Networks1st Update: Friday 28th October 2011

The Audience Prize at this year’s Dragons’ Den is being promoted by crowd-sourcing organisation SoLoCo (see, We’re aiming for £1,000 and would urge you to make a small contribution if you’re able to. Last year we managed to raise over £700 on the day but are looking to surpass this figure. Rocket Science will also be kindly donating their usual 2 days consultancy. The Dragons’ Prize is, as always, £5,000 and we’d like to formally thank Eric Munro (RBS), Marie Marin (Employers For Childcare) and Ken Milroy (Aberdeen Foyer) for their contributions. The Ceilidh is, as you know, sold out but if you’d like to go on to the waiting list, please contact

The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) and SE UK are combining forces for their annual jamborees (S2S and Voice) in 2012 by hosting The Social Enterprise Exchange in Glasgow. They reckon this will be the world’s biggest social enterprise event with over 1000 delegates and 150 business exhibitors. We’ll be lobbying to ensure as many SEN members as possible can attend on the day. The event itself is being organised by CEiS Events. The date for your diary is 27th March 2012. See press release,

Good news this month for Sports SEN member, Ullaspool, with the re-opening of their community-run swimming pool. Their long wait – 17 months – is now over and the popular facility now boasts a brand new roof along. As well as contributions from Highland Council and Leader, the community itself raised over £70,000. Well done to everyone involved. See,

News of an innovative partnership agreement between Aberdeen SEN member, Transition Extreme and Aberdeen Convention Bureau. The Bureau will promote Transition Extreme as a venue where their clients can leave a ‘social legacy’. See more,

Would SEN members be interested in running philosophical conversations in a relaxed environment? If so, contact Aberdeenshire SEN member, the Philosophical Café. The Café is a partnership between Aberdeenshire libraries and Aberdeen University who are running a series of events across Aberdeenshire aimed at bringing the principles of reasoning and critical thinking to the local communities. The sessions encourage people to come out and meet new people, think differently and question various aspects of life.  Subjects include criminal law, literature censorship and surveillance in modern Britain. The Philosophy Café is now a SCIO and, interestingly, brought a challenge for the new governance model as it is a single tier SCIO without members! See,

Now’s you last chance to book up for the ‘Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire’ Event on 3rd November at the Aspire Centre, Irvine. This will be a pan-Ayrshire event – covering all three local authority areas – and will look at existing and developing national procurement policy and its application in Ayrshire. Speakers include Pauline Graham (SFS) and Mag McCarthy (Unity Enterprise), with the day being chaired by Donna Drury (Real Work Skills). To book your place at the event, contact . See Flyer, and Programme


TENDERS: There are 44 live tender opportunities on the Ready for Business website including Money and Welfare Advisory Services, Provision of Community Mediation Services, Easthall Park Housing Co-operative: Environmental Services Maintenance Contract 2012-2014 and The Helix: Public Realm Project. For more info, see

INTRA-TRADING: There are now over 60 social enterprise organisations listed on the Networks 1st Intra-trading website. When seeking to buy services or supplies register with the site to seek fellow social enterprises to trade with. If you have not registered you can signup for the service here: Any queries then contact

EVENTS: In partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Community Enterprise is delivering a series of free training events throughout Autumn 2011 under the banner ‘Six Steps to Sustainability’. These events are free and open to all community and voluntary organisations in Scotland.  See more

Free networking lunch – Creating Enterprise to Enable Social Benefit brought to you by Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) on Wednesday 2 November at Contin Community Centre, 12 – 3pm.  See more

This SURF seminar will highlight information emerging from a focus on the impact of recession-related policy decisions in two disparate case study areas: east Govan in Glasgow and the Gallatown community in Kirkcaldy.  See more

VOTES NEEDED: Please spare 2 minutes for Sandy Kerr from Pass IT On to help win £5,000 towards his organisation as he has been shortlisted as one of Talk Talk’s Digital Heroes.  The closing date for votes is Sunday 13th November. Vote here

Case Study: Dumfries & Galloway SEN

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Canal SEN, 1st Nov
Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire, 3rd Nov
Sport SEN, 4th Nov
West Lothian, 8th Nov
Youth SEN, 9th Nov
Fife SEN, 9th Nov
Aberdeen SEN, 10th Nov
Community Food SEN, 16th Nov
Ceilidh (New Lanark), 17th /18th Nov
Clacks SEN, 22nd Nov



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