Networks1st Update: Friday 26th February 2010

Ready for Business ( is a public social partnership (psp) pilot project involving Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS. Its aim is to support social enterprises increase their trading through delivery of tenders for goods and services. Public contracts are increasingly adopting community benefit clauses and the first opportunities for social enterprise through the inclusion of Community Benefit Clauses are starting to flow through the Ready for Business programme. Over 120 social enterprises are already receiving regular updates on contract opportunities. 

The Aspire to Enterprise Programme is open for applications again for a third year  Over the last two years, many LSEN members have benefited from support provided through the programme.  Experience of the programme ranges from help with a basic marketing review in the case of Caring Christmas Trees, Edinburgh (, to a full re-branding exercise for Send-It, Aberdeen (, with very positive feedback from those involved. 

LSEN study visits, supported by the LPL Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund, are growing in popularity with more taking place over the next month. The Dundee SEN are off to Edinburgh and Aberdeen to visit other Network members. Visits are a great way to learn from others and pick up ideas to take back to your own organisation. In our experience, hosts are usually very open and honest about the highs and lows of running social enterprises. This approach always generates positive feedback from those taking part. The LPL fund is still open for your SEN to apply for up to £1000 to go on a study visit. For more , see


EVENTS: The 4th Fit for Purpose Conference on social enterprise and health takes place on Friday 23rd April, at Perth Concert Hall.  Topics for the day include: Social Prescriptions; the Right to Request, Outcome Focussed Planning and Community Benefit Clauses. More details will be available soon. For more info contact
Good Food Programme, Annual Food Conference. – Wednesday 5 May 2010, 9.15 am – 12.30 pm, at Hibernian Football Club, Edinburgh. 

Supply Scottish SME Procurement Conference, supported by the Scottish Government –
21st Apr 2010, Thistle Hotel, Glasgow. The Supply Scottish SME Procurement Conference will provide you with the information you require to harness new opportunities and maximise your organisation’s potential.

TRAINING:  As part of their commitment to significantly improve the capacity of Third Sector organisations, CEiS, and partners, are running free of charge financial management training workshops across Scotland that will allow delegates to control finances and engage in high quality financial planning.  For more information see

RESEARCH:  The University of Strathclyde runs an MSC in Environmental Entrepreneurship   Each year the students have to complete a dissertation and they are keen to engage with social enterprises in order to complete a practical piece of work.  If you have an idea for a topic around environmental entrepreneurship that you would like to explore further please get in touch,  Hopefully, we can create some mutually beneficial partnerships. 

Case Study: Recycle Fife

Recycle Fife provide commercial and municipal kerbside recycling for a range of materials including cans, plastic bottles, glass, paper and cardboard.  Recycle Fife is one of the founding members of the Fife SEN and has recently become a Champion of the Social Enterprise Mark as one of the first 5 awardees in Scotland.

Download the full Case Study here:

Dates for the Diary

East Lothian SEN, 25th Feb
Dundee SEN, 26th Feb
Angus SEN, 12th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March
Sport SEN, 29th March
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April