The SENs: Friday 8th September 2017

Date for the Diary: Our SE Conference takes place this year at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld – on the 7th/8th December 2017. Like last year, the event will be run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise; with support from Scottish Community Alliance. We are currently developing the programme but the general theme will be around ‘Collaboration’. In light of the 2017 SE Census (see below), there is even greater importance in exploring how social and community enterprises can work better and more effectively together. Some of the items on the agenda will include: future development of SENs; a support programme for community-based enterprises; a new sector-led community loan fund; a focus on specific thematic activity – as well as a revamped Dragons’ Den. Booking forms available next week. The SE Census 2017 was launched at the CEIS conference this week. The total number of social enterprises in Scotland is now up to 5,600 an increase of 400 from the 2015 Census. Other stats include: 75% are registered charities; 70% are led by and accountable to people in a particular neighbourhood; 64% led by women. The data in the report will be used to inform and shape future support delivered via the SE Action Plan. Headline stats are available in this infographic. Senscot and GSEN are working with Scottish Enterprise to deliver two Tourism Innovation masterclasses in Glasgow which will include contributions from the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Visit Scotland.  The first masterclass, ‘Understanding your role in the Glasgow Tourism Market’ (4th October 1 – 5pm), will help businesses to understand what resources need to be put in place for them to fulfil their ambition. The second, ‘Social Enterprise Tourism Package Offering’ (25th October 9 – 1pm), will focus on partnerships between businesses and opportunities in the conferencing sector, exploring the possibility of a collaborative social enterprise Welcome to Glasgow package.  For more information or to sign up for the events please contact Dundee SEN (DSEN) will be celebrating its 10th birthday this year and have some exciting plans to raise awareness of all the fantastic, diverse work that social enterprises in Dundee do as well as to help people understand what a social enterprise is. They are looking to hire a City Centre venue on a Saturday in November when the city will be busy with people starting to think about Christmas. DSEN will be covering the cost of the venue hire on behalf of its members. Members will be able to have a table or space to sell products / services or recruit volunteers or generally raise awareness of what your organisation does. They will also be looking for entertainment, children’s activities and adult’s activities to engage people with on the day. More DSEN news here. Supporters Direct is inviting football fan groups and club officials to give their views on the prospect of community ownership at their local club and how it could be funded. Following a reward of funding to test the feasibility of a ‘Fans Bank’ to help fund community ownership buy outs of professional clubs, SD Scotland has launched a survey targeted at Supporters Trusts and clubs to gauge their interest in community ownership at their club via a social investment fund, under the proposed name of ‘Sports Funder’. See the full press release and take the survey. The Homeless World Cup, held this year in Oslo and supported by Sport SEN member Street Soccer, came to its conclusion this week, with the Scottish teams walking away with a magnificent double. The men’s team triumphed 2 – 0 over Grenada to take home the New Balance Shield, but it was the woman’s team who stole the show. Trailing 4 – 0 to the Netherlands, they staged a remarkable comeback to steal the Fretex Plate with a 5 – 4 win. Congratulations to all of those who took part, and we look forward to next year’s event!  Notices TENDERS: Provision of Family Support Workers – West Lothian Council, Hospital to Home Service – NHS Lanarkshire, SMART Litter Bins – Stirling Council, HR: Assessment Centres – Scottish Government and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSEN DISCUSSION: There are still spaces left for our Joint Thematic SEN Discussion on Dementia, which will explore role of SE in more detail with a view to promoting this to public sector partners. Find out more and book your place at the tableFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: RBS’ Skills & Opportunities Fund is open for applications, with grants of up to £35,000 available for community projects that deal with financial capability and enterprise. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Projects which benefit one of the 10 Common Good land areas could be eligible for funding of up to £10,000. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: iHub’s Improvement Fund is looking to support projects at a local level that improve the quality of health and social care services in Scotland. From 1–22 September, eligible organisations can apply for a grant between £5,000–£75,000. See more informationWORKSHOPS: Just Enterprise are hosting leadership workshops which will cover topics such as strategic leadership, communicating direction and emotional intelligence.  An Aspiring Leaders workshop will be available on various dates in Elgin, Moray, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and Edinburgh. Senior Leader workshops will be run in Edinburgh and Glasgow. SUMMIT: Culture SEN member Resonate Together has teamed up with Jeremy Scrivens to host a summit aimed at halting the industrial and economic slide suffered in Alloa and the surrounding areas. Scrivens has a reputation for enabling action within communities to bring about progressive change. Local business leaders and social enterprises are encouraged to attend, with summit tickets costing £154.  Dates for the Diary SE & Dementia Discussion, 12th SeptemberClackmannanshire SEN, 20th SeptemberPKVAS meeting, 26th SeptemberMoray SEN, 12th October    Best wishes,