Networks1st Update: Friday 15th January 2010

The UK’s main jamboree for Social Enterprises is the VOICE annual gathering which takes place this year in Cardiff on the 1st and 2nd February.  Voice 10 will feature the official launch of the ‘Social Enterprise Mark’ which Senscot has helped develop – so I’m going down with the Mark’s 5 Scottish Champions to help celebrate.  If you’re going to Cardiff under your own steam – and want to join up – contact for arrangements.  A limited subsidy may be available for LSEN members who would otherwise be able travel down, courtesy of Scottish Govt.

Dumfries & Galloway SEN met in Castle Douglas yesterday, this included a joint meeting with the LSEP. The LSEN and LSEP are looking at options of combining budgets for the year ahead to maximise the impact of both groups, this may include employing a support worker. The SEN are working with the Coalition and Chamber of Commerce to run a Community of Business event on 11th Feb and in May will be running a conference, more details will follow.

Community Enterprise advertised a tender for a new website in Networks 1st.  Edinburgh SEN member With People (  fought off stiff competition and won the contract over 9 other tenders including private sector organisations.  If anyone would like to advertise tender opportunities on Networks 1st, contact  


CONSULTATION:  Hall Aitken are evaluating two Government-funded projects that both aim to promote SROI as an approach for measuring the social impacts of an organisation, project or programme. To do this they are exploring people’s awareness and use of SROI, as well as gathering their views on its benefits or limitations.  Responses required by 26th Feb.  The questionnaire can be found at Take the survey here

EVENT: It’s not too late to book for the Smart Procurement event in Tayside. The event will profile Community Benefit Clauses and cover case studies from Grampian Housing and Bovis Landlease.  Exhibitors from the Local Authorities in Tayside, Ready for Business and local social enterprises will also be present on the day.  Booking forms are available at

TRAINING:  The second round of the Fitness to Tender Programme is open for booking in Edinburgh.  If you are interested contact for more info and a booking form.  The dates of the training are 25th Feb, 11th March & 25th March. 

JOBS: Greenspace have received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support Greenspace is good – so prove it! – a Social Return on Investment (SROI) action research programme working with 12 community groups.  They are now looking to recruit a new Programme Manager to coordinate this project. More details 

MARKETING STUDY: Community Enterprise is undertaking a feasibility study on interest from the sector for a Marketing social enterprise. They have already had great feedback but this is a Final Reminder for folk to help them out by filling in their online questionnaire:

IT OPPORTUNITY:Innovation IT is looking for people with website development experience using Drupal. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in getting involved in this project contact:

Case Study: Aberdeen SEN
The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network to establish itself 4 years ago due to interest in the first group in Fife. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city.
Download Case Studies here

Dates for the diary

Sports SEN, 18th Jan
Network Reps, 28th Jan
East Lothian SEN, 28th Jan
Glasgow SEN, Fri 29th Jan
Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb
Fit for Purpose Conference, 24th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March