Networks1st Update: Thursday 1st April 2010

Senscot attended the Scottish Parliament’s Responsible Purchasing Policy event this week as they sought feedback to help them improve and update their Policy (Click here for more info). As well as some familiar faces from the third sector, Scottish Business in the Community and the Federation of Small Businesses were also present. The initial Policy has been a real success and has provided a number of opportunities for social enterprises as well as an improved understanding of the Scottish Parliaments £15m procurement budget and its procedures. Readyforbusiness.org (http://www.readyforbusiness.org) was highlighted at the meeting as a very positive development – which 35 LSEN members have already signed up to but, as always, we could do with more. Community Benefit Clauses however, did not meet with the same level of enthusiasm, or understanding. This is clearly one area that ReadyforBusiness.org will target in order to promote a better understanding of Community Benefit Clauses – as they have the potential to genuinely establish the level playing field we are all seeking.

Senscot is keen to hear from LSEN members with any experience of tendering for contracts that included Community Benefit Clauses, or if they have been contacted by prime contractors interested in sub-contracting with them to deliver the added value required. If so contact colin@senscot.net. Just to be clear, Community Benefit Clauses are a range of social considerations to be built into the delivery of contracts, using specific wordings throughout the procurement process – including in the management of contract delivery. For more details see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=166 .

S2S 2010 is approaching fast. This year LSENs have their biggest presence yet; Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Coalfields, Dumfries and Galloway and Dundee SENs will be exhibiting alongside the Networks 1st stand.  Eighteen members will also be exhibiting individually on the day selling their products and services, see http://www.s2sfair.com/sponsors/.  There is still space at the Youth & Social Enterprise workshops, see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=146.  If you are attending, come and see us at the Networks 1st stand for drinks and nibbles.

Notices

CONTRACT: Ready for Business –Opportunities through Ready for Business this week include: an electrical contractor for St Andrews University, shopping service to vulnerable adults for the Scottish Borders Council and more see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=165

EVENTS: This year’s ‘Fit for Purpose’ takes place on Friday 23rd April at the Perth Concert Hall. Our keynote speakers include Mary Allison (Director of Programme Design and Delivery at NHS Health Scotland) and Dr Lynne Friedli (one of the UK’s leading mental health specialists and advocate of social prescribing). We are keen to get as many health professionals to the event as possible, please forward the details to your contacts. To book your place, see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/index.php

Glasgow announces details of 3rd Commonwealth Sports Development Conference programme: Sportscotland are delighted to inform us that details of the programme for the 3rd Commonwealth Sports Development Conference were announced today, with a diverse range of highly qualified speakers from a range of international organisations for more see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=167

TRAINING: As part of their on-going support to social enterprises, CEiS, The Supplier Development Programme & Partners are running a series of free tender writing workshops across Scotland.  As part of a capacity raising exercise, this programme has been designed specifically for managers and staff of Third Sector organisations, who have responsibility for business development and tender writing.  The workshops promise to be key training events for any organisation wishing to compete for public sector contracts. http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=160

Case Study:

The Edinburgh SEN began in November 2005.  Since then it has been involved in a range of activities including the Social Enterprise World Forum, the Fitness to Tender Programme, 2 Community of Business events and hosted many study visits.  They have recently appointed an administrator to help take the group forward.

Download Case Study here:
http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/showresource.php?articleid=60 

Dates for the Diary
http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php

S2S, 21st April
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April
Cultural Conference, 26th May