Networks 1st Update: Friday 23rd October 2009 is now ready to accept full registration and tenders!  Senscot, in partnership with CEiS and Social Firms Scotland, and with support from the Scottish Government has developed ‘Ready for Business’, a register for social enterprises, to promote Community Benefit Clauses and to offer support to social enterprises interested in bidding for tenders by building consortia. Ready for Business will highlight tender opportunities in procurement portals such as Public Contracts Scotland. To register on go to

The NETWORKS REPS meeting at 10.30 am on Tuesday 27th of October at Burness Solicitors’ offices in Glasgow, is the first chance for LSENs to check out the new Model Rules, being developed Social Enterprise Networks, with support from Cooperative Development Scotland. LSENs will be able to become incorporated as industrial and provident societies (IPS) to conduct business for the benefit of their community. We hope to gain charitable status for the model rules which would make them highly effective and flexible social enterprise structures for LSENs to grow their own individual businesses, as well as providing an effective platform to take on larger procurement contracts as members of a consortium. Once the new Model Rules have been passed by the FSA, LSENs will be able to adopt this new structure for as little as £40. If you’d like to attend this meeting contact

Anna attended Social Firms Scotland’s (SFS) workshop on ‘Acquiring Business for Good’ in the Borders in partnership with DTAS this week. This is part of a Lottery funded programme to promote the benefits of business acquisitions to social enterprises but also to provide practical support to carry out the process. SFS are keen to engage with the LSENs over the next year, so if your area is interested in finding out more about Business Acquisitions then get in touch;


Index: The RBS SE100 Index charts the growth and impact of organisation that deliver social, economic or environmental change including charities, housing associations, co-ops, social firms. Capturing vital data from key growth markets, the index will publish the top five in a new market each month and the top 100 at the end of the year. Prizes worth up to £50,000 will be awarded in March 2010, when the full year’s RBS SE100 data will be published. Bookdonors are still up at the top but it would be great to have a few more Scottish social enterprises in the list.

Event: 1st birthday party for Edinburgh and Health SEN member the Centre of Health and Wellbeing who deliver health and wellbeing services to people with long term conditions such as diabetes, pain, depression, Multiple Sclerosis and epilepsy.

Survey: Senscot has been helping the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations to maximise opportunities for social enterprises to collaborate and to invest in the growth of the social enterprise sector.  We have an excellent response to this survey so far but there’s still time to make your views known.

Secondment: SVA Leading in Change Projects Co-ordinator (Edinburgh or Glasgow), £28,172-£32,396, to March 31st 2011. Secondments from CVS’ Volunteer Centres and Social Enterprise Networks are encouraged.

Conference: The Second Social Enterprise World Forum took place in Australia with social entrepreneurs once again gathering from across the world. You may recognise the names of a number of the presenters.

Case Study: Health SEN

The Health SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st Fit for Purpose event. As with the other thematic SENs the Health SEN suffered somewhat from an unclear route by which to build connections with strategic bodies. This situation has changed for the better with the introduction of a series of Social Enterprise & Health Round Table meetings with support from the Health & Wellbeing Directorate.

Dates for the diary

Sport SEN, Mon 26th Oct
Moray SEN, Tues 27th Oct
Fife SEN, Wed 28th Oct
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 3rd Nov
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 19th & 20th Nov
Tayside SEN, Thurs 26th Nov
Inverclyde SEN, Fri 27th Nov
Glasgow SEN, Fri 27th Nov