The SENs: Friday 11th April 2014

Senscot and Social Firms Scotland (SFS) are in Warsaw this week at the EU SEN. The theme for this meeting is the Financial Eco-system for Social Entrepreneurship with the aim of building an overall and mutual learning by participating member states. During the two day visit members of the EU SEN are examining and discussing four case studies of best practice from Poland; Czech Republic; Sweden and Social Impact Bonds from England which stimulated a lot of discussion. The final session today will make recommendations on future needs of social enterprises within the new programmes which takes account the different stages of social enterprise development across the EU. The Just Enterprise Consortium announced last week that it has won the contract to deliverthe Scottish Govt`s programme providing business support and development support to enterprising third sector organisations. The consortium – comprising CEiS; Firstport; the Social Enterprise Academy; Community Enterprise Ltd; HISEZ; Forth Sector Development; Inspiralba; CEMVO Scotland; Lanarkshire Enterprise Services and Ready for Business – has been delivering the contract since it began in 2011. Congratulations to all involved. See more details. A couple of things to take note of: Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) is running its annual SE Policy survey. The survey is open to all Scottish social enterprises. See more.  Also, the Melting Pot is holding two national conversations on how to meet the challenges and opportunities surrounding social innovation in Scotland. The findings of both events will inform Scottish Govt policy thinking ahead of preparations for a new wave of European Structural funding. First ‘conversation’ is in Inverness on 24th April. See details. Senscot Legal, with the support of the Enterprise Ready Fund, is looking to appoint an additional paralegal to their team, based in Bath St, Glasgow. See job pack, or for further details contact Karina. Closing date: Friday, 18th April 2014. Another couple of Newsletters to get your teeth into this week. Firstly, Danielle has produced the latest SE and Health Newsletter – which includes features on the website, ‘Discover the Third Sector’ as well as newly published guidelines on Self-Directed Support. Secondly, the Ready for Business Consortium has produced the last Developing Markets Newsletter within the current contract. Lastly, DSL last week launched their new quarterly Newsletter with a raft of info and announcements – on new contracts; ventures; as well as a few birthday celebrations.
 Creative Scotland, who supports Senscot’s work with the Cultural and Creative SEN and Roundtable, this week, announced the launch of their 10 year plan – which sets out a vision and clear set of ambition for arts and creativity in Scotland. Their programme, titled ‘Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition’ includes the Regular Funding Programme is designed for organisations who are seeking a minimum of £150,000 funding over 3 years. See more. Notices TENDERS: Print and Associated Services – Scottish Government, Saughton Park Heritage Lottery Project – The City of Edinburgh Council, Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association – Feasibility and Business Planning, Recycling of Dry Recyclable Material – Inverclyde Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterINVESTMENT: Social Investment Scotland has secured a £16M in principle matched investment commitment from Big Society Capital and the Scottish Government to create a Social Growth Fund for Scotland. GUIDANCE: New guidance for social enterprises and investors looking to take advantage of the UK Government’s social investment tax relief has been published. RE-LAUNCH: Delivered Next Day Personally is hosting a re-brand re-launch day on 16th April. FESTIVAL: Now in its second decade, Northern Streams is bringing together artists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Shetland and north England to the new Grassmarket Centre in Edinburgh. REPORT: Firstport has published “Start Something Good”- a landmark report that sheds a light on the journey, psyche and impact of start-up social enterprises in Scotland. Case Study: Cultural and Creative SEN  Dates for the Diary Edinburgh SEN, 22nd AprilStirlingshire SEN, 23rd AprilFalkirk SEN, 24th AprilSport SEN North, 1st MayFife SE Trade Fair, 7th MayInverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th May Best wishes, Kim