Networks1st Update: Friday 11th January 2013

Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot are delighted to offer SEN members subsidised places on two programmes coming up in March. Preparing for the Procurement Process (PPP) assesses your organisation’s readiness to bid for and win tenders. You will develop the confidence to approach the tendering process by looking at successful tenders and techniques for proving your organisation’s value, see  
As the social enterprise landscape changes are you ready to work with others to survive? The Partnership for Enterprise programme will ensure that you and your team is well placed to use your networks and assets in collaboration with others, see

Congratulations to Cultural SEN member Theatre Nemo who have been awarded the Robin Corbett Award from the Prison Reform Trust which they will receive at the House of Lords on the 5th February 2013. This annual award is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners
done by a charity or community group, working in partnership with prison staff. Uniquely, the emphasis will be on work that fosters personal responsibility and calls on people in prison, and ex-offenders, to help themselves and others through mentoring and such like. Robin Corbett had a developed interest in prisoners’ education and people in prison ‘learning through doing’.

Two bits of news from Aberdeen Foyer this week. On a positive note, they announced, just prior to Christmas, the full acquisition of Roadwise Driver Training, the largest independent driver training provider in the North East of Scotland. This follows the 50% share purchased in 2008. The full acquisition has been made possible with the help of a £65k investment from Social Investment Scotland. See,  On a sadder note, they have also announced the closure of the Foyer restaurant and gallery both of which have been trading since 1999. See,

On the 10th December 2012, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN) ran an event ‘The Future of Social Enterprise in Edinburgh’ at the City Chambers. Facilitated discussions with social enterprises and other stakeholders were held at this event, with a view to drawing out the priorities for the development of the new Strategy. The discussions sessions were attended by around 40 people and they set out to answer two key questions: what type of support does the social enterprise sector need to thrive and what can the public sector do to support the social enterprise sector? See

Fife SEN member Living Solutions are a social enterprise training young people in forestry and timber processing. They are working with a number of partners from Forestry Commission, Fife Council, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Energy Centre, Coed Cymru, ASHES and several other organisations. From a social enterprise perspective they are asking for anyone carrying out forestry/woodland activities including uses of timber from wood fuel, construction and craft working to contact them to build up a better picture of the sector and to share best practice. Please email or see,


TENDER: Forth Environment Link (FEL) is in the course of progressing projects towards delivering the ‘Economic Development’ strand of its Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, funded by the CSGN Development Fund 2012. As part of this process FEL have published an open tender for an invitation for consultants to develop a model for a Business Incubator Unit. See,

FUNDING: The next deadline for applications to Start & Grow from Jessica Scotland Trust is the 31st of January. The fund provides grant & loan packages of up to £60,000 to support the development and growth of both new and existing organisations in the key local
authority areas. See,

MORE FUNDING: The Third Sector Early Intervention Fund is a new £20 million programme being run by Big Fund (the non-Lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund), for the Scottish Government.  The funding will support third sector organisations to deliver national outcomes relating to children and young people, and the families and communities that support them. Funding deadline is 1st of February. See,

BOARD MEMBERS: Social Investment Scotland are seeking a new Chairperson to replace Alf Young who has indicated that he will step down in early 2013; an ambassador with media, government and stakeholders and someone who is able to shape and support the development of their long term business strategy, ensuring governance and financial management. Also, they are seeking 3 board members. See,

MERGER: Plunkett Foundation has announced today it will be extending its services by merging with the Scotland based Community Retailing Network (CRN) to give Scotland’s rural communities greater access to Plunkett’s support. The current CRN co-ordinator will remain and the merger will also see the creation of a new post to promote and support community-owned enterprises. See,

VACANCY: Breadshare, a social enterprise community bakery in the Borders, are seeking a supply chain development coordinator for an exciting new project, establishing the feasibility of a market for Scottish organic wheat flour for baking and bread making, actively linking producers, millers, retailers and end users, including bakeries and home bakers. See,

Case Study: Scottish Community Boat Festival – Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Sports Round Table, 23rd January
Cultural & Creative SEN, 23rd January
Edinburgh SEN, 24th January
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th January
Dundee SEN, 30th January
South Ayrshire, 30th January
Inverclyde, 31st January
Glasgow SEN, 6th February
Sports SEN East, 26th February



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