The SENs: Friday 12th August 2016

Over the autumn, Scottish Govt will be publishing a 10-year strategy for social enterprise in Scotland. The strategy will have been co-produced with the sector itself – building on the Vision 2025 document published last year. The strategy will identify priorities, initiatives and timescales that can help SE make an increasing contribution to local communities across Scotland. An important element in this will obviously come from the role of local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) – who have a ‘supporting social enterprise’ function within their core remit. Earlier this year, Scottish Govt commissioned an evaluation of TSIs – a move welcomed particularly by those SENs not currently supported by a TSI. This process, we understand, is coming to an end and its findings are eagerly awaited – both in clarifying TSIs’ role in supporting SE locally as well as their ongoing relationship with local SENs.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme from Glasgow Caledonian University helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The company and the academic select a suitable candidate to work at the company. A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies. See more.

Heritage Lottery Fund is offering grants of £3k to £10k to projects which engage a wider range of people with their history. From researching local historic landmarks, learning about natural heritage, unearthing the history beneath their feet to delving into archives, the grants will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and celebrate and share this with others.  There are two deadlines to apply to Stories, Stones and Bones – Friday 30 Sep 2016 and Tuesday 31 Jan 2017. If you are interested and are keen to work with other SEs, email Sarah.

CCSEN and Glasgow SEN member Fablevision Studios has been in touch with an offer – if you would like to update your website or your social media content to include the latest news about your organisation, its products or services, then book an HD video before 31 August and get a 10% discount. Fablevision Studios is a specialist in the production of high quality, cost-effective HD video and animation for promotional use on websites and social media platforms. For a quote, contact Louisa Taylor or Ed Hart via email. Offer ends – 31st August 2016.

Another offer, this time from Dundee SEN member Along Came Kirsty CIC which works to provide bespoke services to meet the needs of each of its clients. There is 10% off if you book all 4 sessions. See more. Additionally, Along Came Kirsty and PAMIS are holding an after dinner fundraiser on 1 September.

As part of continuous improvement, APUC Ltd are looking to work with SMEs, Supported Businesses and Third Sector organisations to assist them in taking part in the bidding process within the Higher and Further Education sector. To identify the type of help and training they could provide, it has prepared a short survey which only takes a few minutes to complete.


TENDERS: Electrical testing and associated works – Clydesdale Housing Association Ltd, Collection, Reuse, Recycling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – Glasgow City Council, Occupational health services including counselling services – SPT and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

WORKSHOPS: There are a number of free upcoming workshops from Viridor Glasgow. See more details on the Intro to IT Security for Small Businesses, How to Network without Nerves and Project Management for Practitioners.

DISCUSSION: Following on from the recent Scottish Government report, ‘Age on Isolation’ that revealed the effects of loneliness on health within different age groups a discussion is taking place on 15th Aug in Edinburgh. Jonny Kinross of Grassmarket Community Project chairing with Brian Sloan (CEO Age Scotland), Sara Maitland (Author) and John Mason MSP.

MAGAZINE: The inaugural edition of the Sportswoman Magazine from Scottish Women in Sport has been launched.

SHARES: In recent years there has been an upsurge in the number of successful community shares initiatives. The latest offer is from Aberdeen Community Energy that announced that its flagship community renewable energy project, The Donside Hydro, is now open for investment.

CONFERENCE: Just a reminder that the DTA Scotland Annual Conference and AGM is less than 4 weeks away! As always, the extremely popular overnight delegate places are running out fast, so please don’t wait too long to book.

PROGRAMME: In Control Scotland has a free development programme for parents of disabled children (up to the age of 18) and disabled adults, including people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, autism, sensory impairments and physical impairments.

Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN, 18th Aug
Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Dundee SEN, 31st Aug
Fife SEN & AGM, 21st Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep
Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct

Best wishes,