Networks1st Update: 19th June 2009

Yesterday, Senscot participated in `Up and Running` a sport and social enterprise event at Airth Castle near Alloa. The event was sponsored by Social Investment Scotland and its set to make front page news! See here Over 50 people heard presentations from the likes of Mel Young (Homeless World Cup), Stewart Harris (Sports Scotland), Craig Campbell (SIS) as well as locally based sports social enterprises such as Transition Extreme (Aberdeen) and Atlantis Leisure (Oban). One immediate outcome of the event has been the re-forming of the Sports Social Enterprise Network. First meeting at Spartans FC new complex in Edinburgh. If you’re interested, contact

The Cultural SEN met this week at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh, where Rob Hoon gave an update on business including their recent success in being awarded £425,000 from the Scottish Investment Fund. The Network is keen to measure impact through SROI and to promote the importance of the Arts in Regeneration.  Future events will include a Round Table event and a conference to showcase the cultural social enterprises in Scotland and make links with other relevant organizations and agencies.  For more information on the Cultural SEN contact Richard at

44 LSEN members have signed up over the last few weeks to the new Networks 1st online forum, which gives Networks the chance to communicate with each other outside of regular meetings and also to connect with other LSENs around the country. Debate topics include the Third Sector Interface but there’s plenty of room for more to be added. There’s a site for every SEN in the Networks 1st NING website which can be administered locally. Eventually there could be over 200 social enterprises connecting with and supporting each other in developing business and delivering joint contracts across Scotland. If you’d like more info, contact or sign up here at

Case Study – Clackmannanshire

Set up in May 2007, Clackmannshire Social Enterprise Network was born out of Kilncraigs Incubator Unit in Alloa; a European funded project that provided start-up support and facilities for local social enterprises. The Network was created by members of the Incubator Unit as a response to their interest in ongoing peer support as part of their exit strategy from the Incubator Unit.  It was also a way of connecting other local enterprises in the area not already linked to the Unit.  Over the last 18 months it has establish itself as a recognised body locally working in partnership with other local agencies and groups.

Network Notices

Senscot supports the RBS se 100 Index which allows social businesses to see how their growth and measurement of social impact compares to others’, track emerging markets, and gain knowledge of the sector they work in and their position within it. In March 2010, the top 100 highest growth organisations will be announced with awards totaling £50,000 given for three separate categories, including; the highest growth, the most effective measurement of social return and best new contribution in terms of either social impact or growth. Have a look at the current standings

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will host an awards ceremony next Wednesday June 24th on behalf of Cultural SEN members Fablevision, the National Cultural Planning Forum, and the University of Strathclyde. The event will run from 17.00 to 19.00 at the Scottish Parliament and will celebrate the success of Transform 08/09 Cultural Planning students. The event is being chaired by Iain McWhirter along with guest speakers Lia Ghilardi and Gerry Hassan. If you are interested in attending, or would like more info on Cultural Planning, please contact

Ken Hair who chairs the Scottish Parliament’s Social Enterprise Purchasing Forum has contacted us to ask if any social enterprises are interested in supplying high quality office to the Scottish Parliament. This includes the Presiding Officer’s Chair!! Anyone up for this contact

Dates for Your Diary

Argyll and Bute – Regional, Mon 22nd June
Edinburgh, Tues 23rd June
Tayside, Thursday 25th June
Coalfields 30th June
Glasgow, Friday 31st July