Networks1st Update: Friday 4th December 2009

As we said last week, the 2009 Ceilidh was another great success. We’ve now completed our survey – to see if you agreed with us – but also to try and improve the Ceilidh in the future. 66 attendees responded (55%) and the response has been very positive. New Lanark remains a popular venue and the bar in the Dragons` Den has been raised yet again. Other areas may require a bit of thought – e.g. the Market Place and Speed Trading – so we`ll get our thinking caps on for next year. Thanks to everyone who responded. See Report,

The last year has seen significant social enterprise activity across Tayside through the work of the Tayside SEN and also targeted training initiatives from the Social Enterprise Academy and the School for Social Entrepreneurs at BRAG. With new social enterprise clusters emerging in Angus and Perth the Tayside SEN is reorganising to become  3 – Dundee, Angus and Perth SEN – while still nurturing close links between the 3. This reflects the development of the Single Interfaces in the area, as well as the current SEN’s membership of the Dundee SEP and involvement in the Dundee Interface. Also in the North East, Aberdeen SEN have now also formed a steering group to take forward discussions around the Interface in Aberdeen City.

The winners of the inaugural Social Enterprise Awards were announced last night in London. Scotland was well represented by Alloa Community Enterprise, the Breadmaker and Social Enterprise Clydebank. Unfortunately, they were pipped at the post. Amongst the overall UK winners were Pack-IT (Cardiff), Brighter Future Workshops (Liverpool) and Bikeworks (London) – all social firms. On a brighter note, two LSEN members were recognised at this year’s SURF Awards with Playbusters winning the People Category and Dundee International Women’s Centre being highly commended. See more,


PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Get Ready to Compete: How your business can benefit from the London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Games was hosted by Scottish Enterprise on Wednesday in Glasgow. Scottish Enterprise has been working to help Scottish companies, large and a small, compete for business opportunities at both these major events. Organisers from Glasgow and London encouraged businesses to register on their websites for contract opportunities. More details

EVENT: Inspirational people : Innovate ideas public talk. The Melting Pot, 9th Dec 2009. Eva Schonveld is the Founder of Transition Scotland – a support organisation that inspires, connects, mobilises and supports Transition Groups across Scotland’s rural and urban populations. Please come along for an enjoyable evening of learning, networking and a free glass of wine on arrival 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

ADVERT: New Board Members wanted at The One World Shop, the trailblazer for the fair trade movement in Scotland over the last 25 years. They operates two shops  – one in Edinburgh and their new one in Gt Western Rd in Glasgow.  For more info, call Rachel Farey on 0131 229 4541 or email

Case Study: Recycle Fife

Recycle Fife provide commercial and municipal kerbside recycling for a range of materials including cans, plastic bottles, glass, paper and cardboard.  Recycle Fife is one of the founding members of the Fife SEN and has recently become a Champion of the Social Enterprise Mark as one of the first 5 awardees in Scotland.


Dates for the diary

Coalfields SEN, Tues 8th Dec
Fife SEN, Wed 9th Dec
Health SEN, Wed 16th Dec
Sports SEN, Mon 18th Jan