The SENs: Friday 10th November 2017

This year’s Dragons’ Den at the SE Conference (7th / 8th Dec) will focus on ‘collaboration’ between social enterprises. Applications are invited for ‘pitches’ from SEs either delivering or planning to deliver a new or amended service by working in partnership with others – see Application Form (Closing date Friday 24th Nov). Prize money for the winning pitch will come in the form of support/services/products etc from SEN members or intermediaries to the value of £5k – in keeping with our theme of ‘collaboration’. Examples would include business support, marketing/branding, IT/web development, venue hire, catering, training etc. We are now inviting ‘offers’ from SEN members and intermediaries for these support services. Those offering services would, of course, be paid at an agreed rate etc. If you have a service to offer, please email Some overnight places still available. If interested, see Booking Form. Also available is our draft Delegate Pack – which will be updated weekly in lead up to the event.


A number of SEN members’ contributions to their local communities were recognised at the Scottish SE Awards 2017 on Tuesday night. Edinburgh-based Grassmarket Community Project came away with the top award of the night after being named ‘SE of the Year’. Elsewhere, Chris Martin, CEO of Cultural and Tourism SEN member, Callander Youth Project, was awarded the SE Champion prize for his work improving the quality of life for teenagers and young adults in Callander and the surrounding area. Finally, Instant Neighbour was rewarded for its work in supporting vulnerable communities in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas with the Good Tech award. Huge congratulations to all the winners. See full list of winners.


Glasgow City Council is looking for social enterprises to contribute ideas to help with the development of a social enterprise strategy for the city. The strategy will be co-produced with GSEN and will act as a framework for the development of the SE sector in Glasgow, which currently boasts over 700 SEs. Views can be submitted through an online consultation, which covers issues ranging from how children are educated about social enterprise to how SEs can collaborate with the private sector. Submissions will then be analysed by the team at Social Value Lab, who recently worked on the SE Census 2017. Make your online submission here.


Partnership for Procurement (P4P) new website is now live! The team at P4P has had a busy few months. You can read more, here, about P4P support available to third sector organisations and key events through September and October. Visit the new website to view news, current contract opportunities and the new Ready for Business (RfB) Third Sector Register. For more information about the range of support and information available from P4P and to add your details to the Ready for Business (RfB) Third Sector Register – see,


Community Food and Health (Scotland) is exploring the possibility of creating a network for community cafés in the Glasgow area. Taking its inspiration from the long-established Edinburgh Community Cafés Network, the new network would seek to bring together community café staff and volunteers, so that they can share their knowledge, skills and experience, and provide mutual support. A meeting has been arranged to discuss the proposal, which will be held in Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre from 2-3pm on 30th November. If you’d like to take part, contact,  0131 314 5428 by 20 November.


Social enterprises from across the Argyll region are invited to gather at the Talking Social Enterprise in Argyll event, to be held at the Inverary Inn on 30thNovember. This is an opportunity to meet new and existing social enterprises in Argyll, share ideas, learn from others, and make worthwhile connections. There will also be a presentation from Social Value Lab on the SE Mapping of Argyll. See more details and register.




TENDERS: Green Waste Composting – The Highland Council, Harris Tweed Products for Retail – VisitScotland, Stockiemuir Path Project – East Dunbartonshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: A grant support scheme has been launched to assist the development and creation of social enterprises in Aberdeenshire. The £200k Social Enterprise Support Fund which is open for applications until March 2019. See more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Local Film Festival Challenge Fund is offering one-off grants of between £1k and £5k for activity to take place in the first quarter of 2018. See eligibility and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Big Issue’s Power Up programme is open for applications. The fund hopes to enable up to 20 Scottish early-stage social ventures to access loan funding of up to £50k over the next two years. See more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Third sector organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to carry out activities over a 12-month period that will improve the quality of life for vulnerable adults in Glasgow. Find out more about the Well-being for Longer in Glasgow Fund.


EVENT: Edinburgh Social Enterprise is hosting a network lunch focusing on the National SE Census and launch of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Impact Report. Sign up here.


NEWSLETTER: The Culture & Tourism newsletter features a look back at the Community Learning Exchange visit to Tower Digital Arts Centre as well as a profile of Out of the Blue’s new Abbeymount studio in Edinburgh. Read the newsletter here.


NEWSLETTER: The latest Edinburgh Social Enterprise Newsletter includes details of a networking lunch as well as funding and collaboration opportunities. Read the newsletter here.


BRIEFING: Community Health Exchange have published a new briefing explaining the new arrangements surrounding health and social care integration in Scotland. It also takes pains to lay out where community-led health organisations and approaches fit into the new structures set up in Scotland. Download the briefing here.


Dates for the Diary


ESEN, 16th November

PKVAS Meeting, 21st November

Inverclyde SEN, 27th November

Aberdeen SEN, 29th November

Clacks SEN, 4th December

Fife SEN, 13th December


Best wishes,