Networks1st Update: Friday 11th September 2009

The 5th Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark takes place on 19th/20th November 2009 (Social Enterprise Day)! As with previous years, we will kick off with Question Time, followed by Masterclasses , Speed Trading and, of course, the Dragons` Den. Once again, RBS and Unity Enterprise are sponsoring the Den which again has a £5,000 prize for the winner. Last year’s winners Our Power and You Can Cook will be back to update us on their progress. Booking form now available, see

Edinburgh SEN has entered into partnership with Forth Sector and the Edinburgh Chamber to deliver the Local Social Economy Partnership’s (LSEP) new Procurement and Consortia Tendering Project (PACT). The project will support social enterprises in the city in areas that include training, highlighting opportunities and forming consortia. The Edinburgh SEN`s role will be to promote the project and provide peer support for participants. More information to follow. Other news from Edinburgh is that Caring Christmas Trees have just sold their franchise outside Scotland. The London franchise is the first step towards their goal of a Caring Christmas Trees franchise in every major conurbation in the UK. See

The third `Vital Stats` survey is now also complete. 6 organisations in Clackmannanshire show a combined turnover of over £2 million – 67% of which is generated through contracts.Inaddition, they employ 74 staff and 37 trainees. The results will be reported fully at the Clackmannanshire Community of Business Event on Wednesday 16th Sept, see With three `Vital Stats` completed over the summer, we intend to keep the momentum going. Anna will be in touch to discuss doing something similar with other Networks. Here`s the current table

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Caring Christmas Trees raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months. Caring Christmas Trees are fresh, needle-last, high quality and from sustainable tree farms. All the profit from each franchise goes to help a local organsiation and they are around the same price as you’d pay elsewhere.


Support for Ordinary Living are holding their annual conference – */SOL’s Navigation to … Self-directed Support/*. The conference will promote the innovative and transformational approach to how people in need of services will receive the support they need. The day will bring together support staff, social care providers from across Scotland, service users, health service staff, employers and practitioners, who are at different stages in this movement towards change. See

Free confidential mentoring is available for Third Sector organisations under the Realise Mentoring Programme. See

Dates for the diary

Aberdeen SCDI Event, Tues 15th Sept
Clacks Community of Business, 16th Sept
Health SEN, Fri 18th Sept
Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Senscot AGM, Thurs. 24th Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept
Glasgow 2nd Oct