The SENs: Friday 31st January 2014

Internationally, Scotland is seen by many as a leading light in the support and development of SE. One example of this has been through Scottish Govt’s  International Social Enterprise Fund which has supported 5 Scottish-based SEs – the Homeless World Cup; International Network of Street Papers (INSP); Assist Social Capital; Challenges Worldwide; and the SE World Forum. This week, they launched their discussion document at an event in Glasgow – on the scope and direction of a potential International SE Strategy for Scotland.Scottish Govt gave a commitment to consider and act on the ideas that arise. If we get an International SE Strategy, it seems to make sense that national one should follow. A new social enterprise network (SEN) met in Falkirk on Monday.  Keen to work closely with both Falkirk Council and Falkirk CVS, the social enterprises intend to hold monthly meetings and would like to invite any social enterprises based or operating in the Falkirk District area to come along. If you are interested in joining Falkirk and District SEN, contact Sarah Cameron. Also in the Forth Valley area, Stirlingshire SEN, this week have decided to constitute and will be setting up as a Community Interest Company. This will bring the total number of SENs constituted to 10. For more information on Stirlingshire SEN contact Sarah Cameron. Following on from the positive response to last week’s Visit Scotland piece, Sarah has sent out a link to register with Visit Scotland for a free web listing.  The Visit Scotland website is a ‘business to consumer’ site and will be a fantastic marketing tool for many SEN members. See more – and you can register here .We’d appreciate if you could let us know if you do register with the site and/or receive any support from Visit Scotland. Again, for more info, contact Sarah Cameron. Dundee SEN is now able to provide funds up to £5000 to help new and fledgling social enterprises in the city. This is the result of a considerable donation from the John Sharp Benevolent Trust – see more. Closing date for the first round is 9 am, Friday 28th Feb 2014. For entry forms, or for further advice or support, contact Jessie Bruce. Our Sports SEN conference is filling up fast – 50% of places already taken it’s a great opportunity for inspiration, learning and networking for both established and aspiring sports related social enterprises who range from community sports facilities to sports clubs: from outdoor activities providers to social entrepreneurs looking to make a difference using sport as the tool.  For more information and to book your place click here. The Young Innovators Challenge 2014 launched last week with a new focus on social innovation. The competition is being run by SIE on behalf of Scottish Govt. The Young Innovators Challenge 2014 invites students from all year groups to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities related to one of three areas – Healthcare and wellbeing; Green and sustainable energy resources; Smarter communities and infrastructure. 25 successful entrants could receive up to £2500, see more. Notices TENDERS: StreetGames Scotland Events 2014, Tender for the Design & Build of Carnoustie Skatepark – Angus Council, Supply and Delivery of Fruit, Vegetables, Pre-Prepared Potatoes and Salads – Glasgow City Coucil. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterGRANT: Applications are now open for the Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a grant (£4,000 or £15,000). Applications for the Programme are open from 3rd February until 3rd April 2014. GLASGOW 2014 – Beyond the Finish Line is a dynamic project that will use the momentum of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and young people’s imagination to regenerate local areas. Aspiring social entrepreneurs aged between 16-30yrs can apply for £2014 to test ideas. DEBATE: As the Scottish independence referendum approaches, INSP is holding public events in Glasgow with leaders from each side of the debate. The second event being held on 13th March features Alistair Darling. SURVEY: Forestry Commission Scotland wants to know how many woodland social enterprises are operating in Scotland, and they have commissioned Shared Assets to find out. SEMINAR: A Charitable Trading and VAT half-day seminar takes place in Glasgow on 26th March. GSEN are sponsoring the CEiS event and have 9 subsidised places available for members. Contact Elizabeth for more information.  Case Study: Out of the Blue  Dates for the Diary Glasgow SEN, 5th FebruaryWest Lothian, 11th FebruaryD&G SEN, 11th FebruaryInverclyde SEN,12th FebruaryEdinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 12th FebruaryDundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th March  Best wishes, Kim