Networks1st Update: Friday 21st August 2009

Tim Smit (Edin Project) and our friend Graham Bell (Kibble) are running a Master Class on Wednesday 7th October at Paisley Abbey. Senscot has secured a number of free places for LSEN members. The event is being co-ordinated by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) in partnership with a number of others including Voluntary Action Scotland and Kibble itself. This is a great opportunity to hear two of the UK`s most prominent social entrepreneurs share their experiences. If you`re interested, contact

Last Friday, Senscot hosted Scotland’s first Awards ceremony for Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) Champions at the Engine Shed in Edinburgh. The five new champions – Out of the Blue, Recycle Fife, the Engine Shed, Bookdonors and the Wise Group – and the others who attended all enjoyed the day. To view the photos provided by photographer Robyn Braham see

Activity amongst the Networks has commenced again this week after the summer break. Clacks and Tayside both met this week with Moray, Edinburgh, Fife and the Sport SEN all meeting up next week. It looks like it’s going to be an active Autumn period with guest speakers such as Geoff Pearson at the Tayside meeting on the 28th September and 2 Community of Business events with Moray and Clacks SEN and an SSEC/SCDI Business Lunch in Aberdeen.

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.


Triodos bank is running its photo competition for a second year. £1,500 is up for grabs to the winner. Last year, Network members Out of the Blue from Edinburgh and The Breadmaker from Aberdeen were short listed and were included in the banks calendar. The competition sets out to find the images that best capture the valuable work of social enterprise throughout the UK. The competition closes on Friday 4 September. Find out more at

Further to the Fit for Purpose conference and our work with the Health SEN, Senscot will be involved in ‘Healthier Lives, Wealthier Communities?’ on 30th of September being run by NHS Health Scotland. The conference will focus on the important contribution that community and voluntary and social enterprise sector health initiatives can make to improving health and tackling health inequalities.

Social Firms Scotland have 2 events coming up; Scaling up the Sector, 17th Sept, Glasgow. Incorporating the AGM, Mike Finlayson (Forth Sector) is the keynote speaker. For more information go to: . Secondly, ‘Getting Ready to Buy’ is designed to introduce Business Acquisition as a method of growth for social enterprises. It is being held in Inverness starts with a working lunch at 12. For more information contact To book a place see

Dates for the diary

Moray Community of Business, Mon 24th Aug
Sport SEN, Mon 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Dumfries & Galloway, Thurs 3rd Sept
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 8th Sept
Clacks Community of Business, 16th Sept
Health SEN, Tues. 18th Sept
Coalfields SEN, Tues 22nd Sept
Tayside SEN, Mon 28th Sept