Networks1st Update: 28th March 2008

Last week we mentioned that Senscot has been awarded almost £300k over three years to continue its work in support of the Local Social Enterprise Networks (LSENs). Part of these monies will enable us to recruit a new Network Development Officer. This will enable us, amongst other things, to attend more local SEN meetings and also to visit individual social enterprises on a more regular basis. For more info, see http://www.senscot.net/view_job.php?viewid=7106 This week’s bulletin refers to the contrasting picture for social enterprise at a national and local level. Whilst there is considerable reason for optimism at a national level with the impending `Action Plan` due out next month, many members are finding things to be very different at a local level. We’re keen to hear your stories so that we can bring them to wider attention.Senscot was out and about at a couple of Network events. Laurence was over at Lundin Links in Fife for the awards lunch run by Fife LSEP. The event was the culmination of a competition run to find the social enterprises in Fife with the best business plans. Awards fell into two categories – mature and emerging. Winners includes Recycle Fife, Green Door Catering Company, Forth Pilgrims!Ltd and Mimac Rushes. A special commendation went to Edenshead Friends 2007 who are trying to buy the local hall in the village of Gateshead.On Wednesday, Aidan attended the Dumfries and Galloway SEN`s Conference and Trade Fair at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries. A well run event heard presentations from First Port and the Academy as well as D&G Council who intimated that it was their intention to continue to support the local Network.