Networks1st Update: Friday 8th January 2010

Happy New Year! 2010 sees the coldest start in 30 years – long before Senscot was even a glint in Laurence’s eye! What will 2010 bring us? Already we have 4 conferences on the cards over the coming months; Community Benefit Clauses on 20 January in Dundee; our third Health and Social Enterprise conference (Fit for Purpose 2010) in March; a Coalfields SEN conference also in March; and a Social Enterprise and Culture event in April. The new IPS Model Rules should be available shortly and we hope to be in a position to announce a new initiative on social enterprise and community sport very soon. We will continue to develop Vital Stats Surveys and should begin to provide opportunities for LSEN members to get involved in consortium delivery. Those who have been successful can expect to see the impact of the Third Sector Investment and Enterprise Funds begin to kick in, but, in financial terms, there can be no doubt that the chill wind is going to be with us for some time as public sector cuts begin to bite over the next twelve months

Bookings are open for the Smart Procurement event hosted by the Tayside SEN and Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce.  The event will profile Community Benefit Clauses and cover case studies from Grampian Housing and Bovis Landlease.  Exhibitors from the Local Authorities in Tayside, Ready for Business and local social enterprises will also be present on the day.  Booking forms are available at: is open to accept full registration and tenders before and after the event. 

Over the last two years, Firstport has organised a series of one day events in conjunction with Scottish Business in the Community.  The Evolve days match corporate/business expertise to social enterprises.  Partners have included PriceWaterHouse Cooper and HBOS.  Each social enterprise is matched with a dedicated consultant whom they work with throughout the day to examine the organisations business plan objectively.  If any SEN is interested in hosting an Evolve day please get in touch,


ASSISTED PLACES SCHEME: The deadline has been extended for TMP’s Assisted Places Programme, supported by the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Enterprise Fund.  The programme will give free Membership of The Melting Pot to 10 start-up social innovators or enterprises. In addition to sponsored membership, business costs and mentoring support for 6 months.  For more information e-mail

The UnLtd Sport Relief Awards are funded by Comic Relief and provide opportunities for young people to bring communities together, to help promote understanding and solve problems through sport, arts and recreational activities. More details

TRAINING: Business Development Workshops.  The range of courses run by Firstport is aimed at new and emerging social entrepreneurs though topics covered are important for all businesses. The workshops are interactive – you will be involved and will work on questions relevant to your enterprise throughout.  For information and booking information see

Case Study: Edinburgh Case Studies (Edinburgh Council)

In today’s society there is an ongoing debate on the best way to provide products and services – should it be the public or private sector route? Social enterprise seeks to provide a third option, an alternative way of doing business where the success of the organisation is measured not only in terms of the profit it generates, but also in the social benefits that accrue from its trading activities and business decisions. Attached are a series of case studies were produced by Edinburgh City Council for the Social Enterprise World Forum.  More here:

Dates for the diary

Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 14th Jan
Sports SEN, Mon 18th Jan
Network Reps, 28th Jan
East Lothian SEN, 28th Jan
Glasgow SEN, Fri 29th Jan
Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb
Fit for Purpose Conference, 24th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 26th March