Networks1st Update: Friday 14th September 2012

Another date for your diary: The Cultural and Creative SEN (CCSEN) this week agreed on the date for the 2nd National Social Enterprise and Creativity Conference – ‘Creating a Difference’. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 31st October. Full programme and booking info’ will be available next week. CCSEN’s meeting took place at the newly opened Glad Café in Glasgow’s South Side. Glad Café operates as both a café and cultural venue – running gigs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. They will also be running Sunday afternoon sessions of entertaining thinking on the big issues. Their first one – last Sunday – saw local MSP Nicola Sturgeon talking on the theme of Freedom. For more, see For more info on CCSEN, contact

Ceilidh News: Are you brave enough to pitch to The Dragons? Entries are now open for this year’s Dragons’ Den. See,  Also, see draft programme, We’ve already taken bookings for half of the places so if you’re planning on coming, book up now, see 

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) is hosting its 2nd Annual Conference on 1st and 2nd October 2012 at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. The Conference brings together the Third Sector Interface Network and will be covering a range of issues including community empowerment and health and social care integration. Social enterprise will be well represented with presentations/workshops being delivered by Just Enterprise, Ready for Business and Social Enterprise Scotland. See, programme and booking forms,

The next in the series of local policy and networking events will be hosted by DGSEN and Social Enterprise Scotland in Loch Arthur on 27th September. This event is filling up fast and will be a great opportunity to have an evening of networking as well gathering important information.  See

Congratulations to Edinburgh SEN member, Sikh Sanjog. Their Pathways to Employment project is to receive £413,939 from the BIG Lottery to give women from ethnic minority groups the confidence, knowledge and skills to enter the job market.  Work opportunities and training will be delivered from the organisation’s social enterprise cafe in Leith. See,

Closing date for the RBS SE100 INDEX is Sunday 30th September. The RBS SE100 is the UK’s only index designed to track the growth and impact of social enterprises. Scotland has had a pretty good representation in recent years with 10 SEs in the top 100 ‘fastest growers’. To enter, see,

SEN members may be interested in attending the 4th Cross Party Group on Social Enterprise on Tuesday 25th Sept at 1.15pm in the Scottish Parliament. The main subject for discussion will be the new Procurement Reform Bill. Attendance is free. You can book your place here,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Floor coverings in South Lanarkshire, Generic Day Care for Older People, Website Upgrade for Skye & Kyle Rail development Co. Ltd and Provision of a management service for First Stop Accommodation for homeless families. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

AWARD: An Aberdeen based group of social enterprises, Rosie’s Social Enterprises picked up the PwC Award for Excellence in Business in the Scottish heat of the Private Business Awards 2012. See,

LEARNING: On September 25th & 26th, the Social Enterprise Academy is offering  Managing Finance, Generating Income learning on Bute. See,

ABSEN: Argyll & Bute SEN’s Annual Conference and AGM is taking place on the 7th and 8th November. Details of the conference programme are still being finalised and will be issued within the next few weeks. See,

COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATION: Collaborative Conversations is a unique and inspiring one-day event that will bring together six Community Learning and Development professionals and six social entrepreneurs working within the same community, in a reflective learning environment. See,

CONFERENCE: In a previous bulletin we highlighted the joint conference by Community Foods Initiatives North East & CFE in London. The date has now been confirmed to take place on the 22nd Nov. Full information flyer and booking form is available. See,

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Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN (North), 20th September
Moray SEN Conference, 21st September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Cultural Conference, 31st October



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