Networks1st Update: Friday 6th July 2012

Senscot is part of the Ready for Business consortium (, delivering Scottish Govt`s ‘Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers’ Programme. One of our partners, Social Value Lab ( carried out research in February and March, which explores the current awareness, attitudes, behaviours and aspirations of public sector commissioners and procurement professionals in Scotland. The focus of the survey is on ways that the public sector can buy more sustainably, maximise Social Value, and deepen their engagement with the Third Sector in doing so. See 

Another element of the Development Markets Programme is about ‘winning the hearts and minds’ of the public sector – showing what the SE community and third sector can offer. Social Value Lab are compiling a series of case studies showcasing where public sector agencies engage well with the sector, recognise added value, and are creative in their approach to commissioning/contracting. If you have some examples, it would be a great help if you could take a few minutes to fill in the survey. See,

Resilient Scotland Ltd has launched Start & Grow offering grants and loan packages of up to £60,000. Community organisations already trading or wanting to develop enterprising activity are eligible to apply. They must be from one of the 13 designated local authority areas that have been identified as communities most challenged by economic circumstance and most in need of additional regeneration efforts. See more info

The next round of Community Job Scotland (CJS) is now open with the aim of creating 1,000 jobs for young people aged 16 to 19 years, across 32 Local Authority areas from August 2012 until end March 2013. To register for the latest round see,

Eight Sport SEN members have had their stories told in a published case study document including North Coast Leisure, Broxburn United Sports Club & My Adventure.  It is hoped that their stories will be an inspiration to others at earlier stages of the journey, be they communities groups, sports clubs or entrepreneurs

The Melting Pot (TMP) have designed and co-ordinated a unique support package for third sector organisations. Each organisations will receive a support package for business start-ups worth about £10,000 over a 12-month period. The pick ‘n’ mix menu of support ranges from legal, HR and accountancy to marketing ad IT strategy and business coaching. See

Social Enterprise Scotland are delighted to announce the return of their annual awards for 2012. The annual awards are an opportunity to showcase the best of social enterprise and for us all to join together to applaud the work that is going on across Scotland. The awards ceremony will be hosted on Tuesday 13 of November 2012 in conjunction with the Parliamentary reception in Holyrood. See


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Meals at Home Service in Orkney, Social Enterprise & Third Sector Challenge Fund, Construction of The Gorebridge Community Hub and Peer review & develop energy performance information provided as part of social housing consultation. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

EVENT: CEiS’ September Conference. The event, now in its 5th year, takes place on 5th Sept at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. This year’s focus will be on ‘maintaining, developing and growing SE in Scotland’. Early Bird bookings are available until Wed 25th July. See,

MEETING SPACE: The Young Gallery offers an inspirational meeting space for parties of up to 8-10 people. Impact Arts are offering 10% discount for Glasgow Social Enterprise Network member or registered charities. Contact Katie Smith or 0141 575 3001 for more information.

DESK UNION: Do you have spare desk space? Here’s an opportunity for generating income from otherwise redundant space, see

SCOTTISH ORCHARDS: Responding to the Community Empowerment Bill consultation Scottish Orchards are organising a couple of events to showcase and celebrate local groups who are showing "empowerment" in action. One will take place in the East Coast and one in the West. See

Case Study: Evolution Skate Park (Sports SEN)

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 26th July
Glasgow SEN, 22nd August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 29th Aug
Dundee SEN, 5th Sep
Fife SEN, 5th Sep
DGSEN, 6th September
Stirlingshire SEN, 6th Sep
Start-up SEN, 26th Sept



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