The SENs: Friday 14th March 2014

This year’s SE & Sport Conference – ‘Inspiring our Leaders’ is now officially ‘full up’. Over 120 folk have now signed up – 80 from sport social enterprises – and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone at the Emirates in Glasgow on Tuesday, 18th March. We’re setting up a reserve list in case of late cancellations. Sign up for reserve list. The final programme has now been agreed – view it here. As well as our speakers – Frank Dick and Mel Young – and our workshops, the event will also see the launch of the Robertson Trust and Scottish Govt’s new £1m fund to support sport SEs across Scotland. See details.  
 Edinburgh SEN members, Grassmarket Community Project, has been successful with its Enterprise Ready Fund application and is now recruiting a Sales Manager and a Textiles Session Worker to work on the development of Greyfriars Tartan.  Emma Galloway (CEO) said, “It’s a really exciting role – our plans are to develop a textiles arm to our Social Enterprise utilising Greyfriars’ Tartan, which was designed by one of our members. We will be both offering in house training opportunities for fabric crafts/products and also looking to develop relationships and tartan sales using international distributors in Europe and across the world and establish us successfully within an international trading market”. The programme for this year’s Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise Network (ABSEN) Conference is now available. The event takes place in the Argyll Hotel, Inverary on the 24th and 25th March and is open to all third sector organisations in the Argyll & Bute area; ABSEN members, of course; as well an array of friends from across the wider social enterprise community. See details. Senscot is on the advisory group for the Scottish Govt’s nattily named, ‘Engaging the Third Sector in Reshaping Care for Older People’ Programme. Funded by the Govt’s Third Sector Division and the Joint Improvement Team, the programme is designed to provide third sector co-ordination and support for more effective engagement in the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) agenda – and more widely within the emerging integrated health and social care landscape. The Alliance has produced a report on the above called, ‘How It’s Shaping Up’. See report. This week Sarah, our SE and Cultural Co-ordinator, attended the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference  – “Scotland Welcomes the World- Opportunities for Everyone” in Edinburgh.  Speakers included Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, and Mike Cantlay, Chair of Visit Scotland.  The clear message of the day was that “tourism is everybody’s business” and the people are what makes Scotland successful as a destination.  Visit Scotland expects an extra 70 million visitors for the Homecoming alone.  For more information on the Industry Working Groups based throughout Scotland, contact Sarah. Last Saturday, Senscot attended the launch of 21 Revolutions at the Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) – alongside the community of artists, writers and women who have been part of the process of creating this book.  Cultural and Glasgow SEN Member, GWL, hosted the event and Adele Patrick (CEO) thanked those involved for their contributions in creating the book. All the new creations were inspired by resources from within the library and were followed by readings from Kirsty Logan, Muriel Gray, Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh.  Well done to Glasgow Women’s Library for an excellent event. Last week, Ready for Business partners (SFS, Senscot and CEiS) hosted a study visit from a Swedish delegation. Having heard of Ready for Business via the EU SEN, they were keen to visit and learn more about policy and practices in procurement and social enterprise support models from the Scottish Government. The delegation visited local SEs and met with public authorities to learn and share best practice – with a view to informing their own approaches to enterprise back in Sweden.  Notices TENDERS: Tender for Business & Commercial Activities Development – St Magnus International Festival, ‘Honeycomb – Creative Works’ – Highlands & Islands Delivery Partner, Hard landscaping & fencing works package at Byron Court, Methil and Financial Inclusion & Welfare Rights Services. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFRESh 2014: The FRESh Show from Fintry Development Trust this year takes place on the 2nd and 3rd of May. MARKET: LocalMotive Markets is hoping to bring together 15 social enterprises on Friday 30th May at the new Platform 2 Market in Waverley Station. CONSULTATION: Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER, are working on the next Local Development Strategy, which will guide what types of projects they are able to fund from 2015 to 2020. INNOVATION: A unique chance for housing organisations and partners across Scotland to create and test innovative approaches that support people to live longer, healthier and more active lives. PROGRAMME: Social Enterprise Academy is holding a subsidised Social Accounting & Audit programme on the 27 & 28th of March in Edinburgh. WEBINAR: Free ‘Digital Healthcare Webinar on the 26th March will explore the art of the possible and learn from those who are leading the way. Case Study: Out of the Blue Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchFalkirk SEN, 26th MarchGlasgow SEN, 2nd AprilFife SEN, 8th AprilStirlingshire SEN, 23rd AprilSport SEN North, 1st May  Best wishes,