Networks1st Update: Friday 24th February 2012

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be reporting on ‘Vital Stats’ collated by SENs for the financial year 2010/11. This year’s format has changed, hopefully making it easier and less time-consuming. We aim to produce Vital Stats on 10 SENs – some SENs have already completed theirs. Vital Stats record key information that reflects social enterprises’ individual and collective contribution to their local economies, including employment numbers, trading percentages etc. See link to Vital Stats survey,
We’ll be contacting SENs directly over the next week. For more info, contact

This week, we attended one of the first engagement events for the Developing New Markets contract at the Trades Hall in Glasgow – with around 30 public sector Procurers and Commissioners in attendance attend. There was a lively debate about how the public sector can engage better with the third sector; and what barriers and challenges they foresee. Their willingness to support and engage with our sector was striking. It is clear that much of the positive rhetoric from Scottish Govt is cascading down to local level. For our part, it’s time to address some of these barriers and challenges – and this includes the need for the third sector to collaborate more and explore joint working opportunities. Part of Developing New Markets will see a number of local events across the country. These will provide a forum for the public sector and third sector to address some of these issues at a local level. Pauline Graham (SFS and readyforbusiness LLP) recently wrote a blog for the Guardian online on Public Service Reform and Social Enterprise. See,

GSEN met this week. One of the main items for discussion was their engagement in the SE Exchange. On the day before (26thMarch), GSEN will be hosting a series of study visits (see  and, in the evening, will be co-hosting a Civic Reception in Glasgow City Chambers.
News this week of a new initiative for Sports SEN member, Stramash – Scotland’s first outdoor nursery. The venture will see young children growing up from an early base of being familiar with being outside in all weathers, looking after themselves in these circumstances and discovering what they can do, individually and together. The children will, of course, be provided with waterproof clothing and will be able to take sanctuary in their own yurt. For more, see
Diane has been out and about this week, flying the flag for social enterprise and sport, at three events – with quite different audiences: Sports governing bodies, local authorities and health boards keen to hear how sport can help them deliver services as well as sports clubs themselves keen to consider the best ways for their clubs to thrive, many using the social enterprise model.  For more on their work, see our case studies page at  


TENDERS: There are over 30 tenders on the Ready for Business website including Independent Review of Advice Services in Aberdeenshire, Catering and cleaning services, Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline, Provision of Occupational Physician Services. For info, see

EDINBURGH MARKETS: Social Enterprises are being offered the first week free at the market, which will run weekly from 24th March. Looking for people who can regularly commit to a Saturday stall. Full info and contact details available at Deadline for applications is the 26th Feb.

GOLF DAY: The Bread Maker are hosting a charity golf day on the 29th of March.  Day will consist of bacon rolls and refreshments on arrival followed by a round of golf with buffet lunch and prize ceremony. For tickets (£50pp) and info on how to sponsor a pin call 01224 641 520.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EXCHANGE AWARD: UK based social enterprises with an annual turnover of no more than £250,000 may apply for an award of £5k. The Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award aims to support social enterprises that are looking to partner, replicate or share knowledge with other social enterprises in order to grow their social and environmental impact.  Deadline for receipt of applications is the 7th of March.

VACANCY: The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd are seeking a full time Project Worker. The closing date is the 27th of Feb. for full details. All the vacancies on the website can be viewed at

CONFERENCE: ‘Social Impact Bonds in Scotland’ conference will take place in Glasgow on the 14th Mar, Glasgow. The conference will examine whether the Social Investment Bond model or an equivalent can work in Scotland. Members of Social Enterprise Scotland are entitled to a discounted rate of £65 per delegate. Enter promotion code “SES” when booking your place. Full details and brochure available at

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FAIR: The Fife Social Enterprise Trade Fair, titled ‘Opportunities to Grow’, is taking place on 8th Mar in Dunfermline. Booking form available at

Case Study: Visions Leisure (Sports SEN)

Download full case study here –

Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 7th Mar
Stirlingshire SEN, 12th March
West Lothian SEN, 14th Mar
Fife SEN, 14th Mar
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 20th Mar 
Clackmannanshire SEN, 20th Mar
Sport SEN, 21st Mar
Dundee SEN, 28th Mar



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