Networks1st Update: Friday 5th August 2011

Single Interface update: Renfrewshire Interface informs us of a social enterprise toolkit they have developed, with SKS Scotland, that is proving popular with local organisations. See, Also, we hear from Stirlingshire that the Interface is providing some ongoing admin support to the emerging local SEN. This adds to last week’s list of Interfaces where some real and tangible engagement has been taking place. Although, we are aware of three areas that are experiencing particular difficulties, we will continue to report on the positive developments that are clearly taking place with regard to other Interfaces. As part of the Just Enterprise support programme, the Social Enterprise Academy is running a series of `Leading Growth` leadership programmes across the country, starting in September. If you’re interested in registering, see details Following on from the success of the DGSEN Procurement event in June, it’s good to hear the Ayrshire SEN have decided to run their own Procurement event in November – with input from national and local organisations. More details to follow shortly. For more info`, contact News this week that Aberdeen SEN member, The Bread Maker, is expanding its operations by taking over the catering the Aspire Golf Centre in the city. The Bread Maker has been on the go since 2006 running its coffee house and bakery. It has also developed additional services – ‘Cakes for Occasions’ and its `Outside Catering’. This latest move reflects their steady growth and, importantly, will allow them to offer further opportunities for people with learning difficulties. We wish them well in their new venture. See Big Date for your diary: Reminder that this year’s Ceilidh (our 7th) will be taking place on 17th/18th November at our usual venue at New Lanark. One important change to note this year, however, is that we will be charging a fee for the first time (£30 per head for SEN members). Booking forms etc will be available shortly. The RBS CommunityForce is a new initiative supporting people, projects and charities in local communities. Their website is now open for applications. CommunityForce will be offering three community projects (in each area) the chance to win awards of £6,000 each. To be in with a chance, register at their website – deadline is 4th September 2011. See  Notices INTRA TRADING: The Intra-trading aspect of the website has been updated to include an option to search for suppliers of products / services in different geographic areas. To access this login to the website with your details and follow the ‘search for suppliers’ link. If you are unable to find a particular supplier or if the categories do not fit your requirements email and he will attempt to help source a supplier within one of the networks. TENDERS: Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers for the Scottish Government, Adult Learning Disability Day Services, Care at Home Services for Adult, Older People and Blairgowrie Riverside Stone Carvings for Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust. See more HIRE: MAEDT Marquee hire is the Trading Arm of Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust, who aim to regenerate the communities of Mayfield and Easthouses, Midlothian, through providing projects and services that meet the social, economic, environmental and cultural needs of the community.   Their 6x4m Luxury Marquee holds up to 30 people and is ideal for any occasion, special celebration or party. See more EVENTS: A Fife showcase for community growing projects at Ore Valley Business Centre, Lochgelly, Fife on 23rd September 2011 – 09.00 to 16.00. Community Growing Solutions CIC, the leading horticultural social enterprise in Scotland, is holding a one day conference and exhibition on community growing projects. See more Big Bang Nights – Crowdversations on screen, Creative Communities and the Future of Cities A screening, discussion and networking event in London. 10th August 2011 6.30 PM, FREE Social Firm Success Stories on Thursday 22nd September at The Scotsman, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS from 11am to 2.15pm. Speakers from Unity Enterprise – Spoon Cafe, Third Sector Hebrides – Hebridean Chocolate, Aberdeen Foyer, Pentland Energy Advice. See more SPORT: Sport SEN member, Kilwinning Sports Club are the now the proud owners of a 20kW wind turbine providing both electricity and income for the club.  Their wind turbine is directly linked to a hot water tank in a ‘wind2heat’ system with excess electricity being sold back to the national grid. They hope to generate around 35,000 kWh per year which is approximately one third of the club’s annual demand.   To read more about the work of the club check out  Case Study: Aberdeen SEN The Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network was the second network to establish itself 4 years ago due to interest in the first group in Fife. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength attracting social enterprises from across the city. Download full case study here  Dates for the Diary  Clacks SEN, 9th AugustSports SEN, 12th AugustYouth SEN, 16th AugustGlasgow SEN, 17th AugustDundee SEN, 17th AugustDumfries & Galloway SEN, 18th AugustArgyll & Bute SEN, 22nd AugustAberdeenshire SEN, 25th AugustFife SEN, 25th AugustSEN Reps Meeting, 26th AugustHealth SEN, 1st September Cheers,   To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail