Networks1st Update: 18th July 2008

`Aspire to Enterprise` – the programme providing a range of Business Support Services to ambitious, developing social enterprises in Lowland Scotland – is now moving into the second half of the pilot period. Of 34 enquiries to date, 26 have been approved to receive business support services – 10 of which are members of LSENs. The response across the country has been pretty well spread with two exceptions – Grampian and Forth Valley. If you`d like to find out more, particularly from those areas, check out the Aspire website at SEN has secured funding through the support of SEAM (Social Enterprise Alliance for Midlothian) for help with the administration of the Network. SEAM is a cross-sector partnership of agencies involved in the provision of support, training, guidance and services for social economy organisations based and/or working in Midlothian. Admin support will allow members of the Network to effectively build on the relationships started in recent months. As well as inter-trading, some network members are currently exploring the possibility of sharing staff. This comes on the back of Network members in other areas forming partnerships and sharing resources. This is an effective way of keeping and sharing knowledge, experience and expertise within the sector, particularly, at a time when the availability of local funding remains uncertain. Dates for the DiaryThursday 31st July: Aberdeen SEN, 12-2pm, Aberdeen FoyerTuesday 12th Aug: Clacks SEN, 2-4pm, Kilncraigs, AlloaThursday 28th Aug: Edinburgh SEN, 3pm, With People, Thorn House, Rose Street Glasgow SEN, 10.30am, Pearce Institute, Govan 2nd – 5th Sept: Social Enterprise World ForumThursday 4th Sept: The Fringe – Venues tbc