Networks1st Update: Friday 18th September 2009

Bookings are open for this year’s Dragons` Den at the Ceilidh.  Once again there is a £5,000 prize sponsored by RBS and Unity Enterprise for the winner. The second prize is a consultancy package from Rocket Science. The last 3 years winners have all been from Argyll and Bute – with each saying the award has made a significant difference to their organisation.  Booking forms for the Dragons Den and Ceilidh now available, see

The second of this year’s Community of Business Events took place in Clackmannanshire this week.  Both the venue and catering were provided by local social enterprises. As always, it was an excellent opportunity for local social enterprises to showcase their business, make links and start to break down some of the myths and perceptions surrounding social enterprise. A local youth enterprise, COSE was amongst the exhibitors and was the first in a series of initiatives designed to link young people involved in social enterprise into the wider movement, including a visit to the Parliament and involvement in S2S. We’ll keep you updated when we have more details.

Aberdeen also continues to develop links with the private sector. This week, Anna attended a joint event between the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Aberdeen SEN and the Coalition in a follow up to their Community of Business event 2 years ago.  Greg Rae, Chair of a private enterprise BusinessLab, identified key opportunities for private sector enterprises when they work with social enterprises. These include; new markets, innovative ideas, corporate social responsibility and partners in procurement contributing towards local Single Outcome Agreements. 

Case Study: A Community of Business: Social Enterprise and the Private Sector

In partnership with the Senscot local networks and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Coalition secured Scottish Government funding for three chambers of commerce lunchtime events in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh to promote local social enterprises to local business leaders. We also launched ‘A Community of Business’, a Coalition publication which showcases six social enterprises which have developed innovative relationships with the private sector. See


A Masterclass in Social Enterprise with Tim Smit founder of the Eden Project, Cornwall and Graham Bell, Kibble.  Paisley Abbey, Wednesday 7th Oct.  See for more details. 

Ready for Business, a programme to promote Community Benefit Clauses and to offer support to social enterprises in building consortia with a view to accessing procurement opportunities is open for registrations. If you’d also like to sign up, see

CEiS has been asked to run a networking event on 1st October for prime contractors and potential sub contractors for the supported employment contracts, which have to be submitted by the end of October. It is fairly short notice but once we have more details, we`ll circulate them.

There is less than two weeks to get applications into the Social Enterprise Awards.  The awards will engage with the public across the UK, profiling leading innovative social enterprises, ending with a pubic vote.  £5000 is available for the winner regardless of the its type or size.  See

Dates for the diary

Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Senscot AGM, Thurs. 24th Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept
Glasgow 2nd Oct
Clackmannanshire SEN, Wed 14th Oct
East Lothian SEN, Thurs 15th Oct
Edinburgh SEN, Thurs 15th Oct
Sport SEN, Mon 26th Oct
Fife SEN, Wed 28th Oct