Networks1st Update: Friday 21st September 2012

Earlier in the year the ReadyforBusiness Consortium hosted a series of ‘local events’ as part of the ‘Developing New Markets’ Programme – see The events were designed to create a shared understanding between public sector commissioners and procurement teams and the third sector at a local level. A new round of local events has now been scheduled over the autumn months. Details have yet to be finalised but the areas being considered are Tayside; Forth Valley; the Lothians; Fife; East/West Dunbartonshire; and Argyll and Bute. If you`d be interested in an event in your own area, contact

The Cultural Social Enterprise Network Conference will be taking place on Wednesday 31st October at the Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, by Dunkeld. See,
The conference will highlight the work being delivered by social enterprises in the cultural and creative sector and explore some of the common issues faced by organisations. Workshop sessions will include business development; measuring impact; and working with both public and private sectors. The event is FREE. For programme and to book a place, see, For more info on the Conference and CSEN in general, contact

Ceilidh News:  If you are interested in entering the Dragons’ Den this year, application forms are now available. See,  – closing date for entries is Friday 26th October. Over 60% of places have now been booked, so if you’re keen to come along, book here
Also, see draft programme,

Sport SEN member, Street Soccer Scotland has won the support of Sir Alex Ferguson for their new initiative – 80-hour Football Works. The personal development programme aims to improve the prospects of people who have experienced difficulties such as homelessness, addiction, offending behaviour, poor health and long-term unemployment. The programme is a partnership between Street Soccer and the Dunedin Canmore Group and will help 500 adults and young people aged over 16 in Edinburgh over the next three years. See,

Community Enterprise has been supporting community businesses and local people for 25 years. To celebrate this milestone, they are hosting a Ceilidh on 11th October (from 7pm) at Oran Mor in Glasgow’s west end.   They are keen to share their celebration with social enterprises and people who support them. Their birthday bash will be an informal affair with live music, good food, good company as well as providing a chance to catch up with old friends in the social enterprise community. The Ceilidh is free to attend. If you’d like to join them, book your place here,

Almost seven years ago, Claire Carpenter received a Scotland unLtd award to help her create a social innovation centre in Edinburgh. Claire’s venture, The Melting Pot will shortly celebrate its 5th birthday. To mark the occasion, they are holding a ‘Tree Day Out’ on Sunday 1st Oct. If you’d like to join them, see

Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) delivers support for new start and established social enterprises from across the Highlands and Islands and is a partner in the Just Enterprise consortium. Their regular Newsletter provides info on events of relevance to social enterprises in the H&I area. See,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include ITQ for Independent Occupational Health Services, Design of Zero Waste Scotland House, Marketing the Great Highland Railway Journey and Home Furnishing Service in Stirling. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: The next Social Enterprise Cross Party Group (CPG) meeting in parliament on the new Procurement Reform Bill is on Tue 25 Sep to book a free place see,

CONSULTATION: Social Firms Scotland, along with Senscot and Social Enterprise Scotland, have organised 2 events to consider and debate the current Bill objectives and to seek the views of social enterprises. See,

EVENT: ALVA ECOLODGE: The social enterprise is running a Woodland Forage Training Event on the 23rd of September. Event will start at Alva Glen where participants will meet Margaret Lear from, who will lead the walk and forage through the lower glen. See,

AGM: CRNS is holding their annual conference and AGM on the 24th of October. This will be the 7th CRNS Annual Conference and it promises to be the premier networking event for CRNS members, supporters & stakeholders. See,

Case Study: Antonine Sports Centre Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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