Networks1st Update: 3rd October 2008

Green C Kayaks launched their newly formed company this week – two years after winning the Dragons Den at the Social Enterprise Ceilidh.. David McBride and Julie Belasco won £4000 after pitching to the Dragons to develop the idea as part of their work with TACT Scotland. Since then, the team has designed the kayaks, provided work placements, started production and are researching options to make kayaks out of recycled materials. Today, our Anna is attending the Argyll & Bute SEN meeting in Oban where David will be displaying their work including the first stage of the hull. She might even get the chance to try out a kayak in the bay at Dunstaffnage! We’re beginning to get applications in for this year’s Den so make sure you don’t miss out, booking forms etc are available from the Networks 1st website http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/index.phpThis week`s Coalfields SEN meeting took place at Coalburn One Stop Shop in South Lanarkshire.George Greenshields and his team have worked incredibly hard to make the centre a focal point for community activity. They have a post office, a community food co-op, a cafe, a heritage museum as well as the Miners Welfare Club and a conference centre. Their work is highlighted in Local People Leading’s list of Anchor Organisations (CAO), which recognises sucessful community organisations http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/showdirectory.php?anchorid=25A recurring theme at a few Network meetings recently has been the topic of connecting social enterprise and tourism. Recently, we`ve heard of a grant (Investing in Growth) that provides 40% funding up to a miximum of £165,000. This might be the kind of thing Networks could really take advantage of . It is particularly looking for a collective approach to Tourism Projects and is “designed to encourage new and collaborative marketing activity that attracts more visitors to Scotland”. For more info visit http://www.visitscotland.org/marketing_opportunities_main/growthfund.htmDates for Your DiaryEast Dunbartonshire SEN Speed Networking Event, 8th Oct. / Tayside SEN, 21st Oct. / East Dunbartonshire SEN, 29th Oct. / Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 20-21st Novemberhttp://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php