The SENs: Friday 22nd September 2017

The Draft Programme for our SE Conference at the Westerwood Hotel – on the 7th/8th December 2017 – is now shaping up. “Collaborating towards a Sharing Economy” will again be run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise; with support from the Scottish Community Alliance – exploring how social/community enterprises can work better and more effectively together. Places are available for around 120 delegates and, as always, we anticipate 70% of attendees to be made up of front-line social enterprises – with around 20 places being reserved for national intermediaries and/or support agencies. Further details over coming weeks. To book your place, see Booking Form. The Social Enterprise Census 2017 certainly caught the imagination of the sector with its publication earlier this month, and huge credit must go to Jonathan Coburn and the Social Value Lab team for a painstakingly thorough operation. While the research certainly pulled up plenty of positives across the sector – an increase in the number of SEs generating at least half of their income from trading, plus an overall increase in the number of SEs – there were also some sobering insights to be taken into consideration. We’ve written a blog outlining our initial observations from the Census, which you can read here. This week SCVO launched a third round of the Scottish Govt’s Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF). The CCRF is looking to award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to eligible third sector organisations to deliver projects/activities for up to a nine-month period that support individuals and communities to mitigate the impact of welfare reform and poverty. This could be to deliver new services, to expand existing services or to develop your workforce. SCVO recognises that some pilot projects need more time to determine their impact and are therefore seeking proposals for twelve-month pilot projects with grant awards up to £10,000 in this funding round. It’s an easy online application, see more detail here. Senscot and GSEN are working with Scottish Enterprise to deliver two Tourism Innovation masterclasses in Glasgow which will include contributions from the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Visit Scotland.  The first masterclass, ‘Understanding your role in the Glasgow Tourism Market’ (25th October 9-1pm), will help businesses to understand what resources need to be put in place for them to fulfil their ambition. The second, ‘Social Enterprise Tourism Package Offering’ (1st November 9 – 1pm), will focus on partnerships between businesses and opportunities in the conferencing sector, exploring the possibility of a collaborative social enterprise Welcome to Glasgow package.  For more information contact Sarah, our Local and Cultural SEN Coordinator, attended the Scottish Government Creative Industries Advisory Group this week, created to provide a space for open and honest dialogue about the issues facing the sector and facilitate collaborative working between the public sector and industry.  Up for discussion this week was the strategic relationship between academia and industry.  We will post a note of the meeting when it’s available, in the meantime previous notes here. Firstport celebrated their 10th anniversary this week, having spent the last decade supporting a large portion of Scotland’s 5600 social enterprises with seed funding, business advice and networking to ensure the best ideas get off the ground. Since their inception, Firstport have responded to over 5000 enquiries from social entrepreneurs, with over £5.3m invested in start-up social enterprises since 2009. Their LaunchMe accelerator programme, the first of its kind in Scotland, has so far awarded grants to over 800 individuals to help turn their social mission into a sustainable business. To celebrate their anniversary, Firsport have published a report – Learning to Start Something Good – as well as a short video marking their achievements. Congratulations, from everyone at Senscot.  Notices TENDERS: Mental and Holistic Health Support – Renfrewshire Council, Provision of Services for Survivors of Trauma – Falkirk Council, Provision of Cleaning Services – Westray – Orkney Islands Council.Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Scotmid’s Community Grant scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. Apply online for a community grant now by filling out the formFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications. The fund is open to all community projects which have a positive impact in their local area. There are four funding levels to apply for, ranging from £1000 to £25,000. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: RBS’ Skills & Opportunities Fund remains open for applications, with grants of up to £35k available for not-for-profit organisations. Apply now. TENDER: Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Services (BAVS), Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA), and Youth Connect (YC) have entered into a project partnership and are proposing a study into the detailed need for an employability programme in Berwickshire. See full tender and applyEVENT: There are still places available for the ‘Social Enterprise in Aberdeenshire’ event (see full schedule) will take place on Tuesday 26th September at the Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie. Senscot will be on hand to provide an update on our expanding range of support services, while Partnership for Procurement (P4P) will introduce their new service for procurement bids collaboration. Complete and email this booking form to: to book your place. EVENT: Scotland is to host the first ever ‘Women and Girls in Sport’ week. An awareness-raising week from 1 to 8 October 2017 will build on recent success stories – such as the women’s national football team’s qualification for its first major tournament this summer – to promote the benefits of a more active lifestyle. Read more here. TRAINING: Just Enterprise are running a 10-day programme to increase leadership, develop confidence and build a network of contacts with a social purpose. The course is fully funded, with a total of 12 places available. See details and applyWORKSHOP: Fife Council’s Economic Development Hub is hosting a workshop ‘Taking Social Enterprise to Market’ as part of Fife Business Week 2017. The programme is designed to help SEs discover new markets and customers, increase revenues and maximise profits by finding your place in the market. Monday 6th Nov. See full details on p2 of FBW’s brochure. VACANCIES: Food SEN member CFINE are looking to fill two posts: a Development Work Manager, £25-30K, and a Financial Capability Officer, £15-18k pro-rata. See full details here.  Dates for the Diary PKVAS meeting, 26th SeptemberTSI Moray Social Enterprise Impact Awards, 6th OctoberMoray SEN, 12th OctoberAberdeen SEN, 18th OctoberSBSEC, 26th October  Best wishes,