Networks1st Update: Friday 5th November 2010

The countdown for the 6th Social Enterprise Ceilidh has begun! Applications to the Dragons’ Den are in and being whittled down to the lucky 5. The Ceilidh is, of course, FREE to SEN members. This year, we are asking the audience to buy into the theme of ‘Working Together’ by bringing along £5 or £10 to enter the DEN. This will be added to the Audience Prize (two days consultancy from Rocket Science). There are only a few places left so, if you know anyone who has somehow missed the info on the Ceilidh, tell them they’ll need to get in quick! See booking form 

The Fife SEN held the second of this years Community of Business Events in Kinghorn this week.  Antonia Swinson (SSEC) and Frankie Hodge (Recycle Fife, spoke entertainingly about social enterprise in Fife.  Pam Storrar (Fife Animal Farm Local) concluded with an inspirational account of the private sector engaging in employability programmes in partnership with social enterprises.  Sixty six delegates from local businesses and social enterprises mingled with exhibitors and it appeared that a lot of useful connections were being made. We`ll keep you posted on further developments. Still in Fife, BRAG Enterprise is hosting a Social Enterprise Trade Fair later in the year. This will be an ideal opportunity to build on these relationships. 

The Vital Statistics for the Sports SEN are now complete and show some interesting results.  The Sports SEN and the sector as a whole are fairly new yet the average trading figure for the members is already 51%.  The members also have a significant level of assets at £15.4 million amongst 16 members.  Together this shows very promising potential for social enterprise in the sport sector.  The Vital Stats Survey for this year is coming to an end and we plan to have all results published in advance of the Ceilidh.  A quick overview shows the average turnover from the 55 organisations surveyed is £515,000 – of which 67% is generated through trade.  See the results so far at


VIEW: Good bit of coverage for Social Enterprise on The Politics Show. Fast forward to 1 hour 5 minutes. See here

EVENTS:  DGSEN Conference- 12th November 2010, The theme being Opportunities & challenges ahead for social enterprises.  This is aimed at Social enterprises, aspiring social enterprises, other 3rd sector orgs, intermediaries, public sector stakeholders – up to 50 delegates.  See here for more info

A SURF cinematic event in cooperation with Fablevision and the Scottish Wave of Change on Wednesday 10th November at Pearce Institute Glasgow. There are just a few places remaining at this special cinematic conference. This national event will showcase the role of creative processes in supporting community regeneration across Scotland. See here for more

FUTURE JOBS FUND:  Scottish Labour shadow finance secretary Andy Kerr announced his party’s commitment to create 10,000 jobs or training places for young people if Labour wins power at Holyrood next May.  See here for more

READY FOR BUSINESS: the public social partnership to help social enterprises win public sector contracts is now attracting significant interest from public sector procurers as well as private sector companies.  Community Benefit Clauses are beginning to extend outside of Scotland, see here for a contract from our friends down under

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has a photography competition to celebrate the community spirit of coalfield areas in England, Scotland and Wales.  The photography competition, “The changing face of coalfield communities”, is open to everyone and all areas of photography – professional, semi-professional and enthusiastic amateurs.  See here for more

Case Study: Fife

Fife Social Enterprise Network was the first Local Social Enterprise Network to start up. The first meeting took place in 2004 at Furniture Plus in Dysart. Over the past 6 years FSEN has gone through some highs and lows but has never lost its identity as a hub of social enterprise across its membership. Many of the members who attended the very first meeting are still going well with some such as Recycle Fife now trading in the £ millions.

See Full Case Study here:

Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 9th November
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November
Sport SEN, 24th November
Borders SEN, 25th November
Perth SEN, 30th November
DSEN & Chamber Event, 30th November
Fife SEN, 2nd December
Aberdeen SEN, 7th December
Coalfields SEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 8th December
Edinburgh SEN, 14th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December


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