The SENs: Friday 2nd October 2015

Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh have been coming in fast – approaching 100 delegates so far – with space for another 30/40. The programme is just about finalised and we are now inviting applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den. Closing date for application is Friday 23rd October. As always, £5k prize money will be available to the winner. There will also be crowdfunding for our audience prize. The event is again at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld, on 12th/13th November. If you would like to book your place, see bookings. As part of its ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ campaign, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network’s blue monster ‘Doogie Goodstuff’ has been appearing on the doors of its members across the city to help potential customers spot social enterprises. ESEN has now launched a 90 second film aimed at the public to help them understand what it means when they spot ‘Doogie’.See video. Glasgow SEN launched their own report this week – a follow up to the earlier 2013 version, showing further growth in the sector despite the challenging economic backdrop. The city now plays host to 704 SEs, an increase of 195 since 2013; employing 19,014 staff compared to 10,412 in 2013; with a combined annual income of £881m, up from £767m. See more. Edinburgh SEN also launched their report last week into the impact of social enterprise in the city – titled ‘Celebrate the Good Stuff’. There are around SEs 200 across the city – with numbers continuing to rise. The report reveals that the turnover of the sector has trebled from £44m to £120m over the last two years – with 94% of income generated from direct trading – up from 75% in 2013. There are also 8,000 people in the city involved in social enterprises as staff, volunteers or trainees.  See full report. The Cultural SEN met this week for a health focussed meeting.  Hosted by Artlink Central, we had a tour of the hospital and the creative interventions Artlink Central has been developing over the past couple of years. The array of projects they are working on include; sharing learning experiences of working with public sector partners; creating meaningful art within clinical environments; and ensuring high quality delivery for the participants.  Discussions touched on product development, evidence collation, models for delivery, referral processes and social prescribing. To attend future Cultural SEN meetings, contact Sarah. Dundee SEN recently hosted their own Dragons’ Den event – with £29k up for grabs. The prize was split between start-ups as well as existing SEs. Award winners included Along Came Kirsty, ADHD Dundee and Angus Support Group, Kissed, Tayberry Enterprises, Scrapantics and New Pathways. The event also marked the launch of the new Dundee Futures Fund. Senscot has recently commissioned Social Value Lab to undertake a review of the social enterprise thematic activity – including SEN, Roundtable and Policy work. The review will inform future activity and priorities for Senscot and our work with SE’s in the areas of health, sport, culture and community food. This week, Thematic SEN members will have received an email with a link to a short survey – your feedback would be really appreciated. If you’ve not received the survey link, contact KimNotices TENDERS: Early Learning and Childcare Provision – East Ayrshire Council, Rowan Grove Landscape Improvements – Almond Housing Association, Supply & Delivery of Fresh Bread & Rolls & other Fresh Bakery Produce – Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Stress Services (NHSGGC) – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterINVESTMENT: Increased social investment by Social Investment Scotland has supported the creation of hundreds of new jobs and an increase in trading income by its customers over the past year, according to its annual Social Impact Report. STUDY VISIT: BRAG Enterprises, Fife Council and Fife SEN have organised a visit to Healthy Options. This is a community health initiative which encourages people to get healthier and fitter through participation in a flexible programme of activity designed to meet individual needs. CAMPAIGN: Edinburgh Bike Station has launched a crowdfunding campaign to supply each nursery in Edinburgh with balance bikes. WORKSHOPS: There are 3 free workshops taking place from GRREC in October. These are Digital Marketing for Small Business, Introduction to Sustainability and Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility and take place on the 21st and 22nd of this month. MARKETPLACE: Market on the Corner, Glasgow’s first social enterprise marketplace, takes place again this weekend. OPEN DAY: On the 28th October Oskar’s in Paisley is having an open day. Drop in for a cuppa and pick up a bargain! Dates for the Diary
Health SEN, 6th OctGlasgow SEN, 7th OctMoray SEN, 8th OctInverclyde SEN, 20th OctPerthshire SEN, 26th OctDundee SEN, 4th NovPerthshire SEN, 30th NovFalkirk SEN, 1st DecGlasgow SEN, 4th Dec Best wishes,