Networks1st Update: Friday 11th November 2011

This time next week the Ceilidh will be done for another year. We’re delighted that all rooms are now fully booked. The programme has been refreshed a bit and we hope that it will give folk a good balance between making new connections, learning about what’s happening in other areas and, of course, having a bit of fun. In addition to the usual cash prizes at the Dragons’ Den, there will also be prizes offered by Rocket Science, the Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot Legal. SoLoCo has been organising crowd-funding but we’ll also be doing a ‘whip-round’ on the day – so make sure you have a fiver or tenner available – we want to beat last year’s £700 total. See flyer and delegate list

Great result last week for Sports SEN member Ochil Leisure Enterprises (OLE) who got agreement from Clackmannanshire Council to sell them Alva Swimming Pool for the sum of £1. Over recent months, OLE has campaigned tirelessly, getting local people, businesses and councillors onside. In addition to the sale, Clackmannanshire Council is also giving OLE a ‘sum of not less than £100,000’ (i.e. the sum identified for demolition costs) to kick start its operation as a community facility for the benefit of the local community. See more,

More good news for a couple of SEN members – this time in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Foyer and CFINE have won the contract to providing the on-site catering at the new £48m Robert Gordon University in the city. The contract has been awarded by Miller Construction and is expected to last around 100 weeks. Throughout the contract, there will be around 250 personnel on site each day – all on the look out for some breakfast, lunch etc. Congratulations to both the Foyer and CFINE. See

Any Sports SEN members interested in getting some research carried out? Sporting Chance Initiative is able to offer business focused research delivered by universities across Scotland. One member, Transition Extreme ( is already utilising this service to engage with the University of Aberdeen to explore the development of an innovative educational course. For more info’, see

There was a good turnout for this week’s meeting of the recently formed West Lothian SEN.  The SEN has  a good mix of large and small social enterprises, active in areas such as heritage, media and the arts, employability, child care, housing, financial inclusion, transport, food, environmental services and education.  With the assistance of Community Enterprise Ltd, they are currently compiling their own ‘Vital Stats’, as well as exploring potential partnership working and joining forces for public contract delivery. They have also begun to engage with the WL Council with a view to jointly hosting a region-wide social enterprise event early next year. For more on the West Lothian SEN, contact


TENDERS: There are over 35 live tender opportunities on the Ready for Business website including Sub-Contractor and Supplier Packages for Refurbishment of Braidwood House, Murray Royal Hospital, NHS Tayside – General Patient Furniture, Work Development Network Coordinator and Money and Welfare Advisory Services. For more info, see

INTRATRADING: To ensure that you receive the relevant alerts for buying requests placed by fellow network members update your profile. Recently we added a category for training so if you provide this login and amend your profile. If you have any issues or require further information please contact

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMES: The Leading Growth programme will guide you through a learning journey that connects modern leadership theory and thought with insightful analysis of your own leadership styles and strengths, allowing you to develop your abilities to support of your organisation.  See more

BOARD MEMBERS: Centre of Health and Wellbeing require board members, especially anyone with an accountancy background. Anyone interested please contact Lubna Kerr on 07769683779 or email

TRAINING: New 2 day Training for Personal Assistants by Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living on 21st & 22nd Nov 2011 at Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living, Norton Park, 10.00am – 4.00pm (lunch is provided).  For more info see

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.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 16th November
Community Food SEN, 16th November
Ceilidh (New Lanark), 17th /18th Nov
Borders, 6th December
DGSEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 7th December
Youth SEN, 14th December



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