The SENs: Friday 14th August 2015

Senscot will be hosting its 11th SE Conference and Ceilidh this year – dates are 12th and 13th November. The event will again be at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. We will have a draft programme available over the next couple of weeks – including some of our regular sessions – but also taking on board some of the comments from last year’s feedback. Over the last couple of years, we have been obliged to charge in order to make ends meet and will be doing so again this year. To register, see booking form.  In June, Alan Johnston took up position as Senscot’s Partnership and Procurement Co-ordinator. This work is a joint initiative between Senscot and Social Firms Scotland. Alan’s been out and about informing public sector procurers and social enterprises about the support that he’s able to offer – which includes providing practical support to SEs in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender and supply chain opportunities as well as facilitating SE partnerships and consortia development. Alan brings with him a wealth of experience in community benefits, procurement and partnership working. You can contact Alan for more information.  The Employability SEN met last week for the first time – here’s a link to the Summary Report (PDF). To join the Employability SEN or for more info’, email Jayne or Kim. During the summer Senscot met with the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA). STA is the Industry Leadership Group for tourism and the leading voice for the tourism sector in Scotland.  Since this meeting, STA has kindly helped us update our tourism resource page  – including information on local destination groups as well as links to additional toolkits.  A major digital skills programme – Digital Tourism Scotland – is due to be launched in September. We’ll keep you updated!  Social Tourism is high up on the agenda for Visit Scotland and we plan to meet with more Regional Directors in the coming months. For more on any of this, contact Sarah. Last chance to register for the Edinburgh EU Masterclass on 21st August in Inverness, see latest EU update here The Melting Pot, Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation in Edinburgh, has re-opened for business having completely transformed its space and business offering. This includes reducing their membership prices by 20% and providing new ‘fixed desk’ options in addition to hot-desking and virtual office services. The refurbishment took place during July thanks to the help of several local social enterprises and small firms, and over 40 volunteers on a 16 day ‘DIY Fest’. The results, according to everyone who’s been in, are "truly stunning". As the pioneers of the co-working movement in Scotland, The Melting Pot has been leading and learning from this international grassroots phenomenon. So much so that the model is now being adopted by the big office space players such as Regus. See more. This week, SIS launched a new fund, Community Capital, which enables social enterprises, charities and community organisations to access the capital they need to scale and grow their businesses – but with the added benefit of no capital repayments for the first three years. The first call for expressions of interest will remain open until 14th October. See more. Latest newsletters from Edinburgh and Glasgow SENs published this week. Click the respective links to view. Notices

TENDERS: Café Concessions – The City of Edinburgh Council, Cupar Skate Park – Fife Council, Framework agreement for Catering Services – Renfrewshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterMARKET: Did you miss out on Market on the Corner this month? Is it something you vowed never to miss again? Well now is your chance! Market on the Corner will be back with a bang on 5th and 6th September and there’s space for you. GARDENS: If you are looking to create a beautiful, environmentally friendly outdoor space, Glasgow Wood Recycling can help you from inspiration to implementation with its full garden design service. CONFERENCE: There are just a few bursary tickets left for the CEIS conference. Contact Tariq if you are a SEN member and interested in taking them. These are £50 + VAT and it is first come first served with only one per organisation. VILLAGE SOS: Experienced volunteers in Scotland are being called upon by Village SOS to share their knowledge and help rural community projects to flourish. BUYERS: West Lothian Council are hosting a local Meet The Buyer Event on Thursday 3 September 2015 at Howden Park Centre (2 – 6.30pm). EVENT: The GCPH 17th Healthier Future Forum is taking place on the morning of Tuesday 15th September in Trades Hall of Glasgow. Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 18th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustEdinburgh SEN, 28th AugustPerthshire SEN, 31st AugustTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th SeptemberPerthshire SEN, 28th September
TSI Moray, SE & Tourism 1st OctoberFalkirk SEN, 2nd OctoberBest wishes,