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 ( and SEWM ( Walsh, Project Manager of Enterprise Childcare 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 ( You can contact Ann directly on 01475 745552, Social Enterprise Academy ( 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 See 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 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 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