Networks1st Update: 22nd August 2008

News this week about the first topic of the 3 Social Enterprise Fringe events on 4th of September (http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/downloads/thefringeforum.pdf). Momentum appears to be growing behind the Social Enterprise Kite Mark being developed by RISE with plans afoot to combine Social Firms UK’s ’star mark’ with the Kite Mark brand. This is obviously going to be an important issue with social enterprises becoming an ever more popular way of doing business. If you’d like to hear more about the Kite Mark from Lucy Findlay of RISE or attend the Common Ground event later in the afternoon make sure you book a place! Contact anna@senscot.netFirstport would like to invite LSEN members willing to have their business plans put under a spotlight to an Evolve workshop on 8th October in Dunkeld. Evolve workshops are intensive one day events matching social enterprises with teams of individuals from the private sector to help with overall business planning, tackling a current issue, or preparing for future growth and expansion. To date teams have come from John Lewis, HBOS, Clydesdale Bank among others. On 8th of October there will be up to 200 business consultants from Pricewaterhouse Coopers for the day. Firstport is looking for up to 20 Social Enterprises to take advantage of what is on offer. Places are being snapped up so if you’re interested contact Norman Hill at Firstport norman@firstport.org.ukIf innovation is important to your business you might be interested in entering the John Logie Baird Award for Innovation with a winners support package valued at approximately £20,000 including intensive PR coverage. This programme unique in that it’s not just about awards, even if you’re still at the early stages, the programme can give you access support and development tools that could take your innovation to the next level; access to expert advice and signposting to make sure you are maximising the support that you can get to develop our innovation; access to a series of “how to” workshops that will be invaluable to your development no matter what stage you are at. The deadline for entries is the 15th September 2008 http://www.johnlogiebairdawards.co.uk/about-the-programme.aspxDates for Your DiarySEN meetings Glasgow, Edinburgh and East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Clacks, Inverclyde Aberdeen; Social Enterprise Fringe Forum (3 free events); Network Reps meeting in Dundee For details on these meeting and events visit the Networks 1st calendar http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php