Networks1st Update: Friday 27th July 2012

One of the main events in the SE calendar in Scotland is CEiS’ September Conference. Now in its 5th year, the CEiS Conference addresses many of the most topical and relevant issues affecting the SE community in Scotland. This year’s programme is now available in draft form. See, Senscot has reserved 20 ‘Early Bird’ places for SEN members (£95 + VAT). To book a place, contact

Our SE and Sport Co-ordinator, Diane Cameron is a panellist today (Friday 27th) on the Guardian Social Enterprise Network’s weekly Q&A. This week’s ‘hot’ topic is social enterprise and sport and will be ‘live; between 12-2pm.To follow today’s discussion, see

The RBS SE 100 Index (2012) is now open for applications – closing date is 30th August. The SE 100 list tracks the growth and impact of social enterprises – with prize money of £25,000. Last year, over 50 Scottish SEs participated in the Index and the organisers are hoping we can double that figure this year. To apply, see

Edinburgh SEN, this week, welcomed their new Network Co-ordinator, Lynsay Chalmers. Prior to joining ESEN, Lynsay had spent 9 years with CRNS so brings a wealth of experience to her new position. For now, Lynsay, for her sins, will be taking a desk in Senscot’s office in Manor Place, Edinburgh. You can contact Lynsay at Just Enterprise – the Scottish Govt Programme providing support to SEs as they seek to devlop and grow – is now in its second year of operation. From information recently garnered, 108 SEN members have been able to access support through the Just Enterprise Programme. That leaves almost 300 who have not. For many, it may not be appropriate but, for others, it is an opportunity to access a range of support that will bring benefit to both to your organisation and, in turn, the services you provide. If you’re interested, see Aberdeen and Community Food SEN member, CFINE is hosting an event in London in November in partnership with the London-based Community Food Enterprise Ltd. The event is titled, “The UK Community Food Sector: Towards Sustainability through Collective Action and Social Enterprise”, and will focus on collective purchasing arrangements – not only in Scotland but with colleagues in England and Wales. For more, see The Social Enterprise Academy runs an annual residential, called the Ignite Programme. This year, Ignite will be taking place over the weekend 19th-22nd October at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick. The programme will bring together approx 18 social entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to work together in identifying their key motivations; clarifying their goals; exploring options; and planning next steps in growing or developing their social enterprise. To apply, see The SE Code attracted 5 more ‘subscribers’ this week – all members of Fife SEN. If you’d like to sign up, see Notices TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Volunteer Centre Pods for Glasgow 2014, Mobile Unit for Occupational Health Service in Lanarkshire and ITT Violence Against Women Service in East Lothian. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

REPORT: A report has been produced from the joint networking event between the Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire SENs. The event took place on 20th June. See, MENTORS: Firstport is looking for individuals interested in becoming mentors to support social entrepreneurs as they grow and develop. Free training is available for volunteer business mentors. See, TRIODOS: The ethical bank has experienced an upsurge in people applying for online savings accounts in the last month. Triodos has also released a new video titled “Small. The new big.” which can be viewed on the website. See, FAIR TRADE ON THE FRINGE: Hands Up Media have arranged a fair trade shopping event in August with over 25 stalls selling products from around the world and some locally sourced products. See, Case Study: MY Adventure Sports SEN  Download full case study here Dates for the Glasgow SEN, 22nd AugustSport SEN East – 28th AugustAberdeenshire SEN, 29th AugDundee SEN, 5th SepFife SEN, 5th SepDGSEN, 6th SeptemberStirlingshire SEN, 6th SepSport SEN North – 20th SeptemberStart-up SEN, 26th SeptSport SEN West – 17th October Cheers,