Networks1st Update: Friday 15th July 2011

The number and activity of Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland continues to grow. At present, there are 25 SENs: 18 are locally based and 7 are thematics. The thematics are Health; Sport; Youth; Cultural; Community Food; Coalfields; and, most recently, the Canal SEN. Almost 300 social enterprises are active within these Networks. 5 SENs are constituted as Community Benefit Companies – Aberdeen; Edinburgh; Clackmannanshire; Dundee; and Dumfries and Galloway. Since January, over 40 SEN meetings have taken place across the country. Last year, we carried out Vital Stats on 7 SENs. Together, during 2009/10, these SEN members employed over 1100 people and turned over circa £65m (76% through trading).  In spite of the skills, knowledge and experience held within these Networks, they continue to be kept at arms length by some Interfaces. We have written to Scottish Govt and VAS to ask for their assistance in encouraging a more reasonable approach from certain Interfaces.

The Youth SEN met in Glasgow last week, it’s great to hear that they’ve kept up the momentum from the London Study Visit (view report here taking forward the idea of a Youth Commission for Social Enterprise in Scotland, next steps is to grow the Youth SEN and in line with other thematic SENs, establish a strategic Social Enterprise and Youth Roundtable. If you are or know any young people that are running social enterprises who would like to get involved or receive further information contact

Fresh Focus Marketing is offering all Social Enterprise Networks the opportunity to experience – Big Buzz on a Small Budget – presentation at their next network meeting for free. Book a date in the next two weeks and the only cost to networks will be travel expenses.  See more

We still have a few places left for SEN members wanting to take up the opportunity to attend the CEiS  annual social enterprise conference on Wednesday, 7th September at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. Networks 1st has secured 10 places at a rate of £75 for SEN members. If you’re interested, contact .
See draft programme,


TWITTER: Keep an eye on the Senscot Twitter account for news and information relating to Social Enterprise in Scotland and beyond, see!/Senscot 

INTRA-TRADING: Has your Social Enterprise signed up for the Networks 1st Intra-trading aspect on the website? If not, you can do so This week we have been contacted by a youth group seeking canoe’s or kayaks. Can anyone help? If so, please get in touch.

TENDERS:  Provision of School Transport Services, Supply & Distribution of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012 Research Project and Care at Home Services for Adults and Older People.  See more

CONSULTANCY: FreshSight, an Edinburgh University student society that works to provide business consultancy advice to third sector organizations, are looking for interested and engaged clients with which to work with in September 2011. The duration of a project is approximately 8 weeks, culminating in professional, insightful, and well researched recommendations tailored to your organization’s needs and visions for the future.   See more

MEDIA RELEASE: Announces a new long-term agreement between MITIE, the strategic outsourcing and energy-services company, and Cyrenians to work together in taking forward CORE (Cyrenians Organics Recycling Enterprise); a social enterprise taken to market by Cyrenians in January 2009 and reaching profitability in early 2011.  See more

Case Study: Youth SEN

The Youth SEN was launched at the S2S Trade Fair 2010.  There were several young people establishing social enterprises but not engaged with existing Networks or the sector as a whole.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN, 4th August
Clacks SEN, 9th August
Glasgow SEN, 17th August
Edinburgh SEN, 17th August
Dundee SEN, 24th August
Aberdeen SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 25th August



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