Networks1st Update: 20th February 2009

Jackie Dunsmuir, CEO of Recycle Fife (and founder member of the Fife SEN) has been in touch to let us know that they’ve been short listed in the CRNS 4th Annual Awards for diverting 750 tonnes a year from landfill and creating jobs. Based in Lochgelly, Recycle Fife has established itself as a leading recycler in the commercial and social enterprise sectors. The organisation has around 1120 customers servicing commercial, community and household premises. It also operates a kerb side collection around the region for cans, plastic bottles and office paper and is soon to include glass and textiles. Jackie said “2008 was a very successful year; we created an additional 21 jobs, bringing the total to 51 fulltime posts, 80% of which were from New Deal placement or previous Project Scotland Volunteers. We also relocated to bigger custom built premises which has led to us increasing our contract with Fife Council. https://senscot.net/?viewid=7882Borders based social entrepreneur Bosco Santimano, founder of healthy eating CIC `You Can Cook`, has contacted us to let us know about an article that the Herald ran on his business this week. Bosco won the Audience Prize at this year’s Dragon’s Den giving `You Can Cook` two days consultancy support from Rocket Science, and he shows no sign of slowing down, recently winning contracts with Carr-Gomm and taking on a new group of what he calls his ‘Community Cooks’. https://senscot.net/?viewid=7884Argyll & Bute SEN (ABSEN) has won a contract with the Argyll and Bute Social Economy Partnership to deliver specified events and services for social enterprises in Argyll and Bute. James Hilder, the Chair of ABSEN, said “This is an excellent outcome, building on the success of ABSEN. Winning the HISEZ (Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone) sub-contract means that we are practicing what we preach by reducing our reliance on grants”. https://senscot.net/?viewid=7888This week, we welcome Richard Brunjes , who joined Senscot as of Monday, to help Anna and me get round the LSENs. Richard has been working in the social economy scene for the last 5 years and during his time at East Dunbartonshire CVS he was closely involved in supporting the LSEN. Richard will eventually have a base in Glasgow but he’ll be getting out and about over the coming months. In the mean time, he can be contacted at richard@senscot.netNetwork NoticesWe’ve booked 4 stands in a cluster at S2S in Edinburgh, 23rd April http://www.s2stradefair.com. One of them is earmarked for Networks 1st with the other 3 up for grabs to LSENs. The options are open to either individual organisations taking one or a whole Network to take over one. If you are interested please contact Anna on anna@senscot.net ASAP so we can make arrangements.Network WebsitesArgyll & Bute SEN: this website has a directory of social enterprises in the area, provides information about news and events and has a member’s forum. The network also sends out a fortnightly news letter to compliment the website. More here: www.absen.org.ukDatesFor more detail of each event go to: http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.phpEast Lothian SEN, 23rd Feb / Edinburgh Chamber event in partnership with Edinburgh SEN 25th Feb / Dundee Community of Business event, 26th Feb / Inverclyde SEN, 27th Feb /Edinburgh SEN, 4th March / Tayside SEN, 5th March / Clacks SEN, 10th March / Fife Trade Fair and Dragons Den 18th March / Aberdeen SEN, 19th March / Fife SEN, 24th March / Clacks Development Day with the LSEP, 25th March