Networks1st Update: Friday 30th April 2010

This week’s Network News comes from Malmo in Sweden. Senscot was invited over to share its experiences with the development and growth of SENs over the years. Our colleagues in Sweden are initiating their own Network and are keen to learn about the SEN model in Scotland – why they are important and, of course, what the benefits and obstacles have been. The notion of local social enterprises offering peer-to-peer support and joint working opportunities seems to be attracting increasing interest from overseas as this visit follows on from Aidan’s visit to New Zealand and recent inquiries from Australia and Austria. We’ll keep you posted on what develops

Edinburgh’s Local Social Economy Partnership (LSEP) has updated their Social Enterprise Strategy to cover the period 2010-2013.  The Edinburgh SEN had a lot of input into the drafting of the strategy and is recognised in the document which outlines positive support for social enterprise in the capital over the next three years.  For full document see

Our friends at Community Enterprise Ltd (CEL) have a new venture up and running that will provide a marketing service specifically for social enterprises. Marketing can seem like a dark art and is an area of business frequently neglected when managers have to make tough decisions about how to allocate their limited time and budgets. But careful spending on marketing can help to identify and open up new markets for social enterprises and help to strengthen trading activity in tough times. CEL’s service aims to demystify marketing and offering practical and accessible support to the sector.  For more info, visit 

The Flyer for Scotland’s first creative social enterprise conference is now ready. The event – now titled, ‘Social Enterprise and Creativity: Introduction to Creative Social Enterprise’ – takes place at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on Wed 26th May. The event aims to raise awareness of social enterprise amongst creative organisations. The event is FREE. See details

CONTRACT: Business Opportunities through Ready for Business this week include: Angus Council looking for provision of transport for 2010 Angus Glens Walking Festival, Aberdeen Council seeking a service provider for mental health support and more see

EVENTS:  The Business of Food: A Celebration of Social Enterprise in the Scottish Parliament, Tuesday 25th May, hosted by Christine Grahame, MSP. There will be wine, canapés and free samples from exhibiting social enterprise. More details
The Scottish Diet Conference, Monday 17th May 2010, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow.  This conference will revisit the 1996 Scottish Diet Action Plan and focus on what has happened to our diet since then, the progress made and look at future ways to improve the diet and health of the Scottish population. More details
The More Than Furniture Conference, held every year, is typically attended by furniture reuse projects, organisations that work with or support furniture reuse projects, local authorities (housing, waste, social work, policy and economic development), housing associations, third sector homelessness organisations and the Scottish government.

INFO: The Long Term Condition Alliance attended the Fit for Purpose conference in Perth last week and have asked for us to highlight their manifesto for people with long term conditions. Here’s a link with the details

The Institute of Leadership and Community Management (ILCM) is proud to launch it’s new online capability assessment system for VCOs. The assessment will help organisations to focus on the central principles for operating a voluntary or community organisation – and we have managed to make it free to everyone who uses it.  For more see

Case Study: Fife

Fife Social Enterprise Network was the first Local Social Enterprise Network to start up. The first meeting took place in 2004 at Furniture Plus in Dysart. FSEN is one of the most active Networks, with around 18 members.  Download Case Study here:

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 5th May
Glasgow, 7th May
Edinburgh SEN, 11th May
Clacks SEN, 12th May
Aberdeen SEN, 18th May
Dundee SEN, 19th May
Perth SEN, 25th May
Creative Social Enterprise Conference, 26th May
Sport SEN, 23rd June