Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd August 2013

Is the social enterprise community putting too much emphasis on its potential engagement with public sector markets? This question has been raised by a number of readers (and SEN members) – who feel that organisations that share common values perhaps aren’t making the most of trading with each other, sub-contracting, sharing resources, and keeping spending local. Senscot is speaking to some folk about a ‘get together’ on this issue. In the meantime, here are some initiatives from across the UK that are trying to promote different forms of inter-trading. See,

Community Enterprise re-launched their Run Native website last Friday. The re-launch includes new branding, improved navigation and more vendors. Run Native, itself is an online marketplace created by social enterprise for social enterprise. They have scoured the UK to find the best that social enterprises have to offer that include a mix of products from high fashion and homeware to stationery and chocolate. See,

Good news this week for Fife SEN member, Recycle Fife – which has achieved Investors in People accreditation. Frankie and Jackie are delighted with this award – which is administered by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). See,

There’s still time to get early bird rates for CEiS’s Social Enterprise Policy and Practice Event  on Wednesday 4th Sept at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.  An updated programme is now available and includes sessions on – Welfare Reform; Preventative Spend; Procurement Reform; social investment; and ‘walking the walk’ – showcasing the achievements of frontline social enterprises For details, see

News from our SSE Alliance partners: Social Firms Scotland (SFS) has now appointed a new Communications Officer – Pete Sach. Pete will be joining the SFS team on Monday, 5th August and will be working out of their Bath St base; and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) as part of the Edinburgh festival, is holding a conversation event “Business for the other 99%” – a discussion on SE’s capability of reducing poverty and changing society. See details,

SEN Members’ News: A number of SEN members have been in the news over the last week. These include: The Dunbar Bakery – winner of overall Cake of the Year award at last week’s ‘Cake Awards’ in London (see, ) ; Sihk Sanjog – re-launched their Leith Walk café as Punjabi Junction Inspire Venture’s Café Coast – winner of Established Enterprise of the Year at ACVO’s Aberdeen Insight event and, of course, Community Enterprise – who re-launched their online marketplace – Run Native (

Glasgow Caley, in partnership with the SE Academy, will be running another postgraduate course in social enterprise – starts in September. The programme is designed around the needs and realities of practitioners and those supporting the field – and you can achieve a Certificate (1yr), Diploma (2yrs) or Masters (3yrs) in Social Enterprise. Bursaries (£500 p.a) are available. See details,

Aberdeen SEN, in partnership with Scotland unLtd and Firstport, will be running a joint event to encourage more individuals in Aberdeen to set up social enterprises.   The Aberdeen Social Enterprise challenge takes place on Thursday, 29th August at Glencraft’s premises in the city. For details, see


EVENT: Book your place now for Dundee’s 1st social enterprise conference. To view the Delegate Registration and Sponsor Package options and to book your place,

FUND: Glasgow City Council is now inviting applications to the Community Facilities Social Enterprise Fund 2013/2014. The aim of the Fund is to support local communities to make better use of existing infrastructure; particularly those buildings that are currently underused or face difficulty. It is targeted at organisations which are on the pathway to community management of Council facilities. See,

SAVE THE DATE: On 20th August, Glasgow SEN is holding a full day study visit. This will be an opportunity to establish new contacts, learn about other social enterprises working in Glasgow. See,

CAFE CONFERENCE: Colleagues, Community Food and Health (Scotland) and Edinburgh Community Food are holding an event for Scotland’s community cafes on 8 August in the Well, the Square Centre, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh  from 12.30 to 4.30 p.m.  The event is free and a sandwich lunch is being provided.  See,

VACANCY: Scottish Community Development Centre is recruiting a Development Manager to help deliver its programmes across Scotland.  Deadline for applications is Friday 23 August 2013.  More info and application pack see,

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Instant Neighbour is seeking an enthusiastic and talented person to take on the role of Social Enterprise Development Manager.  To be responsible for and oversee the overall management of the social enterprise operations of Instant Neighbour.  For more information see,

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Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 7th August
Glasgow SEN, 7th August
Angus SEN, 8th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September


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