Networks1st Update: 13th February 2009

Down in Birmingham to Voice ’09 which started with a quick tour of trade fair tent Social Enterprise West Midlands which had a great atmosphere and a number of upbeat stands with bikes that made fruit smoothies and the very impressive award winning Mosely Farmers Market CIC. We then went into the main event and bummped into David Cameron, surrounded by cameras, presenting Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise Ambassador and of the Sunlight Development Trust, with the Social Enterprise Mark (the first enterprise outside of the South West of England to be awarded the Mark). Some great speakers and important announcement (Mandelson’s Social Enterprise Summit, Obama’s Social Entrepreneurship agency.) Seems the world is beginning to take interest! More hereA second `Trainee Social Enterprise Manager` (TSEM) Programme is underway in Clackmannanshire. Four local social enterprise are partcipating in the programme being run by BRAG Enterprise`s SSE unit. Organisations receive six months initial salary for a development worker and extensive training in social enterprise development and management. During this time, they will be assessing feasibility and developing businesses involved in road safety, recycling, community sports and leisure facilities and equipment hire for events. C-MEE, Candies Cuisine, ACE, the Wee County Development Trust and the Clackmannanshire Tourism Association all benefited hugely from the TSEM programme the first time round. While working with C-MEE, Anna found the programme to be a great experience both personally and for the development of the organisation.Measuring the impact of their activities on the lives of local people and the wider community will be an important issue for many SEN members. The Scottish Govt is supporting a project that will develop and support the use of a standand form of measuring this social return on investment (SROI). A consortium led by Forth Sector will carry out a major engagement project including seminars, workshops, training and pilot studies. It`s worth finding out more on this, see WebsiteEast Lothian SEN: this website provides details of what’s happening in East Lothian and has a directory of social enterprises in the area. Acting as a focal point for interest in social enterprise in East Lothian, the Network is happy for people to get in touch for more info`. More here for Your Diary Community of Business event, 26th Feb / East Lothian SEN, 23rd Feb. / Inverclyde SEN, 27th of Feb./ Edinburgh SEN, 4th March / Tayside SEN, 5th March / Clacks SEN, 10th March