Networks1st Update: Friday 5th October 2012

We’ve just about finalised the programme for this year’s Ceilidh at New Lanark. See,  Places are still available and we’d really like to see as many of the 23 SENs as possible represented at the event. We’re also being joined by a delegation from Northern Ireland who hope to host their own version of the Ceilidh next year. You can book your place here, see . Also to enter this year’s Dragons’s Den, see . Closing date is 26th Oct.

Places are filling up quickly for the Cultural Social Enterprise Networking Conference on 31st October at Birnam Institute, nr Dunkeld.  Speakers on the day will include Tony Butler (Museum of East Anglian Life) and Paul Zealey (Glasgow 2014). See Conference Programme, here . The event is FREE. To book your place, see

Glasgow SEN are recruiting a Network Manager. The post has been created in response to the growing demand for social enterprise services and particularly to ensure that the objectives of the Network and GSEN strategy are delivered. See,

Dumfries and Galloway SEN (DGSEN) held a highly successful policy and networking reception in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) last week. The event was hosted by flagship social enterprise Loch Arthur Creamery & Farm Shop, who recently won BBC Food and Farming’s Producer of the Year award. 25 different social enterprises were represented, along with a number of stakeholders from the public sector including Russell Brown MP. Delegates were inspired by hearing the Loch Arthur story and then got down to business, providing their views on the needs of the local social enterprise sector and what it can offer the region. A full write up will soon be available. For more info’, contact Cara Gillespie at

Cultural and Glasgow SEN member, Sense Scotland, received an award from the Enterprise Growth Fund to expand their flagship TouchBase Glasgow resource for disabled people and their families. The expanded resource will be in a building adjoining TouchBase’s main premises in Glasgow’s Kinning Park and will offer a flexible and vibrant addition to the activities already taking place. The refurbishment will involve creating a large event and exhibition space, and four arts and crafts studios. The intention is to retain as much of the original features of the building as possible whilst creating a bright, fully accessible building.  See,

Firstport, last week, launched their new look website – – that gives a real flavour of their work in supporting start-up social enterprises across Scotland. Since 2009, it has distributed over £2m in start up funding to over 400 awardees. The awards are made up of Level 1 (up to £5k) and Level 2 (£5-20k). Firstport fulfils a critical function in our SE support infrastructure – nurturing the next generation. See recent evaluation,

Great to see SEN members well represented on the shortlists for this year’s Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012. There are 5 categories which include Social Enterprise Leader, Start-Up Social Enterprise, Social Enterprise of the Year, Social Enterprise Supporter and Youth Social Enterprise. Good luck folks! See,
Sport SEN member, Broxburn United yesterday introduced "Walking Football" – it’s for the over 60’s and rule is that if you run then you give away a free kick – apparently went down a bomb.  Lots of folk talking about it – clip on BBC news on Bury FC where it all started. See,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Specialist Advice Framework Agreement, Tender For Regeneration Consultants, Feasibility and Business Appraisal for Coalfields Regeneration Trust.  For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

ACQUIRING BUSINESS 4 GOOD: On the 9th Nov the Business4Good:Good4Business Conference takes place in Edinburgh. Hear from the social enterprises that have been buying businesses and conducting mergers with support from the AB4G programme. Key note speaker will be Peter Taylor OBE. See,

INTERVIEWS: Create & Prosper’s first project is an oral history / living memory project in respect of the lives of BME people in the Forth Valley area of central Scotland. The project has an academic element and an event element, and are interested in interviewing BME people in the Forth Valley. See,

ABSEN: Argyll & Bute SEN’s Annual Conference and AGM is taking place on the 7th and 8th November. Details of the conference programme are still being finalised and will be issued within the next few weeks. See,

EVENT: On the 24th Oct there will be an awareness raising event for individuals and community groups in the Forth Valley area who are interested in starting up a Social Enterprise, or developing Social Enterprise activity within their organisation. See,

Case Study: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre – Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Aberdeenshire SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN (West), 17th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Glasgow SEN, 1st November
Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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