Networks1st Update: Friday 24th July 2009

Networks 1st, the webspace in the Senscot website specifically for Social Enterprise Networks and their members, has been updated with more options and info sources. This includes a direct link on every page of Networks 1st to the new online forum (Networks NING), which now includes 5 DVD’s by the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy. The films profile a variety of social enterprises across the country. Networks Ning members are able to post DVD’s and photos, sign up for the Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark and start discussions about topics of collective interest amongst the members. Go to http://networks1st.ning.com to view the DVD’s and sign up.

The next meeting of the Health Social Enterprise Network takes place on 18th of September and will be on the Unity Barge (http://www.unity-enterprise.com/Barge/barges.asp). The barge is being run as a joint project between Unity Enterprises (http://www.unity-enterprise.com) and Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre (http://www.twecharhlec.org.uk/index.htm), a partnership which came about as a result of the two organisations meeting through the Health SEN. There’s enough space for 12 people so we need to confirm bookings if your planning to attend. Contact victoria@senscot.net

Moray SEN is kicking off the first of this year’s Community of Business events in style. Held in conjunction with their local Chamber of Commerce and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, the Network is holding a garden party at the Baxters Highland Village on Mon 24th Aug. It is expected that 35 members of the Moray SEN will be present on the day to meet representatives from a portfolio of Private Sector businesses. For more information, contact Gill Dolphin on gill.dolphin@btinternet.com <mailto:gill.dolphin@btinternet.com>.

Case Study

Send-It, formally known as Printability has had a very successful year. In response to consultancy support secured through the Aspire to Enterprise Programme they went through a re-branding exercise earlier this year to more accurately reflect the businesses activities. To top this they have also just found out they were successful with their application to the Enterprise Fund securing £57,000 to for a Sales/Marketing Manager. http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/showresource.php?articleid=41.

Network Notices

Senscot is a partner in the Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund, provided by Local People Leading (LPL – www.localpeopleleading.co.uk). The Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund aims to support activities which promote the exchange and dissemination of good practice amongst partner members. Senscot is able to support activity that will benefit either a whole LSEN or a number of Network members rather than individual organisations. Networks can apply for up to £1000 to support their planned activities. Contact Anna for more information, guidance notes and an application form anna@senscot.net <mailto:anna@senscot.net>

Firstport’s next set of master classes are due to start in August and will be running over the autumn in various locations. These intensive 2 hour course are free of charge and designed to allow you to target the specific areas of business develop you require. Intro – What is Social Enterprise? / Legal Structures / Sales & Marketing / Impact Measurement / Operational & Resource Planning / Cash-flow Planning
For more information, time and locations go to: http://www.firstport.org.uk/news-events/events/masterclass-programme-2009/

Procurex Scotland 2009, Scottish Government’s Fifth National Public Procurement Conference, will offer attendees and exhibitors an the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from Scotland’s public and private sector buying community. The event is free and will take place at the SSEC over two days. To register go to http://www.procurexscotland.co.uk

Dates for Your Diary
http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php

Glasgow SEN Fri 31st July
Edinburgh Summer drinks, Thurs 6th Aug
Invercylde SEN Fri 14th August
Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug
Sport SEN, Mon, 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Health SEN, Tues. 18th Sept