Networks1st Update: Friday 21st June 2013

Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) on behalf of Edinburgh City Council has recently conducted research into social enterprise in Edinburgh. Key findings include: the social enterprise sector in Edinburgh is conservatively estimated at 120 organisations; over 4,400 people are involved in the running of social enterprises; over 3,000 volunteers; the sector generates £44m per annum; an impressive 74% of the sector’s income is generated from trading; with almost two thirds of organisations generating over 50% of their income through trading. See press release and full report,

Yesterday, Senscot attended ‘a National Conversation’ on Scotland’s third sector and the 2014 – 2020 EU structural and investment funds programme. The event, in Perth, was hosted by SCVO. Earlier Scottish Govt presentations on the governance and delivery structure made no reference to third sector. SCVO has now negotiated a seat representing the third sector on one of the three delivery partnerships – but there was a strong feeling that there should be representation on all three? There’s still an opportunity to have our say. See, consultation document,

CEiS is holding its annual SE Conference again this September – 4th Sept at the Radisson in Glasgow. The Conference will again focus on SE policy and practice in Scotland. Key themes this year will include: Welfare Reform; Social Impact Bonds (models for Scotland?); and Preventative Services. For more, see

The West Lothian SEN is the latest SEN to recruit a Network Co-ordinator. The new Co-ordinator will work to develop and strengthen social enterprise in West Lothian, encouraging and supporting existing and new members to take a leading role in the local economy. Key aspects will focus on building capacity, fostering growth, encouraging sustainability and engaging with key agencies locally and nationally. For more information, see

As another SEN recruits a co-ordinator (see above), it’s sad to hear that one of the first SEN co-ordinators – Cara Gillespie in Dumfries and Galloway – is moving on. Cara takes up a post shortly with Foundation Scotland. Cara has played a vital role in helping develop D&G SEN over the last 3 years and will be a gig miss. We wish her the very best in her new role.

Edinburgh SEN held a meeting on Wednesday for cultural organisations in the city.  Hearing from  a number of Cultural SEs, the group has started to explore opportunities for collaborative working – included marketing, events, training and the development of a group that would create a ‘voice’ for cultural and creative social enterprises in the city. Edinburgh is a city of festivals and therefore has a thriving cultural economy. Those present felt that working together would allow them to compete more effectively against the large private and public bodies.  The group is still in its early stages – but we’ll keep you posted on progress. For more on Edinburgh SEN, contact

Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards closes for applications on 1st July. The scheme offers Scottish-based social enterprises the opportunity to win funding and business support to help them grow and increase their social impact.  The Awards feature three prize levels – £50,000, £20,000 and £10,000 – dependent on turnover. Open to organisations working to improve social inclusion, support employment or create a greener environment.  See,

One of our Sport SEN members, Stramash has recently been accredited as an SQA Approved Centre and is a registered supplier with Skills Development Scotland.  Amongst other things, this will enable them to work with organisations across Scotland who wish to offer Modern Apprenticeships in both leisure, outdoor activities and childcare.  For more info’, contact Stramash’s Training & Apprentice Coordinator (Iain Watson) at


TENDERS: Provision of Occupational Health and Welfare Services – Argyll and Bute Council, Provision of a Childcare Voucher Scheme – Inverclyde Council and Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Evaluation. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

COMPETITION: Co-operative Development Scotland’s Collaboration Prize aims to encourage companies to work together and will this year be making £40,000 available for new collaborative projects. Four winners will be chosen by a judging panel and will receive £5,000 cash to implement their idea as well as up to £5,000 of consultancy and additional support to set up the consortium.

DRAGONS ‘GLEN’: A Scotland-wide entrepreneurial corporate challenge from Children 1st will raise money to help vulnerable children in Scotland. Teams compete against each other to see who can develop the most successful initiative to transform £500 into £5,000+ within five months. See,

VOLUNTEERING: Organisations looking to improve the way they work with volunteers still have one month to apply for a Volunteering Support Cluster grant, run by the Voluntary Action Fund before the deadline on 19th July. Organisations do not need to be registered charities. See,

Case Study: Reach for the Sky (Update) – Sport SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

South Lanarkshire SEN – 21st June
West Lothian SEN – Policy Event, 21st June
Stirlingshire SEN, 26th June
Start-Up SEN, 17th July
Aberdeen SEN, 19th July
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September


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