The SENs: Friday 20th April 2018

Tourism in Scotland has been hitting the headlines this week, with news of a £150m investment in scotch whisky tourism from Diageo – in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland. Scotland’s historic attractions have also been in the limelight, attracting five million visitors in a single year for the first time. The final part of a media triple whammy was the Scottish Government’s announcement of a £6m global ad campaign to boost Scotland’s image across North America and China. Tourism has always been a valuable asset to the Scottish economy although the beneficiaries can sometimes be concentrated in particular areas of the country. Our most recent Briefing – Community Tourism: The Role of Social Enterprise – examines the important contribution of locally-led initiatives – ensuring a more equal distribution of the benefits tourism can bring to many more communities across Scotland.


Senscot is developing a joint thematic event between SEN members who engage in adventure activities and the Tourism Network. We recognise that by bringing both groups together we can share best practice and explore ideas for collaborative working. If you are interested in attending or if you are able to host please get in touch with Rachel. The meeting is scheduled for 30th May in Stirling. Venue TBC.


The next Health SEN meeting will take place in Aberdeen on Tuesday 15th May. We’ll be talking about social capital and the Health SENs involvement in Unlocking Potential, mental health & wellbeing and social enterprise. There will be a short tour of CFINE’s premises, so well worth coming along if you can make it. Register here.


The Scottish Government will soon introduce a Good Food Nation Bill designed to overhaul Scotland’s food system and encourage healthy attitudes to food from an early age. In anticipation of this, the Scottish Food Coalition is inviting people from across Scotland to get together for ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ to discuss the future of food in Scotland. Anyone can host, the talks are simply designed to start a dialogue about food in Scotland in order to inform the consultation for the Bill, which will then be fed back to the Scottish Food Coalition. Meanwhile, read our briefing – Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight – for background information on how social enterprise is making an impact on Scotland’s healthy eating habits.


Edinburgh SEN member Serenity Café has spent the last ten years helping thousands of people experiencing drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, physical and mental ill health and unemployment. Their lease at Jackson’s Entry in Edinburgh has come to an end, which is putting the work that they do at risk. To secure Serenity’s future, a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to cover the costs of moving. You can take a look at some of the work they do here, or visit the GoFundMe page and donate to help them continue their excellent work.


Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is delivering a workshop with Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber C.I.C on collaboration and partnership working on Thursday 26th April. This workshop will explain the steps involved in developing a consortium. You will be given the opportunity to work through a group discussion on the benefits of collaboration and hear updates on local hubs and the new Enterprise Facilitator role. To register for the event and to find out more visit here.






TENDERS: Collection, Treatment, Recovery/Disposal of Tyres – Aberdeenshire Council, Digital Tourism Scotland Programme – Scottish Enterprise, Associate Trainers (Health and Wellbeing) –  Edinburgh College.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Hunter Foundation has launched a ‘100 Disrupters’ competition to support the Year of Young People 2018 in Scotland. Open to any young person up to the age of 26, THF will award 100 grants of £1000 to individuals or groups who are positively disrupting Scotland. Find out more and apply.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: There is a total fund of £315,000 available in 2018/19 to support a range of events that will reinforce the importance and amplify the celebration of St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay or Burns Night. Find out more and apply.

EVENT: The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland annual conference will be held on the 4th June at the Radisson Blue in Glasgow. Download a booking form here.

EVENT: Healthcare Improvement Scotland is hosting a conference to explore the strategic role Health and Social Care Partnerships play in facilitating change. Wednesday 25th April, 1pm-4pm, Edinburgh. Register now.


EVENT: Following on from the Scottish Enterprise innovation workshop and as part of  the research for the Tay Cities Deal bid for the Creating CommuniTAY Business project, Dundee SEN is holding an event to share the learning. Find out more and register.


WORKSHOPS: Social Enterprise Academy has a busy programme of workshops and events this spring. Find a workshop which suits your needs on their website.


FREE WORKSHOPS: There are spaces available on IT Security and Data Protection workshops being hosted on the 10th May by Viridor.


NEWSLETTER: Mary’s Health & Wellbeing newsletter is out now, with news of the next SEN meeting and an update on the Enterprise Accelerator programme. Read now.


NEWSLETTER: The latest Social Firms Scotland newsletter is out, with an update on the Supported Business Advisory Group. Read more.


Dates for the Diary

25th April, ASEN

26th April, DSEN

15th May, Health SEN

16th May, GSEN


Best wishes,