Networks1st Update: Friday 7th September 2012

Glasgow SEN is now recruiting a part-time co-ordinator. 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 are delivered. As GSEN raises its profile – it was one of the sponsors of this week’s successful CEiS Conference in Glasgow – it is determined to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead that include its key role in the Glasgow Third Sector Interface. GSEN will become the 9th SEN to be employing its own member of staff – reflecting the development and growth of local SENs as well as their increasing participation in local processes. Closing date: 17th Sept. See,

On the other side of the country, the Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) is also making considerable progress. In 2010, the city was one of the first in the UK to produce its own Social Enterprise Strategy. Many of the outcomes of the Strategy have already been met ahead of time – demonstrating the city’s standing as a leading centre for social enterprise in the UK. Now,  under the auspices of the Edinburgh Compact, work is underway across a range of sectors to consider priorities for the Capital’s next Social Enterprise Strategy – due to be published in 2013. We’ll keep you posted on progress. See 2010 Strategy,

Bookings are coming in quickly for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. To book your place this year, see 
We’ve got the bones of the programme together and will circulate within the next couple of weeks.

This week’s Community Food SEN meeting in Edinburgh heard from Ian Stewart from the (Edinburgh Community Food Network) about a pilot to establish a supply chain of community growers in the city. The pilot has created an increased level of interest and awareness amongst local organisations and has a positive impact of how they are networking and interacting. They intend to produce a full report shortly.

Further news for Community Food SEN members (and Health SEN members too): Nourish, Scotland’s sustainable local food network, is hosting its 2012 Conference on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September at Queen Margaret University, near Musselburgh. A parliamentary reception will also be taking place on Wed 27th at the Parliament itself. If you’re interested in going along, see

At Wednesday’s CEiS Conference, Local Government Minister, Derek Mackay announced the successful applicants to Scottish Govt’s International Social Enterprise Programme. Winners include Assist Social Capital – set up and run by our pal, Colin Campbell. In recent years, Assist has developed a number of connections outwith Scotland – including Greece, the Basque Country and China. Assist is also one of the founders of the Social Capital World Forum. This recognition is just reward for their efforts. See,

Date for the diary: The Senscot Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 5th October at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (10.30 – 2.30pm). Topic of this year’s Seminar will be ‘A Scottish Community Bank’. The event is free to full company members (individuals) with £20 charge for all others (i.e Associates, non-members etc). To reserve your place, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Care at Home in Midlothian, Occupational Health & Associated Services in Stirling, Employability Services – Try It Out re-tender in the Highlands and Aids for Daily Living in Edinburgh. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

PROGRAMME: Social Enterprise Academy are holding a Social Impact Measurement programme in Edinburgh on 13th September for individuals and organisations who want to demonstrate the social value of their work. The programme is heavily subsidised through Just Enterprise, with places offered at £50pp. Contact for more information.

RESIDENTIAL: The Academy are also hosting the Ignite 2012 weekend residential which will support 18 entrepreneurs to scale up their enterprise. The closing date for applications is the 13th Sep. See,

RBS SE100 INDEX: There is less than one month left for social enterprises to claim their place on the RBS SE100, the UK’s only index designed to track the growth and impact of social enterprises. With over £25,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, applications for the index, which is free to enter, close on Sunday 30th September. See,

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Dates for the Diary

Argyll &Bute SEN, 11th September
Cultural & Creative SEN, 12th September
Fife SEN, 12th September
Sport SEN (North), 20th September
Moray SEN Conference, 21st September
Start-up SEN, 26th September
Edinburgh SEN, 28th September
Sport SEN (West), 17th October



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