The SENs: Friday 14th February 2014

At many events where our social enterprise community comes together to reflect on where we are; where we should be going, there is a recurring theme that we are not very good at telling ‘our story’. The suggestion is that we get caught between two stools – either over-hyping things or being guilty of hiding our lights under a bushel. Both have an element of truth about them. Our view would be that it is important to tell the good stories – as well as the not so good ones. This week, we’ve got some good stories to tell – with a series of case studies on Community Food SEN members, titled – Changing Local Food Economies. See case studies. For more on the above, contact Danielle. Scottish Govt has announced the first tranche of Enterprise Ready Fund awardees. Around £2.3m has been allocated to 67 organisations. Congrats to successful applicants – a good number that are SEN members. See more. Senscot has been working with The Social Enterprise Academy which has developed a course for social enterprises called ‘Leading the Way’. See flyer. The course has been designed for social enterprises who deliver health services, with a particular focus on self-directed support services, collaboration and partnership working. The dates for the 4 day course will be the 27th& 28th of February and the 26th & 27th March 2014. Social Enterprises who are already delivery SDS services are encouraged to attend. Please get in touch with Danielle, if you would like to register and if you would like more information. The latest Creative and Cultural SEN newsletter can be viewed here. Some news from the Intermediary front: Socials Firms Scotland (SFS) announced this week that the Fraserburgh Development Trust has successfully acquired John Smith & Sons Bakery in New Pitsligo. SFS has been supporting this deal since 2010 with assistance from a number of other sources. Congratulations to all involved. See, press release. Also, the Social Enterprise Academy has launched its new logo – pretty swanky. See at the bottom of the SENs homepage. GSEN, in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy and GCC Education Services we’re delighted to invite you to our Dragons’ Den, held from 1pm-3.15pm on 26th February in Glasgow City Chambers, Banqueting Hall.  Show your support to 9 schools who will pitch in a bid to create their own social enterprise. See more. Health SEN member, Talking Mats, have developed a new product consulting children and young people which is based on the GIRFEC framework and is available both has hard copy cards or in digital form. Here is a link to a blog that explains more. The Community Food Roundtable has been discussing the need and benefit of a community food e-commerce platform. This would support the selling of community food social enterprise products, promote the sector and provide training for selling online. The survey really only takes a few minutes, please complete and share Notices TENDERS: Tender for the Provision of Capacity Building for Co-Production – Inverclyde Council, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) – West Lothian Council and Supply & Delivery of Vinyl Floor Coverings – Stirling Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSPORT SEN CONFERENCE: Latest Update – Ann Gloag, co- founder of Stagecoach, will be a Guest Speaker at the conference.  She’ll be co-presenting with Gordon Merrylees, RBS and sharing her experiences of business and the bridge between commerciality and social purpose. LAUNCH: Glasgow Women’s Library has released information on the launch events for the successfully crowd-funded 21 Revolutions publication. Events to be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh. SEMINAR: The Charitable Trading and VAT half-day seminar taking place in Glasgow on 26th March is now fully booked. CEiS are gathering interest in a future event. PROGRAMME: Nourish has had confirmation of funding towards the New Farmer Programme from the Enterprise Ready Fund.
FUNDING: The People’s Postcode Trust small grants programme is offering up to £20,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months. Closing date is 21st February.  Case Study: Community Food Case Studies – Changing Local Food Economies  Dates for the Diary
Edinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 12th MarchDundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchGlasgow SEN, 2nd AprilFife SEN, 8th AprilStirlingshire SEN, 25th April Best wishes,