Networks1st Update: Friday 12th August 2011

Over the month of August, staff/reps from the ‘Just Enterprise’ consortium will attending up to 8 different SEN meetings. The Just Enterprise Consortium supports the enterprising third sector in Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, it offers bespoke services in business support, start-up, procurement and learning with a particular focus on social enterprises who show the greatest potential to grow and develop sustainably – this could be in terms of income, employment or contracts secured. Consortium partners include CEiS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services, ReadyforBusiness and Inspiralba. For more info, contact or see

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is launching a new Coalfield Community Challenge Programme to support people with imaginative and innovative ideas that create jobs and respond to worklessness in Scotland’s coalfield areas. They are looking for 10 would be entrepreneurs, living and working in former coal mining areas, who want to launch their own new social enterprise. See further details,

The additional £3m made available by Scottish Govt to SIS (Social Investment Scotland) is now in place and applications are invited from next week fro social enterprises looking to expand. See,

Big Date for your diary: Reminder that this year’s Ceilidh (our 7th) will be taking place on 17th/18th November at our usual venue at New Lanark. One important change to note this year, however, is that we will be charging a fee for the first time (£30 per head for SEN members). Booking forms etc will be available shortly


TENDERS: Supply of Fresh Fruit / Vegetables to Fife Council, Care and Repair/Handyperson Service for North Lanarkshire Council, Proposed Re-Roofing of Primary School in Kilwinning and Energy Efficiency Improvement Works in Fife.  See more

EVENTS: Are you or do you know a successful social enterprise with a model that works?  Have you (they) ever considered social franchising?  To find out more about social franchising, we’re running an event in conjunction with RBS and AMO consulting at RBS Headquarters in Gogarburn on Friday 9 September 2011.  See more

As part of the Just Enterprise support programme, the Social Enterprise Academy is running a series of ‘Leading Growth’ leadership programmes across the country, starting in September. If you’re interested in registering, see details

RESOURCES: The most comprehensive suite of resources ever to be developed for community enterprises has been launched today by Co-operatives UK to give community enterprises access to top quality financial, legal and governance advice.  See more

TENDER NOTIFICATION: Fife Council currently owns and operates ten (10) care homes throughout Fife which provide a range of services for adults & older people. These services include residential care, day care and respite care services. Fife Council is seeking Service Providers to re-place the care services provided within the ten care homes currently operated by the Council, in new build care homes within the same locality which will be built and operated by the Independent Sector.  See more

CROWD FUNDING: SoLoCo are hosting their first crowdfunding workshop to help potential projects complete a crowdfunding application and campaign. There are still a few places available for Edinburgh on Tuesday 16th August.  See more

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: ABSEN Regional Meeting, 22nd August — 10:30 till 14:30, at Fyne Homes, Rothesay.  See more

Case Study: Broxburn United Sports Club

After 10 long years, August 2010 saw the official opening of Broxburn United Sports Club (BUSC) facility.  BUSC is a coming together of local football clubs; Broxburn Athletic FC, Broxburn Athletic Colts FC, Uphall Diamonds BUFC and Broxburn Athletic Amateurs.  In total the club have 27 teams and of those 24 are youth teams.  The teams have 110 volunteers and 600 player members with almost 1000 people using the facility every week.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Youth SEN, 16th August
Glasgow SEN, 17th August
Dundee SEN, 17th August
Edinburgh SEN, 17th August
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 18th August
Argyll & Bute SEN, 22nd August
Stirling SEN, 22nd Aug
Aberdeen SEN, 23rd Aug
Cultural SEN, 24th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 25th August
SEN Reps Meeting, 26th August
Health SEN, 1st September


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