Networks1st Update: Friday 30th September 2011

Ayrshire SEN is hosting its own ‘Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire’ Event on 3rd Nov at the Aspire Centre in Irvine. This will be a pan Ayrshire – covering all three local authority areas – looking at existing and developing national procurement policy and its application in Ayrshire. Ayrshire SEN is the 6th SEN to hold such an event and they are expecting around 60 attendees from both local authorities and local social enterprises. Speakers will include Pauline Graham (SFS) and Mag McCarthy (Unity Enterprise), with the day being chaired by Donna Drury (Real Work Skills). Flyer and Programme can be found here . If you’d like to book a place at the event email

Over 100 folk have now booked up for this year’s Ceilidh. This leaves around 20 places remaining. If you’re keen to attend, please book now at, . Also, the deadline date for Dragons Den applications is 14th October. Apply here if you’d like to pitch your idea to the Dragons. We’ll have our list of Dragons finalised for next week. See, .
An updated programme will also be available from next week.

Further news on Community Jobs Scotland (CJS). Last week, the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) announced that the Wise Group is to be the delivery partner, leading the
Training and Employability Support Element of the CJS contract. SSEC is hopeful that a number of their member organisations (and SEN members) will be able to take part, at a local level, as part of a wider supply chain. CJS is now inviting applications from organisations/employers looking to create jobs up until March 2012.The deadline for all employer applications for this phase is 12 noon on Friday 21st October 2011. For more, see

Edinburgh SEN member, the Engine Shed celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and, to mark this significant birthday, has produced The Engine Shed Book. The book includes some of their most popular recipes as well as telling the stories behind those people who have made it such a success over the year. The Engine Shed Book is available now (£7). We’d like to pass on our congratulations to Marian and all her colleagues. See,

The RBS Community Force initiative has caught the attention of a good number of SEN members – winning projects stand to win an award of £6,000 each. Who wins is decided by a public vote to take place – ending on 21st October. See,


TENDERS: This weeks tenders includes: Furniture Removals & Storage (2 lots), Economic Impact Study: the Arts and Creative Industries in Scotland, Supply and installation of wind turbines at various locations throughout Orkney, Department for International Development – General Management Consultancy Services.  For more see

TRAINING: Thrive for Business has a list of dates for the upcoming Corporate Networking Events.  A visit includes an opportunity to introduce your organisation to the whole room, a hot & cold buffet breakfast or two course lunch, wine & coffee, VIP presentations, Q&A and contributions. See more

SROI training is offered by The SROI Network and by nef (the new economics foundation).  In order to become an accredited practitioner you will need to complete a practitioner course. Introductory courses are also available.  See more

EVENTS:  ABSEN Conference & AGM 5th/6th/7th October 2011, venue is the Victoria Hotel, Rothesay.  See more

Firstport is looking for social enterprises interested in gaining external advice and support from PWC volunteers for their upcoming EVOLVE event.   EVOLVE events are one day skill sharing sessions, matching social enterprises with volunteers from commercial businesses. See more,

Case Study: Edinburgh SEN

The Edinburgh SEN began in November 2005.  Since then it has been involved in a range of activities including the Social Enterprise World Forum, the Fitness to Tender Programme, 2 Community of Business events and hosted many study visits.  They have recently appointed an administrator to help take the group forward.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 5th Oct
Ayrshire SEN, 5th Oct
Aberdeen SEN, 18th Oct
Aberdeenshire SEN, 20th Oct
D&G SEN, 20th Oct
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th Oct
Inverclyde SEN 25th October
Angus SEN, 26th Oct


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