The SENs: Friday 27th October 2017

This week saw the launch of the Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2017 report –  detailing the activities and economic impact of the social enterprise community in the city. The report, produced by Glasgow SEN and Social Value Lab, was launched at Glasgow Women’s Library with keynote speaker Cllr Rhiannon Spear pointing to Glasgow City Council’s commitment to promote inclusive economic growth across the city. The report itself threw up a range of interesting statistics – and contrasts with the recent national SE Census 2017. Some of the headline stats include: 732 SEs operating in the city; £777m generated from trading; 26% turnover over £1m annually (only 12% nationally); and a significantly a higher concentration (24%) working in the 5% most deprived communities (5% nationally). You can view the report here.


SEN members are encouraged to apply for the Social Economy Growth Fund, after the Scottish Government announced its second round of applications. The fund is open to voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, specifically targeting organisations established for over three years whose social mission is to tackle disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Awards can be used to expand and improve services, grow capacity and employ new staff. The Fund is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), with the Scottish Government providing match funding for the Fund ‘at source’. Visit the Govt. website to find further eligibility information and to apply.


Our Cultural & Tourism coordinator Sarah took part in a lively and engaging tourism masterclass organised in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and GSEN – ‘Your Social Enterprise & The Glasgow Tourism Market’. An inspiring morning of talks from Sally Tindall (Scottish Enterprise) and Anne Massey (Visit Scotland) emphasised that there is a significant amount of current investment in Glasgow for culture and tourism, and that SEs need to be equipped to be able to take advantage of these opportunities. A second tourism masterclass, Social Enterprise Tourism Package Offering, will be held on Wednesday 1st November. Register here.


The Scottish Government this week released its consultation document: A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight. The document makes a series of recommendations about how to transform attitudes to healthy eating through advertising, changes to food labelling and the introduction of food and drink levies. The next Senscot Briefing, on diet & obesity, will examine the role social enterprise has to play in tackling Scotland’s obesity problem and will be published next week.


Earlier this week Donna Murray-Trail of Health SEN member Care & Wellbeing Coop joined our health coordinator Mary to present at a Local Government Benchmarking Framework Social Care Benchmarking Event in Glasgow. Focusing on Adult Social Care – Home Care, the session explored challenges around demand and capacity and considered what the evidence base shows. Participants heard from NDTi on community led support, followed by Donna and Mary presenting on the role for social and community enterprise in developing new models of care. See Mary and Donna’s presentations.


The SE Conference – Collaborating towards a Sharing Economy –  at the Westerwood Hotel on 7th and 8th Dec, will see a refreshed version of the Dragons’ Den – with the emphasis on the theme of ‘collaboration’. Applications are invited for ‘pitches’ from SEs either delivering or planning to deliver a new or amended service by working in partnership with others. Again, in keeping with this year’s theme, 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. See Dragons’ Den Application Form. Some places still available – see Booking Form.





TENDERS: Supported Living Services Framework Agreement – Inverclyde Council, Venue Cleaning Services(G2018) – Glasgow City Council, Provision of Outdoor Activity Instructors – Orkney Islands Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


NEWSLETTER: Mary’s Health & Well-being newsletter is out, with exciting Community Learning Exchange opportunities and an update on the Scottish Government’s Diety & Obesity Strategy engagement events. Read the newsletter here.


EVENT: 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 30th November. See more details and register.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Edge Fund is now open for its second funding round of the year.  Around £40,000 will be made available to approximately 30 grassroots groups, campaigning for effective social change. Apply here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund is open for applications. The fund is to be used to provide support for strategic projects in the Highland region which create opportunities and empower communities. Fund awards range from £10k all the way to £1m. Find out more.


AWARDS: The deadline for the Natwest SE100 Business Awards nominations has been moved until the 30th November, giving you extra time to nominate the social enterprise you think deserves to be recognised. See full details and nominate here.


SURVEY: SCRT is exploring the establishment of ‘loan funds’ for the sector – beginning with a bespoke fund for SENs and their members. SCRT has prepared a short survey (six questions) to test the water for both potential ‘borrowers’ and ‘investors’. Please take the survey here.



Dates for the Diary


West Lothian SEN, 2nd November

PKVAS Meeting, 21st November

Aberdeen SEN, 29th November

SBSEC, 7th December

Fife SEN, 13th December



Best wishes,