Networks1st Update: Friday 14th August 2009

Five Scottish social enterprises are being awarded the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) at an event at the Engine Shed in Edinburgh today. The five awardees are Bookdonors, the Wise Group, Recycle Fife, Out of the Blue and the Engine Shed itself. The five `Scottish Champions` are the first tranche to be awarded the Mark in Scotland. Other social enterprises are also showing interest in applying for the Mark in advance of the scheduled UK roll-out in November. If you want to know more, contact . See press release

Tayside SEN is the first Network to be awarded a grant from the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund. They have been awarded £1000 to host an event in partnership with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce to promote Social Benefit Clauses. This event is a follow up to the Community of Business Event in February. The day will focus on the advantages of Community Benefit Clauses, provide guidance on the practicalities of managing them within contracts and highlight new opportunities for Social Enterprises through clauses in up and coming contracts. The Fund, managed by Local People Leading, aims to support activities which promote the exchange and dissemination of good practice amongst partner members. If you have an idea that you think may be eligible,contact for an application form and guidance notes. Senscot is able to support activity that will benefit either a whole LSEN or a number of Network members rather than individual organisations.

CEiS is hosting an International Social Enterprise Business Models Conference on 2nd September 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. The event will showcase international and local social enterprise best practice and cover key themes such as mergers, acquisitions and partnerships. The Conference has some top notch speakers. If you’d like to attend, see details,

Fly Right Dance Company, an East Lothian SEN member, is back with their annual tea dance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the 6th year running. During the session you can learn the basics of Foxtrot or Charleston during a brief public masterclass followed by a well earned break for cocktails and canapes before you go on to practice your newly-acquired dancing skills. For more information go to For more on Fly Right, see

Case Study

Social Enterprise Case Studies, Edinburgh Council.

A series of case studies on Edinburgh based social enterprises produced by Edinburgh Council’s Economic Development Department for the Social Enterprise World Forum. To view the case studies go to:

Network Notices

There is still the opportunity to make the most of Senscots associate membership with The Melting Pot. It means that any LSEN member can access their services to hold a meeting or catch up with some work if you find yourself with spare time while in Edinburgh. The Melting Pot is hot spot for innovation in the heart of the city so why not get connected the next time you’re passing through

The Social Enterprise Academy still have places on their series of Leadership programmes. The programmes strive to challenge, develop, and motivate you to create understanding and change in your organisations and communities. For more information go to or contact

Dates for Your Diary

Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug
Moray Community of Business, Mon 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Sport SEN, Tues 1st Sept
Dumfries & Galloway, Thurs 3rd Sept
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 8th Sept
Health SEN, Tues. 18th Sept
Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept