The SENS Newsletter: Friday 30th August 2013

Senscot attended an Enterprise Ready Fund workshop in Glasgow this week.  The Fund, being administered by Foundation Scotland, in partnership with CEiS, Social Value Lab and DSL, will be open for applications in mid-September – with 3 main categories. Two things to note: “Priority will be given to activities that contribute towards Scottish Government’s Prevention and  Welfare Reform Agendas ”and “ applicants must demonstrate clear and robust links with a business support provider (Just Enterprise, HIE, Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway, or from an independent source)”. Further workshops are planned for Inverness (10th Sept) and Edinburgh (12th Sept). See more.

This week you’ll be receiving the SENs Newsletter in a new format. You’ll also notice a ‘refresh’ of the website – including a new name. Hopefully, you’ll find it an improvement. See, There’ll be further tweaks in the weeks ahead.

One of the main purposes of our annual SE Conference and Ceilidh is bring together as many SEN members as possible. Our goal each year is for approx. 75% of attendees to BE from frontline social enterprises. 40 folk have signed up already – including 11 from Glasgow SEN – so it would be good to get places filled before opening it out to others. See draft programme and book your place.

Assist Social Capital is offering 3 bursary places to SEN members interested in attending this year`s Social Capital World Forum. The Event takes place next (4th-6th Sept) at Lendrick Lodge, near Callander. See details.

Senscot is looking to recruit an Administrator (Maternity cover) for our office in Edinburgh (Manor Place) – post will be available from November ’13 – Sept ‘14. Duties include book- keeping, co-ordinating events and making sure this bulletin is ready to go out on a Friday! For job description and application form, contact or see website. Closing date – 5pm on Friday, 6th Sept.

Senscot and  Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) are hosting the 2nd SEN Co-ordinators and Third Sector Interface (TSI) Practice Forum on 23rd Sept at Robertson House, Bath Street, Glasgow (10am – 1.30pm). So far, around 20 TSIs have signed up as well most of the SEN co-ordinators. This second event will focus on supporting TSIs in addressing challenges and issues around procurement and Public Social Partnership models – and will include input from The Ready for Business Consortium which is delivering The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme. See details.

There are currently 4 active Thematic SENs – Health; Culture; Community Food; and Sport – and in view of the volume of current activity and its relevance to all SEN members, we will be circulating regular updates on what’s going on. Last week, we circulated the latest Health SEN Newsletter – newsletter here . This week, we are circulating the latest Cultural Newsletter.

Many SEN members provide training/employment placements for young people and may be interested in a new initiative from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – The Certificate of Work Readiness. This new Certificate will show that a young person has reached an ‘employer defined standard’ and is ready for work – in short, they turn up on time, can work with others and have the right attitude. One point to note is that this initiative is separate from Community Jobs Scotland. Adrian Kitchen (The Social Learning Company Ltd), in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy, is promoting the scheme to social enterprises across Scotland. For more, see details here.

Congratulations to Cultural SEN member, the Glad Café as it celebrates its 1st birthday this month. The Glad Cafe is a cafe/venue in the south side of Glasgow that provides a showcase space for up and coming musicians as well as for more established acts – and plan to plough profits into affordable music lessons for local people. Read more.


TENDERS: Single Point of Contact (Website) – Opportunities Fife and Framework Agreement for the Provision of General Builders Work and Sundry Services – North Glasgow Housing Association. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

EVENT: UnLtd and international social enterprise TOMS have teamed up for this event to present an exciting line-up of social entrepreneurs who have Started Something That Matters. This free event taking place at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, Thursday 26th September, 5.30-9pm.

WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise has announced details of a new half day workshop in its series of business development courses for third sector organisations: “An Introduction to Negotiation Techniques”. This free workshop takes place on 22nd October in Glasgow. 

CONFERENCE: Focusing on growth and sustainability, this conference will provide aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs with the key skills and knowledge required to build a thriving social enterprise in today’s economy. For further details on delegate rates, sponsor packages, exhibition space, speaker’s profiles and to view the Conference Programme and book your place. Bookings will close 5th September 2013.

AWARD: Mid Argyll Community Pool have been nominated for a Good Causes Award and could win a share of £100,000. A few clicks are all it takes to vote for them. Currently they are 3rd on the leader board.

Case Study: Greenock Arts Guild Ltd – Cultural SEN

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


Best wishes,