Networks1st Update: Friday 26th November 2010

Over the last 6 months Senscot has been collecting information on the economic impact of the Social Enterprise Networks known as the ‘Vital Stats’. This research was officially launched at the Social Enterprise Ceilidh last week and shows that in the 7 SENs contacted – representing 30% of over 240 individual SEN members – the members are thriving and providing vital jobs despite the challenging economic conditions. During the financial year 2009/10, the 70 social enterprises surveyed had a combined turnover of over £59m – with 67% of their income generated through sales and contracts. If the current figures were extrapolated across all 20 SENs, this would show a community of businesses with a turnover exceeding £150 million, employing over 4,000 people and providing almost 9,000 training and volunteering opportunities.

During the Ceilidh, Senscot held a discussion with intermediaries and support agencies around working together. A number of areas of significant progress over the years were identified, such as investment culture, wider profile of social enterprise, opportunities in procurement and growing collaboration. However, while these areas may have moved on significantly at a national level, there remains a huge amount of work to be done a local level. We’re be keen to hear SEN members opinions on this issue; what actions you think should/could be undertaken by SENs to promote social enterprise at a local level. Contact

Every year after the Ceilidh we send out a survey to ask people how we could improve the event, which has led to new activities being introduced, like Question Time 3 years ago. This year we moved away from Speed Trading to Lightning Talks and the Mystery Breakfast Club, based on a new Intra-Trading Market Place for the SENs being developed as an integral part of the new Networks1st website which we will be launching in the New Year; the aim being to unlock the buying potential of the £150,000 million market place identified by the Vital Stats survey.


AWARDS: Edinburgh SEN members, out of the blue, are regional winners of the Triodos Bank ‘Social Vision’ competition, and are now representing Scotland in the final. In order to win, they need you to vote for the OOTB snap by 5pm on Friday 26 November.  To vote go to the following link and click through.
FOCUS GROUP: Ci Research has been commissioned by a major UK bank to run a discussion group with senior representatives of social enterprises.  The objective of the discussion will be to assess the financial services support needs of social enterprises and the extent to which these are currently being met. The feedback received will be used to inform the development of services which meet the specific requirements of social enterprises.  See more

SPORT: Diane has heard through the grapevine that the 2014 Communities fund is undersubscribed. This small grant, £300 – £2000, is specifically for local community organisations and sports clubs with the main outcomes focused on increasing participation, volunteering and the building of communities through sport and physical activity – see more

STUDY VISIT: In partnership with CEIS Events, the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition is offering a 2 day study visit to Cornwall’s world renowned social enterprise, the Eden Project. Tim Smit, Chief Executive and Co Founder says this is a social enterprise ‘built out of innocence!’ The Project cost £130m and has already put £800m back into the Cornish economy, with 90% of everything consumed at Eden being locally sourced. See more

CURRY NIGHT: Wooden Spoon Catering Co are now in their 3rd week of ‘Friday Night Curry Night’ delivery service and would like to say a big thank you for your continuing support and for forwarding our service to your friends and colleagues. Last week they served 67 meal deals across the city… see more

EVENT: The Academy is offering a one-day programme in ‘Measuring Social Impact’ at Elgin Youth Cafe on February 23rd. This day is free of charge, 10am – 4pm, all welcome!  The programme looks at the Social Return on Investment (SROI) and Social Accounting and Audit, comparing their processes, applications, outputs and ultimately suitability for your needs.  See more

Kibble is hosting a one day leadership event on 9 December 2010 at St Mirren Park in Paisley.  This event will be ideal for aspiring, new or experienced leaders in your organisation.  This will be a full day of hard work, listening to 10 highly experienced American speakers.  See more

Case Study: You Can Cook

You Can Cook is a C.I.C that provides cookery classes, demonstrations and workshops on a healthy eating lifestyle based on world cuisine. The aim of the company is to educate and create awareness in communities regarding the basics of cooking with a major emphasis on healthy eating. Also provide budgeting skills and knowledge about additives, pesticides etc. Recently the company delivered a successful trial for NHS Borders Health Improvement Team, and has now been given the green light to work in partnership with NHS Borders to deliver workshops on healthy living in Selkirk and Walkerburn from September 2010 onwards.

Download Full Case Study:

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN, 30th November
DSEN & Chamber Event, 30th November
Fife SEN, 2nd December
Aberdeen SEN, 7th December
Coalfields SEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 8th December
Edinburgh SEN, 14th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December


To unsubscribe or change subscription address/ e-mail