Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd June 2012

The 2nd national SE and Sport Conference took place yesterday at the Trades Halls in Glasgow. Over 100 delegates attended to hear a range of speakers that included Mark Sesnan (Greenwich Leisure) and Glenn Armstrong (Jesmond Pool, Newcastle). The event also saw the launch of the SE and Sport `Position Paper`, setting out a vision of a “dynamic and vibrant sports social enterprise community that is part of the fabric of our communities in Scotland…. and creating a supportive environment in Scotland in which sports social enterprises are able to flourish”. See Position Paper and presentations,

The presentations from last week’s Fit for Purpose – SE and Health Conference are now available. Topics include an Asset-based approach to Health Improvement; Developing Markets for the Third Sector, Public Social Partnerships; Partnerships and Consortia; and Impact Measurement. See,

Senscot is part of the ReadyforBusiness consortium (, delivering Scottish Govt`s ‘Developing Markets’ Programme. Part of this initiative is about ‘winning the hearts and minds’ of the public sector – showing what the SE community and third sector can offer. One of our partners, Social Value Lab ( ) is compiling a series of case studies showcasing where public sector agencies engage well with the sector, recognise added value, and are creative in their approach to commissioning/contracting. If you have some examples, it would be a great help if you could take a few minutes to fill in the survey. See,

On Wednesday, over 20 social enterprises gathered from across Forth Valley at a networking event organised by the Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire SENs. Some photos from the event can be seen at

East Lothian SEN have an event planned for 4th September the event will include inspiring stories, dragons den with prize and practical workshops. More information to follow soon.

Creative Scotland attended the Cultural and Creative SEN meeting at the Storytelling Centre this week to give an update on the Cultural Economy Programme and outline Artworks Scotland.  Artworks may be of interest to any social enterprises working in participatory settings such as schools or hospitals The group also started to discuss the Cultural and Creative Social Enterprise Conference that is to be held this autumn- more information to follow.

Next week, 27th June will see the launch of a new SEN – for Firstport awardees. The new SEN will be supported jointly by Firstport and Senscot with the aim of building a community of social entrepreneurs across Scotland. As with other SENs, its initial aim will be to provide a forum for start up social entrepreneurs – to share ideas, experiences and get peer-to-peer support. In time, members will have the opportunity to join local or thematic SENs. If you’re start-up social entrepreneur and are interesting in attending the meeting is at the Glasgow Bike Station. For more info, contact .


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Lomond Folk Festival 2012 Social and Economic Impact Project, Catering / Café services for Scottish Enterprise, Construction of The Gorebridge Community Hub and Provision of Specialist Grant Audit Services. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

DESK UNION: Based in Entrepreneurial Spark Desk Union offers flexible and affordable office space to the small business community. They create co-working hubs within existing businesses that encourage collaboration, skills sharing and networking. See

ACQUIRING BUSINESS 4 GOOD: On the 11th Nov the Business4Good:Good4Business Conference takes place in Edinburgh. Hear from the social enterprises who have been buying businesses and conducting mergers with support from the AB4G programme. See

AWARDS: Santander created the Social Enterprise Development Awards to recognise and support the increasingly important contribution social enterprises are making across the UK. Over £2.3 million of funds will be available through SEDA and in addition to the cash award, the winners will have access to a programme of support including mentoring, paid internships, training and networking opportunities. See
REPORT: Social Investment Scotland launched a report this week that highlights the significant social impact that Scotland’s third sector makes on local communities throughout the Scotland. See

Case Study: Callander Sport & Adventure Project – Sports SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Startup SEN, 27th June
Fife SEN, 28th June
Glasgow SEN, 29th June
Stirlingshire SEN, 26th July
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th Aug
Dundee SEN, 5th Sep
Fife SEN, 5th Sep
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th Sep



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