The SENs: Friday 12th September 2014

We have a first draft of this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh Programme. Things will change/evolve between now and November – but it gives a flavour of the ideas we have in mind. See draft programme. Moving to the Westerwood last year allows us to accommodate more folk overnight than we have in the past – and already around 70 delegates have signed up. Priority, as always, will be given to SEN members. To request a booking form, contact

Very best of luck to Edinburgh SEN which is hosting Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Festival –  “Social in the Square” today and tomorrow in St Andrew Square in the city centre. The Festival includes music, dance, theatre, chef demonstrations and art and crafts – fun for all the family. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and buy a wide range of local products and services with over 30 social enterprises taking part. See more.

With the Invictus Games starting on Wednesday, we are in full flow re the potential power of sport to make significant impact post Commonwealth Games. Diane Cameron, Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator, contributed to an article in this week’s Scotsman, saying “The sports social enterprise sector welcomes these large-scale sporting events to Scotland as they undoubtedly raise the profile of sport generally. However, social enterprises are in the business of not only engaging people in sports participation but also utilising sport as a tool for development.” The full article can be read here. On 4th December 2014, Senscot is co-hosting an event which will showcase some of the work being delivered – Enterprise & Collaboration in Community Sport in Scotland is being held at Murrayfield.

Scottish Government is committed to promoting the sustainable, economic growth of the food and drink industry and has an aspiration that Scotland should become a Good Food Nation. Senscot will be submitting a response to the consultation document and welcome feedback from you on our draft response. For further information, contact Danielle.

Dundee City Council, in partnership with Dundee SEN, is hosting a Social Enterprise Conference at Discovery Point, Dundee on Wednesday 29th October 2014. John Swinney will be  delivering the keynote speech.  The event will provide an opportunity to hear about developments locally and nationally for social enterprises from other entrepreneurs as well as those that support the sector. It will also be a chance to share your information and goods/services with others. Full programme available in the next week or so.

Last week, Senscot attended Firsport’s LaunchMe event in Edinburgh. The initiative aims to grow the social investment market in Scotland by working with 15 ambitious, early stage social enterprises and connecting them with investors looking for social as well as financial returns. Congratulations to the first cohort of seven social enterprises – ranging from a community bakery in the Borders to a go karting racetrack in the Highlands. All went through a rigorous three-month selection process, including pitches to a high-profile expert panel, to take part in the unique £825,000 programme. See more.

Ready for Business has published a summary of the Research Report – Sustainable Procurement, Social Value and the Third Sector in Scotland. The findings highlight a positive shift in the culture, policy and practice relating to sustainable procurement and the role of the third sector. See more.


TENDERS: Feasibility Study for Great Bernera Community Development Trust, Stornoway to Ness Cycle/Walking Route Feasibility Study and Design – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Community Growing Project – Landscaping Works – Hillhead Housing Association 2000 and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

EVENTS PROGRAMME: Glasgow Women’s Library has an extensive range of activities and events planned over the coming months.

FESTIVAL: This year Theatre Nemo has put together an exciting program of Performances, Exhibitions and Film Showings at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

EVENT: Scottish Rural Parliament is holding an event in Aberdeenshire to find out more about Rural Parliaments and to contribute to the discussions that will take place at the first Scottish Rural Parliament in Oban, from 6th to 8th November 2014.

LOCAL CAFES: Three social entrepreneurs setting up cafes in Glasgow and Fife to benefit their local communities have been awarded places on Firstport’s ‘Ditto’ programme.

EXHIBITIONS: The Gallery on the Corner would like to invite you to the preview of Forces of Nature and Postcards from… our exhibitions that feature as part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Dates for the Diary

Social In The Square, 12th / 13th September
Argyll & Bute SEN Cultural Meeting, 22nd September
Falkirk SEN, 25th September
Moray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st October
Sport SEN North, 3rd October
East Lothian SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN West, 22nd October
Sport SEN, Outdoor Activity, 29th October
Falkirk SEN, 31st October
Sport SEN North East, 6th November
Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th November
Sport SEN East, 19th November
South Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November
Falkirk SEN, 24th November

Best wishes,