Networks1st Update: Friday 16th September 2011

We’re delighted to say that there’s been a great response for this year’s Ceilidh – almost half of the places have been allocated already! If you want to reserve your place, book now on at, . We’re also opening applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den. To apply, see,  Last year, we introduced ‘crowdsourcing’ for the first time and were bowled over with a contribution exceeding £800. This year, we’re taking it a step further with the help of Borders SEN member, SoLoCo – the UK’s first crowd-funding website for the third sector ( SoLoCo will be inviting donations towards the Dragons Den in the run up to the Ceilidh and will continue to call for donations for this year’s winner until Xmas.

Over the next month, we will be refreshing the Networks 1st website and introducing some new features. Our goal is to ensure that the Networks 1st site is a key source of news, information and resources for SEN members. This week, we’ve started by separating out Local SENs ( ) from Thematic SENs ( ) and are in the process of updating SEN members’ lists. If there is not a ‘blurb’ on your organisation – or it’s out of date – please send up approx 100 words and we’ll make sure it’s on the site for next week. Send any updated info’ to

The Moray SEN Conference held last Friday in Kinloss was a great success with over 100 social enterprises, local organisations and strategic bodies in attendance.  Richard Lochhead, MSP, started the day by endorsing the importance of social enterprise in Moray, particularly in light of the impact the Defence review has had on the area. He also highlighted that, the previous week, the Scottish Cabinet had held its meeting at Elgin Youth Café. MSEN members presented a number of case studies were heard from MSEN and, with so many young people in attendance, the event ended on a real high with pupils from Speyside High receiving an Achievement in Social Enterprise Award for their own social enterprise selling Tradecraft items. Congratulations to Moray SEN for an excellent event.

Firstport awardee, Vicky McDonald’s plans for a new Sunday market in Edinburgh (outside St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Leith Walk) was covered in the Scotsman this week. She is awaiting planning permission for the new Sunday market – offering food, crafts and clothing – being sold by charities and community organisations. Her idea is a response to the effect of funding cuts on many of the city’s charities. If successful, Vicky hopes to run several markets across the city – all operating as social enterprises. See press release here,

The Ayrshire SEN is hosting ‘Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire’ on 3rd November at the Aspire Centre in Irvine.  The seminar will explore local and national procurement policy and challenges for social enterprises in winning public sector contracts. Speakers include Pauline Graham (Social Firms Scotland) and Margaret McCarthy (Unity Enterprise).  For more details, see  . If you’d like to book a place a the seminar, contact   


TENDERS: This weeks tenders include Sensory Garden, Jean Mackie Centre, Catering Services at Palace Theatre/Grand Hall Complex and Dean Castle Visitor Centre, Right to Repair Alternative Contractor Scheme, Waste Management & Recycling Services, Provision of a Childcare Voucher Scheme.  See more

COMPETITION: Triodos Bank has launched this year’s Social Vision photography competition. The search is on for photographs that best capture the work of social enterprises. There are cash prizes of £500 for the winning photographer and £500 for the winning social enterprise. Winning photographs, together with regional short-listed pictures, will be used to compile a 2012 calendar, which Triodos offer to SENSCOT members free of charge at the end of the year.  See more

EVENTS: Community Transport, Access and Mobility Issues Conference 4-5 October, Stirling Management Centre. This is Scotland’s main event of the year looking at issues relating to community based transport services. Amongst the speakers will be Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport.  See more

ABSEN’s Annual conference takes place on 5th, 6th & 7th October in Rothesay. See details more

HISEZ & Acquiring Business 4 Good networking event is taking place on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Lairg Community Centre.  It’s about bringing together the private sector businesses and social enterprises in rural communities. See more

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Peaceseekers is a Christian Enterprise providing services and facilities for people experiencing stress, anxiety or depression.  Peaceseekers are looking for a full-time Development Officer in Fife.  See more here see

REMINDER: Deadline for final submissions of completed Initial Enquiry Forms to the Growth Fund is 5pm, Tuesday,19th Sept. See more,

Case Study: Dumfries & Galloway SEN

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dumfries & Galloway Business Planning Day, 23rd Sep
Clacks SEN, 27th Sep
Boarders SEN, 28th Sep
Edinburgh SEN, 29th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 30th Sep
Dundee SEN, 5th Oct
Ayrshire SEN, 5th Oct



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