The SENs: Friday 3rd October 2014

Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (13th/14th Nov) are going pretty well – over 110 places have been filled – around 30 still available. Delegate rate for SEN Members is £50 and includes Conference/Ceilidh/Dinner/B&B (day only rate is £30) at the Westerwood Hotel. To get a booking form, email Last week, we opened applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den – £5k to the winner – closing date for entries is Monday 27th October. We will then shortlist 5 applicants to face the ‘Dragons’, apply here. Also, a draft programme is available here.

Next week, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be attending the EU SEN in Cyprus – this is the last meeting of the EU SEN before the Dissemination Conference which takes place in Brussels in January 2015. This meeting will address the issue of ‘visibility’ of social entrepreneurship across Europe, focussing on legal forms; evidence and research; social impact; quality standards; communication and networking. One of the primary objectives of the EU SEN is to ensure social enterprise plays a full role in helping to meet EU Structural Fund objectives in promoting social inclusion, job creation and combating poverty. We are encouraged to see that Scottish Govt has acknowledged this role in its latest EU Operational Plan.

On Monday 27th Oct, Falkirk and District SEN and Senscot (as part of the Social Enterprise Alliance with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland), is hosting a Local Social Enterprise Policy Event. The event will showcase local social enterprises, discuss the current local and national social enterprise landscape and the needs of our growing sector. This will also be an opportunity for local support partners to further develop relationships with Falkirk and District SEN. For booking info’, contact Karina.

Bookings are now open for the Dundee Social Enterprise Conference, ‘Spotlight on Progress & Future Opportunities’. The keynote speech will be delivered by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth. The event is on 29th October in Discovery Point in Dundee. For further info’, including booking details, see here. 

Congratulations to Borders SEN members, The Borders Green Team, based in Hawick, which has been recognised as having a first-class business model, by Firstport, and is now included in ‘Ditto’ bank of business ideas.  The enterprise provides employment and training for adults with learning difficulties and is set to support other aspiring social entrepreneurs by sharing the secrets of its business success. See press release.

On Tuesday this week, Senscot, Senscot Legal, Social Firms Scotland and DTAS supported a Social Enterprise Conference hosted by East Ayrshire CVO in Kilmarnock. Almost 40 delegates attended to listen to an overview of support available for social enterprise. This included presentations from Senscot Legal on legal issues, DTAS on Community Ownership and Asset Transfer – with Senscot giving an overview of wider support available. 

Latest Health SEN newsletter published this week with information on a new social enterprise, The Home Straight – as well as details of upcoming events. See more.



TENDERS: Project Vision, Activity Planning Research and Community Consultation – Kilmartin House Trust, Tender for the Provision of Occupational Health Services – Dundee City Council and 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 Twitter.

NEWSLETTER: The latest Ready for Business monthly newsletter has been published. This month features news from the first PSP Learning Network Session, events and case studies.

EVENTS: The Glad Café has some exciting shows and events coming up in the coming months including the return of ‘Imagination: Scotland’s Festival of Ideas’.

TRAINING: Crisis has a Mindful Awareness Training course for those who wish to better manage their physical, mental or emotional state. Details also of the upcoming Comedy Night and Sportman’s Dinner.

AWARDS: Applications are now open for the opportunity to nominate Charities, Social Enterprises, Volunteers and Private businesses in Aberdeen for the 2014 Aberdeen Impact Awards. It is FREE to enter and applications will close on the 20th October 2014.

WHALE-POD: Earlier this year WHALE Arts Centre received support from Creative Scotland to establish the WHALE-Pod. This provides support for individuals seeking to develop their ideas into a business.

Dates for the Diary

East Lothian SEN, 9th October
Inverclyde SEN, 14th October
Sport SEN West, 22nd October
Falkirk 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 November
South Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November
Falkirk SEN, 24th November
Moray SEN, 3rd December 

Best wishes,