Networks1st Update: Friday 17th July 2009

This year is Senscot’s 10th anniversary and amazingly it’s already the Social Enterprise Ceilidh’s 5th! We’re at New Lanark again (will this year be the last there?) and the dates are 19th of November, which is Social Enterprise Day and 20th. We’re pleased to be able to confirm support for the event from RBS. There will be the usual favourites such as Speed Trading and the Dragon’s Den which Unity Enterprise will once again be sponsoring! Any social enterprises out there who’d like to match Unity’s generous £2,000 investment in the sector please get in touch. There will also be some new additions for this year including a one-to-one Legal Clinic (advanced bookings required). One difference this year is bookings will be done via the Networks 1st online forum. Put the date in your diary now

Following on from the conference at Airth Castle last month, on sport and social enterprise, Spartans Community Football Academy are to host the re-launch of the Sports Social Enterprise Network. The meeting will take place on August 24th at 2.30 pm at Spartans Community Football Academy, Ainslie Park, 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh EH5 2HF ( Emerging or established community based sport clubs or community centres are invited to attend. If you’d like to attend contact

Senscot is a partner in the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund, provided by Local People Leading (LPL – The Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund aims to support activities which promote the exchange and dissemination of good practice amongst partner members. Senscot is able to support activity that will benefit either a whole LSEN or a number of Network members rather than individual organisations. Networks can apply for up to £1000 to support their planned activities. A number of you have already shown an interest so if you’d like to get involved contact Anna for more information, guidance notes and an application form

Case Study – Dumfries and Galloway Case Study

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network has recently won a £15,000 contract from the Local Authority’s Economic Development team to deliver support services to its members over the next 3 years. Training, communication and event management activities were put out to tender and 10 applications were received. The three winning bidders included a local CVS, the CVS partnership and a local SME.


Senscot has taken out an associate membership with The Melting Pot, which means that any LSEN members can access their services if you find yourself needing a place to do some work while in Edinburgh. The Melting Pot is hot spot for innovation in the heart of the city so why not get connected the next time you’re passing through

An interesting development from Northern Ireland currently getting high praise is the Big Black Book Social Enterprise Trade Directory. It aims to promote opportunities for social enterprises to do more business – by selling to each other, to the public and private sectors, and selling to the general public. Entries in the Directory are free to social enterprises set up and trading in Northern Ireland.

Social enterprises could win up to £5,000 in a new awards programme launched today by the Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC). Social enterprises across the UK can apply for the awards from today until 28 September 2009. SEC is looking for the ‘most successful and inspiring social enterprises’ in the categories of best social enterprise with a turnover of more than £1m, the best with a turnover of less than £1m and best new social enterprise. As well as the cash, winners will receive business and media support. Applications will compete in national heats for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The heat winners, announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, will then be in the running for the UK-wide prizes.

Dates for Your Diary

Glasgow SEN Fri 31st July,
Invercylde SEN Fri 14th August,
Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug,
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug,
Sport SEN, Mon. 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug,
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Health SEN, Tues. 8th Sept