Networks1st Update: Friday 8th July 2011

July is always the quietest month in terms of SEN activity (one meeting this month!). It also gives us a bit of time to reflect on progress over the year and what are the challenges that lie ahead. Two main issues stand out as being particularly relevant. The first is the level of engagement between SENs (and, in areas they don’t exist, other social enterprises) and local Third Sector Interfaces. Networks 1st has been vocal in its criticism of Interfaces` failure or inability to fully engage with the local social enterprise community or SENs.  In fairness, we believe that progress is being made. There are areas where concerns still exist and we will continue to lobby on their behalf. The second issue is the support available to local social enterprises. Over the coming weeks, a series of new programmes will come on stream (Just Enterprise, the Growth Fund) and we anticipate that Scottish Govt will announce its strategy for social enterprise for 2012-15 sometime in September. As this all becomes clearer, we’ll do our best to keep you posted.

DGSEN is on a roll, recently becoming the 5th SEN to become a Community Benefit Company, this week I’m delighted to say that they have also become a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector Interface. This has not been an easy journey and has taken a lot of time and commitment from the SEN, well done DGSEN!

CEiS will be hosting their annual social enterprise conference on Wednesday, 7th September at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. Issues for discussion and debate this year will include the experiences of the social enterprise community in relation to the Third Sector Interfaces as well as the Scottish Govt`s social enterprise strategy for 2012-15. It will also be an opportunity for many people to meet Yvonne Strachan, the new head of the Govt`s Third Sector Division. The event costs £99+VAT. However, Networks 1st has secured 10 places at a rate of £75 for SEN members. If you’re interested, contact .
See draft programme,

A date for the diary: the 2011 Moray Social Enterprise Network Annual Conference takes place on Friday 9th Sept at the Cumming Hall, Burghead Road, Kinloss, Forres. The event is now well established in the Moray calendar and showcases the contribution the local social enterprise community makes in addressing Moray’s economic, social and environmental needs. See more

Senscot Legal has now clocked up its 30th client. Set up specifically for the benefit of third sector organisations – at affordable rates – Senscot Legal can offer assistance with a range of matters including employment, property (we’ve assembled a pool of property specialists to assist) and governance. It is also offering a competitive package (£600) for organisations wishing to adopt the new legal form – Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) If Senscot Legal can be of help, contact . See their flyer,

News from Jonathan Coburn this week that Think!Research is re-launching itself under the new name the Social Value Lab. Its future role and direction will have a far greater emphasis on measuring and demonstrating social value. See more,


TENDERS: Stress and Anxiety Service in North West Glasgow, Tenants Participation Support Service, Family Support Service, Care at Home Services for Adults and Older People, Occupational Health Service.  See more

EVENTS: Ascent Scotland is a new national Social Enterprise company based in Stirling with a focus on initiatives that develop social capital and regeneration. ASCEnt will deliver ‘Suited & Booted’, an enterprise new to Stirling & Clackmannanshire which provides training in all aspects of employability.  We even provide clothing to attend interviews to help create a level playing field when applying for a job.  See more

COMPETITION: Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian (SEAM) are looking for a few good social entrepreneurs to enter Midlothian’s first Social Enterprise Dragon’s Den competition.  The winner will receive £4000 start up investment!  Closing date for entries: Friday 30th September, 2011.  For an application form and further information see

TRAINING: Moray Art Centre have received a grant for £2,240 to offer a training programme for marketing for people working in the arts and crafts. They would like to provide this to eligible individuals and groups, please email for more details.

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) attached leaflets and information about three of our courses that will be held here at LCiL, Norton Park in the next few weeks. Please look on our website as well for any updates.  See more

Case Study: Moray SEN

Set up in 2006, Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) carries out networking, training, events and other support activities. MSEN is moving forward with the next steps in developing the group. Network member REAP won the tender to deliver admin support for the 2010-2011 and will aim to build on the success of previous Social Enterprise Awards Dinners and Community of Business events.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Clacks SEN, 9th August
Sports SEN, 12th August
Dundee SEN, 24th August
Aberdeenshire SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 31st August



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