Networks1st Update: Friday 14th January 2011

This week I attended an event on Procurement Reform, hosted by Scottish Govt. The public sector spends around £8 billion a year and Scottish Govt has been working with key stakeholders from both the buyer and supplier communities to deliver a more standardised approach to pre-qualification procedures in public procurement – a Standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (SPQQ). This would address inconsistencies in practice; duplication of effort; and disproportionate procedures. The new SPQQ will be linked to Public Contracts Scotland – the draft SPQQ is currently out for consultation with a deadline of 11th February for feedback. See, If you’d like to comment generally or have particular experiences/issues around PQQs, contact and we will include it in our joint response – being submitted in partnership with Social Firms Scotland.

Senscot Legal (SL) is now up and running and has been receiving a good number of inquiries from across the country. Current activity includes undertaking a range of work on behalf of social enterprises that includes advice relating to company structure; employment dispute issues; and a framework agreement regulating the relationship between like-minded parties seeking to work together for mutual benefit. SL was set up to provide SEN members and the  wider social enterprise community and third sector with a service that would be accessible, approachable and, importantly, at affordable rates. We now have our two members of staff in place – Alan Dunipace (Solicitor) and Karina MacRitchie (Paralegal) – operating out of premises in Bath St, Glasgow. For more info, contact 

Sports SEN member, Street Soccer Scotland, the brainchild of founder David Duke, has just launched a national league for teams whose players who are currently homeless. At this week’s launch event in Glasgow, over 40 teams (with 320 players) were represented from as far afield as Inverness and Aberdeen. All teams will compete in the first round cup qualifiers with the first season made up of an East of Scotland and a West of Scotland league. For more info`, see


MENTORING: The Planning Mentoring Scheme is a new programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA), linking Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) with CVS organisations and third sector "Interfaces". This will provide planning advice and guidance to community led development projects across rural Scotland, see more

EVENT: The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship is hosting a Forum for Social Enterprise on Tuesday 18th January 2011, 4-6pm.  The core of this inaugural meeting of the Forum for Social Enterprise is a “Question Time” discussion on the theme “Achieving sustainability, the challenges of social enterprise”, see more here

COMPETITION: Groups across Scotland have just four weeks left to enter a TV Lottery funding competition that could see them winning up to £60,000 to improve their communities in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, 2012, see more here

SPONSOR: Blair Consulting has been asked to create a new collection of contemporary Scottish art – 120 artworks are needed (all media) for a brand new building by Andy Law (Reiach & Hall).   The collection is for a healing environment, a space for people recovering from strokes and for older people – in Glasgow.   If you know of any individual or organisation who might like to sponsor a work of art for this collection and support a good cause see here

SUPPORT PROGRAMME: Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) are seeking expressions of interest from areas or partnerships who wish to participate in a programme of support for local community capacity building (CCB) practice. We aim to provide development support for up to six areas and/or projects across the country over the coming months, see more

SOCIAL ENTERPISE CALENDAR: Triodos Bank, together with the English Social Enterprise Coalition and Social Enterprise Magazine, runs an annual photography competition to capture the work of social enterprise across the UK. See, The winning photographs feature in its Social Vision calendar. Overall winner was Fordhall Community Land Initiative (West Midlands), with Creative SEN member, Out of the Blue (October), winning the Scottish round. If you’d like a 2011 calendar, contact

Case Study: Sports SEN

The Sport Social Enterprise Network came into being in 2005, with the first meeting at the Bell’s Sport Centre in Perth. This led to two major events at Airth Castle by Falkirk.

These events generated considerable interest not least form sportscotland who could appreciated the connections between sustainability and community ownership with increased participation, physical activity and also the community sports hub legacy.  As a result, they, along with the Robertson Trust, invested in a 3 year initiative for Senscot to support social enterprise development in the wider community sports sector in Scotland.

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Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN, 19th January
SEN Reps, 19th January
Stirling SEN, 20th January
Angus SEN, 26th January
Dundee SEN, 26th January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 27th January
Ayrshire SEN Community of Business, 28th January
Aberdeen SEN, 1st February
Fife SEN, 1st February
`Fit for Purpose` Health and social enterprise Conference, 18th March



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