The SENs: Friday 2nd September 2016

Instead of our usual SE Conference and Ceilidh in November, Senscot will be hosting a joint event – in partnership with Community Enterprise; Social Firms Scotland; and the Scottish Community Alliance. The event will look to build on the success of Community Enterprise’ June symposium – Where Community Meets Enterprise – and will look to explore further the opportunities that may exist for grassroots/frontline organisations to increase their impact at a local level through collaboration with others in the delivery of local services. Date, venue and booking forms all available next week. Reminder: 10th CEIS SE Policy and Practice Conference takes place at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow. See Programme and if you’d still like to go along See Registration form One of the recent trends within public sector procurement has been the rise of the sectoral centres of procurement expertise – Scotland Excel, APUC and NHS National Procurement.  This is borne out of the drive for efficiency when setting up contracts and framework agreements and the benefit of doing this collectively (i.e. for several public sector buyers at once instead of individually).  On the face of it, this may seem to favour the larger organisations with greater capacity, but contracts are often broken down into ‘Lots’ on a regional level which allow, smaller, local companies to bid.  As an example, we’ve profiled Edinburgh-based social firm, St Jude’s Laundry, who successfully bid for two contracts recently to deliver laundry services to Universities and Colleges in Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders.  Read the full profile here. Social Firms Scotland (SFS), on behalf of its own members and members of the Employability SEN, submitted a response to the Apprenticeship Levy Consultation. The response called for a flexible SE fund to build capacity to deliver Modern Apprenticeships (MAs).  It highlighted the huge potential for SE within the MA programme which is not being fully realised, particularly in focusing on people furthest from the labour market (currently under represented in the programme).  It also called for a ‘shared’ or collaborative MA where the outcome is focused on the individual. See more Employability SEN news here. Let’s Eat Glasgow, the food festival that tackles inequality, returns this weekend.  Showcasing twice as many food-based social enterprises as last year, we’ll see Shettleston Community Growing Project, Freedom Bakery, Urban Edge, and Moogetty Grubhub amongst those participating and The East Ate will be launching their Bottle of Ginger. The idea of Let’s Eat Glasgow! is to shine a spotlight on the fantastic food and drink grown, reared, fished and cooked in Scotland while raising money to help combat food inequality across the city. On the 26th October, the Dundee Social Enterprise Conference takes place at The West Park Conference Centre. Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, will attend the Conference and deliver the keynote speech. Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library, has also joined the panel of speakers. The final Conference Programme will be available shortly. Clyde FC is taking a lead on raising awareness of mental health issues. The football club has teamed up with ‘See Me’ – a programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. The partnership aims to help change the culture around mental health. The team will display the ‘See Me’ logo on their shirts, to encourage everyone connected with the club to speak more openly about mental health, see article.  Notices TENDERS: Glasgow’s ESF Poverty and Social Inclusion Operation – Glasgow City Council; Landscape Maintenance Services – Clyde Valley Housing Assn; Interpretation Services Framework – Highland Council and many more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: The new season of Just Enterprise Business Development workshops begins again next week.  Designed specifically for a Third Sector audience, and free to attend for participants, Just Enterprise learning events increase the business and leadership skills of those employed in the sector.  DIGITAL DESIGN CHALLENGE: Dundee, UNESCO City of Design, has launched an international design challenge to combat homelessness. They are asking designers to respond to a call to help find a digital design solution to fundamentally improve the lives of those who must deal with homelessness on a daily basis, and consider how digital technology can be used to prevent the issue in the first place. NEWSLETTER – Health SEN Newsletter published this week. CROWDFUNDING: Award winning chef, Fred Berkmiller, backs Edinburgh Food Social’s crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise £10k to tackle food equality.  The money will go towards a food truck providing cooking classes to local schools and communities. VIDEO AND ANIMATION: Fablevision Studios is a specialist in the production of high quality, cost-effective HD video and animation for promotional use on websites and social media platforms.  This can be for forthcoming projects, events, initiatives or client case studies which require on-going or ad hoc HD video footage.  See more TRAINING: GRREC have a Business Insurance for Small Businesses training course free for SME’s and Social Enterprises.  Covers Property & Equipment Insurance, Business Continuity, Employers & Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, Trustee Indemnity/ Directors & Officers Liability, Computer & Cyber Liability.  Dates for the Diary
Fife SEN & AGM, 21st SepPerth & Kinross SEN, 27th SepFalkirk SEN, 5th OctEast Lothian SEN, 6th OctBorders SEN, 6th OctMoray SEN, 13th OctInverclyde SEN, 25th OctPerth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct Best wishes,