Networks1st Update: Friday 10th February 2012

Many SEN members have engaged with Community Jobs Scotland (CJS), which aims to create 2,000 work opportunities for unemployed individuals within third sector organisations across Scotland. Yesterday in Parliament, Youth Jobs Minister, Angela Constance announced CJS is to be extended for one year with a £6m budget to create a further 1000 jobs. In addition, a new £2.5 challenge fund will be set up to support the third sector to work with employers, delivering 800 opportunities for young people. This follow-on programme will target 16 to 19 year olds and will again be managed, in partnership, by Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) and SCVO. See

The Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot have been working closely over the last couple years to offer affordable learning for SEN members. To date, three SENs have taken up the opportunity and two more SENs, Youth and Culture & Creative are about to begin their learning journey. Senscot and Social Enterprise Academy would like to thank the following organisations who have kindly agreed to sponsor a Youth SEN member – Aberdeen Foyer, Community Enterprise, CEiS, Kibble, Social Firms Scotland, Social Investment Scotland and The Wise Group.

The last Edinburgh SEN meeting was used as a strategy session for the group and, with an attendance of 22, proved extremely successful day.  Supported by Douglas Westwater, (Community Enterprise Ltd), a future picture of Edinburgh SEN was developed.  The information gathered will be incorporated into their revised business plan.  The SEN, in partnership with Social Enterprise Edinburgh and Forth Sector are also holding a Social Enterprise Summit on March 22nd.  The summit will focus on social enterprise engagement with the private sector – more info’ available soon.

Dundee SEN has appointed a new development officer, Lindsay Watt. Lindsay worked as a solicitor until 1992, then moved into Further Education, teaching on a paralegal training course at Dundee College. Lindsay said of his new role, “I look forward to helping Dundee SEN increase enterprise activity in Dundee, and hopefully open up new markets for its members”.  We wish Lindsay luck and look forward to working with him.

Fife SEN member MyBus intends to resume bowling at the famous Scoonie Bowling Club in Leven as of 1st April – barely six months after it looked as if the last shot had been played. See,

Last week, it was good to see a number of SEN members being awarded funds through the Enterprise Growth Fund. Fife Women have been in touch to share their good news. Their award of 90k will pay for 2 new posts and a van and will focus on growth and sustainability for the organisation. They re-opened Room2 in the east end of Kirkcaldy High Street in October last year. See

Aberdeen SEN AGM is planned for Friday 24th February (2pm) at Aberdeen Forward. The AGM will be followed by an information session on social media including facebook and twitter.


OFFICE TO LET: Edinburgh SEN member, Graphics Co-op have a spare office space to let. It’s a furnished, three or four-person office on the ground floor of their building. Extras include broadband, free parking, shared use of meeting room and kitchen, great location (just 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station but very quiet) and good neighbours. More info at:

VACANCY: Based in Glasgow, Media Co-op produce films and digital media for charities, social enterprises and other ethical clients. They are seeking a gifted administrator with a social conscience. For more, see or email

REVIEW: The first 3 years of Aquiring Business 4 Good has been reviewed by the Social Value Lab. For more and full report, see

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: BRAG Enterprises and its ‘Motivate to Innovate’ learning programme are delighted to extend an open invitation to anyone who is interested in learning more about social enterprise. The session will take place on 16th February between 11am and 1pm at the Dunnikier House Hotel, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3LP. A buffet lunch will be provided. Call 01592 786 702 or email  to book your place.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW: On the 8th March BRAG Enterprises Ltd is offering attendee’s and exhibitors another chance to attend “Opportunities to Grow” –  a dynamic, busy and productive environment. There will be an opportunity to win a Dragon’s Den competition. Do you have an innovative idea to generate additional income? If you do they want to hear about it. Email  for more details.

TENDERS: There are over 30 tenders on the Ready for Business Website including Construction of Tranent Care Home (Community Benefits will be sought in this tender), Building demolition, wrecking and earthmoving work , PAT for Falkirk Council, Provision of Business Gateway Services to East, North & South Ayrshire Councils and Construction of Tranent Care Home. See

Case Study: Fife SEN
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Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 15 Feb
Borders SEN, 15th Feb
Glasgow SEN, 22nd Feb
Aberdeen, 23rd Feb
Sport SEN, 24th Feb
Inverclyde SEN, 9th May



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