Networks1st Update: 8th May 2009

Senscot is hosting two further meetings on the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM). The first will take place at the Wise Group’s offices at 72 Charlotte Street, Glasgow G1 5DW from 2 pm – 4 pm and the second at Aberdeen Foyer’s Marywell Training &Conference Centre, Marywell Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JF, from 2 pm – 4 pm. From the feedback we’ve been getting recently there is a growing awareness in Scotland of the SEM but not a clear understanding of the criteria or how to go about getting it for those who might be interested. Hopefully, these meetings will help address some of these issues. To book a place at either of these events contact You can find out more about the criteria for the SEM here

On Wednesday, Senscot hosted the quarterly Network Reps meeting in Glasgow. Representatives from nine local and thematic networks attended along with Geoff Pearson from the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Division. Geoff facilitated a discussion on the development and implementation of the local Third Sector Single Interfaces around the country and what opportunities were available to local SEN’s and social enterprises to engage with the new structure. The Government believes 9 areas have already agreed their set up Geoff also confirmed he is keen to speak to as many LSEN’s around the country as possible over the coming months. If you would like your Network to invite Geoff along to a network meeting or would like more info on the Network reps contact

A benefit of the wider network recently came to light. Lesley Bulbeck from C-MEE, Clacks found herself unexpectedly with a spare day in Aberdeen. At short notice she was able to visit the Bread Maker and Live Wire Productions and the day turned out to be very enjoyable and informative. Study visits to organisations in other areas are something that has been talked about a few times amongst the networks. If anyone is interested in such visits, please contact

Network 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 still one of the most active Networks, with around 18 members and is a formal member of the Local Social Economy Partnership. At start up, FSEN had financial support from the Social Enterprise Development Partnership, which funded a part-time Administrator which helped enormously to establish FSEN.

Network Notices

Self-evaluation Workshops by Blake Stevenson: Wednesday 3 June (10.00am-12.45pm) – Edinburgh / Venue: Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU, click here to book no later than 21st of May

SSEC CIC Policy Forum – MacRoberts are hosting this event at their Glasgow office, 152 Bath Street, between 14.00 and 16.30 on Tuesday 12th May.

Dates for Your Diary

12th May – Aberdeen SEN
12th May – West Lothian SEN
15th May – Inverclyde SEN
21st May – East Lothian SEN
27th May – Fife SEN
29th May – Glasgow SEN
11th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Glasgow
17th June – Clacks SEN
17th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Aberdeen
18th June – Culture SEN
18th June – Sport & Social Enterprise Event, Airth Castle