The SENs: Friday 12th December 2014

The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland – the Code – has been around since 2013 and shows no sign of disappearing; in fact, its momentum is growing – a slow burner; the number of SEs signed up is moving through the 400s to an anticipated 500 early next year. Much of this has been down to the support of the SENs – both local and thematic – who either use the Code as part of their membership criteria or who alternatively promote it to their members. Whilst offering a useful benchmark against the casual use of the term ‘social enterprise’ – the code is not ‘fixed’ – in the sense that it is under constant revision. For those interested in definitional matters – we share the latest draft of the notorious ‘asset lock footnote’. Comments welcome. See,

On Wednesday GSEN hosted its SE Trade Show in The Briggait in Glasgow. Great turn out with a range of speakers, demonstrations and exhibitors. The event saw the launch of the brand ‘People Make Glasgow Enterprising’ in partnership with GSEN and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. Congratulations to GSEN and all its members. See more.

The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust (SCRT) was also launched at the GSEN Trade Show, a new independent charity aiming to transform how Scotland’s third sector uses and thinks about its finances. With a lack of Scottish-focused banks offering a transparent way for people or third sector organisations to invest in line with their values – and with the existing financial framework failing to adequately meet the needs of charities and socially focused organisations – the trust is setting out to create radical change. See SCRT’s new website – – which is still in development. Here’s SCRT’s recent press release.

As part of its EU programme around supporting the demand for social investment, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has also commissioned some research to further define SE in Scotland by geography and sector – looking to build on (and update) existing research. The report provides a good overview of our sector. See more.

Yesterday, Senscot attended and presented at the ‘Social Enterprise in Renfrewshire’ event at the Abercorn Conference Centre in Paisley hosted by Engage Renfrewshire.  The programme (PDF) included a mixture of local and national speakers covering a range of topics and there was good sense of organisations working together across the region. There was strong interest in working with the Thematic SENs and in supporting the SE Code.  

Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) is now open for Expressions of Interest from employers wishing to host an internship in Summer 2015 – which can be submitted via the TSIS website. Closing date is Wed 7th Jan 2015. If your organisation has not previously hosted a TSIS intern but had hoped to this time, and would find the need to contribute to the wage costs prohibitive, please email Hannah Dunbar.

Edinburgh and Dundee SENs latest newsletters published this week. Click the respective links to view.


TENDERS: Professional Confidential Counselling Service – North Lanarkshire Council, Family Support Services for Children Affected by Disability – Renfrewshire Council and Grounds Maintenance Contract 2015 – 2020 – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

AWARD: Santander and UnLtd have announced that the Glasgow social entrepreneur, Fiona MacNeil, has won £5,000 in this year’s Spark Awards.

EXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner invite you to a preview of ‘Creative Conscious’. The multimedia exhibition of work by members of Crisis Skylight members takes place tonight from 5-7pm.

CONFERENCE: Do you have some SDS learning to share? The ‘Small Changes Conference’  conference on 26th Feb 15 will offer participants the chance to share and experience different approaches to learning that can help influence workers involved in SDS.

WORKSHOPS: Two free capacity building workshops taking place in Glasgow. ‘Employment Law for Small Business’ and ‘Techniques to Manage Stress at Work’ workshops take place on 27th & 28th January respectively.

PRESENTATIONS: All the presentations from the ‘Enterprise and Collaboration in Community Sport in Scotland’ last week can now be downloaded from our site.

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 12th January

Inverclyde SEN, 17th February

Falkirk SEN, 17th February

Best wishes,