Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd January 2010

Our work supporting thematic Social Enterprise Networks has been gathering pace over recent months. This is reflected in bespoke events over the coming months looking at social enterprise in relation to Health, Sports, Coalfield communities and the Cultural sector. In line with this, we’re particularly pleased to announce that, with the support of the Robertson Trust and Sports Scotland, we will be recruiting a new member of staff to work specifically with sports-related social enterprises. We’re hopeful that we’ll be in a position to advertise the post in the next week or so.

The Smart Procurement event was a great success in Tayside on Wednesday.  Over 70 delegates from Third, Private and Public sector attended the day.  Pauline Graham, SFS and Karen Smith, VSA each gave presentations on Community Benefit Clauses before a lively Q&A session with procurement officers from Tayside Procurement Consortium and NHS Tayside.  A Ceilidh Dragons Den winning curry followed for lunch provided by the Wooden Spoon Catering Company  The event has opened doors for further dialogue with procurers across the region.

The East Lothian SEN ( went on mass to Edinburgh for a study visit this week.  With money awarded through the Local People Leading fund they visited Out of the Blue, The Melting Pot and The Engine Shed.  At each venue there was a tour followed by a presentation from the host organisations, before the day concluded with a famous Engine Shed lunch.  The Dundee SEN are planning a similar outing in the near future.  If any other SEN is interested please get in touch;


HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  Congratulations go to the Engine Shed as they celebrate 20 years this month!

TRAINING: The School for Social Entrepreneurs at BRAG is recruiting for the new Motivate to Innovate programme in Clackmannanshire  Start up social entrepreneurs can access business support and a grant to help get ideas off the ground.  The team are also running a series of awareness raising sessions and training across Fife.  See for more information. 

The Social Enterprise Academy is offering a number of free learning programmes across the Highlands & Islands this winter. These are open to anyone involved with a third sector organisation – staff, director or volunteer. More details

MENTORING SUPPORT: The Realise Mentoring Programme is still open for applications. The aim of the government sponsored programme is to provide mentoring support to leaders of third sector organisations. Any organisation that has aspirations to grow, diversify income streams and become more sustainable can apply, irrespective of turnover, staffing levels, location or sector.  Organisations who have already been assigned a mentor have given very positive feedback so far. See for more details.

Pilotlight Scotland brings together skilled professionals from the business community and harnesses their talents to create growth and sustainability in small to medium charities and social enterprises across the Central Belt, Fife, Tayside and Aberdeen. See

JOBS: Pilotlight Scotland is a dynamic, fast-growing charity based in Central Edinburgh which brings together the skills of the business sector with small Scottish charities and social enterprises to help improve their strategy, sustainability and growth.  They are recruiting and taking on a new Project Manager.  See here

FEASIBILITY SURVEY: Community Enterprise are undertaking a feasibility study into the needs and interest in a new social enterprise delivering marketing services to the sector, follow the link to complete the survey

EVENT: The Coalfield Social Enterprise Network is pleased to announce its first annual conference to be held at Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre on Friday 26th March 2010 from 10.15am to 2.30pm. More details

Case Study: East Lothian SEN

East Lothian SEN met for the first time in February 2006 in Haddington.   With the help of funding from Communities Scotland, ‘Social Enterprise in East Lothian’ developed a website and directory of social enterprises in the area.  In March 2008 they ran their first conference which was opened and chaired by the Leader of East Lothian Council.
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Dates for the Diary

Network Reps, 28th Jan
East Lothian SEN, 28th Jan
Glasgow SEN, Fri 29th Jan
Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March