Networks1st Update: Thursday 20th December 2012

This is the last Networks 1st newsletter of 2012. Last week, we identified some highlights/developments and progress made during the year. This week, we look ahead to 2013 and some of our aspirations. These include: further development of the work of the thematic SENs and roundtables – exploring a more ‘joined up’ approach to their work; continue to support local SENs as well as helping develop new ones; explore new investment and procurement opportunities for SEN members; encourage increased collaboration between respective SENs; and continue to develop our partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland to ensure as responsive a level of support as possible to social enterprises in Scotland. In the meantime, we hope you a fabby festive break.

This week, we’re delighted to have made a new appointment for our SE and Health Co-ordinator. This post has been created to support the growing activity around the Health SEN and Roundtable. Earlier this year, the SE and Health Roundtable launched a Social Enterprise and Health Roundtable ‘position paper’ –  which sets out the 6 ‘actions’ that will contribute to the value and worth of health social enterprises being more fully recognised and their potential more fully realised. See,

Dundee City Council will be launching a Social Enterprise Strategy in the new year. A project board has been established to champion the development of social enterprise in the city.  The new board will consist of council staff, elected members, DSEN representatives and a private sector representative and will be responsible for supporting and monitoring implementation of the new action plan.  We look forward to reading the strategy and seeing work progress in the city in year ahead.

Senscot and the Social Enterprise Academy have worked in partnership to deliver affordable learning events for SEN members during the last couple of years. DGSEN, East Lothian SEN, Dundee SEN, Cultural and Creative SEN and the Youth SEN have all benefited from a range of opportunities that have included – Social Impact, Leadership and Partnerships. Most recently, 18 Social Entrepreneurs attended the Ignite Residential weekend where they were encouraged to clarify their goals, explore options and plan their next steps. In the new year, we will be offering SEN members the opportunity to participate in two events – Preparing for the Procurement Process and Partnerships for Enterprise. For more, see

Tune in on New Year’s day (BBC Alba, 8.05pm) to see the latest film from Cultural SEN member, the Media Co-op. Their film, ‘The Bridge Rising/An Drochaid’, tells the story of the campaign against the tolls on the Skye bridge: Scottish islanders taking on the might of the government and the Bank of America – and winning. See,

It is the time of year for reflecting and celebrating achievements of 2012. Having received some stats from Firstport in their Xmas round up, we thought we’d highlight some of Firsport’s achievements in 2012: 102 Level 1 or 2 Awards distributed;  investing circa £600k to early stage social enterprises; with two ‘Firstporters’ picking up awards  – David Duke (Street Soccer) won The Sunday Times’ Change Makers competition and Talking Mats won Startup Social Enterprise of the Year at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2012.


TENDER OPORTUNITY: A reminder that Momentum Skills require a Researcher/Research Organisation to carry out a mapping exercise of service provision across Ayrshire.  This will involve hosting focus groups, attending networking events and the collation of services and their relevant contacts. Closing date is 9th Jan 2013. See,

MAGAZINE: The second edition of the SI magazine has been published. It is a quarterly digital publication designed to bring together original content which affects business within the third sector at a strategic level such as grant and loan funding, partners, social enterprise and efficiency. Social Enterprise Scotland is a working in partnership with the publisher and other organisations to produce it. See,

TRAINING: Social Enterprise Academy are holding training on ‘Pre-start Leadership’ through the Just Enterprise Programme in February 2013. The training is open to individual social entrepreneurs who have just started a social enterprise or are looking to do soon, including established third sector organisations exploring social enterprise opportunities. See,

CONFERENCE: Last chance for early bird rates for next year’s Social Enterprise Exchange being held in March. Prices have been frozen from the 2012 rates. Book before the 31st of Dec. See,

Case Study: You Can Cook
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Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 9th January
Dundee SEN, 11th January
Sports Round Table, 23rd January
Cultural & Creative SEN, 23rd January
Dundee SEN, 30th January
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th January
Sports SEN East, 26th February

Have a fabby festive break,


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