Networks1st Update: Friday 19th February 2010

The gossip from civil servants is that – across departments – Govt. ministers urge more engagement with social enterprise.  As previously reported, thematic Networks in particular, show increased activity – with three conferences in the next three months.  As well as the developed themes of Coalfields, Cultural, Health and Sport – two new ones are emerging – Social Enterprise and Youth; Social Enterprise and Justice.  There will be a Youth Dragon’s Den at S2S in April and the Justice theme will host a ‘Social Enterprise and Scottish Prisons’ event in May.  All of these areas of activity have come about as a direct result of the work of front line social enterprises and we are always keen to hear your stories.  In particular – if you are already working with a Scottish Prison – please get in touch. 

The Future Jobs Fund is an exciting opportunity for the social enterprises to extend the range of services they provide to communities across Scotland as well as well as contributing to the challenge of youth and long-term unemployment. It also provides an opportunity for people to stay connected to the labour market and deliver genuine benefit to their local area. More information

More and more Networks are beginning to get finance to take on admin support from a range of sources including  Local Authorities, Fairer Scotland, LSEPs, contracts and now the Future Jobs Fund (see above).  The presence of an administrator makes a tangible difference to the functioning of the Network.  Six LSENs now have some level of administrative support with Edinburgh’s recently recruiting.  Dundee, Clacks, Fife & the Sport SEN are also on track to recruit admin support in the new financial year.  For more information contact


EVENTS: The early bird rate for S2S ends TODAY! All the information you need about the fair on Wednesday 21st April 2010, at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and details on how to book can be found on the website
The 4th Fit for Purpose Conference on social enterprise and health takes place on Friday 23rd April, at Perth Concert Hall.  Topics for the day  include: Social Prescriptions; the Right to Request, Outcome Focussed Planning and Community Benefit Clauses. More details will be available soon. For more info contact

As part of the Enterprise Europe Network, Enterprise Europe Scotland is the local entry point to a wealth of information on business opportunities throughout Europe. European Information Clinics allow Scottish companies to meet with a member of the team on a one-to-one basis, who will be fielding questions, answering queries and providing guidance and support on a variety of different European topics. More information

TRAINING: The next EDAS course is on 15 & 16 March in Glasgow.  Policy and Practice for Local Economic Development, is run by Glasgow University’s Training and Employment Research Unit, led by Professor Alan McGregor. More details

RESEARCH:  The University of Strathclyde runs an MSC in Environmental Entrepreneurship  Each year the students have to complete a dissertation and they are keen to engage with social enterprises in order to complete a practical piece of work.  If you have an idea for a topic around environmental entrepreneurship that you would like to explore further please get in touch,  Hopefully we can create some mutually beneficial partnerships. 

Case Study: Send-It

Send-It, formally known as Printability has had a very successful year.  In response to consultancy support secured through the Aspire to Enterprise Programme they went through a re-branding exercise earlier this year to more accurately reflect the businesses activities.  To top this they have also just found out they were successful with their application to the Enterprise Fund securing £57,000 to for a Sales/Marketing Manager. 

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Dates for the Diary

East Lothian SEN, 25th Feb
Angus SEN, 12th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March
Sport SEN, 29th March
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April