Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd July 2010

The first issue of`s online `Brief` will be available next week.  The quarterly `Brief` will aim to give news updates and background on RfB. Issue No.1 highlights the success of Unity Enterprise in winning a large catering contract for the Commonwealth Velodrome. If you any stories to share, please let us know. Interest in the Register continues to grow with 219 enterprising third sector organisations now signed up and, in the last fortnight, approaches from 8 private sector firms (including Balfour Beattie and Sir Robert McAlpine) looking to work with the social enterprise community. These are encouraging signs and are based on the new awareness being generated by the increasing adoption of Community Benefit Clauses and, in the case of Glasgow Council, pre-tendering Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs). While still early days for the Register, we are keen to see as many social enterprises as possible signed up and the core partners (CEiS, Social Firms Scotland and ourselves) are working to get the message out there. For more info, contact

The Perth SEN are planning an event to promote social enterprise.  Hosted by Giraffe Trading at their Cafe in Southinch Park as part of their end of season open day, social enterprises from across Tayside will be invited to exhibit.   It will be an opportunity for new SEN members to network as well as promote their businesses to the general public. See   For more information contact

Diane reports yet another hectic week around the Sports SEN with 2 of the newer members – Mid Argyll Swimming Pool and Scottish Sports Futures.  In addition, she’s been meeting with regional club development officers from the SFA to identify aspiring sports social enterprises in the world of football. It would appear that for many governing bodies and sports clubs, the term social enterprise has only recently arrived on their radar. Nonetheless, there is considerable interest and many see income generation through trading as the logical way forward. Diane is planning to be available in our new Glasgow office in Glasgow one day per fortnight – so if you’re in the West and would like to meet up please get in touch. For more, please contact


TENDERS: An interesting opportunity for creative social enterprises this week in with a £20,000 tender for Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust in Glasgow to deliver new Stained Glass Windows Design, Manufacture & Community Workshops:

LOANS: The strength of Charity Bank’s support to charities and social enterprises has again been confirmed by record growth. Outlining its results for the first 6 months of 2010, Charity Bank revealed that loans agreed to charities and social enterprises totalled £20,932,750 – compared to £22,902,216 achieved during the whole of 2009. See

PRESS RELEASE: A study to calculate the contribution that social enterprises are making to Scotland’s £10bn food and drink industry has been commissioned by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition. See more

EVENTS: BRAG Enterprises is hosting its second in a series of awareness raising sessions for social enterprise in Fife.The next event will be held on Wednesday 28th July at the Royal Hotel in Dysart from 11:00 – 14:00, there is no need to bring anything and there will be a buffet available for lunch. See

Friends of Volunteering Clydesdale (FOVC) are staging the ‘Powering to the future’ Sustainable Saturday event and record attempt. FOVC are a not for profit voluntary organisation based in Lanark who are trying to positively influence economic, social and environmental prosperity throughout the Clydesdale area of South Lanarkshire. See more

AWARDS: Entries are now being accepted for the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. The Awards are supported by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Centre for Regeneration (SCR), and independently judged by a panel of representatives drawn from relevant national organisations and community groups. See

INVITATION: Cultural Enterprise Office is invites you to the Announcement of the 2010 Starter for 6 Investment Awards on Wednesday 4 August 2010, 09:45 – 11.00 at Out of the Blue Drill Hall. See more

Case Study: Giraffe Trading CIC

Giraffe Trading CIC provides employment opportunities to those facing barriers to employment through their cafes, shop and gallery and plant sales. They were the the first Community Interest Company to establish in Perth and Kinross. They are one of the founding members of the Perth and Kinross SEN.

See Full Case Study here

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN 27th July
Borders SEN, 5th August
Glasgow SEN, 13th August
Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Dundee SEN, 1st September



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