Networks1st Update: 23rd November 2007

The Social Enterprise Ceilidh has become an important event in Senscot’s diary and this year we were back at New Lanark again on social enterprise day, the15th November, thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s continued belief in the event. Geoff Pope from the Social Enterprise Team got the event off on an upbeat by telling us about the new £93 million investment in enterprise in the Third Sector, £30 million of that will be for an Investment Fund, to be based on Business Plans. We`re keen to get feedback on the event. We could make it up, but would prefer your views. This Wednesday saw the launch of the Fife Social Enterprise Strategy. It was good to see Roddy Macdonald making his first public appearance since emerging from the darkened room he was locked in for the last month negotiating the new 30% increase in funding for our sector. Social enterprise has come along way in the last 5 years and we have been lucky that Roddy and his team have been on that journey with us. The new government has handed business support to Local Authorities and if the workshop that I attended on Procurement is anything to go by there`s an awful lot of work to be done over the next few years to convince many officials of the merits of social enterprise.There are moves afoot to get the Cultural Social Enterprise Network going again. Di Jennings, who also works at Local People Leading has been talking to folk about organising an event to promote the value of Cultural Social Enterprises. There will be a meeting on 11th December at WASPS Studios in Glasgow to talk about it. If you’d like to find out more contact