The SENs: Friday 26th September 2014

This year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh is filling up quickly – over 80 places have been filled – around 60 still available. Delegate rate for SEN Members is £50 – and includes Conference/Ceilidh/Dinner/B&B (day only rate is £30). To get a booking form, email With this being the 10th year of the event, it will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the last 10 years as well as looking towards what lies ahead for SE in Scotland. Applications are also now open for this year’s Dragons’ Den – as always, £5k to the winner – if you’re brave enough to step into the Den, you can apply here. The draft programme is also available. Yesterday, Senscot hosted the 2nd Joint Thematic Social Enterprise Roundtable meeting at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh. Around 30 delegates from the 4 Roundtables – Health, Sport, Culture & Creative and Community Food attended. It provided an opportunity for everyone to hear progress that has been made in the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. The meeting included updates from each of the thematic areas – as well as presentations from Prof. Cam Donaldson (Glasgow Caley) on their Health and Social Enterprise Research Project and an interactive session on Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) delivered by Ready for Business. For more info’ on any of above, contact Kim. Enterprise and Collaboration The way forward for community sport in Scotland is a one-day event on 4th December 2014 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. The full programme is now finalised. Supported by Senscot, this conference will focus on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit both themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes. Sport SEN members can attend the event at a discounted price of £50.

At the ABSEN Conference in March this year, members were to link more closely with the Thematic SENs  – to help address the needs of social enterprises within the themed areas. At an inaugural meeting this week, cultural and creative social enterprises came together in Oban to discuss the creation of a subgroup of ABSEN.  The meeting focussed on the current cultural and creative landscape including the support available through the Argyll and Bute Cultural Assembly; the HIE Collaborative Communities Programme; – as well as the local Third Sector Interface.  Areas identified to focus on included: the promotion of cultural and creative social enterprise; how SE links in with the cultural assembly; exploration of volunteer tourism and links to health.  The group plans a follow up meeting – with ABSEN and Senscot continuing to explore further opportunities in this area. For more info, contact Sarah. Back in 2006/07, a number of folk within the SE community helped to form much of the thinking around what emerged as the ‘Enterprising Third Sector Action Plan’. In recent months, we have become aware of discussions around a new stream of emerging ‘strategies’. At the CEiS Conference earlier this month, Scottish Govt spoke of beginning a consultation on what social enterprise in Scotland could look like in 10 years’ time; the Lottery are looking a new programme – 2015-21; and there is the new round of EU Funding (2014-2020) – with explicit reference to social enterprise. In recent weeks, a number of key members of our SE community have been discussing this issue and have agreed to work together to produce a refreshed/updated SE Strategy for Scotland. Our intention will be to consult as widely as possible across our community to come up with a ‘roadmap’ that can further support and develop social enterprise over the next 5/10 years. We will have more info’ in the coming weeks. See more. Notices TENDERS: Request for Best Offers as Part of a Framework Agreement – Energy Saving Trust Ltd, Provision of Website Services – City of Glasgow College, A two way conversation with the people of Scotland on the social impact of offshore renewable – Scottish Government. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterLAUNCHME: Firsport has selected the first cohort of seven social enterprises for LaunchMe. This programme is specifically designed for early stage, ambitious social enterprises looking for capital and support to scale their business and increase their social impact. Round Two of applications is about to open.

10th BIRTHDAY: media co-op’s 10th birthday is celebrated with a retrospective at Glasgow’s International Human Rights Film Festival, Document on 11 Oct at 12 noon at CCA, Glasgow.

FUNDING: Comic Relief / Scottish Government announce the availability of new funding under Phase II of the Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme. There is a short deadline for this.
LAUNCH: The Stirling City Hire Scheme "Nextbike" launch takes place on Monday 29th Sept at 12.30. The Bike Station is helping the setup of the scheme along with Stirling local charity "Recyke-a-Bike". FUND: Social Tech Seed is an open investment programme from Nominet Trust. It offers early-stage investment to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. Dates for the Diary
Moray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st October
Sport SEN North, 3rd October
East Lothian SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN West, 22nd OctoberFalkirk District SEN Policy Event, 27th October
Sport SEN, Adventure Sport, 29th October
Falkirk SEN, 31st October
Sport SEN North East, 6th November
Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th November
Sport SEN East, 19th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November
Falkirk SEN, 24th November Best wishes,