Networks1st Update: Friday 5th July 2013

The Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance has submitted a response to Scottish Govt’s consultation on the future of EU Structural Funds in Scotland. Support for social enterprise and the social economy is identified as an investment priority for the Funds in the period 2014-20. Our joint response stresses the importance of a Scottish Partnership Agreement that reflects ‘greater commitment to social investment; social inclusion and innovation and, in doing so, create a supportive environment for the development and growth of social enterprise, the social economy and community-led local development’. To read the full consultation response, see

This week Senscot attended an event hosted by Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS), the theme for the conference was Health and Social Care in Transition. The overriding theme, especially for social enterprises, is that we need to get informed and involved. There is still an opportunity to influence the bill, see Senscot have invited VHS to speak at the next Health SEN meeting if you’re interested in attending contact

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is running a series of focus groups to hear what training; learning; or development would best support SEs in their work. If you are a CEO/Director/L&D/HR lead and would like to join them, please get in touch – whether you have lots of experience in the social entrepreneurship/enterprise arena or are just exploring it. Dates are scheduled for 9th or 10th July at PwC’s offices in Queen St, Edinburgh. See details,

Following their success in Scotland, Social Enterprise of the Year 2012, The Factory Skatepark will be featured as one of a number of inspiring social enterprises at the upcoming Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary in October this year. Derek Marshall, CEO, gives some insight to how Factory Skatepark operates as a social enterprise, results to date and what exciting him right now. See,

Good news for Borders SEN member, Bookdonors, which has secured investment of £175,000 from Social Investment Scotland. The investment will enable Bookdonors to significantly increase the geographical area they service and, at the same time, achieve important economies of scale by running a fleet of MWB Ford Transits – that are better suited for the collection of books as well as greatly improving storage capacity. See,

When social enterprises fail it’s not really spoken about but maybe we should- there are lessons to be learned. Social Entrepreneur, Matthew Cain, writes about five reasons he has learned why social enterprises have failed from the Lovestruck founder blinded by innovation; The wrong sort of founder; Perfecting the business plan; Waiting to make money to Working too hard – starting a social enterprise isn’t an athletic trial. It’s a mental accomplishment and working too hard reduces creativity. See the full article

Edinburgh SEN Member, The Melting Pot, hosted an event last week on Social Innovation. The event showcased some of Scotland’s best ‘new talent’ in the field including winners of The Melting Pot’s inaugural year of the Social Innovation Incubator Awards. See,


TENDERS: Eday Community Enterprises Ltd Feasibility Study and Provision of Concession contract for Waste Management & Recycling Services. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUND: Community Food and Health Scotland, which is now part of NHS Health, have funding available,  Please note this is different to the community food fund through Think Local.

EVENT: On 10th July Viridor are holding a meet the buyer event with regards to recycling waste in Glasgow. The project will deliver a broad range of opportunities for social enterprises  from providing services direct to Viridor over a twenty-five year period, to working with the construction contractor or sub-contractors. See,

AWARDS: The Social Enterprise In Education Awards took place last month where 25 schools celebrated their extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements. The Awards was attended by over 200 teachers, pupils and supporters, including Mr John Swinney MSP. See,

NEWSLETTER: The Ready for Business partnership has circulated its latest newsletter this week – that includes news, forthcoming events and some new case studies from the ‘Developing Markets’ programme. See,

GRANT: Grants of up to £20,000 are available to participate in the development stage of Zero Waste Scotland’s "Zero Waste Town" Project to support successful applicants to scope out and identify a business case for delivering a practical demonstration project from 1 April 2014 onwards. See,

Case Study: Clydebank Community Sports Hub – Sports SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Start-Up SEN, 17th July
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September



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