Networks1st Update: 28th August

Graeme McKechnie, the new Procurement Issues Manager for the Scottish Government, has been in touch to highlight a number of opportunities the Government would like to see being taken up by social enterprises. These include Public Contracts Scotland which we’ve featured before, the Suppliers Development Programme and also this year’s Procurex Conference which aims to the promote Smart Purchasing and improved supply routes. To gain valuable information which could lead to new business opportunities check them out

Moray kicked off the first of this year`s Community of Business Events in style on Monday. The Moray SEN and Moray Chamber of Commerce hosted a Garden Party at Baxters Highland Village. In glorious sunshine, the guests were treated to live music and theatre from Network members before speeches from Antonia Swinson, SSEC, Dave Simmers, CFINE and Ron Taylor, President of Moray Chamber of Commerce. Each of the speakers outlined key opportunities for social enterprises and the Private Sector to work together through partnerships and procurement to make a difference in local communities.

Penny Morris from Forth Sector Development delivered a presentation on the new Social Return on Investment Project (SROI) on Tuesday at a joint Network meeting between Edinburgh and East Lothian SEN’s. The current project, funded by the Scottish Government, is designed to develop, promote and support the use of SROI across the sector. The team is working with funders and procurement officers to promote the method of measuring added value as well as delivering training to social entrepreneurs and developing an interactive website to guide the reporting process. See for more information.

Case Study: Fife SEN Case Study

Fife Social Enterprise Network was the first Local Social Enterprise Network to start up. The first meeting took place in 2004 at Furniture Plus in Dysart. FSEN is one of the most active Networks, with around 18 members. See


`Basics of being an Employer` – 23rd Sept. The Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) in partnership with CEiS are offering basic employment related training for Board and staff members from social enterprises in lowland Scotland. This training is part of the Aspire to Enterprise programme. It will be delivered by staff from EVH (Supporting Social Employers) who have significant experience in providing similar training for the social enterprise sector. 10am start, Glasgow Opportunities, Glasgow. See

It’s your last chance to enter Triodos Bank’s social enterprise photography competition, which closes on Friday 4 September. There’s a cash prize of £750 up for grabs for both the best photographer and the social enterprise pictured. Last year, Edinburgh’s Out of the Blue and The Bread Maker from Aberdeen were among the 12 shortlisted entrants.See

Dates for the diary

East Lothian SEN, Tues 1st Sept
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, Thurs 3rd Sept
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 8th Sept
Aberdeen SCDI Event, Tues 15th Sept
Clacks Community of Business, 16th Sept
Health SEN, Tues, 18th Sept
Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept