Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd August 2012

We’re delighted to announce this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place once again at New Lanark on 15th/16th November. This year – our 8th – we will be joined by 12 colleagues from the social enterprise community in Northern Ireland. We’ll be working on this year’s programme over the next couple of weeks and will have booking forms available shortly. We expect demand to be as high as ever so the sooner you book your place the better. If you want to get in early, email  Priority will be given, as always, to SEN members. Like last year, we’ll also be charging a nominal fee of £30.

We’ve reserved 20 ‘early bird’ places at this year’s CEiS event on 5th Sept in Glasgow for SEN members (£95 + VAT). A few places are still available. If you’re interested, contact . See programme,

Last Friday, Diane participated in the Guardian’s online discussion on SE and Sport. See,

Community Food SEN members will be interested in (and already aware of) the new food manifesto launched by the Fife Diet this week. The manifesto – which is their contribution to the food and drink policy framework – has 3 primary aims: to connect the way we grow, produce, distribute and consume our food with our climate change targets; to connect the environmental policy framework to our health and well-being initiatives; and to look afresh at the values that underpin how we organise our food economy. See full manifesto,

Applications are still being accepted for The Social Enterprise Academy’s Ignite Residential – 19th-22nd October at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick runs an annual residential, called the Ignite Programme. To apply, see

The RBS SE 100 Index (2012) is open for applications – with a closing date of 30th August. Prize money of £25,000 is available this year. Last year, over 50 Scottish SEs participated in the Index and the organisers are hoping to double that figure this year. To apply, see

In June, a joint networking event was hosted by Stirling and Clacks SENs. This was the first step towards connecting up three SENs across the Forth Valley to explore opportunities for working together collaboratively. The event itself proved to be a big success with 34 representatives from social enterprises and intermediaries attending. Here’s their Report,

Another SEN event coming up is in Haddington, East Lothian on 4th September. East Lothian SEN are hosting their own local event, with a range of workshops, speakers and, of course, their own Dragons’ Den. The event will be highlighting how east Lothian can benefit from social enterprise. See,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Supply and Delivery of Bikes and Bike Accessories in Glasgow, Supply and Delivery of Office Seating, Donor Communications Centre for the Scottish Blood Transfusion Centre and Reprocessing services on behalf of Angus Council for paper, cardboard, plastics and cans. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FESTIVAL: There are stalls available for the Edinburgh Festival Market taking place over the next four week. See,

EVENT: The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens are hosting their annual National Networking Event at Battleby, near Perth on Friday 5th October 2012. See,

INTERNET: BT Connections scheme gives eligible community groups across the UK the chance to receive 12 months free broadband. Groups simply have to offer internet access to the community and help the wider community improve their ICT skills. See,

Case Study: Newmilns Ski Slope Sports SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 22nd August
Sport SEN East – 28th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th Aug
Dundee SEN, 5th Sep
Fife SEN, 5th Sep
DGSEN, 6th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th Sep
Sport SEN North – 20th September
Start-up SEN, 26th Sept
Sport SEN West – 17th October



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