Networks1st Update: Friday 21st October 2011

One of the highlights of the Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark has always been the Dragons’ Den – with its main prize of £5k to the winner. Following the success of last year’s ‘crowd-funding’, we are now working with SoLoCo to raise £1,000 (at least!) for the audience prize. Please visit the SoLoCo site and donate if you can. See, . This year’s Dragons will be Eric Munro (RBS), David Cook (Wasps), Marie Marin (Employers For Childcare) and, our newest Dragon, Ken Milroy (Aberdeen Foyer). All of whom we wish to thank for their contribution to the Den. The Ceilidh, this year, is now sold out. If you’re still keen to attend and would like to go on the waiting list, contact . See Ceilidh programme,

Youth SEN members (and others!) may be interested in the new Future 100 awards that were announced this week. The Future 100 Awards are looking for 100 young social entrepreneurs (18-35 yrs old) who can demonstrate a balance between economic, environmental and social goals.  The winners will receive a package of support, including media training, networking opportunities and business support to help them grow their business. See more,

Fife SEN member MyBus Community Transport this week announced their new venture – Wheels 2 Work.  With the support of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), MyBus has taken delivery of a 20-strong fleet of 50cc mopeds and 125cc scooters. The idea is to assist people in coalfields areas overcome any difficulties with public transport after they’ve secured work, through a six-month loan scheme. See more,

Also, this week, Glasgow and Cultural SEN member, Wasps Studios announced the imminent opening of their latest venture, the South Block – a new studio complex in Glasgow. The South Block will provide 96 studios for visual artists, cultural social enterprises and creative businesses. They now provide space for 750 visual artists and 22 arts charities at 19 sites across Scotland. Wasps activities support the regeneration of many deprived communities across the country, attracting jobs and improving the physical appearance of local communities. See,

More news from Fife. SEN member, Furniture Plus holds the official opening of its new showroom and training facility on Tuesday 25th Oct. in Dysart, Kirkcaldy. Cabinet Secretary, John Swinney will be ‘cutting the ribbon’ and, we hear, if you get there sharp, you’ll get a bacon roll – or two! See more,


TRAINING: The benefits of Mindful Awareness, with the positive effects they have on every part of life’s experience, are becoming better known, and understood, thanks to scientific research and publications.  See more details and training course dates here

GIFT AID:  Winning Scotland Foundation have a toolkit to help maximise Gift Aid at your community sports club.  It includes details on: Membership fees and subscriptions, Sponsored fundraising, Volunteer expenses.  For more details see

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS:  Xchange Scotland is looking to build relationships with organisations throughout the city to look at benefiting from international volunteers on projects here in Glasgow in summer 2012 and beyond.  They are inviting Glasgow organisations to an event in Govan on Wednesday 16th November to provide more information, answer questions and go into more detail about what is involved in having a group of volunteers working for you.  See more

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Specialisterne Scotland is pleased to announce a number of new business developments including the launch of a new web design and e-business service.  Specialisterne would like to welcome one of the UK’s leading software testing consultants, Stephen Allott, to the position of interim General Manager.  See more

EVENTS: Community Energy Scotland holds its Annual Conference next week (25th/26th Oct) at the Eden Court, Inverness.  This year’s conference centres around three key themes: Renewable Energy Generation; Energy Demand Reduction; and Renewable Energy Substitution. See more,

Case Study: Fife SEN

Fife Social Enterprise Network was the first Local Social Enterprise Network to start up. The first meeting took place in 2004 at Furniture Plus in Dysart. FSEN is one of the most active Networks, with around 18 members.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary


Stirlingshire SEN, 25th Oct
Inverclyde SEN 25th October
Angus SEN, 26th Oct
Canal SEN, 1st Nov
Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire, 3rd Nov
West Lothian, 8th Nov
Youth SEN, 9th Nov
Fife SEN, 9th Nov
Community Food SEN, 16th Nov
Ceilidh (New Lanark), 17th /18th Nov



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