Networks1st Update: 1st May 2009

In March, Senscot held an event to discuss the prospect of the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) being rolled out in England. Since then the UK Social Enterprise Coalition has given the SEM its backing, and in a survey of 1,000 people across the UK, 86% of respondents associated the Social Enterprise Mark with environmental and ethical benefits and said they would prefer to buy from firms who put their profits back into the community. Two further meetings are now scheduled to provide social enterprises with more information on the process of getting the SEM. The first will take place in Glasgow on 11th June at the Wise Group’s offices in Charlotte Street and the second in Aberdeen at the Marywell Centre on 17th of June. Anyone interested in attending either of these meetings should contact colin@senscot.netRichard was in Dumfries and Galloway on Wednesday where the SEN has secured £15,000 from the Economic Development team at Dumfries and Galloway Council to support the Network over the next 12 months. The priorities identified were the administrative support of the network, training needs and event provision and organisation along with the development of a website and database. More info on D&G SEN at http://www.dgsen.org.uk. A competitive open tender saw ten organisations from the local social enterprise, private and voluntary sectors competing for the three aspects of the contract. The successful bids came from Nithsdale CVS for Events & Training, the Federation of CVS for admin support and South Rhins Web Development, a local private IT company for web and database development. Work is expected to start shortly. Congratulations to all involved! For more information on D&GSEN contact richard@senscot.netThis week has been a busy week for Network meetings with a variety of speakers getting out and about. Edinburgh SEN heard about the Aspire to Enterprise Programme (http://www.aspiretoenterprise.org.uk) on Tuesday. Wednesday saw Community Enterprise (http://www.communityenterprise.co.uk) lead a session on ‘how to make the most of your networking’ with Clacks SEN and, yesterday, Tayside SEN got some valuable information about ethical banking options from Triodos (http://www.triodos.co.uk). If you would like any info about anything listed click on the links provided or contact anna@senscot.netNetwork NoticesGeoff Pearson will be attending the next LSEN Reps meeting in Glasgow on 6th of May in Glasgow to talk about how the Government’s Third Sector Single Interface will impact on the Local Social Enterprise Networsk. This will be the first time Geoff has address a meeting of organisations specifically from the social enterprise sector. This initiative is likely to have a significant impact on how social enterprise communicates with local strategic partnerships and strategies such as Community Planning and the Single Outcome Agreements so it would be good to have representation from all 17 LSENs there. For more information contact richard@senscot.netAssist Social Capital’s conference on 4th June at New Lanark, home of the social enterprise ceilidh, will see Argyll & Bute SEN member Here We Are make a presentation on how social capital has helped them develop over the years. There will also be presentations from award winning environmental social enterprise Hill Holt Wood. There will also be presentations from social experts from Austria, Argentina, India and Thailand. LSEN and Senscot members are offered the chance to do a 3 for the price of 2 deal of the delegate fee. For more information visit http://www.social-capital.net/showart.php?articleid=1Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is looking to improve its investment products for social enterprise. The intention is to provide packages that are more relevant, more sector specific and more affordable. A key part of this process will be a survey to find out about the needs of social enterprise for investment funding. Deadline is Tuesday 12^th May. See details http://www.senscot.net/view_news.php?viewid=8052Dates for Your Diary6th May – Network Reps Mtg12th May – Aberdeen SEN15th May – Inverclyde SEN27th May – Fife SEN29th May – Glasgow11th June – SEM Glasgow17th June – SEM Aberdeen18th June – Culture SEN18th June – Sport & Social Enterprise