Networks1st Update: Friday 24th August 2012

We’re now taking bookings for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. The event will be taking place on 15th/16th November. This year – our 8th – we will be joined by 12 colleagues from the social enterprise community in Northern Ireland. We’re currently working on this year’s programme and will have a ‘draft’ available over the next couple of weeks. As there are now over 20 SENs, we’re putting an initial limit of 4 places per SEN. We’re also reserving 20 places for intermediaries and other ‘friends’. To book your places, see

As a result of the ongoing growth in membership of the Sport SEN, we have agreed to arrange meetings on a regional basis – giving members more opportunity to engage with one another. Meetings are now scheduled for East (28th Aug, Edinburgh); North (20th Sept, Inverness); and West (17th Oct, venue tbc). For further details, contact

Hot on the wheels of the amazing success at the Olympics, some news from cycling members of the Sport SEN. Firstly, social enterprise venture, Unchained Mag, this week launched their online cycling magazine – see, Secondly, Outfit Moray is now selling their first bikes via their new social enterprise, Bike Revolution. See, And, last but not least, Velocity, has announced that they will soon be opening their ‘café cum bike workshop’ in Inverness. See,

Date for the diary: The Senscot Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 5th October at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (10.30 – 2.30pm). Topic of this year’s Seminar will be ‘A Scottish Community Bank’. The event is free to full company members (individuals) with £20 charge for all others (i.e Associates, non-members etc). To reserve your place, see

Moray SEN is holding its Annual Gathering and Awards Ceremony on Friday 21st September at St Giles Church, Elgin. The event is held each year in recognition of the determination and dedication of Moray’s social enterprise community, who despite challenging trading conditions, work tirelessly in pursuit of their greater purpose – “determined to make a difference!” See details,

The Social Enterprise Academy, in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway SEN, will be delivering two Award in Leadership programmes, starting in Dumfries in September and Newton Stewart in October 2012.  This 6 day Leadership programme, delivered in 3 blocks of two days. See details,
For more info’, contact Annie on

The Academy is still accepting applications for their Ignite Programme. See details, The residential runs from 19th- 22nd October at the Marine Hotel, North Berwick. Closing date for applications is Thursday, 13th Sept.

CEiS ‘s September Conference is now sold. However, we still have 5 ‘early bird’ places available for SEN members. The Conference is taking place on 5th Sept at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Tickets for SEN members cost £95 + VAT. To book, contact . See programme,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Construction Work for GHA, Home Furnishing Service in Stirling, International Creative Agency Services for Visit Scotland and ITT Supply & Installation of Furniture, Furnishings & White Goods. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

CELEBRATION: Glasgow Wood Recycling is holding a Celebration and Summer Sale on Sat, 25th August. Features include food, fun and live music. See,

WORKSHOP: ‘Making Social Value Work’: Hall Aitken is running a series of free workshops on social value based evaluation for social enterprises operating in the Forth Valley area. The workshops will help build organisational capacity to meet challenges posed by commissioning, accessing funding and effective impact reporting. See,

COURSE: This short course on Cultural Planning in Sep & Oct provides an introduction to the background and concepts of cultural planning – drawing on a range of sectors such as culture, housing, planning, social work, health and education. See,

FAIR: Scotland’s first Social Innovation Fair will be taking place on the 4thSept and offers a unique opportunity for social innovators from different sectors to network and promote their ideas. See,

Case Study: Reach for the Sky – Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN (East), 28th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th August
Dundee SEN, 5th September
Fife SEN, 5th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th September
Argyll &Bute SEN, 11th September
Sport SEN (North), 20th September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October



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