The SENs: Friday 6th September 2013

Applications are open for this year’s Dragons’ Den at the Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh on 14th/15th Nov at Westerwood Hotel. To book your place, see Ceilidh page. Once again, there will be £5,000 prize for the winner – sponsors to be announced shortly. Also included will be other prizes like the audience prize which will crowd-fund on the day. If you’re brave enough to face the Dragons’ and would like to throw your hat in the ring see, entry form. Closing date is Friday, 18th October. 

Next week Senscot is hosting the first ever Joint Thematic Roundtable meeting which will bring together almost 30 representatives from the Health, Sport, Cultural and Community Food Roundtables. This work is being supported by Scottish Govt Third Sector Division; Scottish Govt Health Directorate; Creative Scotland and sportscotland. As the work of the SENs and Roundtables has evolved both the Govt and ourselves have been aware of the increasing scope for joint working between the respective thematic areas. The intention of the meeting is to explore how these respective thematic areas can work more closely together and, in turn, help social enterprises deliver their services more effectively and productively within their local communities. We’ll give you an update next week.

Another great event hosted by CEiS this week in Glasgow. Thanks to the 6 SEN members – Clydesdale Community Initiative; My Adventure; Neilston Development Trust; Moffat CAN; Simply Play and Newmilns Ski Centre for taking part in the Walking the Walk session. ABSEN news from the event included the launch of a report aimed at improving local services and finding ways of the public and voluntary sectors working more closely, see report.

GSEN launched a new partnership with Toronto Social Enterprise Network which will see both cities sharing information and offering peer support.

The Community Planning Partnership (CPP) in Edinburgh has begun a consultation process for its forthcoming Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh. The Strategy seeks to place social enterprise at the heart of Edinburgh’s economy. If you’d like to contribute, click here.

Good to see a number of SEN members shortlisted for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards, good luck to them all and we look forward to the announcement of the winners later in the year! See shortlist.

This week, Senscot, also attended the NOURISH SCOTLAND: Feeding the Five Million Conference which brought together delegates from across Scotland, from farmers and crofters to people tackling food poverty in their own city communities, set out an ambitious blueprint for doing better with food. See media release.


TENDERS: Clyde Valley Waste Audits, Supporting Healthcare Practitioners in Delivering Person-Centred Care and Landscape Architect for Wilton Lodge Park Restoration Project. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

ENTERPRISE READY FUND: The Fund (formerly the Growth Fund) is already generating significant interest within the SE community. Limited places are available for next week’s event in Edinburgh (Thurs, 12th Sept at Grassmarket Community Project). If interested, contact Helen Oxley. The Fund will distribute up to £6m between now and 2015. Get along if you can and you will get a more detailed lowdown on criteria etc.

AWARDS: For the first time the Falkirk Herald Business Awards will include a category for Best Community Business / Social Enterprise. The awards are open to all businesses/social enterprises who can demonstrate a commitment to making a social impact in the community in the area.

EXHIBITION: The opening of ‘Making our Mark’, an exhibition by St Crispin’s School takes place on 10th September at The Gallery on the Corner.

GATHERING: On 27th September the Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering takes place in Dunfermline. The aim of the event is to bring together organisations and people sharing an interest in the development of pilgrimage travel and faith tourism in Scotland today.

Case Study: Letham Sports Club

Dates for the Diary

DGSEN AGM, 12th September

Dundee SEN Conference, 17th September

Sport SEN North, 19th September

Fife SEN, 19th September

Moray SEN, 2nd October

Aberdeen City and Shire Trade 2 Trade Fair, 8th October

Edinburgh SEN, 28th October

Sport SEN West, 30th October

Best wishes,