Networks1st Update: 15th February 2008

A group of 20 SEN members are heading for Voice 08 in Liverpool on 26th of February. While down there we’re planning to meet up and learn a bit about folks running Social Enterprise Networks in England like NESEP (www.nesep.co.uk) and SEWM (www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk).Ann Walsh, Project Manager of Enterprise Childcare http://www.enterprisechildcare.co.uk a Social Enterprise in Inverclyde and a founder member of Inverclyde Social Enterprise Network would like to hook up with other LSEN members to discuss the concept of leadership (http://www.senscot.net/docs/awalshresearchparticipants.doc). You can contact Ann directly on 01475 745552, ann.walsh@enterprisechildcare.co.ukThe Social Enterprise Academy (www.theacademy-ssea.org) recently received backing from the Scottish Government to deliver a series of one-day Financial Management training events for board members and senior management, at no cost to the participants, in different locations, throughout Scotland. For further info contact Daniel Scott daniel@theacademy-ssea.org. See http://www.senscot.net/docs/financialmgmtforboards.pdf Aspire to Enterprise is now open for business. The consortium, led by CEiS, recently won the contract to provide business support services to social enterprises in Lowland Scotland . The consortium will be targetting social enterprises that have the potential to increase their trading and become more sustainable. With a big couple of years ahead for the sector, this programme has the opportunity to make one of he most important contributions to the growth of the sector and it`s great to see this specialist service being made widely available. For more on the programme and eligibility etc, see http://www.senscot.net/view_news.php?viewid=6990Public sector procurement in Scotland is worth around £8 billion a year. This week John Swinney urged public sector bodies to sign up for online procurement, via eProcurement Scotland. Mr Swinney said: “eProcurement Scotland is one of the most comprehensive and successful eGovernment initiatives in the world. I want see more public bodies maximise the benefits of buying goods and services online”. Check out the website at http://www.eprocurementscotland.com/The Glasgow `Community of Business` event is being held on 5th March (12-2pm) at the Grosvenor Hilton – on the corner of Byres Road and Great Western Road.The event hopes to attract between 40 – 50 social and business entrepreneurs. Speakers include Izzie Johnston (Spruce Carpets) and Austin Hardy (Wise Group). If you`re interested in going along, contact victoria@senscot.net