Networks1st Update: Friday 16th March 2012

As part of the Developing New Markets Programme, ReadyforBusiness will be running a series of local events across the country. Six events are scheduled between April and June (list to follow). The events aim to bring a shared understanding between the public sector commissioning and procurement community and the third sector at a local level. Senior staff from leading third sector organisations will take part in dialogue and discussion with local public sector representatives – looking to take actions that will stimulate future engagement. Here’s a recent Audit Scotland report urging Councils etc to be working more closely with third sector organisations. See,

This week, the new Young Start fund was launched to support children and young people.  Managed by the Big Lottery, Young Start will focus on 8-24 year olds, providing grants from 10k-50k for activities around creative arts, sport, technology and work experience. This fund is distributing Scotland’s share of the long awaited dormant bank accounts money. See,

Aberdeenshire SEN, supported by Aberdeenshire CVS Training Initiative, held an event to launch their manifesto.  Sessions focused on issues facing the sector including community benefit clauses and working with the private sector. Aberdeenshire SEN members had the opportunity to engage with local councillors to help promote and raise awareness of social enterprise in the region. The manifesto calls on local councillors to support the inclusion of community benefit clauses within Council procurement processes. For info`, contact

Big day in Fife last week with the annual Social Enterprise `Opportunities to Grow` Trade Fair, held in Dunfermline. Big winners were:  Fife Social Entrepreneur of the year – Lynne Ogilvie (Fife Shopping and Support Services); Fife Social Enterprise of the year – Furniture Plus; and Dragons Den winner – The Royal Oak Community Club. Congratulations to all those involved.

The SE Exchange is 10 days away. Over 1,000 delegates have now signed up. One of the most impressive parts of the event is the use of social enterprises in the `supply chain`. Around 30 social enterprises have been contracted to provide products/services on the day from entertainment and catering to social media and recycling. See more

The social enterprise community is frequently reminded of the importance of promoting good news stories – sharing good practice. It makes sense and is to everyone’s benefit. However, we also have to be honest and realise that the social enterprise model has its risks and, as a result, will have casualties. Recently, the media has covered the closure of the both Social Enterprise Clydebank; Erskine Print and Erskine Furniture. A great number of social enterprises are finding times difficult at the moment. There’s an important piece of work to be done looking at causes of things not working out. ‘The failure of pioneers allows those that follow to succeed’. See


TENDERS: Over 25 tenders on the ReadyforBusiness website including Domestic Abuse Community Support (DACS) Service, Baling of Mixed Plastic Bottles, Support to Social Enterprise in Fife and Graphic Design and Print Buying for Ochils Landscape Partnership. For more details see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: On 22nd Mar BRAG Enterprises are running a raising awareness session of how to setup a social enterprise. Attend to hear from people who’ll support you; learn from mistakes made and catch up over a networking lunch of how your idea could turn into a new business.

SPORT: Street Soccer (Scotland) is hosting a ‘Corporate Challenge Cup’ on Saturday 12th May 2012 at the National Indoor Football Centre in Glasgow. For more info and to view the flyer see

FUNDRAISER: On the 29th Mar there will be a charity golf day in aid of The Breadmaker. Day will consist of bacon rolls and refreshments on arrival followed by a round of golf with buffet lunch and prize ceremony. See

CONFERENCE: Kibble and Social Enterprise Academy are hosting an ‘Open Space’ conference on the 28th Mar titled ‘Leading Scotland’. See

TRAINING: CRISIS Counselling have announced more details of upcoming courses including the new Mindfulness and a 12 week SQA Accredited Bereavement course. See

HODA PRODUCTIONS: The Edinburgh based Social Enterprise have recently launched the website for ‘Rock Operator’ featuring an interactive game for enhancing engagement with the outdoors using portable devices, which is fun, easy to play & suitable for all the family. Will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Science festival on the 4th Apr. See

Case Study: North Coast Leisure (Sports)

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Dates for the Diary

Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 20th Mar 
Clackmannanshire SEN, 20th Mar
Sport SEN, 21st Mar
Dundee SEN, 28th Mar
Borders SEN, 29th Mar



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