Networks1st Update: Friday 11th February 2011

Further update on progress with the Third Sector Interfaces (TSI). This week, the Scottish Govt website listed the ‘framework documents’ for Interface activity in each local authority area. These provide a snapshot of the approaches being adopted across the country. Some are clearer and more comprehensive than others in their plans to support their local social enterprise community – with some already specifying a percentage of their budget to this area of activity (see, Where SENs do not yet exist, Senscot will be contacting TSIs directly to encourage full engagement with local social enterprises. If we can be of any help, please let us know. See framework documents,

The programme for this year’s Fit for Purpose Conference (18th March) is now available  This year’s theme is ‘Prevention, Improvement and Innovation’ and will be chaired by Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist and Broadcaster with Sue Bruce (Edinburgh Council) and Chris Dabbs (Unlimited Potential) as keynote speakers. The day will also include an exhibition area, workshops and plenty of opportunity to network. Places for the event are limited, book you place now. See,

Moray SEN met last week with local MSP and Rural Affairs and Environment Minister, Richard Lochhead. Items up for discussion included the impact on local social enterprises of both the impending local authority cuts and the closure of local military bases. The SEN had the opportunity to promote a number of initiatives geared to diversifying the local economy using the social enterprise model. Moray SEN Rep, Donna Breen (Waste Watchers) also visited the Aberdeenshire SEN at their first full meeting last week to share Morays experiences. More news on social enterprise in the North East coming shortly. 


LEARNING: The deadline to register for the Post Graduate Certificate and MSC in Social Enterprise is 18th Feb.  The course is run by the Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University.  See,

INVESTMENT: Scottish Government’s Third Sector Division reminds organisations who still have outstanding Third Sector Enterprise Fund awards, to submit their final claims by no later than 28th February.  A significant number of claims are still to be submitted. Grantees should note that there is no guarantee that late claims can be paid since the funding is available in this fund only in this financial year.

EVENTS:  The Social Enterprise Fair 2011 will take place on Wednesday 20th April and returns to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.  The 6th annual fair offers the biggest platform for social enterprises in Scotland to trade, participate in workshops, network and make new business connections. There are a limited number of Exhibition stands still available with over 80 already booked.  See, 

Fife Tradefair Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline, 10th March 2011.  With Guest speakers, Workshops, Networking Opportunities, Free Exhibition Space.  The Fife Social Enterprise Tradefair offers attendees and exhibitors a dynamic, busy productive environment where you are presented with a fantastic opportunity to access like-minded social enterprise organisations and more. See,

Case Study: Moray SEN

Set up in 2006, Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) carries out networking, training, events and other support activities. MSEN is moving forward with the next steps in  developing the group. SEN member REAP won the tender to deliver admin support for 2010-2011 and will aim to build on the success of previous Social Enterprise Awards Dinners and Community of Business events. In addition, Moray SEN is now represented in the new Interface and Community Planning Partnership theme groups, creating a platform for social enterprise strategically in the area.

Download full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Sports SEN, 16th Feb
Ayrshire SEN, 23 Feb
Health SEN, 25th Feb
Stirlingshire SEN, 28th Feb
Dundee SEN, 9th March
5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March
Fife SEN, 23rd March
Voice 2011, 30th March
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th March



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