Networks1st Update: Friday 13th January 2012

In 2009, 3 SENs undertook Vital Stats surveys – Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. In 2010, this number increased to 6. This year, we intend to extend this again, hopefully to 9 SENs. Vital Stats look to record key information with regard to social enterprise’s economic activity, demonstrating, in quantifiable terms, the growth and development of social enterprise – in employment terms and trading percentages. We will be contacting SENs over the coming weeks with a view to updating figures for 2010/11. If your SEN has not already undertaken Vital Stats but wish to do so should get in touch with kim@senscot.net . See Vital Stats for 2009/10, http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=322

A consortium led by Ready for Business LLP has been awarded the Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers` contract by Scottish Govt. The contract will result in public service buyers becoming more informed about what the third sector can offer in terms of service delivery options. This will increase business opportunities for the third sector and improve sustainability in the process. ReadyforBusiness LLP is a partnership between Social Firms Scotland, CEiS and Senscot. Other members of the consortium include the Social Value Lab, KPMG and MacRoberts. We`ll keep you posted on further developments as they emerge. See, https://senscot.net/?viewid=11838

Congratulations to DGSEN member, Direct Inclusive Collaborative Enterprise (DICE) on receiving funding from Scottish Government to support the implementation of the National Strategy for Self Directed Support (http://www.senscot.net/docs/sfsstrategy.pdf). The aim of the strategy is to build the capacity of independent support, to develop a range of services in conjunction with local authorities and to address the needs of all self direct support clients including carers. DICE is a social enterprise run by people who have used self direct support ‘traditional’ services and carers and are now looking forward to developing innovative approaches for providing self directed support in rural Dumfries and Galloway.

More news from Dumfries and Galloway, for the first time The Dumfries and Galloway Business Awards will include a category for social enterprise, the awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to demonstrate excellence and gain widespread recognition for their achievements. Application forms are available from www.dgchamber.co.uk closing date 27th January 2012, winners will be announced at an event at Easterbrook Hall on 22nd March. See http://www.senscot.net/docs/dgbusinessawards.pdf

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Community Enterprise are hosting a conference titled ‘Community Sport Thriving in the 21st Century’. Places are free but limited and priority will be given to clubs and organisations that are based in coalfield communities.  Please reserve your place now with bridget@communityenterprise.co.uk. See flyer, http://www.se-networks.net/downloads/community_sport_thriving.pdf

Notices

TENDERS: There are over 25 live tender opportunities on the ReadyforBusiness website including Consultancy Services related to Evaluation/Assessment of the Gaelic Translation Memory Service, Renewal of existing roofing, sportscotland Equality Standard for Sport expert resource, Repair and maintenance services, Kilmory Chapel Replacement Roof. For more info, see http://www.readyforbusiness.org.

TRAINING: Crisis are hosting training on Mindfulness Awareness Training commencing on the 15th of Feb. For more details on the course and cost view the flyer http://www.se-networks.net/downloads/mindfulness_training.pdf. Booking forms available from info@crisiscounselling.co.uk.

EVENT: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Community Enterprise are hosting a conference titled ‘Community Sport Thriving in the 21st Century’. Places are free but limited and priority will be given to clubs and organisations that are based in coalfield communities.  Please reserve your place now with bridget@communityenterprise.co.uk  For more information view the flyer http://www.se-networks.net/downloads/community_sport_thriving.pdf

JUST ENTERPRISE TRAINING: This free 2-day Practitioners Finance course is designed around practical financial solutions that can be employed in your organisation. Delegates will get the opportunity to learn specific skills designed to enhance the standard of knowledge and reporting in organisations. More info http://www.se-networks.net/downloads/jeaberdeen.pdf

GETTING READY TO BUY: The free ‘Getting Ready to Buy’ from Acquiring Business 4 Good is taking place on 9th Feb. The seminar is aimed at social enterprises/third sector organisations looking for information and advice on buying a business. http://www.se-networks/downloads/ab4g.pdf for more information.

Case Study: Dumfries & Galloway SEN

Download full case study here http://www.se-networks.net/showresource.php?articleid=34

Dates for the Diary
http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php

Fife SEN 18th January
Health SEN, 18th Jan
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd January
Ayrshire SEN, 24th January
Clackmannanshire SEN 24th January
Aberdeenshire, January
DGSEN, 26th January
Network Reps, 27th January
Cultural and Creative SEN, 1st Feb
Aberdeen, 23rd Feb

Cheers,

Kim
kim@senscot.net

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