Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd November 2012

On Wednesday, the Cultural SEN hosted its 2nd annual Conference at the Birnam Institute, near Dunkeld. The event was a great success with a series of excellent presentations. Significantly, the Conference also endorsed the ‘Social Enterprise and Culture Position Paper’. The Position Paper sets out the 7 ‘actions’ that will contribute to the value and worth of cultural social enterprises being more fully recognised and their potential to deliver more fully realised. Here’s the ‘Position Paper’ in full. See,

The SE Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark is two weeks away. We’ve got a handful of places left for SEN members. To sign up, see
Attendees will be contacted early next week re accommodation; menus; workshops etc. See full programme,

Round 3 of the Social Investment Fund was launched yesterday. Once again, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) will oversee delivery. Estimated amount available is £2m. Notes of interest required for Friday 16th Nov. See,
As the SE and Sport community in Scotland continues to grow, it was noticeable the number of Sport SEs to the fore during last week`s round of ‘awards’. As you will know, Factory Skatepark won the Scottish SE of the Year. However, further afield, keynote speaker at this year’s SE and Sport Conference, Mark Sesnan (Greenwich Leisure) was named Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year; Kelly Davies, founder of Vi-ability, was named as SE Leader of the year in Wales; and a swimming pool (no less) Chapeltown Community Baths in Sheffield was named one of the top 10 social enterprises in Yorkshire. The profile of sport and social enterprise is truly beginning to make an impact.

SEN members will be interested in a new initiative from DTA Scotland. They have formed a partnership with Touchstone Energy Management Services in a venture that could see their members and other social enterprises making savings of up to 20% on energy bills. A combination of buying energy in bulk, and partnering a professional energy management service with a proven track record, will enable them to secure very competitive energy rates, accessing a prime open market which is otherwise inaccessible to smaller organisations. For more info, contact Also, see flyer,

The Social Enterprise Exchange 2013 will be taking place once again at the SECC in Glasgow. Date is 21st March and booking forms are now available. We`ll be exploring a similar deal for 2013 as we did this year for SEN members and will have more on this soon. For now, see

OFFICE SPACE: Glasgow City Centre office space available for 8 month short term let to end of June 2013. Fully serviced, high quality facility, includes office furniture, central location (Nelson Mandela Place), 4 offices available to let individually for 1-3 people, or together to accommodate upto 20 people including boardroom and meeting/training room. Enquiries to or 0141 3527400.


TENDERS: Landscape Maintenance Contract for Glen Oaks Housing Association, Provision of Signage Services / Painting at Glasgow Caledonian University, Belville Community Garden Design Team and Hard / Soft landscaping at Burgh House, Leslie. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

TOUR: Pan Promoters are on tour throughout the Highlands in November. They provide advice, networking and support to individuals and groups who want to bring some of Scotland’s best performances to their communities. See,

FUNDING: The Scottish Government yesterday launched the third phase of the Scottish Investment Fund, a revolving fund which exists to build financial sustainability in the third sector. Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is the primary delivery partner of the fund and believes a total of around £2 million is available. See,

AWARDS: The closing date for nominations for the Volunteering Awards is noon on Friday, 9th November 2012. Organisations receiving awards will each receive a donation of £1,000 sponsored by the Voluntary Action Fund, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Managed IT Experts. See,

Case Study: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre – Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 6th November
Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
Canal SEN, 14th November
West Lothian, 14th November
Stirlingshire SEN, 23rd November



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