Networks1st Update: 30th January 2009

Members of both Glasgow and Edinburgh SEN have been getting good press recently. Last week saw Impact Arts in the process of employing 10 new staff members as a result of a successful bid to the Inspiring Scotland fund This week, The Melting Pot is in the news with a great article in the Scotsman about how it`s on target to be self-sufficient by 2010 (’ve been building up an impressive list of Third Sector Venues over the last couple of months We’ve also been receiving requests for information on social enterprises that provide outside catering which would go well alongside the still growing list of venues. If your organisation would like to be on such a list, contact victoria@senscot.netThe £12 million Third Sector Enterprise Fund, launched in December, offers funding of between £25,000 to £100,000. Applications for funding in excess of £70,000 will need to be supported by a business plan. Further details ( incl application form and guidance on how to apply) will be available shortly on the Scottish Government website. In the meantime, queries should be addressed to NoticesThe consortium of partners delivering `Aspire to Enterprise` has recently been awarded a further two year contract to continue the programme of support for social enterprises. A good number of those benefitting from this support have come from the LSENs and Senscot is keen to see this trend continue. Check out the Aspire to Enterprise website to find out how to get involved. Social Enterprise Academy, with support from Scottish Government, will be delivering a course on `Writing Tenders for Public Sector Contracts` at venues throughout Scotland during February and March. These courses are FREE. The 2-day course aims to provide a thorough grounding in the procurement process to bid for and win public sector contracts. The dates and venues are Glasgow (25/26 February); Aberdeen (12/13 March); St. Boswells, Scottish Borders (17/18 March); and Edinburgh (23/24 March – places limited). For further details, contact Daniel@theacademy-ssea.orgPerth College, UHI and Perth and Kinross Social Economy Partnership are hosting Scotland’s Conference for Private and Social Enterprise, at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, on Tuesday 10 February. This conference is aimed at budding entrepreneurs from the private and social enterprise sectors. You can hear from successful business people about their experiences, choose from workshops on marketing, sales, leadership and social enterprise – all led by industry experts. There will also be stands offering help on developing your idea or existing business. The Keynote Speaker is Charan Gill from TV’s Secret Millionaire.Attendance at the event is FREE and lunch will be provided.See details, for Your Diary Lothian SEN 30th Jan / Drumfries & Galloway SEN, 5th Feb / 10th Feb – Voice 09 in Birmingham / Inverclyde SEN, 27th of Feb.