Networks1st Update: Friday 7th August 2009

The Vital Statistics Surveys are starting to take shape. Tayside SEN is now complete with impressive figures. See  Glasgow, Clacks, Aberdeen and Dumfries & Galloway are all on their way to completion as well. The figures are demonstrating the value and impact of social enterprises on their respective local economies. The levels of turnover, training and employment opportunities and, most interestingly, the percentage of trade income reflect are greater impact than some might have thought. We hope to complete similar surveys with all Networks over the coming months. If you’d like to get involved,contact

Together with the Social Enterprise Academy and Firstport, we intend hosting a road show, linking young people interested in becoming social entrepreneurs with social enterprises in their area – through the Networks. We are keen to hear from social enterprises where young people play an active role in managing the business and/or delivering the products/services. The plan will be to link them into the ‘Social Enterprise Futures’ events. If you have any info’ on this, please contact

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Caring Christmas Trees raises funds for Bethany’s Care Shelter, giving homeless people a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and much-needed advice over the winter months. Caring Christmas Trees are fresh, needle-last, high quality and from sustainable tree farms. All the profit helps homeless people and they are around the same price as you’d pay elsewhere. They play an active role in the Edinburgh SEN. See

Network Notices

Senscot is recruiting for a Network Co-ordinator. The response so far has been pretty good. Closing date is Friday 14th August. If you’re interested, here’s the job ad. Please note contact details.

There are still places available under the Special Offer available to Network members for CEiS’s International Social Enterprise Business Models Conference on 2nd September 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. If we can get 10 members interested in attending, costs will reduce from £150 per head to £90. The event will showcase international and local social enterprise best practice and cover key themes such as mergers, acquisitions and partnerships. The Conference has some top notch speakers. See details, <>. If you’d like to attend, contact

70 LSEN members have now signed up to our new Network Ning. Already, discussions have been underway on the Third Sector Interface, the Social Enterprise Mark and the Enterprise Fund. There are also DVD’s and photographs as well as an events page where you can sign up for this year’s Ceilidh. Longer term, we hope to have over 200 social enterprises connecting with each other re business and contract opportunities. If you’d like more info, contact or sign up here at

Dates for Your Diary

Clacks SEN, Wed 19th Aug
Tayside SEN, Thurs 20th Aug
Sport SEN, Mon, 24th Aug
Edinburgh SEN, Tues 25th Aug
Fife SEN, Wed 26th Aug
Aberdeen SEN, Tues 8^th Sept
Health SEN, Tues. 18th Sept