Networks1st Update: Friday 20th July 2012

Last month, Senscot hosted its 2nd national SE and Sport Conference at the Trades Hall in Glasgow – with approx 100 delegates in attendance. See, Conference evaluation report, One of the significant developments on the day was the launch of the SE and Sport Position Paper. See, This sets out a vision for the SE and sport community, the contribution it makes and the priorities that can enable sport SEs to develop and grow.

One of the main events in the SE calendar in Scotland is CEiS’ September Conference. Now in its 5th year, the CEiS Conference addresses many of the most topical issues affecting the SE community in Scotland. This year’s programme is now available in draft form See,  Senscot has reserved 20 ‘Early Bird’ places for SEN members (£95 + VAT). Contact to book a place.

News from Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) on the appointment of Calum Irving as their new CEO. Calum is joining from Sense Scotland and will be taking up post in mid-August. We believe this appointment augurs well for the SE community. Not only does Calum have direct experience of working in a social enterprise, he has also, in his time at Sense Scotland, been able to attend a couple of Health SEN meetings. We wish Calum well in his new post. See,

Firstport awardee, Laura Nicholson hit the news this week with her social enterprise, Velocity offering revellers the chance to cycle, rather than drive, to next months Belladrum music festival, near Beauly. See, Also worth a look is Firstport’s summer newsletter. See,

Couple of pieces of good news from Aberdeen SEN members. Rosie’s Cafe, on the go since 1999, has been shortlisted from over 600 entrants, for the UK finals of the Private Business Awards 2012 for SE of the Year. See,
Also, the Breadmaker has announced that it has been selected as the ‘chosen supplier’ for bakery products to Donald Trump’s new golfing complex in Balmedie. See, Congratulations to both.

The RBS SE 100 Index (2012) is now open for applications – closing date 30th August. The SE 100 lists the top 100 growing SEs in the UK, with a combined prize of £25,000 going to the best performers by growth, impact and for ‘newcomers’. Scotland has always been well represented in the Index, with the Wise Group being one of last year’s winners. To apply, see

The Social Enterprise Academy is running its Ignite 2012 between 19th – 22nd October at the marine Hotel in North Berwick. The residential will involve a group of 18 other social entrepreneurs and will focus on identifying key motivations; clarifying goals; exploring options; and planning next steps to grow your organisation.  To apply, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Volunteer Centre Pods for Glasgow 2014, Mobile Unit for Occupational Health Service in Lanarkshire and ITT Violence Against Women Service in East Lothian For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has announced this week that the Social Enterprise Exchange will be back, for a second year, at the SECC in Glasgow. Date has been set for on Thursday 21 March 2013. It’s a while away yet but we’ll be looking to arrange a similar ‘early bird’ deal for SEN members. See,

EVENT: DTA Scotland (DTAS) hosts its 9th Annual Conference on 2nd/3rd September at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. With almost 300 members (Full and Associates), DTAS’ annual bash is a key event in the community sector calendar in Scotland. To book, see

STARTUP SEN: Firstport and Senscot have been working together to help set-up a new network for start-up social enterprises. The start up network sessions are open to individuals in the process or in the early stages of running a social enterprise. See,

EVENT: In addition to the SEN meeting for start-ups there will also be a ‘virtual coffee morning’ for Firstport/Scotland UnLtd Award winners and clients as well as other organisations interested in networking or connecting with start up social enterprises. See,

SAVE THE DATE: Advance notice of a large social enterprise event taking place on the 4th of September arranged by Social Enterprise in East Lothian. The day will feature inspiring Stories interesting Speakers, Dragons Den with prize and practical workshops. More details to follow.

FILM: Aconite Productions My Lives and Times new documentary, directed by reformed criminal and recovering heroin addict, Garry Fraser, will be transmitted on BBC2 Scotland on the 22nd July @ 10pm. See,

Case Study: Ladywood Leisure Centre

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Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 26th July
Glasgow SEN, 22nd August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th Aug
Dundee SEN, 5th Sep
Fife SEN, 5th Sep
DGSEN, 6th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th Sep
Start-up SEN, 26th Sept



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