Networks1st Update: Friday 10th August 2012

In recent years, Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has hosted a series of policy events across the country. These events provide an opportunity for social enterprises and supporters to get together and discuss a range of policy issues. This year, we’re delighted that SES has chosen, where possible, to organise these via local SENs – with Fife, Moray, Argyll and Bute and Dumfries and Galloway all participating. The first event is in Fife on 23rd Aug. at the Ore Valley Business Centre in Lochgelly, All the events are free. If you’d like to attend, see

The CEiS September Conference is one of the main events in the SE calendar in Scotland. It has run each year following on from the SE World Forum in Edinburgh in 2008. This year’s themes will include discussion on the role for social enterprise in the delivery of public services; youth employment; social investment; and the Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme. Senscot has reserved 20 ‘early bird’ places for SEN members (£95 + VAT). A few places still available. If you’re interested, contact . See programme,

Last week, we sent a survey round, on behalf of the ReadyforBusiness consortium, to SEN members with regard to their experiences of engagement and /or contracting with public agencies. Can we thank all those who took the time to respond – Social Value Lab will be in touch over the next week or so. For those who haven’t had the time to respond but still may wish to do so, here’s a link to the survey. See,

Applications are still being accepted for The Social Enterprise Academy’s Ignite Programme. See details, The residential will run from 19th-22nd October at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick. Closing date is Thursday, 13th Sept.

The RBS SE 100 Index (2012) is open for applications – with a closing date of 30th August. Prize money of £25,000 is available this year. Last year, over 50 Scottish SEs participated in the Index and the organisers are hoping to double that figure this year. To apply, see

Another SEN event coming up is in Haddington, East Lothian on 4th September. East Lothian SEN are hosting their own local event, with a range of workshops, speakers and, of course, their own Dragons’ Den. The event will be highlighting how East Lothian can benefit from social enterprise. See,

Date for the diary: Senscot Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 5th October at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (10.30 – 2.30pm). Topic of this year’s Seminar will be ‘A Scottish Community Bank’. The event is free to company members with £20 charge for non-members. To book your place, email


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include ITT Violence Against Women Service in East Lothian, Print Services for Tayside Procurement Consortium, Mobile Unit for Occupational Health Service and Sale of Textiles, Books & Bric-a-Brac – Collection & Treatment. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FESTIVAL: The Engine Shed Café in Edinburgh have extended opening hours during the Festival period. See,

CASTLE RePAINT: Furniture Plus, a charity based ReUse and Recycling Social Enterprise in Fife, has teamed up with Castle RePaint Scotland, to bring an extra offering to its customers. See,

GLAD CAFÉ: Tickets now available for opening nights of Glad Café in Glasgow’s Southside on 17th & 18th of August. See,

Case Study: Antonine Sports Centre Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN 23rd August
Sport SEN East – 28th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th August
Dundee SEN, 5th September
Fife SEN, 5th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th September
Sport SEN North – 20th September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN 28th September
Sport SEN West – 17th October



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