Networks1st Update: 19th December 2008

The Scottish Government’s £12 million Third Sector Enterprise Fund, aimed at encouraging Third Sector organisations to become more enterprising, was launched last week. The fund will be managed and delivered by the Scottish Government Third Sector Division and guidance on ‘How to apply’ which will appear on the SG website during January 2009. The Enterprise Fund itself will open for applications in late January 2009 and will run until March 2011. The key purpose of the fund is to increase the capacity, capability and financial sustainability of third sector organisations. The fund will offer between £25,000 and £100,000 to third sector organisations to build their capacity, capability, financial sustainability and growth in turnover. Applications in excess of £70,000 will need to be supported by a business plan. The fund will focus on increasing organisational capacity, rather than project funding. See https://senscot.net/?viewid=7745CEiS are holding a seminar at the Teacher Building in St Enoch`s Square in Glasgow on 21st January. The seminar is titled `Public Sector meets Third Sector`. It is hoped that event will begin the dialog about the future shape of our public sector and third sector, examining issues of value, independence and enterprise. See more details http://www.senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=7748The Clackmannanshire Network was officially invited to join the Local Social Economy Partnership this week. The LSEP feeds into the local Economic Development Theme Team and the Community Planning Partnership so this is a great opportunity for members to contribute towards local development strategies. Talks are planned for the new year to see how the network can contribute towards building capacity under the local next European Programme. http://www.improvementservice.org.uk/community-planningAs 2008 draws to a close we’re finding the expected slow down prior to the festive break has not really materialised. Maybe this is due to the growing interest in social enterprise as a way of doing business, maybe it’s an indirect result of the ‘credit crunch’ with stories about hughely increasing demand for the sector’s products and services across the board. Whatever the reason, 2009 is certain to bring ups and downs a plenty so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the break the year ahead. If you begin to get ‘cold turkey’ during the break why not check out the growing list of Social Enterprise Network websites:Aberdeen SEN http://www.asen.org.ukArgyll & Bute SEN http://www.absen.org.ukCoalfields SEN http://www.coalfieldsen.netEast Lothain SEN http://www.socialenterpriseineastlothian.org.ukEdinburgh SEN http://www.makingbusinesssense.org.ukMoray SEN http://www.moraysen.org.ukNetwork NoticesTuesday 20 January 2009, 2pm to 4pm: Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition Business Forum – “Surviving Recession”, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR. This important event will provide shared techniques and processes for survival planning. To book a place cotact Kate at admin@ssec.org.uk. In advance of the session the Coalition is asking social enterprises for input on What the three biggest issues your organisation faces in 2009? http://www.senscot.net/view_news.php?viewid=7738Networks Diaryhttp://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.phpWest Lothian SEN, 8th Jan 09 / Edinburgh SEN, 13th Jan / LSEN Reps Meeting, 16th Jan / Midlothian SEN, 20th Jan / Aberdeen SEN, 22 Jan / Glasgow SEN, 23 Jan