Networks1st Update: Friday 31st August 2012

Bookings are coming in for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. To begin with, we’re putting a limit of 4 places per SEN. We’re keen for as many as the 20 SENs as possible to be represented. Also, 20 places are being reserved for intermediaries and other ‘regulars’. We’ve begun looking at the programme. The usual favourites (The Big Questions, Dragons’ Den) will remain in place but we’re planning to replace the ‘Mystery Breakfast’ session on the Friday morning with a ‘Senscot and the Networks’ session. We’ll have more next week. To book your places, see 

There’s still time to submit your application for the Ignite Residential. For one weekend only, the Social Enterprise Academy is bringing together 18 entrepreneurs from across Scotland to scale up their social enterprises. There will be surgeries with finance, business and marketing experts and talks from inspirational individuals. This dynamic programme will develop your understandings about your venture and yourself. And, most importantly, you will leave with a plan to ‘ignite’ your business. See,

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) holds a series of ‘policy breakfasts’ each year. This year, a number of these events are being co-hosted with local SENs. The first of these took place last week in Lochgelly in Fife. It was good to see members of the Fife SEN, Councillors, MPs and MSPs attending – all receiving a healthy breakfast supplied by local community food groups. The ‘policy breakfasts’  provide an opportunity for social enterprises and supporters to come together to discuss local, regional and national policy issues as well as taking the opportunity to network. Further events are scheduled for the coming months. See details,

Moray SENs Annual Gathering and Awards Ceremony takes places on 21st September. A great opportunity to meet the people behind the projects, attend a policy workshop with Social Enterprise Scotland, a taster session on leadership training from the Social Enterprise Academy, celebrate awards, gather information, share learning, get a free lunch or simply have a bit of networking fun on a Friday. See,

In an effort to work together more effectively, Dundee City Council’s CEO, David Dorward, has invited Dundee SEN to provide a list of social enterprises in the city and the services they provide. The Council believe this will enable them to better understand the range of services available as well as areas for growth within the local SE community. For more info’, contact
Just Enterprises’ Leading Growth Leadership programmes will be starting in October. The programmes are designed for established third sector organisations, with 2 levels to choose from – ‘Leading Growth for Senior Managers’ and ‘Leaders and Leading Growth for Current Managers and Aspiring Leaders’. For details, see
Date for the diary: The Senscot Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 5th October at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (10.30 – 2.30pm). Topic of this year’s Seminar will be ‘A Scottish Community Bank’. The event is free to full company members (individuals) with £20 charge for all others (i.e Associates, non-members etc). To reserve your place, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Construction & Sub Contract Work in Glasgow, Aids for Daily Living, Evaluation of SNH conservation & and management advisory programme and Recycling Points Provision of Service in East Renfrewshire. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

CELEBRATION: ‘A Tree Day Out’ – The Melting Pot’s 5th Birthday Celebration is taking place on Sunday the 7th of Oct. As a 5th anniversary is all about wood, they will be helping to create their own ‘wood’ by planting oak trees as the first phase of creating a new Jubilee Meadow area. The event is open to all. See,

SEMINAR: Looked after children are significantly more likely than others to go missing and  those in residential care are an estimated three times more likely to go missing. Quarriers are hosting a “Children Missing from Care” seminar on Oct 2nd. See,

LEADERSHIP: The Social Enterprise Academy in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway SEN will be delivering two ‘Award in Leadership’ programmes, starting in Dumfries in September and Newton Stewart in October 2012. See,

FUNDING: Seedcorn Grant Funding is grant available to business groups and associations, working in partnership with their local authority, to develop proposals for Business Improvement Districts across Scotland. See,

Case Study: Ladywood Leisure Centre

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Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 5th September
Fife SEN, 5th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th September
Argyll &Bute SEN, 11th September
Sport SEN (North), 20th September
Moray SEN Conference, 21st September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October



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