The SENs: Friday 24th November 2017

This week sees the publication of the fourth in our series of Policy Briefings – Cinema and Community Regeneration: The Role of Social Enterprise. This Briefing highlights the regenerative effects that local cinema can have on communities, bringing about positive social change through a range of activities. There is a growing recognition that community cinema, at a national and local level, can play an important role in tackling cultural isolation, improving health and well-being and sustaining community cohesion. The Briefing identifies the specific contribution social enterprise makes, citing examples via three case studies of community-run cinema: Driftwood (Dumfries and Galloway); The Birks (Aberfeldy); North East Arts Touring (Aberdeenshire).


As part of our EUSEN work (with SFS), Sarah (SE Cultural Co-ordinator), is presenting today at ‘Clusters! Social enterprise and culture and creative industries’ workshop in Brussels. The workshop has been organised by our partners Diesis and is exploring at a European level the possibilities for SEs to develop creative and cultural industries and cultural clusters. In Scotland, there has been an active Cultural and Creative SEN since 2009 and we’re delighted to be able to share some of our learning and experience as well as hearing what is emerging from other member states. Here’s a link to Sarah’s presentation.


Last week, Edinburgh Social Enterprise launched their 2017 Impact Report, a detailed study of social enterprise activity across the city and the positive social and economic change this brings about in communities. The report is based on a conservative estimate of 250 fully code-compliant organisations in Edinburgh and points “towards a continuously growing flourishing social enterprise sector in Edinburgh”. There are currently 4,398 FTE employees in the capital’s SE community, and 6,610 volunteers (worth £1.20m to the local economy per annum). Encouragingly, 93% of SEs indicated they would look to collaborate with other SEs or third sector partners in future. Read the full report here.


Senscot Legal is running workshops in the new year to provide expert advice and guidance on how organisations can adapt to remain compliant with data protection laws. The workshop will help attendees understand obligations under the act, provide a full understanding of data processing principles and examine practical steps organisations can take to ensure they remain compliant. If you are interested in attending or organising a workshop, please contact Karina Macleod, Legal Services Manager for further info’ on


SEN Member Glasgow Bike Station has undergone a rebrand, trading now as ‘Bike for Good’. The rebrand marks a major milestone in the organisation’s journey, from humble beginnings working from a stall in Glasgow’s Barras Market to a successful five-year partnership with The Bike Station in Edinburgh and Perth. Thanking Bike Station for their support over the years, the team at Bike for Good are now looking forward to fresh challenges, but will continue to collaborate on future partnership projects. See new website.


New Tourism SEN member Creetown Initiative Ltd has recently opened a new lottery-funded enterprise centre, after lying unused for almost a decade. The Barholm Enterprise Centre now encompasses nine en suite accommodation rooms, with prices starting at £16.50 per night. The Centre will now also be home to a range of businesses that could not have existed in the community before, boasting an arts and crafts cooperative, a cycle hires and repair shop, a charity shop and even an electric car and charging point for hire. Congratulations all round Visit the website here.





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CONFERENCE: The SE Conference – Collaborating Towards a Sharing Economy – has sold out for overnight places, but there are still limited numbers of day delegate places left. See more details and register.


EVENT: The Scottish Government is currently in the engagement phase for a national culture strategy, gathering ideas and views through engagement events. Next event Dunfermline, 6th December. Register here.


EVENT: Carnegie Trust UK are hosting an event to explore the role that communities have to improve well-being and reduce loneliness. 12th December, The Lighthouse, Glasgow. See event flyer.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has launched a new funding challenge to help third sector organisations who are looking to grow or replicate their business in 2018. See details.


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: Life Changes Trust have two funding opportunities for young people in Scotland with caring responsibilities. See details.


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.


NEWSLETTER: Edinburgh Social Enterprise’s latest newsletter contains analysis of their Impact Report as well as a line-up of festive events for December. Read newsletter.


WORKSHOP: Not9to5 are running a workshop on branding and marketed, tailored towards charities and social enterprises. Wednesday 29th November. Registration from £11. See details and register.




Dates for the Diary


Inverclyde SEN, 28th November

Aberdeen SEN, 29th November

Clacks SEN, 4th December

Fife SEN, 13th December



Best wishes,