Networks1st Update: Friday 11th June 2010

Glasgow SEN member, Unity Enterprise, tell us know they’ve secured a two year contract for the on-site catering with McAlpine’s Ltd. – who are building the Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They go `on site` on 16th June. The contract will see Unity create 10 new jobs as well as bringing in additional sessional staff. One of the key challenges for the social enterprise community is making the breakthrough in winning both public and private sector contracts. ReadyforBusiness has been setup to address exactly this issue. See

Aberdeen SEN is now the second Network to adopt the new SEN Model Rules, becoming a cooperative with the option to apply for charitable status. This follows on from the Edinburgh SEN adopting the new legal structure and reflects the growth in working relationships developing amongst the Aberdeen SEN members. Senscot has produced Guidance Notes on the new Model Rules to provide additional support for SENs planning to adopt this model. For further info contact
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Activity relevant to the Youth SEN is stepping up a gear. This week John Swinney presented the awards at the Social Enterprise Academy’s annual Schools Awards Day and next week Queen Margaret University are hosting a social enterprise event ‘Learning by Doing’, in partnership with 6 other Universities from across Scotland. This ties in well with students placements being advertised on the newly launched Students in Social Enterprise programme In addition, Firstport has funding for young people to explore their social enterprise ideas. For more information on all of the above sign up to the Youth SEN on Ning –

Sports social enterprise, Go Country, has made it to the shortlist of 5 organisations who are up for Scottish Charity of the Year Award. Liz Douglas explained – “we were up against the big charities so were very pleased to be shortlisted”.  The last 18 months have seen lots of change at Go Country as they strive to be more enterprising.  This has included a move to their new permanent base on the lochside at Kinlochard and the establishment of their trading arm. Staff will have attended the nail-biting Gala Dinner yesterday evening so we’ll let you know how they got on. For more info on the Sports SEN, contact


SUPPORT: Clydesdale Community Initiatives have been nominated for a national award in the HEALTH CATEGORY of the UK Lottery Good Causes Award. Please show your support by voting see more here

The Comic Relief next grant making cycle re-opens on June 14 2010 – this includes the Sport for Change programme.  See more here
TRAINING: As a key part of the Aspire to Enterprise programme CEiS are offering a series of FREE to attend seminars on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity. We are now pleased to announce details of two further workshops we are running in June see here for more details

EVENTS: Are you engaging with enough young folk through your social enterprise or are you interested in finding new ways to interest young people in your organisation? If so this event is for you. Hosted by Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) at Elgin Youth Café on the 30th June see here for more info.

Part of the 2010 Leith Festival Programme is a chance to buy unique artwork and crafts direct from the artist in the relaxed atmosphere of The Out of the Blue Drill Hall.  The Drill Hall Café will serve delicious snacks, meals and refreshments. Plus a special Arts Market Bruncheon with live music from 11am – 3:30pm.  Entry – 80p see more

Case Study: Aberdeen SEN

The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network to establish itself 4 years ago due to interest in the first group in Fife.  Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city and have recently constituted as a Community Benefit Company with the new Model Rules.

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Dates for the Diary

Dumfries & Galloway, 17th June
Inverclyde, 18th June
Glasgow SEN, 18th June
Edinburgh SEN, 22nd June
Clacks SEN 23rd June
Sport SEN, 23rd June
Dundee SEN 30th June
Borders SEN, 29th July