Networks1st Update: Friday 9th November 2012

Thursday’s Ceilidh is now sold out for those wishing to stay over. There are a few ‘day delegate’ places still available. This year, we will be joined by a delegation from Northern Ireland who, the following week (20th Nov), will be launching their own social enterprise network organisation – Social Enterprise NI. Senscot and the Social Enterprise Academy are part of their consortium and will be offering our support as best we can. That apart, the programme follows its regular pattern – but with new themes. Areas for discussion will include: Senscot and the SENs; SE and Interfaces; Procurement – opportunities and barriers; the SE support ‘pipeline’. See full programme,

Last week, the Cultural SEN hosted its 2nd annual Conference at the Birnam Institute, near Dunkeld. As well as hearing from inspiring social entrepreneurs, there was a series of workshops including – Social Impact, Doing business with other sectors, Growing your business, social enterprise models and the Cultural economy programme. To view all the presentations, case studies, Storify and the Social Enterprise and Cultural Position Paper, see

Edinburgh SEN is hosting its AGM and ‘The Future of Social Enterprise in Edinburgh’ event in the City Chambers on the 10th Dec. In 2010, Edinburgh was one of the first cities in the UK to have a social enterprise strategy. That strategy is about to come to an end and work is beginning on the revamped 2013-2018 strategy. This is your chance to put forward your views about what is needed in Edinburgh for social enterprises to thrive.  You will also hear from Cllr Andrew Burns, the Leader of the Council, about the new Cooperative Capital approach to improving public services and giving communities more influence over the services they receive. For more info’, see

The UK’s first Social Enterprise MOT Testing Centre was formally opened this week in Stornoway by Entrepreneur Tom Farmer – who also helped to launch a local Island social enterprise awards scheme and lead a panel discussion on social enterprise. The community owned MOT Station is part of a social enterprise being run by Third Sector Hebrides which also includes transport and grounds maintenance operations. See,

Aberdeen SEN is hosting a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 27th November at Transition Extreme in Aberdeen. The meeting is free and open to any social enterprises in the area. There will be an opportunity to network and hear about the Aberdeen SEN ‘workplan’. For more info’ and to book your place, see

The 5th Annual ABSEN Conference took place this week in Dunoon. The event had a terrific turnout – and a good vibe. The programme included workshops, guest speakers and a Policy Tea hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland. The Social Enterprise Exchange is taking place on 21st March 2013 at the SECC in Glasgow. Remember – early bird places (from £50) are currently available. See,

One of the big successes of last year was the SE supply chain – with 25 social enterprises involved in the provision of catering, printing, delegate bags, promotion, social media and recycling. The plan is to exceed that figure this year. If you’d like to be involved, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Guidance for Scottish Public Authorities on the use of Public Procurement to advance equality in Scotland from the EHRC and Provision of a Cycle to Work Scheme in Ayrshire. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUNDING: The Active Communities Funding Programme makes grants of £5,000 – £25,000 to small community and voluntary organisations working with people living in the disadvantaged neighbourhoods. If you are based in certain geographic areas you may be eligible. Closing date 26th November. See,

SHARES FUND: The Co-operative have set up a Community Shares Fund which is dedicated to support communities wanting to raise investment by a community share issue. Applications are welcome from all kinds of community-owned venture including renewable energy projects, community pubs and supporter-owned sports clubs. See,

CONSULTATION: Community Land Advisory Service is trialling a free drop-in consultation service on Tuesdays in November from 12noon till 3pm at 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh. If you have a land-related problem and can drop-in for a consultation Morag will be pleased to meet you and discuss potential solutions. See,

FUND RAISING: The Engine Shed Burns Supper is being held on Sat 9th February 2013 at The Engine Shed, 19 St Leonards Lane, Edinburgh. The event will be an enjoyable and entertaining evening in the company of friends & colleagues and will at the same time help us raise funds for the organisation and the work that they do helping young people into employment. See,

NETWORKING: HISEZ have organised a series of networking lunches that are free for social enterprises to attend. These will be informal events and all will run from 12 – 3pm. Food and refreshments provided along with bright ideas, creative solutions and new contacts! See,

LEARNING: Just Enterprise have two 1-day learning programmes coming up in Aberdeen – a Social Impact Measurement programme (8th November – last few places remaining) and Pre-start Leadership programme (30 November). For full information see,

Case Study: Scottish Community Boat Festival – Cultural & Creative SEN

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
Canal SEN, 14th November
West Lothian, 14th November
Fife SEN, 20th November
Stirlingshire SEN, 23rd November
Falkirk SE Forum, 3rd December
South Ayrshire SEN, 4th December
North Ayrshire SEN, 4th December
Start-Up SEN, 6th December
Glasgow SEN, 19th December



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