The SENs: Friday 13th December 2013

The Ready for Business consortium wishes to highlight the success of the Third Sector in winning contracts from the public sector, and in sharing examples of good practice in the way that the public sector is effectively commissioning and procuring services and products.  Has your organisation won any public contracts? In what ways were you supported in accessing information about the forthcoming tender opportunity, in submitting a bid, and in the management of delivery of the contract?  Would you like to submit an outline Case Study which if successful will be published on Ready for Business with the offer of a choice of prizes from Run Native. It would be good to see some SEN members in there. See survey.
Save the Date:  Sport SEN Conference – 18th March 2014. We’ve secured Frank Dick, a top motivational speaker both in the fields of sport and business, and have booked the best new sports conference facility – the Emirates Arena /Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow. The theme of the event will be “Social Enterprise & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders”.  Places for Sport SEN Members will cost £25 per person – to be sent a booking form with payment link please email Sarah Duley
 Sport SEN members will be interested in this week’s Scottish Govt consultation “Giving children and young people a sporting chance: A draft Strategy for Scotland”.  The consultation now seeks the views of children and young people and a range of others involved in youth sport – including Sport SEN members. A final Strategy and Action Plan will be published in the spring. Document can be viewed here.  Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) held its AGM this week at the Grassmarket Community Project. ESEN has made considerable strides over the last couple of years – in terms of membership; profile; and as a partner with the Council and wider third sector in the city. Amongst the other bits of business conducted, the meeting agreed that ESEN should adopt the SCIO as their new governance model. For more on ESEN, see website. Also in Edinburgh this week, Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) and RBS held a Start-up and Growth SE Roundtable lunch.  Discussion focussed on challenges and barriers faced by start-up SEs in accessing finance. Other issues raised included the importance of peer support and access to business mentors. Heard the food was great as well. Last week, Gerry Quinn from the Corporate Procurement Unit at Glasgow Council attended the GSEN meeting and presented on doing business with SME’s including his top ten tips. See presentation and tips. See today’s Senscot Bulletin profile on Community Food SEN member, Locavore – highlighting their work with low-income communities across Glasgow. They already supply organisations such as North Glasgow Community Food Initiative, Drumchapel Life and Galgael – and are keen to encourage other organisations interested to get in touch with Reuben. The Cultural SEN continues to grow in membership – over 70 SEs from across Scotland are engaged. This week, Sarah has circulated the latest Cultural SEN Newsletter. One item of particular interest to members will be ‘Time to Shine’ – Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy. Over the next couple of years, a £5m fund will be available through Scottish Govt to support initiatives based on key objectives of the strategy. See details here – plus more Cultural SEN news.    Notices TENDERS: Grounds Maintenance and refuse collection/disposal – Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Construction of Aberfoyle Bike Park (Re-Tender) – Bike Trossachs and Framework Agreement for the Provision of Landscaping, Paving & Associated Services – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. NEWSLETTERS: The latest Edinburgh SEN and Glasgow SEN newsletters have been published. COURSE: Apply now for Anglia Ruskin University’s Cert HE in Charity and Social Enterprise Management, study fully online or with workshops in Manchester. BLOG: Toby Johnson has written a blog about last week’s EU SEN’s Best Practice Conference in Malmo. The next one is due to take place in Scotland. FUNDING: Castlebrae Business Centre (ran and operated by Cre8te) has been recommended to receive £1.9 million funding from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. MARKETING: ESEN is currently working on a marketing and communications strategy for social enterprises in Edinburgh. Case Study: Murieston Utd Football Club – Sports SEN  Dates for the Diary

West Lothian SEN, 17th DecemberDundee SEN, 22nd JanuaryFife SEN, 30th JanuaryGlasgow SEN, 5thFebruaryEdinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 25th February
Best wishes,