the next stage. See more

NEWS: Two bits of news from Scottish Govt. The Enterprise Fund will be closing for applications from Friday 13th November. To date, there have been 296 applications of which 87 have been successful. No news yet on any plans to re-open the Fund. On a brighter note, the Resilience Fund opened last Friday (30th October). This Fund has been set up to mitigate the impacts of recession on some third sector organisations. For more on both Funds, see

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:  Health SEN

The Health (& Community Care) SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st Fit for Purpose event. One of the lead bodies at the time was the Glasgow Community Care Providers Forum (which has since changed its remit). As with the other thematic SENs the Health SEN has suffered somewhat from an unclear route by which to build connections with strategic bodies. This situation is beginning to change for the better with the developing partnership working with various bodies in the Public Health sector and the introduction of a series of Round Table meetings being held in partnership with the Health & Wellbeing Directorate. 


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