The SENs: Friday 29th August 2014

Bookings are now open for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh – our 10th – at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld on 13th/14th November. To request a booking form, email Initially, we are limiting places to 6 per SEN and 2 per organisation. We’re keen to ensure that each SEN can have a few of their members along. We’re working on the draft programme – should be available within the next couple of weeks. The programme will include old favourites such as the Big Questions and the Dragons’ Den – but will also be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made by SENs and their members over the last 10 years and to look at challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. With the Referendum being done and dusted, it will also be a chance to consider the impact of its outcome on social enterprise in Scotland. Most importantly, however, is the chance for folk to connect up again for the craic.

This week, Edinburgh SEN, launched their ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ marketing campaign. The campaign is a call to action to the general public to think about how they shop around the city and consider purchasing from over 150 social enterprises that are trading in the city are trading in Edinburgh, from cafes and retail, to creative industries and leisure generating income and reinvesting their profits into the community for social or environmental benefits. See more.

Enterprise and Collaboration The way forward for community sport in Scotland is a one-day event on 4th December 2014 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Supported by Senscot, this conference focuses on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes.

This conference will present real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared. SEN members will benefit from a discounted delegate rate. For further information contact the organisers Svend Elkjaer, Sports Marketing Network on 01432 326 660 or email

This week Dundee SEN membership reached 40, a big increase in the last few years and start-up membership is sitting at 40. On Wednesday 24th September they are jointly hosting a session with Scottish Business in the Community which aims to explore ways that social enterprises and businesses in Dundee can work together for mutual benefit.  This event will enable social entrepreneurs and business representatives to network and identify areas of potential partnership working. See more.

Dundee SEN member, Factory Skatepark has plans for a new £2.5m Business Hub and Nursery next to their base in the city. The plan is to use half the proposed new building for the nursery and half for the business enterprise side of things. This will include providing a state-of-the-art nursery with outdoor facilities – at prices affordable for everyone. The intention is to offer 72 full-time childcare places, 20 crèche places and 20 after-school places – 365 days of the year. See more.

Congratulations to Glasgow and Cultural SEN member, Impact Arts, which is celebrating its 20th Birthday. See more. To celebrate the occasion, they have launched a free exhibition which runs until 9th Sept. You can also watch the video they made with 29 Studios here.

Future City Glasgow commissioned Pidgin Perfect to explore the possibilities of Future Maps – including service mapping, social enterprises, green networks and local heritage groups. This is just the beginning. The project will create an open-source toolkit which will share the lessons learned and the map will improve as more people contribute. See more.


TENDERS: Home Argyll Website Design – West Highland Housing Association, Preparation and Delivery of Community Meals (Sandwiches) – Renfrewshire Council, Community Growing Project – Landscaping Works – Hillhead Housing Association 2000 and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CROWDFUNDING: Working with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, BOLD is looking to raise funds for the Patrick Geddes Library – just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The target is £25k.

WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise will be running the popular workshop “An Introduction to Negotiation Techniques” at a venue in central Glasgow at the start of October.

AUTISM: There are still spaces available for a FREE ‘Autism and Employment’ workshop for social enterprises / SME’s taking place on 2nd September.

TRAINING: PLUS Perth and Borders Recovery Network are pleased to announce that Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center in America will lead two separate certificated training programmes on eCPR in Perth in the week beginning October 6th.

CLUB: Launch of Delivered Next Day Personally ‘New Travelling Tangerine Business/Self-Development Book Club’.

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN AGM, 3rd September
West Lothian SEN, 9th September
Social In The Square, 12th September
Argyll & Bute SEN Cultural Meeting, 22nd September
Falkirk SEN, 25th September
Moray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st October
Sport SEN North, 3rd October
East Lothian SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN West, 22nd October
Sport SEN, Outdoor Activity, 29th October
Falkirk SEN, 31st October
Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th November
Sport SEN East, 19th October
South Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November

Best wishes,