Networks1st Update: Friday 18th November 2011

Our 7th Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh came to an end this morning. The event went very well – 110 attendees (82 from social enterprises) – combining a good mix of older and newer faces. People seemed to enjoy the programme as well as last night’s ‘hoolie’. Main prize winners were Strange Theatre (Dragons’ Den: £5k) and Stranraer Millennium Centre (Audience £1,400).  More importantly, there seemed to be a great deal of consensus about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Scotland’s grassroots social enterprise community. This is something we will be looking to build on in the year ahead. We’ll have a fuller report next week

Glasgow SEN held a well attended meeting this week, hosted by Sense Scotland in Kinning Park. The meeting saw the introduction of a number of new members with a discussion being held on developing an Action Plan to implement their Strategy. Glasgow SEN members will also be interested in Glasgow City Council’s announcement of   the establishment of a new community, sports and cultural facilities social enterprise fund. £2.6m will be available covering an 18 month period till March 2013. See more,

Two bits of news from our Coalition. Firstly, following their EGM, it was agreed that they would now be changing their name to Social Enterprise Scotland, following the lead of SE UK in London. Secondly, our Coalition (or SE Scotland) announced this week the first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise. This is a real achievement and congratulations are due to Duncan Thorpe. Social enterprises and their supporters can fully engage with MSPs with regard to what government and parliament can do and what the social enterprise movement can offer regarding public sector reform and other issues. First meeting is Tuesday 13th Dec. See more,

THE Scottish Business Awards are a big deal in the business community – this years’ keynote speaker is Bob Geldof – and a couple of SEN members are on this year’s short-list for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award – Aberdeen Foyer and Impact Arts. Others shortlisted are Third Sector Hebrides, Vets Now Ltd and North Glasgow Housing Association. See more,

The Just Enterprise Consortium provides business support, start-up, procurement and learning services to Scotland’s enterprising third sector. They have announced their new programme of tender writing training. The programme of FREE workshops has been designed to provide support to those who want to respond to public sector tender opportunities. The first event will be held at the Melting Point Edinburgh on 6th December. See more,


TENDERS: There are 36 live tender opportunities on the Ready for business website including Landscaping & Fitness Equipment, Townhill Country Park, Home based respite for older people and home support care services for people with dementia, Professional Independent Advocacy Services, For th Valley and Training Programme to Prepare the NHS and Social Services Dementia Champions as Change Agents 2012. For more info, see

TRAINING:  Edinburgh, 6th Dec. Just Enterprise have announced details of their programme of tender writing training. The FREE workshops have been designed to provide support for enterprising third sector organisations who want to respond to public sector tender opportunities. See

LLOYDS TSB – Enterprise Awards: New Scheme Open for Young Businesses which will offer students and graduates in England, Scotland and Wales the chance to win up to £50,000 See

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FUND: Glasgow City Council has established a community, sports and cultural facilities social enterprise fund of £500,000 and a capital investment fund of £2.13million. These new funds will both help to sustain the existence of these facilities across the city – through their physical upgrade – and promote community management of them.

Case Study: Youth SEN

The Youth SEN launched at S2S 2010 with a workshop and Youth Pitch to the Dragons.  Since then it has met regularly, hosted a Chinese delegation on a study visit and is planning to attend Voice 11 in London.  The SEN is for young people working in, starting up or managing social enterprises.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Clacks SEN, 22nd November
Cultural & Creative SEN, 23rd November
Angus SEN, 30th November
Borders, 6th December
DGSEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 7th December
Aberdeen SEN, 8th December
Youth SEN, 14th December



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