Networks1st Update: Friday 25th June 2010

Edinburgh SEN soaked up the sun this week on Re-Union’s barge for their last meeting before the summer. As well as signing the Model Rules a couple of weeks ago, they have also agreed a Service Level Agreement with Edinburgh City Council to deliver peer support for social enterprises in the City as well as taking on the Chair of the Edinburgh Social Economy Partnership. All are significant steps in their ongoing development and reflects a growing recognition of their role within the city. Clacks and Dundee also signed off the Model Rules this week bringing the total signed up to four to date.

The latest Sports SEN meeting took place this week at Transition Skatepark in Aberdeen.  There was lots of sharing of news including: The experiences of members who’ve benefited from Future Jobs fund placements; Various partnership projects as varied as dental health, improved fitness for both youngsters and adults, education programmes, employability and work with disengaged youngsters; and one member is currently exploring an opportunity to generate income via a wind turbine. A lot of discussion took place around how more established sports social enterprises can help support emerging social enterprises. We’ll keep you posted on progress.

As the summer break approaches it’s time to put the date of this year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh in your diaries. We’re pleased to say that RBS will once again be sponsoring the two day conference, which will see a return of favourites such as the Dragons’ Den and Question Time. The dates this year are 18th and 19th November and, as always, will coincide with Social Enterprise Day! There’s 19 Social Enterprise Networks now with even more members so make sure you keep those dates free. Here’ a link to last year’s conference report to refresh your memories about the programme.

READYFORBUSINESS: Glasgow City Council have released 22 lots in total up to £5m for tender for the Commonwealth Games. The lots cover promotional goods, various graphic design services, photography, economic development research, community research and consultation –

CALL FOR INFO: We’ve been asked to find out information about social enterprise nurseries out there. We’ve heard there are a few in Glasgow but it would be good to build up a ‘Who’s Who?’ so if you are one or know of any get in touch and we’ll build up a list – contact

INVITATION: media coop invite you to a Celebration of International Cooperatives Day –

REPORT: by The Work Foundation and The Clore Leadership Programme this report maps the Third Sector. Civil society as a whole contributes £116 billion to the economy; £33 billion from general charities, £26 billion from co-operatives and £27 billion by social enterprises, while the economic value of volunteering in the UK is estimated at £23 billion –

EVENTS: Institute of Fundraising Scotland – The Scottish Conference 2010. Bookings made before 26th June receive a 10% discount –

RESOURCES: his article from Start Ups website is a good guide to the legal issues facing anyone interested in getting into social enterprise. It highlights some of the issues and also some of the reasons for choosing different kinds of legal models.

Case Study: Clacks SEN

Set up in May 2007, Clackmannanshire Social Enterprise Network was born out of Kilncraigs Incubator Unit in Alloa; a European funded project that provided start-up support and facilities for local social enterprises.  The group are actively involved with local partners and the Interface.  They are the third SEN to register as a Community Benefit Company with the Model Rules.

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN, 29th June
Dundee SEN, 30th June
Perth SEN, 27th July
Borders SEN, 5th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August