Networks1st Update: Friday 17th August 2012

Two important new bills are due to go through the Scottish Parliament within the next year or so – the Community Empowerment Bill and the Procurement Reform Bill (previously referred to as the Sustainable Procurement Bill). Both will present increased opportunities for SEN members to deliver their services within local communities. The Community Empowerment Bill is already going through its consultation process. As part of this, Scottish Govt has set up a new website to highlight local success stories. See, And last week, Scottish Govt opened its consultation process for the Procurement Reform Bill. Pauline Graham (Social Firms Scotland) has kindly put together this short briefing. See,

Date for the diary: The Senscot Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 5th October at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (10.30 – 2.30pm). Topic of this year’s Seminar will be ‘A Scottish Community Bank’. The event is free to full company members (individuals) with £20 charge for all others (i.e Associates, non-members etc). To book your place, email

Still got a couple of ‘early bird’ places available for CEiS’s Conference on 5th Sept at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Tickets for SEN members cost £95 + VAT. To book, contact . See programme,

Applications are still being accepted for The Social Enterprise Academy’s Ignite Programme. See details, The residential runs from 19th- 22nd October at the Marine Hotel, North Berwick. Closing date is Thursday, 13th Sept.

‘Stand and Deliver – Together’ is the title of Social Firms Scotland AGM event on Thursday, 20th Sept at the Glasgow Business Centre in Bothwell St. As well as the customary business of the day, the event will hear presentations from Pauline Graham (SFS), Fraser Kelly (SES) and Yvonne Strachan (Head of Scottish Govt’s Third Sector Division). Their focus will be "Partnership working and collaboration is becoming increasingly important whether it is collaborating on an issue, theme, contract, programme or project. Why?" For details, see

We’ve been asked if there any social enterprises out there that provide book-keeping services to third sector orgs. If you know of any, please let us know at

A few SENs are now producing their own Newsletters. This week, Edinburgh SEN has circulated their August newsletter. See,

Sarah met this week with Engage Renfrewshire (the local TSI) to discuss the possibility of a new SEN in Renfrewshire. Engage Renfrewshire and Senscot plan to hold an event to gauge interest in the near future. More info soon. Also, further Interface news – Clackmannanshire TSI has recruited a new SE development worker – Jack Marshall. Jack’s contact details are


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Supply of Glasgow City Wide Stress Services, Mobile Unit for Occupational Health Service, Print Services in Tayside and Supply & Installation of Furniture, Furnishings & White Goods in East Lothian. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: Another SEN event coming up is in Haddington, East Lothian on 4th September. East Lothian SEN are hosting their own local event, with a range of workshops, speakers and, of course, their own Dragons’ Den. The event will be highlighting how East Lothian can benefit from social enterprise. See,

CONSULTANCY: FreshSight is a pro–bono student- run organisation which helps non-profit organisations to grow and develop. They are looking for interested and engaged clients to work with in September 2012. See,

TRAINING: Just Enterprise has launched its Learning Programme for 2012/13. The 2012/13 calendar will be including specific programmes on Leadership and Social Impact. See,

Case Study: Crags Sports Centre Sports SEN

See full case study here,

Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN (East), 28th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th August
Dundee SEN, 5th September
Fife SEN, 5th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th September
Sport SEN (North), 20th September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October



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