Networks1st Update: Friday 10th June 2011

After eight years, Colin will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement with Senscot and Networks 1st from the end of July. His contribution, not just to Senscot, but to the support and development of the social enterprise community over this period has been outstanding. Not only is his knowledge of grassroots social enterprises in Scotland second to none – there have also been few better champions. Colin, however, has got another passion – social capital. Through his own social enterprise, Assist Social Capital (ASC), he advocates the importance of social capital in building stronger and more prosperous communities. He will be devoting more time to this. The good news, though, is that he will not be disappearing completely. After a break in August, he will continue to be actively involved in supporting our work with the Health SEN and Roundtable and our social enterprise and sport initiative.

If you’d like to know more about social capital, contact or see

Edinburgh SEN announced the outcome of their recent tender process for delivering on the social enterprise function of the Edinburgh Third Sector Interface this week. Support for social enterprises in the city will involve: Maureen Munro (Cr8te) taking on the role of Network Co-ordinator; Community Enterprise delivering business support; and Cre8te and With People delivering the Marketing. For more, contact

Activity within the Dumfries and Galloway SEN has increased significantly over the last year. This has been reflected in their recent decision to become the 5th SEN to constitute as a Community Benefit Company. They also ran a very successful Procurement event in Dumfries on Tuesday. Keynote speakers included Pauline Graham (SFS), Mags McCarthy (Unity Enterprise) and Rhona McPherson (Procurement Manager, D&G Council). There was a real positive vibe at the event with a commitment from Rhona McPherson to `open doors` for social enterprises within D&G Council`s procurement process.

Do you fancy being part of a new ‘crowdfunding’ platform being piloted this summer? New member of Borders SEN – SoLoCo ( –  are keen to hear from SEN members who have an inspirational idea that will bring benefit to your local community. The gist of ‘crowdfunding’ is to enable these projects to be funded by like-minded individuals throughout the UK. See more,

Sports SEN member, Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool has made it to the final stage of the Big Lottery’s ‘Jubilee Peoples Millions’. Their proposal – The Solar Solution – will install solar panels to combat and reduce increasing fuel costs. They already have had a wood burning bio-mass boiler fitted and combined with the addition of solar panels, they would be well on their way to a greener and more sustainable future. Voting opens on 27th June. See more,


READYFORBUSINESS: A few new tenders in this week include: Provision of Content Managed Website Services for Renfrewshire Schools, Event Management Support for the City Economy Conference and Accommodation for Abused Women and their Children.  See more

JOBS: Impact Arts are currently recruiting for a new position to add to the senior management team at Impact Arts.  See details here

EVENTS: Almond Housing Association is able to make charitable donations to community groups and organisations thanks to money gifted to the Association by its subsidiary company Almond Enterprises Ltd.  Community groups and organisations are invited to bid for funding of up to £500 at a special ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event to be held in early July.  See more

Thrive Business Networking Events in Edinburgh for business-to-business SMEs have a Trial Package at reduced rates for companies interested in more than one meeting:  A visit includes an opportunity to introduce your organisation to the room, a hot & cold buffet breakfast or two course lunch, wine & coffee, VIP presentations, Q&A and contributions. See more

Case Study: Dumfries & Galloway SEN

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Stirling SEN, 20th June
Community Food SEN, 29th June (Fife)
Creative SEN, 29th June
Borders SEN 30th June
Dundee SEN, 6th July
Fife SEN, 31st August



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