Networks1st Update: Friday 9th September 2011

On Wednesday, we attended CEiS’s annual Social Enterprise Conference in Glasgow. Over 200 delegates attended – including a good number of SEN members – to hear discussions/ presentations on a number of the challenges and opportunities for our social enterprise community in Scotland. The event kicked off with the launch of the Social Enterprise Strategy for Greater Glasgow, produced by Glasgow SEN. One of its goals is to establish Glasgow as the City Of Social Enterprise as well as outlining actions that will build a vibrant and sustainable local social enterprise movement. To download the Strategy in full, see

The 7th Social Enterprise Ceilidh will be held at New Lanark on 17th/18th November 2011. Bookings are now open. We’ve had a number of recent enquiries and have decided to take bookings earlier than usual. We will have the draft (and refreshed) programme ready in the week or two. A significant change from previous years is that we will be charging £30pp for SEN members (£150pp for Intermediaries/Agencies etc) – this includes evening meal and B&B etc. To book your place, see

SoLoCo has now gone live and is calling on projects looking for funding to join up. It’s great to see that a couple of SEN members are involved in the pilot. Using a pioneering new online approach, SoLoCo is the first ever dedicated crowdfunding website for the Third Sector – and its founders want it to revolutionise how projects are funded in this country. More details,

The Ayrshire SEN is hosting a Procurement Event on 3rd November at the Aspire Centre in Irvine. The half-day conference will explore local and national procurement policy and the opportunities and challenges for social enterprises in winning public sector contracts. Local social enterprises will have an opportunity to exhibit on the day. The full programme will be available next week. For more info, contact .

Reminder for any SEN members wishing to apply to the Growth Fund. Initial Enquiry Forms were available from last Friday and, from Tuesday 5th Sept, you would be able to submit your completed Initial Enquiry Forms. The deadline for final submissions is 5pm on 19th Sept. See more,

Today Sarah is attending Moray SEN’s Annual Conference in Forres. This year’s theme is “Revitalising Moray’s economy:  We’ll have her short report next week. See more, Also, don’t forget another regular SEN event in the calendar – ABSEN’s annual conference on 5th, 6th, 7th October in Rothesay. See details

Senscot`s seminar on 30th September is full up and a standby list is in operation (email  The link will take you to the register of confirmed attendees – please let us know if you are unable to use your place so we can re-allocate it.  See, . Following the seminar, Senscot will be holding its AGM from 3-4pm in the same location. Our accounts for 2010/11 are now available on the Senscot website. See,


TENDERS: Tree and Woodland Contract, The Provision of Catering Services for Jewel and Esk College, Scoping of education and training for bereavement care, Environmental improvement works, Energy Efficiency Works.  For more see

INTRA-TRADING: A network member is looking for conference folders to be supplied by the end of the month. Can anyone help supply these? Log-in to the intratrading web page to reply or contact Bill Stewart directly, or 07932 622 952.

OPEN NIGHT: The Callander Sport and Adventure Project is a new initiative being set up to create a hub for sport and adventure activities in the Trossachs.  It is running an open night as detailed below to share our exciting plans for the development of sport and adventure activities in the area and to involve other enthusiasts in the development process.  See more

SUPPORT NEEDED: Sikh Sanjog are fundraising in a new and innovative way for their Social Enterprise Community Cafe.  It would great if folk could please log onto the website and make a donation.  Support is appreciated.

INVITATION: NIDOS Annual Seminar – focussing on Scottish business and international development on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 at Radisson Blu Hotel, 180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH.  See more here

WORKSHOPS: BRAG are delivering a series of workshops to raise the profile of social enterprise in Fife.  The Next event takes place on the 22nd September at the Caledonian Hotel, Leven.  All raising awareness sessions will be delivered in former regeneration areas i.e. Dysart, Abbeyview, Levenmouth and Benarty.  See more

JOB OPPORTUNITY:   Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) now requires an Enterprise Change Co-ordinator initially for a period of up to one year in order to work in partnership with others in the third and public sectors to support promotion of an enterprising third sector in Aberdeen capable of delivering change for the well-being of the city.   See more details here

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

Sports SEN, 13th Sep
Cultural SEN, 14th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 16th Sep
Clacks SEN, 27th Sep
Boarders SEN, 28th Sep
Edinburgh SEN, 29th Sep
East Lothian SEN, 30th Sep
Dundee SEN, 5th Oct
Ayrshire SEN, 5th Oct



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