Networks1st Update: Friday 17th September 2010

As many of you will know, Senscot has been gathering evidence of the economic and social impact of SENs and their members at a local level. We now have figures for Aberdeen and Dundee SENs – and they show some impressive outputs. The Vital Stats for these two east coast SENs show that 17 social enterprises employ 529 people; provide 57 trainees and 415 volunteer positions; have 124 board members; and have a combined turnover of over £13m. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that 78% of it is being generated through trade – over 10% up on last year – and 5 organisations are now 100% self-funding!  

On Wednesday, Aberdeen SEN hosted ‘Smart Procurement’, an event for the City Council Directors and Heads of Service in the historic Town House. Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of the City Council and Ken Milroy, CEO of Aberdeen Foyer, outlined a number of mutually beneficial opportunities for the Council and local social enterprises to work together through Community Benefit Clauses, the Quick Quote system and Clause 19 to protect employment. Further meetings are planned to take advantage of the opportunities. For more info contact  

‘Working Together’ is a key theme in this year’s 2-day Social Enterprise Networks conference – the Social Enterprise Ceilidh – on 18th (Social Enterprise Day) & 19th of November. New Lanark Mill Hotel is a favourite venue but places are limited to120; with 4 new SENs starting up over the last 12 months, competition for spaces will be keener than ever. Angie Foreman from Dundee Women’s International Centre won the 2009 Dragons’ Den with her pitch on the Wooden Spoon Catering Co. All those who want to enter the Dragon’s Den this year, don’t forget to put that in your booking form.


SE100 INDEX: The RBS SE100 index gathers facts and figures about social businesses, charting growth and social impact. See here for a breakdown of activity in Scotland, as well as showing the five fastest growers (from those organisations operating for at least three years)

EVENTS: Working with you bank? RBS has joined forces with the Federation & SCVO to examine the issues facing small businesses today, and to talk about how the bank looks at lending applications, what makes a good business and how a business owner can make a difference. More information here,

The Happening is a one day Social Enterprise Trade Fair to buy and sell goods from Social Enterprises from all over the West of Scotland. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, visit local social enterprises and the cafe supplied by local social enterprises. See more

All are invited to come along this weekend to experience delicious food prepared as much as possible from locally-sourced ingredients at Cluny Hill College, Forres and The Park, Findhorn – for the first Moray Council-sponsored Moray Food Festival. See more

Inaugural Stirling Workshop in Social Enterprise taking place on October 6th 2010 which is to be held twice a year, and have the broad aim of uncovering the significance of the social in the economy, the importance of different forms of social enterprise, and their impact on the working of economies. See more

ABSEN conference & AGM is being held in Campbeltown 29th/ 30th Sept and 1st October. For more info email

COMPETITION: ‘Social Vision: business at its best’ is looking for images that capture the unique and transformative work of social enterprise. Now in its third year, the photography competition is for the first time being jointly run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition, in association with Social Enterprise magazine. The award will be presented at this year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh. See here for more

The Change Champion Project is a strand of the SVA programme whose aims involve taking current best practice from within the Third Sector Interface network and replicating it. A total of 13 Change Champion projects have been funded, details can be found in the Change Champion newsletter "IMPACT". See more info

Case Study: Aberdeen
The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network to establish itself 4 years ago due to interest in the first group in Fife. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city.
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Dates for the Diary

Reps Meeting, 23rd Sept
Perth SEN, 28th September
Angus SEN, 29th September
Fife SEN, 7th October
Edinburgh, 12th October
Clacks SEN, 13th October
Aberdeen SEN, 19th October
Dundee SEN, 20th October
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 21st October
Glasgow SEN, 22nd October
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November


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