Networks1st Update: Friday 28th June 2013

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has announced that its annual SE awards are now open for nominations. Winners will go forward to the UK awards ceremony later in the year. For more, see SES also held its AGM this week – that saw the appointment of 5 new board members: Linsay Chalmers (ESEN); James Dunbar (New Start Highland); Ewan Fraser (Dunedin Canmore HA); Heather Sim (Space Unlimited); and Doreen Walkinshaw (Enable). The meeting also saw the election of new office bearers: Malcolm McArdle (Treasurer); Pauline Graham (Vice Chair); and Duncan Osler as the new Chair. Departing from the board are three stalwarts – Laurie Russell; Douglas Westwater; and Craig Sanderson.

West Lothian SEN is now recruiting a Network Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will work to develop and strengthen SE in West Lothian – with a focus on building capacity, fostering growth and/or sustainability and engaging with key agencies – both locally and nationally. Closing date is Friday 5th July. See,
Dundee City Council are hosting a Social Enterprise Conference on Tuesday 17th September. Speakers include Lord Andrew Mawson, Author of The Social Entrepreneur: Making Communities Work and Dr Ingrid Burkett, President of International Association for Community Development, Sandy Campbell, Working Rite as well as many local social entrepreneurs from Dundee.  See

Fife SEN member, Furniture Plus, has announced the appointment of a new interim general manager, Alison Brown. Alison took up post on 10th June 2013 and brings with her a wealth of experience from over 24 years’ experience in economic regeneration – the last 16 of which have been spent specialising in the social enterprise sector.  See

From its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, PricewaterhouseCoopers is to offer its Centres for Social Impact (CSI) Scotland programme. This follows the current trend of the big private corporations moving into the SE support space. As one bulletin reader puts it: "Swimming with sharks comes to mind – good at what they do but you’re never quite sure of their intentions!" See,

In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, there are still a limited number of Employer Recruitment Incentives (ERI) payments available to employers who want to recruit Modern Apprentices including Active Leisure, Creative and Food & Drink at Level 2 and/or 3. See, – or contact

Firstport’s ‘Founders Fund’ has announced its shortlist of candidates for the inaugural ‘Barry Ayre Award’. The candidates and their ideas’ summaries are accompanied with videos on the YouTube channel. With less than one week to go, they are just under 20% away from achieving their target. See


TENDERS: Edinburgh Care Home for 12 adults under 65yrs who have complex needs and Dalmarnock Hub Community Centre – The Peoples Trust. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

SURVEY: The Big Lottery Fund have awarded ACOSVO a grant to research, review and analyse third/public sector, third/private sector, collaborations/partnerships to determine what information, advice, evidence and support is available and where it is stored. The information gathered will be the foundation of a Knowledge Bank. See,

PORTAL: As part of the Scottish Government’s on-going development of online services for people, communities and businesses, the Scottish Business Portal has been launched, ‘business.scotland’. This brings together through one portal, access to a number of Scottish Government sites, including the Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Skills Development Scotland and the Finance Hub. See,

NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from Dundee SEN has been published. The meeting on 22nd August is an open network meeting and will cover the different aspects of food and how this can be used for volunteering, employment, health  and environmental improvements. See,

IDENTITY ARTWORKS: Billy Zima of Identity Artworks was invited to speak at a prestigious conference at Harvard this week. A new initiative, IdentityPro, has been launched to help Identity Artworks become sustainable. IdentityPro consists of short dynamic CPD sessions built around the Harvard GoodWork partnership as well as The Magnum Moment and is delivered to professionals. See,

Case Study: Letham Sports Club

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Dates for the Diary

Angus SEN, 4th July
Start-Up SEN, 17th July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 20th August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August


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