Networks1st Update: Friday 10th July 2009

Over the next couple of months, Senscot, with support from Cooperative Development Scotland (CDS), will be developing a legal model specifically for Local Social Enterprise Networks (LSEN). The basis for this work came from the LSEN Blueprint produced last year with input from the Network Reps meetings. The Community Benefit Society model was of interest to a number of the Networks, however it became clear that the costs for this legal model would have been prohibitive without a bespoke set of Model Rules being written up, which Senscot agreed to look into achieving. By choosing this model, LSENs will be in a position to benefit from a cooperative structure with a democratic system, and still be able to take advantage of a collective structure for investment purposes, without member’s losing their own identities. They will also be eligible for charitable exemption and free to set up trading arms if desired. The new Model Rules will be available ‘off the shelf’ to LSENs for around £40, if no changes are required. We will be talking to LSENs interested in this model over the next couple of months, again with support from CDS. For more information contact

Information on the impending formation of the Third Sector Interfaces is still patchy. In some places LSENs will be happy not to be directly involved while others will have ambitions to be part of the Interface depending on local circumstances. A recent report by the SVA Think Tanks project (see suggests there haven’t been any major strides towards a wider understanding of where social enterprise fits into the bigger picture, and this is echoed in the SOA’s that are being prepared across the country. ( We’d be interested to know how many LSENs are currently involved in the Interface discussions and if anyone has any information that we could make available through future Networks 1st bulletins. Contact

David Grigor of East Lothian SEN member, Accessible Art Company based in East Lothian, has just returned from the Huntsville Space Academy, Alabama. David, a teacher and an artist, won a scholarship for one of only 3 Scottish places. As a result of the success of David’s trip Accessible Art has the chance to send one young person from the UK on an all expenses paid trip to Huntsville. The plan is to host an arts competition to decide the winner of the prize. This is a tremendous opportunity and with many ideas already flowing as a result, even Buzz Aldrin (2nd man on the moon) has been in touch to offer his assistance! More details about the competition in the near future.For more information contact

Case Study

Last year Scotland hosted the inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum, which saw Edinburgh SEN being sponsored by Edinburgh Council to host a stand and attend the various Gala functions etc. As part of the process the Council produced a series of case studies on Edinburgh based social enterprises, a number of them active members of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.

Network Notices

Inspirational People: Innovative Ideas Public Talk 2: Tracey Muirhead, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Thursday 23rd July 2009, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things…
Tracey Muirhead, the first Scottish Coordinator of the School, originally based in Fife, but that now boasts 5 programs covering the whole of Scotland as part of a UK franchise. Tracey will talk about her personal journey in becoming a catalyst for other social entrepreneurs in Scotland and a successful social entrepreneur herself; and the highs and lows that this entailed.Online Bookings:

Triodos Bank’s social enterprise photo competition, in association with Social Enterprise magazine, launched on 15 June 2009. Now in its second year, Social Vision sets out to find the images that best capture the work of social enterprise – a more progressive approach to business that values people and the planet as well as profit. There’s a cash prize up for grabs for the best photographer and the social enterprise pictured. The winning photographer receives a £750 prize. And the social enterprise featured in the photograph will also win a prize of £750. Entries from social enterprises themselves are encouraged.The competition closes on 4 September 2009 when the judges will choose twelve finalists from all entries. These images will be used to create a calendar to be sent out with the December issue of Social Enterprise magazine. The overall winner will be announced at a special event in November You can see last year’s calendar here

Free-to-attend ScotlandSkills event, to be staged at the Thistle Hotel Glasgow, on Thursday October 1st. Full details of the event (to be formally opened by the Scottish Government Minister for Skills Keith Brown MSP) can be seen at

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN Fri 31st July,
Invercylde SEN Fri 14th August,
Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug,
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug,
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug,
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug