Networks1st Update: Friday 27th January 2012

Over the last few years, a number of roundtables have been established to support the work of thematic SENs.  These include Health, Sport, Culture and Creative. The SEN Roundtables gather together strategically placed individuals, to explore the benefits that a social enterprise approach can bring to that thematic area. The Social Enterprise and Health Roundtable has made some real progress of late, representing social enterprises in a recent Govt led review of Strategic Engagement between Health, Social Care and the Third Sector. Another outcome of the Health Roundtable has been the development of a ‘Social Enterprise and Health Policy Context Paper’. See   For more information on the work of the thematic roundtables, contact 

The Social Enterprise Academy will be running Leadership Programmes for both the Cultural and Youth SENs over the coming months. Creative Scotland has kindly contributed £2,000 towards the cost of the Creative programme and we’re delighted to say that a number of national organisations have offered to chip in to cover costs for the Youth SENs programme. We’d like to thank Aberdeen Foyer; the Wise Group; Kibble; Social Firm Scotland; Community Enterprise Ltd; CEiS; and Social Enterprise Scotland. For more info on the respective programmes, contact

On Tuesday in Edinburgh, ‘Developing New Markets’ Programme was launched by Cabinet Minister, John Swinney. (See, )The objective is to build a better understanding, knowledge and links between public sector commissioners and the social enterprise community in Scotland. Part of the programme will include a series of locally based events bringing together social enterprises and local commissioners (i.e. Councils, NHS Trust etc) to explore opportunities where they can work together. If you would be interested in hosting one of these events, please contact

Yesterday afternoon, the Guardian Newspaper held an online Q&A on social enterprise in Scotland. Here are the best bits. See

Charities in Scotland are eligible for rates relief from their local authorities. This can vary from 80% to, in some instances, 100%. In Edinburgh, a couple of years back, the Melting Pot successfully argued that social enterprises (may not be registered as charities) could also be eligible for this discount. A SEN member has been in touch to say that their local authority is reviewing this situation. Has anyone heard anything similar? If so, please get in touch
DGSEN, in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy, is offering a series of 4 day social enterprise business planning programmes in Dumfries, Lockerbie, Newton Stewart and Castle Douglas, starting in early February. With financial support from both the SEN and the Scottish Government, these are offered at no cost to anyone from third sector organisations in the area. For further details contact Laura on see


READY FOR BUSINESS: In line with the launch of ‘Developing New Markets’ the website for Ready for Business has been refreshed and will be featuring a procurement resource library, information on Social Value, PSPs and CBCs. The website still retains all the previous functionality and the Social Enterprise Register and tenders. A group has been set-up on Linked-In ( and you can follow on Twitter at!/RdyForBusiness

TENDERS: Some of the open tenders on the Ready For Business website include: Open Tenders for feasibility study and Business Plan – on behalf of Iona Village Hall, Re-Processing of Timber arising from Recycling Centres, Recycling Points and Commercial Outlets, repair and maintenance services in Glasgow.

SPORTS RELIEF: Community groups from across Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians are being offered a share in £100,000. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups working in a disadvantaged or deprived areas in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. For full info

BUSINESS SKILLS TRAINING: B2B Scotland is taking place in April. There will be three dedicated training zones featuring seminars and workshops focused on business growth. See to register for free.

SROI NETWORK: SROI Practitioner Training, Edinburgh 23-24th Feb. Course designed to be taken as 2 days together, and provides training to a level suitable for trainees seeking to become accredited practitioners. Designed as the first step for individuals considering doing an SROI. No prior experience is required. For details of cost and full info:
JUST ENTERPRISE: Starting in February. Just Enterprise offers you the opportunity to develop your third sector leadership skills on its Leading Growth Leadership Programmes. Which will help you to progress your career as a third sector manager and aspiring leader. The Social Impact Measurement programme will give you tips, tools and techniques to help you to start measuring your impact immediately. Visit the Just Enterprise website or call Gordon Jamieson on 0141 611 8811 to book your place at either event.
FURNITURE PLUS: Furniture Plus, in conjunction with Scottish & Southern Electric are providing a Free Appliance scheme. This means that people who meet any of the criteria listed in the linked document can qualify for 1 new free large electrical appliance (cooker, washing machine, fridge etc) which would be supplied and installed directly by SSE contractors.  Applications must come through Furniture Plus and meet the required criteria in order to get the appliance. See FreeApplianceSchemeBrochure.pdf

PROJECT: Work4ME which helps people with ME get back into work. The project is run by SKS Scotland in partnership with LTCAS and Stirling University Management School.

Case Study: East Lothian SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Cultural and Creative SEN, 1st Feb
Inverclyde SEN, 8th Feb
Dundee SEN, 15 Feb
Borders SEN, 15th Feb
Aberdeen, 23rd Feb
Sport SEN, 24th Feb



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