Networks1st Update: Friday 18th June 2010

The first annual report of the RBS SE100 Index – run in partnership with Social Enterprise magazine – is now available. The Community Banking team at RBS (long time funders of the annual Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh at New Lanark) is behind this initiative. The report gives a great insight on the progress of the sector in terms of growth and added value, something Senscot is also working to highlight through our Vital Stats Survey, which we think will complement the information being uncovered by the SE 100 Index.

Queen Margaret University hosted “Social Enterprise: Learning by Doing” on Wednesday.  The event brought together 7 universities and social entrepreneurs from across the country to promote social enterprise and explore links.  Support for students, research projects and procurement were all points for discussions. Several SEN members ran workshops, exhibited and took part in panel discussions. The event also created new opportunities for the Youth SEN.  For more info see

The presentations from the Commonwealth Games Sports Conference that Diane attended a couple of weeks back are now available. Of interest, in terms of social enterprise, was the workshop presentation on “Models for sustainability” by Loic Comolli.  In addition the plenary session entitled “The way forward” by Soren Moller from Denmark was connected with the community sports hub agenda in mind. See

Although Senscot has decided to `park` the idea of a separate Scottish SEM, interest in the 5 Scottish Criteria for Social Enterprise continues – not only in Scotland. The Scottish Criteria was produced following extensive consultation within Scotland’s social enterprise community. You can download a copy here


AWARDS: Christina Noble, Director and founder of Here We Are and a founder member of ABSEN, was mentioned in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Amongst many achievements, Here We Are launched Scotland’s first community owned biomass and is now working towards a community owned micro-hydro scheme

Outf!t Moray, one of our new members of the Sport SEN, has been awarded the Queens award for Voluntary Service for their innovative approach to involving volunteers within their organisation.  To learn more go to:

WANTED: Spruce Carpets, the award-winning Glasgow based social enterprise, is seeking a new Chair to lead its Board of Directors.  Now five-years-old, Spruce Carpets provides training and development opportunities for socially excluded people through the refurbishment and resale of flooring which was otherwise destined for landfill. See more

EVENTS: BRAG Enterprises has recently been awarded a Fife Council contract to raise awareness of social enterprise throughout Fife. Staff will be delivering support to budding social entrepreneurs. Individuals should come to these events if they would like to know more about social enterprise and how it could benefit your community.  See more

Get Your Business Online with Google and BT, Tuesday 29 June 2010. 41 million people in the UK are online, yet over 30% of businesses do not have a website. On Tuesday 29 June from 6.30 to 9.15 p.m. Jim Mather, MSP and Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism will be hosting Google UK’s Managing Director, Matt Brittin at an exclusive event for Scottish businesses.  For more see

Invite to the reception in the Scottish Parliament on 23 June 2010, to celebrate `Co-operatives Fortnight`. Speakers will include Willie Coffey MSP, Eric Calderwood from the Co-operative Group and Co-operatives UK, Louise Scott from the mediaco-op and Stephen Kelly from Highland Wholefoods and Co-operation and Mutuality Scotland. See flyer,

FUNDING: Plans by the Big Lottery Fund to invest £50 million in helping to transform the lives of young people leaving care and individuals with dementia and their carers across Scotland have moved a step forward with the announcement that BIG’s Scotland Committee have agreed to establish a new independent trust to deliver the investment. See more

Case Study:

The Moray SEN are moving forward with their next steps in developing the group. Network member REAP won the tender to deliver admin support for the next year and will build on the success of previous Social Enterprise Awards Dinners and Community of Business events. In addition, Moray SEN is now represented in the new Interface and Community Planning Partnership theme groups, creating a platform for social enterprise strategically in the area.

Download the full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 22nd June
Clacks SEN 23rd June
Sport SEN, 23rd June
Dundee SEN 30th June
Borders SEN, 29th July


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