Networks1st Update: Friday 4th February 2011

Last week saw the launch of Networks 1st new website – – and, to date, the feedback has been very positive. The Intra-Trading section, in particular, has already generated a lot of interest – where SEN members buy services/products from other SEN members. Requests to date include – development of websites; production of leaflets and posters; legal services (property purchase, negotiating SLAs); and marketing services. If you want to register, go to
The theme for this year’s Fit for Purpose is Prevention, Improvement and Innovation – 18th March at The Royal Society in Edinburgh. We’re delighted to announce that Pennie Taylor has accepted our invitation to chair the day’s proceedings. Pennie is a well-known journalist, broadcaster, and NHS communications specialist. See more,
Keynote presentations will be from Sue Bruce (CEO, Edinburgh City Council) and Chris Dabbs (Unlimited Potential, Salford). Workshops being delivered on the day will include  sport social enterprises that are delivering health outcomes; and the link between single outcome agreements and health and innovation. The full programme will be available next week.  Numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. See booking details

Last week, the Ayrshire SEN, in partnership with Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and SSEC, hosted a Community of Business event in Irvine. Around 100 delegates from both the private and social enterprise sectors attended. There were a number of presentations which included local MP Brian Donohoe formally launch Real Work Skills` new Aspire Business Centre. The Ayrshire SEN is still in its infancy but is already attracting a lot of interest from social enterprises working in Ayrshire. If you are keen to get involved, please contact


EVENTS: Since it started in 2004/5, over 600 people from the Highlands and Islands have participated in programmes run by the Social Enterprise Academy. A celebration of this achievement is taking place at a ceremony at Strathpeffer Pavillion on 11 February 2011. See details plus other Academy Learning Progs in Highlands and Islands,

Fife Social Enterprise Tradefair.  Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline, 10th March 2011.  With Guest speakers, Workshops, Networking Opportunites, Free Exhibition Space.  The Fife Social Enterprise Tradefair offers attendees and exhibitors a dynamic, busy productive environment where you are presented with a fantastic opportunity to access like-minded social enterprise organisations and more. See,

Changin’ Scotland is a weekend of politics, culture and ideas and fun.  Taking place on 25th-27th March at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool.  Come and join Jean Urquhart and Gerry Hassan for the latest weekend of good conversation and challenging ideas in a beautiful setting.  See more

The Social Audit Network Annual Conference takes place on Friday 8th April 2011 at the Castlegate Centre, Melbourne St., Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  See more

NEWS RELEASE: Highland communities could hold key to Big Society.  The rest of the UK could learn from how small communities in the Highlands and Islands have embraced enterprise, as neighbourhoods across Britain are asked to participate in the ‘Big Society’.  See more

FUNDING INFO:  If you are an organisation with less than 150 employees you may be able to receive some help with funding for Systematic Support Strategies Training.  Skills Development Scotland’s Flexible Training Opportunities Fund is available to help support you with staff training. See more

Case Study: Re-Union Canal Boats Case Study

Re-Union Canal boats trades successfully on and around the Union canal.  They operate canal trips, provide training and volunteering opportunities and various canal-side projects. 

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Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 7th Feb
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 10th Feb
Sports SEN, 16th Feb
Ayrshire SEN, 23 Feb
Health SEN, 25th Feb
5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March
Voice 2011, 30th March



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