Networks1st Update: Friday 9th July 2010 – the register of social enterprises – continues to grow with over 200 social enterprises now signed up (a large percentage of them SEN members).  Part of the success of is thanks to the introduction of Community Benefit Clauses in public sector contracts, which has led to growing interest from private sector. This week alone, Senscot was contacted by 3 private sector companies keen to do business with those registered. If the Scottish Government were to insist on the inclusion of Community Benefit Clauses in public sector contracts at both a national and local level, it would level the playing field immediately. We hear that there are moves afoot to make this happen south of the border. Let’s hope we don’t lose ground on this up here!

Dumfries and Galloway SEN (DGSEN) has appointed Cara Gillespie as their new Social Enterprise Support Officer. Cara will be working across Dumfries and Galloway supporting social enterprise as well as facilitating and supporting DGSEN. Cara will also be leading on organising a conference in Dumfries and Galloway in the autumn. For more info on DGSEN contact

Several SEN’s have applied for funding to go on study visits during the quieter summer months. Angus and East Lothian are traveling to Fife, whilst Clackmannanshire are planning a visit to members of the Coalfields SEN. Perth SEN will host a study visit at Giraffe Trading ( to share best practice and engage with other organisation in the area. Up to £1000 available for each study visit and so far this year 7 Networks have taken up the opportunity. For more info, contact


INVESTMENT: Last month, we wrote about the Increase III Funding available through Zero Waste Scotland. The first round of awardees has now been announced and it’s good to hear that a number of SEN members have benefited from the fund. Social Enterprise Clydebank, Fresh Start, The Bike Station and Kibble Works all took a share of £250,000. In addition to environmental benefits, awardees will be creating employment and volunteering opportunities within their communities. See

RECRUITMENT: Dr Lubna Kerr, founder of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing (, is looking to recruit a new Board Member. No previous Board experience is needed, however, commitment and a willingness to learn about the work of the Centre is a must. If interested contact Lubna on

TRAINING: The Acquiring Business 4 Good Programme has a series of events planned across Scotland to promote business acquisition in the Third Sector.  See more information here

EVENT:  The early bird rate for Realising Potential – next steps for social enterprise in Scotland closes TODAY!

COMPETITION: The Coalition’s search for a photographer to visually capture social enterprises in Scotland is still open. Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank, the successful snapper will receive a £1,800 bursary to visit social enterprises across Scotland and depict how social enterprises change the lives of communities and individuals around them. See

Case Study: You Can Cook
Borders SEN member, You Can Cook has completed a successful trial for NHS Borders Health Improvement Team, and has now been given the green light to work in partnership with NHS Borders to deliver on healthy living workshops in Selkirk and Walkerburn, from September 2010.

See full case study here:

Dates for the Diary

Perth SEN 27th July
Borders SEN, 5th August
Glasgow SEN, 13th August
Ayrshire SEN, 17th August
Dumfries and Galloway SEN 19th August
Clacks SEN, 24th August
Edinburgh SEN, 25th August
Fife SEN, 26th August
Dundee SEN, 1st September



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