Networks1st Update: Friday 10th September 2010

The Social Enterprise Ceilidh, (Senscot’s annual conference for the SENs) takes place again this year, at our favourite social enterprise hotel in New Lanark. We’re still finalising the agenda but we are open for bookings now. Last year the Ceilidh was oversubscribed so the sooner the better ( We’re pleased to have continued support for the event from RBS. As part of this year’s activities we’ll be presenting the award to the Scottish winner of the national photography competition, which aims to show the passion, people and places using enterprise to drive positive change.

Kim attended the AGM of the Coalfields SEN this week at Croy Miners Welfare. The members have diversified into a wide range of activities within their local communities from a cinema to Zumba classes, post offices, youth clubs and much more, see Big news at the event was that Coalburn Miners Welfare has successfully bid as a consortia along with Community Enterprise and Coalfield Regeneration Trust to deliver the contract issued by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire to deliver support to the third sector in rural south Lanarkshire until March 2011, more details

East Lothian SEN is running a series of Social Enterprise Road Shows in supermarkets across the county over the coming weeks. They have secured funding from Community Wellbeing and Economic Development to go out in the community and speak to people and raise the profile of social enterprise in challenging economic climate.  Tesco, Asda and the Co-op supermarkets will be hosting members as part of the road show. For more details see:

ONLINE SHOP: Want to make a difference? to the local economy? the environment?  Then visit, CFINE’s e-shopping site where you can buy, pay on-line and have delivered to your home local (wherever possible) produce! See more

EVENTS: The Social Enterprise Academy is holding a Leadership Residential at Coul House, Contin from Nov 9th – 12th.  This is free of charge, including accommodation at the four star country hotel. The residential is aimed at anyone working for a social enterprise in a leadership / management position, interested in learning more about social enterprise and developing their leadership skills. See more

On Wednesday 15 September local social enterprise group, Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network (ASEN), will meet with City council chief executive, Sue Bruce and Council department heads to discuss Aberdeen City Council’s Procurement Policy for Third Sector organisations. See more

SkillsActive Scotland is hosting its annual conference on 30th September at Stirling Management Centre.  The keynote speakers will be talking about proposals for a Chartered Institute for Sport and I thought that members of the Cross Party Group might be interested in attending.  See more

CANCELLATION: The Perth SEN Gala Day has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Apologies for any inconvenience. 

INVESTMENT: East of Scotland Investment Fund (ESIF) is a consortium of nine east of Scotland Local Authorities working together to provide loan finance to new and growing small to medium sized enterprises within the east of Scotland.  See more here

Case Study: East Lothian

East Lothian SEN met for the first time in February 2006 in Haddington.   With the help of funding from Communities Scotland, ‘Social Enterprise in East Lothian’ developed a website and directory of social enterprises in the area.  In March 2008 they ran their first conference which was opened and chaired by the Leader of East Lothian Council.

Download full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 14th September
Perth SEN, 28th September
Angus SEN, 29th September
Fife SEN, 7th October
Edinburgh SEN, 12th October
Clacks SEN, 13th October
Aberdeen SEN, 19th October
Dundee SEN, 20th October
D&G SEN, 21st October
Glasgow SEN, 22nd October
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November


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