Networks1st Update: Friday 7th June 2013

We attended the launch of the Glasgow SEN’s Mapping Study on Wednesday. This impressive study, by Social Value Lab, is stacked with interesting and revealing stats. Examples include: over 500 social enterprises; employing circa 13,000 people; annual income around £767 million (stats include Housing Associations and Credit Unions); over £300m in financial reserves; and 51% of SEs generating over half their income from trading. The Report demonstrates not only the scale and substance of the SE community in Glasgow but also a maturing sector in the city that is making an increasing contribution both socially and economically. See report,
Also see the Herald`s article, see

Following their launch on Wednesday, GSEN held their network meeting where Susan Aktemel formally stepped down as chair. Susan was thanked for dedication, influence and forward thinking which has taken GSEN on the journey to where it is now. Peter Lavelle (Glasgow Wood Recycling) was elected as the new chair with Paul Rankin (LUMA IT) taking up the role of Vice Chair.  We wish both Peter and Paul well in the year ahead.

The inaugural meeting of the SE and Community Food Roundtable was held yesterday in Perth. This is the fourth SE Roundtable organised by Senscot – joining other thematic areas – Health, Sport and Cultural. Presentations were made on ‘Think Local’ and the newly launched, Community Food Fund, see
More information relating to the Community Food SEN and Roundtable will be available in coming weeks. In the meantime if you would like further information contact

South Lanarkshire SEN (SENSL) is the most recent SEN to develop their own website. SENSL has been meeting for just over a year and is one of the thematic networks supported by VASLAN, the South Lanarkshire TSI. SENSL has developed and delivered its first year’s workplan. They are currently refreshing this and are keen to learn from the experiences of other SENs. On the back of this, they have organised a study visit to Dundee SEN for the autumn. See website,
Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre last weekend embarked on its Coast to Coast Challenge – canoeing from Lochgoilhead all the way to Fife, followed by a hugely successful sponsored abseil from the cliffs at Aberdour.  This hugely successful event went a long way in raising the profile of Ardroy as a social enterprise venture as well contributing much needed funds for the forthcoming purchase of the centre.   Diane, our Sport SEN Coordinator, took some photos of the abseil & of George & Isla Bruce who together were the energy force behind the saving of Ardroy. See

Some news of interest to Cultural SEN and Roundtable members. Creative Scotland has announced the appointment of Jane Archer at their new CEO. Jane will be taking up her post in July. See,

The Big Lottery (Scotland) is exploring the extent of social investment finance available to social enterprises in Scotland – from sources within and outwith Scotland. It’d be a big help if you could take 5 mins to complete survey. See,


TENDERS: Newmains Community Hub Building, Consultancy Services – Alternative Delivery Vehicles For General Fund Homelessness Services in Fife and Flooring for St Columba’s RC High School, Dunfermline. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

CASE STUDIES: Three new case studies have been published on the Ready for Business website. These are ‘Public Social Partnership: Commissioning Falkirk’s Foster Care Services’, ‘Clyde Gateway – Implementing a Community Benefit Clause’ and ‘Social E-valuator: Measuring Social Impact of Employability Services’. These and more are available at

EVENT: On 12th Jun in Edinburgh are holding a ‘Discover social enterprise’ event aimed at graduates carving alternative career paths. The free event will be an exploration into the exhilarating and uplifting world of social enterprise and feature three inspirational social entrepreneurs. See,

OPEN DAY: The Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University offer a joint postgraduate programme in Social Enterprise to develop the knowledge and skills of people working in or supporting the social enterprise sector. There will be open days in Edinburgh and Glasgow on the 18th and 20th of June. See,

LUNCH: The Institute of Directors and Highland & Islands Enterprise are hosting a lunch at which Gordon Arthur, the communications director of Glasgow 2014, will speak about supplier opportunities. See,

Case Study: Cultural SEN case studies

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 19th June
South Lanarkshire SEN – 21st June
West Lothian SEN – Policy Event, 21st June
Stirlingshire SEN, 26th June
Start-Up SEN, 17th July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Fife SEN, 20th August


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