Networks1st Update: 29th August 2008

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network members are gearing up for their biggest week yet, playing a staring role at the inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum. There will be a series of visits on the opening day, 2nd of September, with many of them to Edinburgh SEN members including Re-Union, The Bike Station and Edinburgh Cyrenians. The Network also has a table at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday evening and, thanks to sponsorship by Edinburgh Council, the Network will have a presence throughout the event with an Edinburgh SEN stand, so make sure you drop in and say hello. A huge amount of work has gone into preparing for the event including a brilliant marketing job done by Network members With People, including marketing banners, an info pack and a new website that goes live today www.makingbusinesssense.org.ukKevin McDermott of REAP has contacted us to highlight the fact that Moray SEN also have their own website (www.moraysen.org.uk), to promote and connect up social enterprises in Moray. This underlines the fact that the Local Social Enterprise Networks are becoming more established around the country and a growing number have a website including Argyll & Bute (www.absen.org.uk), Aberdeen (www.asen.org.uk) and East Lothian (www.socialenterpriseineastlothian.org.uk). If there are any that we’ve missed contact colin@senscot.netLast year representatives of national and local government signed a historic concordat, which committed both to moving towards Single Outcome Agreements for all 32 of Scotland’s councils (http://www.improvementservice.org.uk/component/option,com_docman/Itemid,43/task,cat_view/gid,561/). These are now being published around the country and will set out the future mechanisms to deliver national outcomes for local people in a way that should reflect local circumstances and priorities and are likely to be important documents in the future of the development of social enterprise at a local level. The agreements aim to: ensure that locally elected leaders are free to provide the services people in their local area need and deserve without having their hands tied by micromanagement from the centre and reduce the myriad of bureaucracy and reporting that the Government believes has held councils back for too long. SOAs are designed to fit into the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework, which you can find out more about at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/11/13092240/9.Dates for Your DiarySocial Enterprise World Forum, 2-5 Sept. and Social Enterprise Fringe Forum 4 Sept. (www.senscot.net/networks1st/downloads/thefringeforum.pdf) / Midlothian SEN, 9 Sept.; Fife SEN, 12 Sept.; Clacks SEN, 16 Sept.; Inverclyde 18 Sept.; Aberdeen SEN 26 Sept.; Coaldfields SEN, 30 Sept. Edinburgh SEN, 30 Sept. / SEN Reps meeting in Dundee, 25 Sept.For more details on these and other events go to http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php