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The SENs: Friday 15th September 2017
Date for the Diary: Booking forms are now available for our SE Conference at the Westerwood Hotel – on the 7th/8th December 2017. This year’s event – on the theme of Collaboration (title to follow) - is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise; with......more

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......more

The SENs: Friday 1st September 2017
A recent Audit Scotland Report has re-ignited debate around Self Directed Support (SDS). The Report identifies a number of good examples, but suggest there is little real evidence of the necessary transformation required to see SDS implemented consistently and successfully across the country. In particular,......more

The SENs: Friday 25th August 2017
Following a series of discussions and a survey amongst thematic SEN members, it was agreed that we would produce a series of ‘Senscot Briefings’ on activities or policy areas identified by thematic SEN members. As well as highlighting developments in these policy areas, the ‘Briefings’......more

The SENs: Friday 18th August 2017
One of the early interventions of the Social Enterprise Action Plan includes a series of Social Innovation Masterclasses which will be delivered by Scottish Enterprise. Senscot is working with Scottish Enterprise on themes for the workshops – the first one due to be delivered in late September......more

The SENs: Friday 11th August 2017
Our annual Conference will this year be returning to the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. The dates are the 7th and 8th December and – like last year – the event will be run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland; Community Enterprise; and the Scottish Community Alliance. Unlike last......more

The SENs: Friday 4th August 2017
The Ready for Business Consortium (CEIS, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot) has, over the last number of years, led the delivery of the Govt’s Developing Markets Programme. This contract came to an end in March 2017. However, the Govt has provided Ready for Business with some continued funding......more

The SENs: Friday 28th July 2017
As Edinburgh limbers up for the Fringe Festival 2017, what better way to get into the swing of things than by celebrating all things social. Edinburgh Social Enterprise’s Social in the Gardens 2017 sees a vibrant convergence of Scotland’s social enterprise scene, with stalls, activities,......more

The SENs: Friday 21st July 2017
The Scottish Government has announced that public bodies in Scotland will be required to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of their decision making, the first government in the UK to commit to such a pledge. Once implemented, it will mean bodies like councils and the NHS must consider......more

The SENs: Friday 14th July 2017
The Scottish Government is currently developing a National Diet and Obesity Strategy. In common with other countries in the developed world Scotland faces a significant challenge from rising levels of obesity. This is an area that a number of social enterprises and SEN members expressed an interest in......more

The SENs: Friday 7th July 2017
The Management Committee of what has been known until now as the Partnership and Procurement Hub has agreed to introduce a new working title for the project - Partnership for Procurement (P4P). This link gives a breakdown on what P4P will be delivering for social enterprise and third sector organisations.......more

The SENs: Friday 30th June 2017
This week, Senscot submitted a written response to the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sports Committee on behalf of its 150 Sport SEN members. The Sport for Everyone inquiry, headed by Neil Findlay, hopes to understand the barriers to participation in sport, and how to overcome these at both......more

The SENs: Friday 23rd June 2017
Senscot’s Feasibility Study into the Italian Consortia model is due for completion over the summer months. The Study is exploring how, through a collaborative approach, SENs and their members could play a greater role in delivering services in local communities; speaking with a stronger voice both......more

The SENs: Friday 16th June 2017
Last year, Senscot commissioned a review of the Thematic SENs – which resulted in trying to focus on key priorities that could lead to joint opportunities between respective thematic areas. The specific priorities included: Health and Social Care Integration; Self Directed Support; Food Poverty;......more

The SENs: Friday 9th May 2017
  With the support of Scottish Govt, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot have re-engaged with the EU SEN  and, this week, have been attending a Peer Review session in Prague on ‘How to involve municipalities in the social economy – what are the most effective models?’ The Peer......more

The SENs: Friday 2nd June 2017
The Partnership and Procurement Hub will be building momentum over the coming months as we build up the staff team. The P&P Hub will be supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations looking to form partnerships and consortia – either for working together or with a view to bidding......more

The SENs: Friday 26th May 2017
As part of our work on a Feasibility Study into the Italian Consortia Model and the lessons we can learn from it, Senscot spent a couple of days visiting Milan – seeing how things work first-hand. The visit was about learning how social co-operatives – through working together – have......more

The SENs: Friday 19th April 2017
Senscot welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to developing a national strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation, and we invite SEN members to join us in shaping and informing the strategy. A joint SEN discussion on the strategy will take place on Wednesday 7th June at our Glasgow......more

The SENs: Friday 12th May 2017
Senscot’s AGM took place yesterday in Glasgow – with attendees hearing five forthright contributions on the opportunities and challenges presented by the SE Action Plan. All speakers welcomed the ambition of the Action Plan – and as a springboard for the next phase of SE development......more

The SENs: Friday 5th May 2017
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is now accepting applications from charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations interested in creating new job opportunities. CJS aims to support unemployed and vulnerable people aged 16-29 by helping them into paid job and training opportunities in the third......more

The SENs: Friday 28th April 2017
Wednesday evening saw a gathering at the Glad Café in Glasgow to celebrate the ‘incorporation’ of Glasgow SEN (GSEN) as an independent organisation. Supported by CEiS for several years, GSEN is now ‘flying solo’. Over 70 folk heard Betty Elliot (Chair), Will Tyler- Greig......more

The SENs: Friday 21st April 2017
Last week’s launch of the Social Enterprise Action Plan includes a series of actions and activities that Scottish Govt will look to support over the next three years. Amongst these are some ‘early actions’ - two of which Senscot will be directly involved in. The Partnership and Procurement......more

The SENs: Thursday 13th April 2017
Recently, we invited Thematic SENs to participate in a Tick List Survey – identifying activities or policy areas that SEN members were keen to address in the year ahead. One of area identified was working to combat loneliness and isolation. A useful resource on this issue is the VHS Loneliness......more

The SENs: Friday 7th April 2017
Following yesterday's International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, today sees the publication of a comprehensive Sport for Change research project, conducted by Research Scotland on behalf of the Robertson Trust, sportscotland and the Scottish Government. Positive outcomes of the research include......more

The SENs: Friday 31st March 2017
Senscot and Social Firms Scotland were in Brussels this week to reengage with the EUSEN, where we had the opportunity to take park in the Euclid Network’s Gathering to Grow II event at the European Parliament. The focus of the conference was to highlight the work of Euclid members and to support......more

The SENs: Friday 24th March 2017
Senscot joined hundreds of social entrepreneurs and sector stakeholders at the SE Exchange, hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland, on Tuesday at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. The event kicked off with a speech from Jeane Freeman MSP, who spoke of a “shared mission between government and business......more

The SENs: Friday 17th March 2017
This week Senscot and the Scottish Community Alliance hosted a Participatory Budgeting (PB) Masterclass delivered by Jez Hall (PB Partners and Share Future CIC). Scottish Government is promoting PB through the £2m Community Choices programme. Over 25 Local Authorities have already begun using PB......more

The SENs: Friday 10th March 2017
Over the last year, Senscot’s work with the 5 Thematic SENs – Health; Community Food; Sport; Culture and Creative; and Employability (supported by Social Firms Scotland) – has seen a focus on specific priority areas: health & social care integration; self-directed support; sport......more

The SENs: Friday 3rd March 2017
In light of the SE Strategy and the impending Action Plan – and early actions – a number of Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) members met this week to consider how they could improve the benefit to their members from the Govt funded services on offer to social and community enterprises –......more

The SENs: Friday 24th February 2017
One of the success stories in our sector, in recent years, has been the impact of the Community Jobs Scotland programme (CJS). At the Gathering this week, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced a new round of funding – with a further £6.1m being pledged to help create 700 new job opportunities......more

The SENs: Friday 17th February 2017
Last week, Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance announced a £1m package of ‘early actions’ in advance of the impending SE Action Plan. One of these ‘early actions’ is the establishment of a ‘Partnership and Procurement Hub’ which will strive to improve the sector’s......more

The SENs: Friday 10th February 2017
Senscot works to support 5 Thematic SENs – Health; Community Food; Sport; Culture and Creative; and Employability (supported by Social Firms Scotland) – with over 400 SEs actively engaged. The last year has seen a focus on specific priority areas: health & social care integration, self-directed......more

The SENs: Friday 3rd February 2017
Yesterday, Scottish Govt announced that £96m worth of contracts will go out to tender to deliver a full programme of employment services from 2018 - to deliver employment support across Scotland. Particularly encouraging is that one of the contracts is to be reserved for a supported business. Pauline......more

The SENs: Friday 27th January 2017
Senscot, in partnership with the Scottish Community Alliance, is hosting a Masterclass on Participatory Budgeting (PB) – ‘Opportunities for social enterprises’. ...more

The SENs: Friday 20th January 2017
Yesterday, 12 members of the Cultural SEN participated in a Community Learning Exchange (CLE) for SEs within the tourism industry. The visit was hosted by the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) in Edinburgh and participants heard presentations from Jonny Kinross (GCP) and Lynsey......more

The SENs: Friday 13th January 2017
Last Friday, the £9.7m Social Economy Development Programme was launched. The Social Economy Growth Fund and the Social Innovation Challenge Fund are both being managed by SG Third Sector Unit. ...more

The SENs: Friday 6th January 2017
With the launch of the SE Strategy in December and a complementary Action Plan emerging over the coming months, 2017 is going to be a significant year for social enterprise in Scotland....more

The SENs: Friday 16th December 2016
On Wednesday, we attended the launch of Scotland’s new SE Strategy - a co-production involving the SE Community and Scottish Govt....more

The SENs: Friday 9th December 2016
Like many in our sector, we look forward next week to the launch of the new SE Strategy for Scotland....more

The SENs: Friday 2nd December 2016
The theme in our Conference last week, ‘Keep it Local - Strength in numbers’ was about how community-based social enterprises can play a greater role in delivering local services. ...more

The SENs: Friday 25th November 2016
Our ‘Keep it Local - Strength in numbers’ event took place on Wednesday. Over 130 folk turned up to hear some lively discussion on key issues affecting our sector....more

The SENs: Friday 18th November 2016
Today, Scottish Govt Third Sector Division hosts a session on the European Social Fund Tackling Poverty programmes. ...more

The SENs: Friday 11th November 2016
Thought provoking, challenging and inspiring sums up this week’s Community Learning Exchange to Liverpool’s Can Cook....more

The SENs: Friday 4th November 2016
The North Ayrshire Social Enterprise Strategy was launched at an event in Irvine yesterday. ...more

The SENs: Friday 28th October 2016
Voluntary Action Scotland hosted their two-day Annual Conference for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) this week....more

The SENs: Friday 21st October 2016
As a member of the Scottish Community Alliance, Senscot, can access the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) Fund for SEN members....more

The SENs: Friday 14th October 2016
“Keep it local; Strength in numbers” is the working title of Senscot’s national event this year. ...more

The SENs: Friday 7th October 2016
As most folk are aware, Senscot is not hosting a Ceilidh this year. Instead, we are hosting an event at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Wed 23rd November. ...more

The SENs: Friday 30th September 2016
This week Senscot contributed to Voluntary Action Scotland’s TSI Practice Forum on social enterprise with a session on Procurement delivered by George and Charities and Trading Subsidiaries delivered by Helen....more

The SENs: Friday 23rd September 2016
Senscot in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Local SENs & TSI’s (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highlands) and Highlands and Island Enterprise are organising a Learning Exchange Visit for social enterprises across the North East. ...more

The SENs: Friday 16th September 2016
For the last 11 years, Senscot has hosted a SE Conference and Ceilidh in November of each year. ...more

The SENs: Friday 9th September 2016
This week’s CEIS Conference saw the formal launch of Scotland’s International SE Strategy. ...more

The SENs: Friday 2nd September 2016
Instead of our usual SE Conference and Ceilidh in November, Senscot will be hosting a joint event – in partnership with Community Enterprise; Social Firms Scotland; and the Scottish Community Alliance. The event will look to build on the success of Community Enterprise’ June symposium –......more

The SENs: Friday 26th August 2016
Great turn out for the SEN Co-ordinators meeting in Edinburgh this week. The main agenda item for the meeting was Tourism....more

The SENs: Friday 19th August 2016
For the last 11 years, Senscot has hosted a SE Conference and Ceilidh in November of each year....more

The SENs: Friday 12th August 2016
Over the autumn, Scottish Govt will be publishing a 10-year strategy for social enterprise in Scotland....more

The SENs: Friday 5th August 2016
One of the big social/community enterprise events in the calendar takes place on 7th Sept in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. CEiS’ annual SE Policy and Practice event is now in its 10th year and regularly attracts around 200 delegates each year. This year’s Programme includes a keynote......more

The SENs: Friday 29th July 2016
This week’s Third Force News highlights concerns being raised by Unison that many of the Scotland’s third sector care providers are facing a ‘perfect storm’ – of increased demand for services and reducing income/funding levels. Deborah Dyer, voluntary sector organiser at......more

The SENs: Friday 22nd July 2016
Many of our members have asked us about the future of European Structural Funds and in particular the impending ESF programmes relevant to tackling poverty and the social economy....more

The SENs: Friday 15th July 2016
There’s been a real buzz in Glasgow city centre this week for the Homeless World Cup....more

The SENs: Friday 8th July 2016
The latest stage of consultation - via a series of Roundtable events - to inform the development of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland is just about complete and feedback from those sessions is currently being collated....more

The SENs: Friday 1st July 2016
Last year, the Independent Short Life Working Group (SLWG) was established to consider - how best to create a dignified and sustained strategy which supports vulnerable people and more....more

The SENs: Friday 24th June 2016
Renfrewshire SEN is one of the most recently established SENs - on the go for a year now. Renfrewshire SEN and its members receive support from the local Third Sector Interface, Engage Renfrewshire that provides a range of one to one support and development as well as levering in support from national......more

The SENs: Friday 17th June 2016
The Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow – 10th-16th July. Senscot is working in partnership with HWC, to host a series of workshops....more

The SENs: Friday 10th June 2016
SE Representatives are working with Scottish Govt to co-produce a ‘SE Strategy for Scotland’ for the next 10 years....more

The SENs: Friday 3rd June 2016
The SE Vision 2025 (Feb 2015) set out a blueprint for how SE can increase its contribution to the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities across Scotland over the next decade....more

The SENs: Friday 27th May 2016
There are still some places available for the Joint Thematic SEN event in Perth on 16th June.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 20th May 2016
Diane Cameron left Senscot in April to head up the Ardroy Outdoor Centre – delighted to report that Diane’s been in touch and enjoying her new role - even the sun has come out since she started!  We’ve now gone through a recruitment process and Alan Johnston has been appointed......more

The SENs: Friday 13th May 2016
Between 10th - 16th July, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow....more

The SENs: Friday 6th May 2016
Following our recent review of Thematic SEN activity, 2016/17 will see a focus on key priorities identified....more

The SENs: Friday 29th April 2016
In July, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow (10th-16th)....more

The SENs: Friday 22nd April 2016
The Employability SEN met for the second time at the Trades Hall in Glasgow this week. ...more

The SENs: Friday 15th April 2016
Bookings are now open for Community Enterprise’s event in Edinburgh on Friday 24th June....more

The SENs: Friday 8th April 2016
Over the last 18 months, Village SOS has successfully supported 14 community projects in Scotland - with a further 17 currently receiving ongoing support....more

The SENs: Friday 1st April 2016
Senscot is now seeking to recruit a new Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator to facilitate and support the growing volume of activity of the Sport SEN and Roundtable....more

The SENs: Friday 1st April 2016
Senscot is now seeking to recruit a new Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator to facilitate and support the growing volume of activity of the Sport SEN and Roundtable....more

The SENs: Thursday 24th March 2016
With our Scottish elections taking place in six weeks’ time, Social Enterprise Scotland has produced a manifesto – ‘For the Good of Everyone’ – promoting the increasing role social enterprise can play in Scottish society. The manifesto itself will be launched at an event......more

The SENs: Friday 18th March 2016
Food insecurity is increasingly at the heart of the debate about poverty and inequality in Scotland. A collaboration between Oxfam Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Nourish, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland and Faith in the Community Scotland, is exploring the development of networking activity to help......more

The SENs: Friday 11th March 2016
The ReadyforBusiness Consortium held its Fit for Purpose 2016 event at Easter Road Stadium on Wednesday. Over 80 delegates were present to hear from a range of inspiring speakers and engage in a series of workshops. With Health and Social Care Integration coming into force across 31 local authority areas......more

The SENs: Friday 4th March 2016
The next meeting of the Employability SEN will take place on 19th April in Glasgow (venue tbc). The meeting will take a more strategic view of the employability landscape - Joanne Farrow (Employability Implementation Lead, Scottish Government) will be our main speaker.  Joanne will give an overview......more

The SENs: Friday 26th February 2016
Last chance to complete this short 4 question survey to help inform the future direction of the Employability SEN. One of the main reasons for establishing the SEN was to provide a strong collective voice in the employability arena, specific for social enterprise as well as taking a more pro-active approach......more

The SENs: Friday 19th February 2016
It was announced by Nicola Sturgeon at The Gathering this week that Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) managed by SCVO is set to receive a further £6.1m investment which will support 700 jobs....more

The SENs: Friday 12th February 2016
Last year, Social Firms Scotland (SFS), supported by Senscot, established the Employability SEN - which now has over 50 members....more

The SENs: Friday 5th February 2016
Senscot and Social Enterprise Scotland will be attending the Voluntary Action Scotland Social Enterprise Forum at The Melting Pot next Thursday....more

The SENs: Friday 29th January 2016
Last month, we mentioned that we were carrying out a review of activity around the thematic SENs. We are just about at the end of this process and will be sharing further information with SEN members in the weeks ahead....more

The SENs: Friday 22nd January 2016
Over the coming months, Scottish Govt will be preparing a new strategy for supporting social enterprise and the third sector at both a local and national level....more

The SENs: Friday 15th January 2016
Senscot Legal is coming to the end of its 5th year of trading. It began trading in February 2011 to provide social enterprises and wider third sector organisations with legal services that were both accessible and affordable....more

The SENs: Friday 8th January 2016
Over the last couple of years, Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) has seen over 6000 young people employed across the third sector. Many social enterprises have been engaged with CJS and as well as providing employment opportunities for young people in a supportive environment they have also been able to......more

The SENs: Friday 18th December 2015
As is customary for the last SENs Newsletter of the year, we reflect on activity over the last 12 months....more

The SENs: Friday 11th December 2015
Senscot has been supporting Thematic SENs since 2010. Today there are 5 – Health; Sport; Culture; Community Food and, most recently in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Employability - with over 300 SEs are currently engaged....more

The SENs: Friday 4th December 2015
This week, Audit Scotland published a new report - Health and Social Care Integration - reviewing the progress made to establish new integration authorities....more

The SENs: Friday 27th November 2015
The SE Vision document, we hope, will help inform Scottish Govt on the direction of travel for our SE community over the years ahead as they plan a refreshed Govt Third Sector Strategy to be published in spring 2016. ...more

The SENs: Friday 20th November 2015
Early in October, Senscot commissioned Social Value Lab to do some research on the work of the thematic SENs....more

The SENs: Friday 13th November 2015
Senscot’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is over for another year. Around 120 delegates attended the event at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld....more

The SENs: Friday 6th November 2015
By this time next week the 11th SE Conference and Ceilidh will be done for another year. This year’s event is just about sold out with 116 folk signed up – 4 places still available – if anyone fancies coming along....more

The SENs: Friday 30th October 2015
Tuesday saw the meeting of the Cross Party Group on Social Enterprise at the Parliament. The event focussed primarily on the findings of the recent SE Census....more

The SENs: Friday 23rd October 2015
Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh are now over the 100 mark – with space limited to another 20 folk. Our programme is more or less finalised with applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den about to close. ...more

The SENs: Friday 16th October 2015
A number of SENs have been working with City of Edinburgh Council and five other local authorities in the East of Scotland to submit a £1bn bid to the Scottish and UK Governments for a City Region Deal....more

The SENs: Friday 9th October 2015
An issue that may have increasing relevance for SENs and their members over the years ahead will be Participatory Budgeting (PB) – a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements....more

The SENs: Friday 2nd October 2015
Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh have been coming in fast – approaching 100 delegates so far – with space for another 30/40. The programme is just about finalised and we are now inviting applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 18th September 2015
News this week that Scottish Govt is to undertake a review of the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) and their umbrella body, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS)....more

The SENs: Friday 11th September 2015
We now have our SE Conference and Ceilidh Draft Programme available. The focus, as always, will be on SENs and their members...more

The SENs: Friday 4th September 2015
Wednesday’s CEIS SE Policy and Practice Conference saw the launch of the SE in Scotland: Census 2015. This is a very impressive piece of work – carried out by Social Value Lab – providing an insight, for the first time, into the size and scope of the social enterprise community......more

The SENs: Friday 28th August 2015
At Beith Community Development Trust this week, Alex Neil (Minister for Social Justice and Communities), announced £1.7m of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland....more

The SENs: Friday 21st August 2015
The 11th SE Conference and Ceilidh is now open for bookings - again at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld - draft programme available over the next couple of weeks....more

The SENs: Friday 14th August 2015
Senscot will be hosting its 11th SE Conference and Ceilidh this year – dates are 12th and 13th November. The event will again be at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. ...more

The SENs: Friday 7th August 2015
On Wednesday, the inaugural Employability SEN meeting took place in Glasgow. 35 organisations attended to discuss the interest in and potential remit of an Employability SEN – particularly in light of the current and impending opportunities for the provision of employability......more

The SENs: Friday 31st July 2015
Senscot is a member of the Scottish Community Alliance – a network of networks leading the campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland. The 18 SCA network members engage with over 2,000 community groups/organisations/enterprises - spread across the......more

The SENs: Friday 24th July 2015
This week we’ve added some further dates to our EU Masterclass Seminars - these seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”....more

The SENs: Friday 17th July 2015
This week Senscot attended a European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) Stakeholder Workshop relating to the ‘Tackling Poverty and Inequality – Growing the Social Economy’ Strategic Intervention (SI). The SI proposal which is starting to shape up has been jointly developed by the Scottish......more

The SENs: Friday 10th July 2015
Recently, we gauged interest in establishing a new Employability SEN. We have been heartened by the level of interest shown and have now set a date for its inaugural meeting – Wed, 5th August in Glasgow (10.30 start) – venue still to be confirmed but we will confirm this by next week.......more

The SENs: Friday 3rd July 2015
Friday’s EU Funding Masterclass seemed to be very well received with a lot of positive feedback – and, naturally, a series of further questions and enquiries. Over 60 folk attended. Our intention was to share some of the core information before much of the EU programmes are “open for......more

The SENs: Friday 26th June 2015
This week we welcomed our newest member of staff - Alan Johnston. Alan has taken up the role of Partnership and Procurement Support Officer. This follows a ‘pilot’ period over the last 12 months that was delivered by Joan Riddell. This is a joint initiative between Senscot and Social Firms......more

The SENs: Friday 19th June 2015
Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – will be hosting an information session on the new round of EU Funding next Friday, 26th June at the Teachers Building, St Enoch’s Square in Glasgow (10am -12noon). ...more

The SENs: Friday 12th June 2015
With the new round of EU Funding due to come on stream later this year, Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – will be running a series of information sessions for social and community enterprises over the coming months.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 5th June 2015
Yesterday, Dundee SEN (DSEN) hosted a ‘stakeholder’ event for a range of organisations and individuals in the city to explore how SE can play an increasing role in shaping the way that health and social care services are planned and delivered within Dundee itself – including integration,......more

The SENs: Friday 29th May 2015
Yesterday, Dundee SEN (DSEN) held its AGM. As one of the country’s most mature social enterprise networks, DSEN now has over 40 members; employing over 500 people; with a combined turnover of approx. £17m. It has also been involved in a number of local initiatives both with the local authorities......more

The SENs: Friday 22nd May 2015
The SE Vision 2025 Steering Group met this week to consider feedback from a series of consultations that have taken place over the last couple of months....more

The SENs: Friday 15th May 2015
Over the past year, Senscot has been approached about the possibility of setting up a new thematic SEN – covering ‘Employability’....more

The SENs: Friday 8th May 2015
The sad news this week that Claverhouse in Dundee is to close is another reminder of the difficult operating environment for so many social enterprises and charities at present....more

The SENs: Friday 1st May 2015
This week, Diane Cameron, SE Sport Co-ordinator, represented the Sport SEN members at Holyrood in a Sport for Development focused meeting with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health....more

The SENs: Friday 24th April 2015
NEW JOB: Having piloted this initiative over the last year, Senscot is now looking to recruit a ‘Partnership and Procurement Officer’. The work, during the pilot, was successfully carried out by Joan Riddell....more

The SENs: Friday 17th April 2015
Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and more recently DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance have been collaborating to identify opportunities for our respective members in the new European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014 - 2020. Scottish Gov’t have been in touch this week in relation......more

The SENs: Friday 10th April 2015
The aims of the Health SEN and Roundtable are very much about promoting the work of Health-based social enterprises and the contribution they can make in improving health inequality in the communities in which they work....more

The SENs: Thursday 2nd April 2015
The Sport SEN met in Perth this week for its annual national meeting. Meetings tend to take place regionally – due to the growth in numbers of Sport SEN members - however, members are keen to take the opportunity to come together nationally at least once a year. ...more

The SENs: Friday 27th March 2015
The Ready for Business Consortium which delivers the Scottish Gov’s Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers Programme is now entering its third year. Yesterday, Ready for Business partners hosted a Stakeholder Engagement Event in Edinburgh, which attracted around 80 delegates - mostly......more

The SENs: Friday 20th March 2015
Last week, Senscot held interviews for the post of SE and Health Co-ordinator - to replace Danielle Trudeau who has moved on the devote her time and efforts to develop her own venture, Tribe Porty....more

The SENs: Friday 13th March 2015
The power of sport as a tool for change with social enterprise seen as a route to achieve both impact and sustainability is a growing area of interest across the UK.  This week, Diane Cameron, our SE & Sport Coordinator, spoke at an all-Ireland conference in Belfast - sharing tales of our 5......more

The SENs: Friday 6th March 2015
The quarterly SEN co-ordinators and chairs meeting took place yesterday in Edinburgh. Amongst the items for discussion was the recent SE Vision 2025 document. The general feedback was positive – with a couple of caveats....more

The SENs: Friday 27th February 2015
Since 2011, the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme has helped create nearly 5,500 jobs across our third sector. This week, at ‘The Gathering’, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that the Scottish Government is to invest an additional £6m that could lead to the creation of a further 1,000......more

The SENs: Friday 20th February 2015
Following the circulation of the SE Vision 2025, we are hosting a meeting for SEN Chairs and Co-ordinators to feed in their views on the document. Date set is Thursday, 5th March – 10.30-12.30 at our offices in Manor Place, Edinburgh....more

The SENs: Friday 13th February 2015
As SENs are getting more established, more are hosting their own conferences. Next up – later this month – is South Ayrshire SEN (SASEN) who will be holding their event on 27th Feb at The Carrick Centre in Maybole. ...more

The SENs: Friday 6th February 2015
Job Advert: Senscot is now recruiting for a new Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator. Danielle Trudeau, who has been with us since Feb 2013, is moving on to devote her time and energies running her own social enterprise ‘Tribe Porty’....more

The SENs: Friday 30th January 2015
Senscot joined a delegation - along with Social Firms Scotland, Scottish Govt and the Social Enterprise Academy - in Brussels this week to participate in the closing conference of the EU Social Entrepreneurship Network (EU SEN). ...more

The SENs: Friday 23rd January 2015
Next week Social Firms Scotland and Senscot head to Brussels to participate in the EU Social Entrepreneurship Network closing conference. The EU SEN has looked to share good practice via ‘peer review’ meetings over the last two years – with one of its primary aims being to ensure ......more

The SENs: Friday 16th January 2015
There is no doubt that 2015 will be another busy year for SENs and their members. This week saw the first SEN Co-ordinators meeting of the year....more

The SENs: Friday 9th January 2015
By April 2015, Health Boards and Local Authorities will need to have integrated governance arrangements for health and social care in place. Local Health and Social Care Partnerships will oversee the delivery of joint strategic commissioning plans – focussing on preventative and anticipatory care......more

The SENs: Friday 19th December 2014

The SENs: Friday 12th December 2014
The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland – the Code – has been around since 2013 and shows no sign of disappearing; in fact, its momentum is growing....more

The SENs: Friday 5th December 2014
Next Wednesday, 10th December, Glasgow SEN is hosting Glasgow’s first Social Enterprise Trade Show at WASPs in The Briggait. The Trade Show is aimed at businesses and the general public and is an opportunity to come and see the wide range of products and services available from social enterprises......more

The SENs: Friday 28th November 2014
Over the last couple of months a consultation process has been on going with regard to producing a SE Strategy for Scotland. This process began at the CEiS event in September and culminated at the recent SE Conference and Ceilidh Conference earlier this month. ...more

The SENs: Friday 21st November 2014
Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has now produced its second Impact Report on Scotland’s 32 Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs)....more

The SENs: Friday 14th November 2014
Yesterday, we hosted our 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh – our biggest yet – with over 140 delegates....more

The SENs: Friday 7th November 2014
Next week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is now sold out. 140 delegates are signed up and, amongst them, we will be welcoming, for the first time, a delegation from Liverpool....more

The SENs: Friday 31st October 2014
Dundee City Council and Dundee SEN hosted its SE Conference in the city this week, entitled ‘Spotlight on Progress & Future Opportunities’....more

The SENs: Friday 24th October 2014
This week, the SEN Co-ordinators met in Dundee, hosted by Dundee SEN. As always, there was a full agenda with sharing information and ideas across the SENs as well as some lively discussion on a number of specific issues that have and will have an impact on the SENs, their members and the wider social......more

The SENs: Friday 17th October 2014
Senscot supports 4 thematic SENs and Roundtables – Health; Sport; Community Food; and Culture/Creative – with around 300 SEs members/engaged. This work is supported by Scottish Govt Third Sector Division; the Scottish Govt Health Directorate; Creative Scotland; and Sportscotland....more

The SENs: Friday 10th October 2014
This week, Senscot and SFS have been attending the latest EU SEN event in Cyprus – the final EU SEN gathering prior to the Dissemination Conference in Brussels (January 2015)....more

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......more

The SENs: Friday 26th September 2014
This year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh is filling up quickly – over 80 places have been filled – around 60 still available....more

The SENs: Friday 19th September 2014
Senscot is hosting a Joint Thematic Roundtable meeting in Edinburgh next week at the Grassmarket Community Project.  This is the second time that the Roundtables have had the opportunity to come together following a successful event last year....more

The SENs: Friday 12th September 2014
We have a first draft of this year's SE Conference and Ceilidh Programme. Things will change/evolve between now and November - but it gives a flavour of the ideas we have in mind....more

The SENs: Friday 5th September 2014
During the last couple of years there has been an increase in activity within the Thematic SENs (Health, Sport, Culture and Creative and Community Food) this has included exploring areas for joint working across the themes....more

The SENs: Friday 29th August 2014
Bookings are now open for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh - our 10th - at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld on 13th/14thNovember. To request a booking form, email ceilidh@senscot.net....more

The SENs: Friday 22nd August 2014
We’re now opening up bookings for Senscot’s 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh on 13th/14th November at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld....more

The SENs: Friday 15th August 2014
Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established with £500k of Scottish Government 2014 Legacy Funds and £500k from The Robertson Trust....more

The SENs: Friday 8th August 2014
On Wednesday, Senscot and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) co-hosted the third event for Third Sector Interfaces (TSI’s) and SENs – with a focus on working with national social enterprise partners. ...more

The SENs: Friday 1st August 2014
The emerging Health and Social Care Partnerships are to get an additional £100m next year to help integrate services and make sure money is directed to community and third sector preventative services. ...more

The SENs: Friday 25th July 2014
The summer months tend to be reasonably quiet on the SEN front and can give us an opportunity to reflect on developments/changes etc. A notable development this year has been the significant increase in SEN membership - up by around 100 (17%) to 670 SEs engaged with local or thematic SENs....more

The SENs: Friday 18th July 2014
Voluntary Action Scotland and Senscot are hosting a session on 6th August for Third Sector Interfaces (TSI’s) on ‘Working with our national Social Enterprise partners’. ...more

The SENs: Friday 11th July 2014
Having a common understanding on how to measure social impact has proved elusive both to third sector organisations and to funders. We have gone ‘round the block’ from SROI to social auditing and accounting – without ever reaching a consensus on the most satisfactory way on achieving......more

The SENs: Friday 4th July 2014
Many thanks to those of you who have already participated in our SE and Tourism survey. To date, over 60 SEN members have participated – from just about every local authority area....more

The SENs: Friday 27th June 2014
Senscot has been working with the Thematic SENs on issues related to Tourism.  As part of this work, we have developed a short survey to help to identify social enterprises that are delivering, or considering delivering tourism activities, and the types of activities which are being delivered....more

The SENs: Friday 20th June 2014
Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Senscot hosted the EU SEN in Glasgow this week - with 35 delegates attending from 10 EU member states....more

The SENs: Friday 13th June 2014
Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be hosting the EU SEN gathering in Glasgow next week. Delegates will be welcomed by Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Govt) and, over the two days, will get an overview of current Scottish Govt support for SE as well as its intentions for the new EU programme, 2014-20....more

The SENs: Friday 6th June 2014
The next round of ‘Just Enterprise’ was officially launched this week – with the contract being extended to 2016....more

The SENs: Friday 30th May 2014
Senscot, on behalf of the Health SEN, will be submitting a response to the Health Inequalities Review (HIR)....more

The SENs: Friday 23rd May 2014
Senscot attended a Knowledge Exchange Forum hosted by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health (Glasgow Caley) on Tuesday - giving an overview of their research programme – ‘Developing methods for evidencing SE as a public health intervention’....more

The SENs: Friday 16th May 2014
Sport has a high profile in Scotland just now with the Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Ryder Cup both being hosted this year.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 9th May 2014
Community Jobs Scotland has launched a call for applications this week with the aim of creating another 1,400 jobs for young unemployed people with third sector employers.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 2nd May 2014
The UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has appealed to third sector organisations across the UK not to take part in the UK Govt’s new ‘Help to Work’ Programme - describing the work placement element of the scheme as ‘forced unpaid labour’....more

The SENs: Friday 25th April 2014
Senscot Legal has entered its fourth year of trading and today, with the support of the Enterprise Ready Fund, is interviewing for a second paralegal to support the existing staff quota.  ...more

The SENs: Thursday 17th April 2014
Over the last twelve months, the work and activity around the thematic SENs has been steadily increasing. The four thematic SENs – Sport; Health; Community Food; and Culture and Creative – has seen significant growth in their respective memberships and, equally importantly, a similar increase......more

The SENs: Friday 11th April 2014
Senscot and Social Firms Scotland (SFS) are in Warsaw this week at the EU SEN. The theme for this meeting is the Financial Eco-system for Social Entrepreneurship with the aim of building an overall and mutual learning by participating member states.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 28th March 2014
This week, SEN Chairs met in Glasgow - to reflect on the last year`s activity, the progress made and the challenges still face as they look forward to the year ahead. ...more

The SENs: Friday 4th April 2014
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) will be out on the road next month (12th-16th May) with their Great Social Enterprise Tour. SIS will be visiting 5 cities in 5 days – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. ...more

The SENs: Friday 21st March 2014
  Yesterday saw a meeting of the SEN Co-ordinators at Stramash in Oban – these quarterly meetings are rotating round the country. ...more

The SENs: Friday 14th March 2014
This year’s SE & Sport Conference - ‘Inspiring our Leaders’ is now officially ‘full up’....more

The SENs: Friday 7th March 2014
Final programme for SE & Sport Conference - ‘Inspiring our Leaders’ is now available. The event is taking place on 18th March at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 28th February 2014
 Sport SEN members will be able to benefit from a new £1 million fund to help communities own and run their sport facilities. ...more

The SENs: Friday 21st February 2014
First Minister, Alex Salmond, announced at this week’s Gathering event continued commitment from Scottish Government for Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) - managed by SCVO.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 14th February 2014
At many events where our social enterprise community comes together to reflect on where we are; where we should be going, there is a recurring theme that we are not very good at telling ‘our story’. ...more

The SENs: Friday 7th February 2014
A couple of weeks back we highlighted the fact that the proposed Scottish Govt’s 2nd stage consultation on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 was lacking any specific reference to support for social enterprise and the social economy. Since then, we are pleased to report......more

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......more

The SENs: Friday 24th January 2014
Today is the deadline for submitting responses to Scottish Govt’s second stage consultation on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.  Social Firms Scotland and Senscot have submitted a joint response - highlighting concern over the lack of specific reference to support......more

The SEN’s: Friday 17th January 2014
There’s a lot of support out there for social enterprises in Scotland but it’s not easy to find your way around it all and to understand who’s who and who does what. Senscot has been talking for some time about developing a Map of Support to help social enterprises navigate......more

The SENS Newsletter: Friday 10th January 2014
The Sport SEN is hosting its 3rd SE and Sport Conference on the 18th March 2014 at the Emirates arena (Chris Hoy Velodrome) in Glasgow. The theme of the event will be “SE & Sport - Inspiring our Leaders”. ...more

The SENs: Thursday 19th December 2013
As this is the last SENs News of 2013, it would be apt that we give a few reflections/highlights over the last twelve months.  ...more

The SENs: Friday 13th December 2013
The Ready for Business consortium wishes to highlight the success of the Third Sector in winning contracts from the public sector, and in sharing examples of good practice in the way that the public sector is effectively commissioning and procuring services and products. ...more

The SENs: Friday 6th December 2013
Senscot and Social Firms Scotland are, this week, participating in the EU SEN’s Best Practice Conference in Malmo. Each of the 12 members (including Scotland) is providing case studies on examples of best practice in their respective countries. ...more

The SEN’s Newsletter: Friday 29th November 2013
Senscot is part of the ReadyforBusiness (RfB) Consortium that has, since 2011, been delivering the Scottish Govt’s ‘Developing Markets Programme’ - other members of the consortium include: CEiS; Social Firms Scotland; KPMG; MacRoberts; Social Value Lab; and Sustainable Procurement Ltd.......more

The SENs Newsletter: Friday 22nd November 2013
We've started trawling feedback on last week`s SE Conference and Ceilidh at the Westerwood. You can fill the form in here, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RW62HPR. We`re delighted that the vast majority of responses have been positive although we are aware a couple of things could have been done......more

The SENS Newsletter: Friday 15th November 2013
The 9th SE Conference and Ceilidh went off well this week - 160 delegates - approximately 70% SEN members. Some of the highlights included: Minister, Derek Mackay answered questions very honestly; a lively Referendum debate ; A Dragons’ Den first with 1st prize being split between Moffat......more

The SENs: Friday 8th November 2013
The SE Conference and Ceilidh takes place next Thurs/Friday (14th/15th). Around 160 delegates have now signed up - see list. A regular feature is the Dragons’ Den. This year’s prizes include - £5k from the Dragons; 2 days consultancy from Rocket Science; One-to-one coaching from......more

The SENs: Friday 1st November 2013
The SE Conference and Ceilidh is less than two weeks away (14th/15th Nov). Numbers are around the 160 mark. The Dragons’ Den contestants have now been selected – all pitching for the Dragons` £5k prize. Other prizes include – 2 days consultancy from Rocket Science; One-to-one......more

The SENs: Friday 25th October 2013
Three weeks to go till this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (14th/15th Nov at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld). Dragons’ Den application closed last Friday - with 14 applications. 5 will be selected to present on the day. Numbers are now over the 150 mark. We can still accommodate......more

The SENs: Friday 18th October 2013
Deadline for Dragons` Den entries - today, 5pm. To apply, see application form. Over 140 folk have now signed up for the SE Conference and Ceilidh (14th/15th Nov at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld)....more

The SENs: Friday 11th October 2013
Deadline for Dragons’ Den Applications for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh next Friday, 18th October - with a prize of £5k on offer....more

The SENs: Friday 4th October 2013
This year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (Westerwood Hotel - 14th/15th November) is approaching capacity. As things stand, there are around 15 overnight places available - plus 20 day delegate places. If you’re keen to come along, contact karina@senscot.net. ...more

The SENs: Friday 27th September 2013
This week, Senscot and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) hosted the 2nd meeting of SEN / TSI Co-ordinators in Glasgow....more

The SENs: Friday 20th September 2013
The Health & Social Care Integration Bill, otherwise known as the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill will see health boards and local authorities integrate all provision for health and social care....more

The SENs: Friday 13th September 2013
On Tuesday, Senscot, with Scottish Govt, hosted a Joint Thematic SEN event in Edinburgh. The first of its kind - bringing together folk engaged in the respective thematic Roundtables - Health, Sport, Culture and Community Food....more

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. ...more

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....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd August 2013
 Bookings are already coming in for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh at the Westerwood, near Cumbernauld on 14ht/15th Nov. We’ve also heard this week that Derek Mackay, Minister of Local Government and Planning, has accepted our invitation to our keynote speaker for day 1(14th Nov).......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th August 2013
The Booking Form for this year's Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh is now available. This is our 9th running of the event and will be taking place at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld - 14th/15th November.  We have space for 150 delegates - priority will be given to active SEN members.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th August 2013
The 2013 Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will be our 9th since our first outing at New Lanark in 2005. As you may know, this year's event is moving to the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld - 14th/15th November - a date for your diary! This is mainly down to space considerations. As well as......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd August 2013
Is the social enterprise community putting too much emphasis on its potential engagement with public sector markets? This question has been raised by a number of readers (and SEN members) – who feel that organisations that share common values perhaps aren’t making the most of trading with......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th July 2013
The Voluntary SE Code of Practice has 5 criteria - which set down the values and behaviour by which SE community in Scotland recognises one another. These criteria were updated recently, see www.se-code.net/The_Criteria.pdf. Many SENs have now adopted the Code’s criteria as the basis for membership......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th July 2013
Cumbernauld. We’ll be running the event in closer association with Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) - as part of our Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance. The event will, as always, focus on the work of the SENs with a blend of thematic and local activity.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th July 2013
The next Health SEN meeting on the 18th July will focus on The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Bill which was introduced by the Scottish Parliament on 28 May 2013. To help understand the bill and last year's responses to the consultation by third sector organisations, we've invited Claire Stevens, Voluntary......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th July 2013
The Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance has submitted a response to Scottish Govt's consultation on the future of EU Structural Funds in Scotland. Support for social enterprise and the social economy is identified as an investment priority for the Funds in the period 2014-20. Our joint response......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 28th June 2013
Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has announced that its annual SE awards are now open for nominations. Winners will go forward to the UK awards ceremony later in the year. SES also held its AGM this week - that saw the appointment of 5 new board members: Linsay Chalmers (ESEN); James Dunbar (New......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st June 2013
Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) on behalf of Edinburgh City Council has recently conducted research into social enterprise in Edinburgh. Key findings include: the social enterprise sector in Edinburgh is conservatively estimated at 120 organisations; over 4,400 people are involved in the running of social enterprises....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th June 2013
After 8 great years at New Lanark, this year's SE Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. We've set the dates for 14th/15th November. This year, we're hoping to run the event in closer association with Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Social Enterprise Scotland......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th June 2013
We attended the launch of the Glasgow SEN’s Mapping Study on Wednesday. This impressive study, by Social Value Lab, is stacked with interesting and revealing stats. Examples include: over 500 social enterprises; employing circa 13,000 people; annual income around £767 million (stats include......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 31st May 2013
Eight (8) members of the Sport SEN attended the launch this week of the Robertson Trust's 'Community Sport and Enterprise Evaluation Learning Set: Final Impact Report'. The SEN members were sharing the experiences of their 2 year journey to explore "Evaluation". All eight organisations now......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th May 2013
This week Senscot has published a new batch of Health and Social Enterprise Case Studies. The case studies highlight examples of Health SEN members who are working in partnership with the NHS to deliver community led health initiatives. Each social enterprise represents and/or responds to their local......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th May 2013
This week Senscot attended the launch of the Consultation for the new European Structural Funds Programme (2014-20). Keynote speaker, Deputy Fist Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, informed the event that key to the new programme is ‘partnership’ - to ensure continued growth of the economy and employment......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th May 2013
Dundee SEN (DSEN) has completed annual Vital Stats for members (26) with a full mapping exercise for Dundee City Council area planned for later this year. Encouragingly, DSEN continues to grow from strength to strength. Key stats include: Membership increasing from 16 to 26 SEs; property and assets value......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd May 2013
It is anticipated that the contract for administering the new Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund will be announced shortly. Last year, there were over 600 applications - with awards being made to around 60 organisations. Scottish Govt informs us that this year's Fund is likely to......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th April 2013
Following on from last week's meeting in Edinburgh with SEN Co-ordinators and Third Sector Interface staff with responsibility for supporting social enterprise, the link below gives an overview of the presentations and groups discussions that took place. It is our intention to hold a follow up event......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th April 2013
SEN Co-ordinators and Third Sector Interface staff with responsibility for supporting social enterprises attended a network meeting at The Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh this week. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practice and exchange information. Group discussions focussed on......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th April 2013
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is open again for another round of applications from third sector employers. Last year a good number of SEN members were able to access the programme, providing job opportunities for many young people in their respective communities. CJS aims to create 1,000 jobs for young......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th April 2013
The SEN Co-ordinators’ meeting this month is being opened up to Third Sector Interface (TSI) staff. We have been really encouraged by the response so far - with 20 TSIs now being represented. The SEN Co-ordinators’ meetings provide an opportunity to share information, experiences and offer......more

Networks1st Update: Thursday 28th March 2013
The Third Sector Interface in Dumfries and Galloway has had a challenging time over the last year or two but now, with support from Scottish Govt and D&G Council, a new entity has been established. Third Sector First will bring together voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd March 2013
Senscot facilitates quarterly meetings of SEN Co-ordinators - next meeting 17th April in Edinburgh. Next month's meeting is being opened up to Third Sector Interface (TSI) staff with responsibility for delivering the TSI's social enterprise function. There has been a great response so far - with 16 TSIs......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th March 2013
Dundee SEN provides a great example of the contribution local social enterprise communities can make to shaping local policy. As a key partner in the production of the Dundee City Councils Social Enterprise Strategy, the SEN now has three representatives on the Council's Social Enterprise Strategy Board.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th March 2013
Senscot’s work includes supporting SENs across a number of thematic areas - these include health, sport, culture and community food. Over the coming months, we will be providing opportunities for members of the thematic SENs to come together and explore opportunities for joint working. The first......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st March 2013
Senscot spent a couple of days at the Gathering this week - mainly through our involvement in the work of the Health SEN and Roundtable....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd February 2013
Next week, Senscot is participating in a session at The Gathering – ‘Third Sector and health and social care - where next?’ As part of the implementation of the NHS Quality Strategy, Senscot, with support from ReadyforBusiness, has been leading an action group to develop, test and......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th February 2013
Yesterday, we attended the Local Government and Social Enterprise event hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) at Edinburgh City Chambers. The well attended event gave speakers and delegates the opportunity to share their views and experiences of successful partnership working - demonstrating how......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th February 2013
Over the coming months, a number of SENs will be carrying ‘mapping exercises’ in their respective areas to identify and quantify the size and scale of the local SE communities....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st February 2013
This week we welcomed our new member of staff, Danielle Trudeau. Danielle’s role will be that of SE and Health Co-ordinator and will be working out of our Edinburgh office (Manor Place)....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th January 2013
The tender for the management of the new Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund has been published by the Scottish Government. The fund will be open for applications in the spring and will award up to £6m during the period 2013 – 15. It is expected that (based on historical......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th January 2013
Eric Peebles (Dundee City Council) this week presented the new Dundee Social Enterprise Development Strategy to the SEN last week. Eric has worked closely with DSEN members and key stakeholders to develop this document and also announced that a Development Board has been set up to oversee the delivery......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th January 2013
Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot are delighted to offer SEN members subsidised places on two programmes coming up in March. Preparing for the Procurement Process (PPP) assesses your organisation’s readiness to bid for and win tenders. You will develop the confidence to approach the tendering......more

Networks1st Update: Thursday 20th December 2012
This is the last Networks 1st newsletter of 2012. Last week, we identified some highlights/developments and progress made during the year. This week, we look ahead to 2013 and some of our aspirations. These include: further development of the work of the thematic SENs and roundtables - exploring a more......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th December 2012
As the year ends, we tend to reflect on the developments/ highlights of 2012. Here goes: 20 active SENs - 15 local and 5 thematic (3 new ones in the pipeline); over 450 SEs engaged; 9 SENs constituted; 7 SENs employing staff; progress in engagement with local Interfaces; SEN rep on VAS Board; 5 national......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th December 2012
This week sees news of 3 new SENs being set up in the new year - in North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Falkirk. A couple of years back, there had been a pan-Ayrshire SEN. Now local SEs feel that a SEN focussing on particular local authorities is the way forward. Also, at this week’s Social Enterprise......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 30th November 2012
Ready for Business (RfB) website has been rebuilt and the RfB Partners are delighted to launch the new site. The website holds information on the ‘Developing Markets’ contract which the RfB led consortium is currently delivering. Social enterprises can sign up to the ‘register’......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd November 2012
NEW JOB AT SENSCOT: Over the last year, the volume of activity of the Health SEN and Roundtable has grown significantly - often in direct response to an increasing number of initiatives from Scottish Govt. With the support of Scottish Govt’s Equality, Third Sector and Communities Division and Health......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th November 2012
Yesterday's Ceilidh was a great success. Over 100 people gathered in New Lanark for the 8th year of the event. This year, we also had the pleasure of the company of 14 delegates from Northern Ireland. The event allowed plenty of open discussion on issues relevant to grassroots social enterprises including:......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th November 2012
Thursday’s Ceilidh is now sold out for those wishing to stay over. There are a few 'day delegate' places still available. This year, we will be joined by a delegation from Northern Ireland who, the following week (20th Nov), will be launching their own social enterprise network organisation - Social......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd November 2012
On Wednesday, the Cultural SEN hosted its 2nd annual Conference at the Birnam Institute, near Dunkeld. The event was a great success with a series of excellent presentations. Significantly, the Conference also endorsed the ‘Social Enterprise and Culture Position Paper’....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26h October 2012
Last call for the 2nd National Cultural SEN Conference next Wednesday (31st Oct) at the Birnam Institute, by Dunkeld. The event will see the launch of the Social Enterprise and Culture Roundtable’s ‘Position Paper’ - along similar lines to the ‘Papers’ produced by the Health......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th October 2012
The 2nd National Cultural SEN Conference takes place on 31st October at the Birnam Institute, by Dunkeld. The event will see the launch of the Social Enterprise and Culture Roundtable`s ‘Position Paper’ - along similar lines to the ‘Papers’ produced by the Health and Sport Roundtables.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th October 2012
Next week, a delegation of nine SEN members and three intermediaries travel to Northern Ireland to share our expertise and experiences around the development of social enterprise and social enterprise networks. Senscot has been invited (along with the Social Enterprise Academy) to act as 'mentors' for......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th October 2012
We've just about finalised the programme for this year's Ceilidh at New Lanark.  Places are still available and we'd really like to see as many of the 23 SENs as possible represented at the event. We're also being joined by a delegation from Northern Ireland who hope to host their own version of......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 28th September 2012
Senscot, this week, presented at the Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Food. We were asked to give an overview of the work and activity of the SENs with particular reference, of course, to the Community Food SEN (CFSEN). CFSEN is relatively new and was set up following a 'roundtable' organised by Community......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th September 2012
Another date for your diary: The Cultural and Creative SEN (CCSEN) this week agreed on the date for the 2nd National Social Enterprise and Creativity Conference - 'Creating a Difference'. This year's event will take place on Wednesday 31st October. Full programme and booking info' will be available next......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st September 2012
Earlier in the year the ReadyforBusiness Consortium hosted a series of ‘local events’ as part of the ‘Developing New Markets’ Programme – see www.readyforbusiness.org. The events were designed to create a shared understanding between public sector commissioners and procurement......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th September 2012
Glasgow SEN is now recruiting a part-time co-ordinator. The post has been created in response to the growing demand for social enterprise services and particularly to ensure that the objectives of the Network are delivered. As GSEN raises its profile - it was one of the sponsors of this week’s......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 31st August 2012
Bookings are coming in for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. To begin with, we’re putting a limit of 4 places per SEN. We’re keen for as many as the 20 SENs as possible to be represented. Also, 20 places are being reserved for intermediaries and other......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th August 2012
We’re now taking bookings for this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark. The event will be taking place on 15th/16th November. This year - our 8th - we will be joined by 12 colleagues from the social enterprise community in Northern Ireland. We’re currently......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th August 2012
Two important new bills are due to go through the Scottish Parliament within the next year or so - the Community Empowerment Bill and the Procurement Reform Bill (previously referred to as the Sustainable Procurement Bill). Both will present increased opportunities for SEN members to deliver their services......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th August 2012
In recent years, Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has hosted a series of policy events across the country. These events provide an opportunity for social enterprises and supporters to get together and discuss a range of policy issues. This year, we’re delighted that SES has chosen, where possible,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd August 2012
We’re delighted to announce this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place once again at New Lanark on 15th/16th November. This year - our 8th - we will be joined by 12 colleagues from the social enterprise community in Northern Ireland. We’ll be working on......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 27th July 2012
One of the main events in the SE calendar in Scotland is CEiS’ September Conference. Now in its 5th year, the CEiS Conference addresses many of the most topical and relevant issues affecting the SE community in Scotland. This year’s programme is now available in draft form....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 20th July 2012
Last month, Senscot hosted its 2nd national SE and Sport Conference at the Trades Hall in Glasgow - with approx 100 delegates in attendance. One of the significant developments on the day was the launch of the SE and Sport Position Paper. This sets out a vision for the SE and sport community, the......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 13th July 2012
Scottish Government intends to introduce a Sustainable Procurement Bill during this Parliament and we expect a formal consultation to open before end of summer. Pauline Graham, Social Firms Scotland is represented on an expert group focusing on social and environmental issues and on a Bill Sounding Board,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 6th July 2012
Senscot is part of the Ready for Business consortium, delivering Scottish Govt`s ‘Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers’ Programme. One of our partners, Social Value Lab, carried out research in February and March, which explores the current awareness, attitudes, behaviours and aspirations......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 29th June 2012
The Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot are delighted to announce that applications are now open for ‘Ignite 2012: Scale up your Social Enterprise’. The Programme will run from 19th – 22nd October. Join a group of 18 other social entrepreneurs in a four day residential to identify......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd June 2012
The 2nd national SE and Sport Conference took place yesterday at the Trades Halls in Glasgow. Over 100 delegates attended to hear a range of speakers that included Mark Sesnan (Greenwich Leisure) and Glenn Armstrong (Jesmond Pool, Newcastle). The event also saw the launch of the SE and Sport `Position......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th June 2012
This week saw the circulation of a letter from John Swinney (Cabinet Secretary) commenting on the recent review of Community Planning, undertaken by Scottish Govt and COSLA. The letter is addressed to the wider third sector and, as well as reiterating the Govt’s commitment to strengthening the......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th June 2012
Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) will be hosting a series of 6 local policy seminars during the coming months. Following a meeting this week, we`ve agreed that the seminars will link in with local SEN meetings, where possible, giving SEN and SES members an opportunity to discuss and explore local policy......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st June 2012
This month sees the launch of a new SEN - for Firstport awardees. The new SEN - no name yet - will be supported jointly by Firstport and Senscot with the aim of building a community of social entrepreneurs across Scotland. As with other SENs, its initial aim will be to provide a forum for start up social......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th May 2012
It has been a while since Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) or Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) featured in Networks 1st but we’re glad to be able to change that this week. As the TSIs enter their second year of operation, we can report that 8 SENs are now partners, with a number of others actively......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th May 2012
21st June sees our 2nd annual sports focused conference entitled "Social Enterprise & Sport - It Delivers!" With over 50 active Sport SEN members, their combined impact is vast. Sport SEN members use sport as a vehicle for youth diversionary activities; education programmes; pathways to......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th May 2012
Interest is building in this year’s ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health’ event in Glasgow on 14th June. The day will include a Panel discussion on Measuring Impact. Our Panel includes Dr Esther Curnock (NHS Ayrshire & Arran); Prof Cam Donaldson (Yunus Centre for Business and Health);......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th May 2012
This year’s annual Fit for Purpose Conference: Social Enterprise and Health on 14th June will bring together individuals from the NHS, local authorities and social enterprises, looking to further develop a shared understanding about an Asset Based Approach to Health Improvement which Sir Harry......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 27th April 2012
Booking are now coming in for both our June Conferences. The SE and Health event, ‘Fit for Purpose’, takes place on 14th June at the Teachers’ Building in St Enoch’s Square in Glasgow.  The SE and Sport Conference is the following week (21st June), at the Trades Hall in Glassford......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 20th April 2012
Two important dates for your diary; 14th June - the 6th 'Fit for Purpose: SE and Health'; and 21st June - the 2nd SE and Sport Conference. Both events are to be held in Glasgow: 'Fit for Purpose' at the Teacher's Building in St Enoch's Sq; and SE and Sport in the Trades Hall in Glassford St. Both conferences......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 13th April 2012
The Just Enterprise Programme is approaching the end of its first year – but is still keen to hear from SEN members who are looking to grow and develop sustainable streams of income. The Programme offers a range of support including: a telephone advisory service; one to one development support;......more

Networks1st Update: Thursday 5th April 2012
10 Youth SEN members this week completed a Leadership Programme with the Social Enterprise Academy. Early feedback is that the programme was very well received. Members of the Creative and Cultural SEN are also going through a similar programme with the Academy. This follows other learning programmes......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 30th March 2012
Tuesday saw the launch of the ‘Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland’. The Code has already attracted a number of notable names as early subscribers. It was good therefore to hear this week that Edinburgh SEN has signed up as well. We’ll be contacting the other......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd March 2012
A number of SENs are currently in negotiations with Third Sector Interface (TSI) partners to develop workplans and agree distribution of resources for the year ahead. Some of the feedback we’re receiving has been encouraging – with some SENs being allocated increased resources compared to......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th March 2012
As part of the Developing New Markets Programme, ReadyforBusiness will be running a series of local events across the country. Six events are scheduled between April and June (list to follow). The events aim to bring a shared understanding between the public sector commissioning and procurement community......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th March 2012
On Wednesday this week, GSEN and the Yunus Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University launched the GSEN/Yunus Centre Social Business Award. Susan Aktemel (Impact Arts and Chair of GSEN), sharing the platform with Muhammad Yunus at a masterclass for GCU students and staff, spoke about the work of Impact......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd March 2012
The Cultural and Creative SEN has taken considerable strides this year. Membership has increased to 25 SEs; a leadership programme is being agreed with the Social Enterprise Academy; and a conference is scheduled for the autumn. The SEN is still keen to reach out to other similar organisations that are......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th February 2012
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be reporting on ‘Vital Stats’ collated by SENs for the financial year 2010/11. This year’s format has changed, hopefully making it easier and less time-consuming. We aim to produce Vital Stats on 10 SENs – some SENs have already completed theirs.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th February 2012
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost a year since the last Annual Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Health Event. Now in its 6th year, the event will take place on Thursday 3rd May at The Trades Hall in Glasgow. Main themes will include – Asset based approach to health improvement;......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th February 2012
Many SEN members have engaged with Community Jobs Scotland (CJS), which aims to create 2,000 work opportunities for unemployed individuals within third sector organisations across Scotland. Yesterday in Parliament, Youth Jobs Minister, Angela Constance announced CJS is to be extended for one year with......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd February 2012
A key element within Scottish Govt’s public service reform policy is the engagement with the third sector. Last week, we circulated the Health Roundtable’s ‘SE and Health Policy Context Paper’.  We also reported on the launch of the ‘Developing New Markets’ contract. ......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 27th January 2012
Over the last few years, a number of roundtables have been established to support the work of thematic SENs.  These include Health, Sport, Culture and Creative. The SEN Roundtables gather together strategically placed individuals, to explore the benefits that a social enterprise approach can bring......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 20th January 2012
Recently established West Lothian SEN is the first SEN to have completed `Vital Stats` for 2011, the figures are impressive and reflect the impact the SEN members are making on the local economy in West Lothian. The SEN has plans over the next couple of months to produce its own e-newsletter, Facebook......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 13th January 2012
2009, 3 SENs undertook Vital Stats surveys – Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. In 2010, this number increased to 6. This year, we intend to extend this again, hopefully to 9 SENs. Vital Stats look to record key information with regard to social enterprise’s economic activity, demonstrating,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 06th January 2012
Firstly, we'd like to offer our best wishes to all SEN members for the year ahead. It looks as if it is going to be a busy year with 8 SEN meetings already scheduled for January. On the 27th, the first Networks Reps meeting of 2012 will take place (11am - 1pm at 43 Bath Street, Glasgow)....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th December 2011
With this being the last Networks 1st Newsletter of 2011, we thought we’d reflect on some of this year`s developments. SEN activity and membership continues to increase. There are now 24 SENs - 17 local and 7 thematic - with almost 350 social enterprises engaged - offering peer support and promoting......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 09th December 2011
Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), this week, has produced its 'Funding Distribution Proposal'. See, http://www.senscot.net/view_art.php?viewid=11780. The document is for consultation and sets out proposed funding levels for each Interface (TSIs). It is based on a number of key principles, the first of......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 02nd December 2011
The Social Enterprise Exchange (a coming together of the S2S and Voice Conferences) takes place on Tuesday 27 March 2012 at the SECC in Glasgow. Senscot has negotiated 100 places for SEN members at the discounted rate of £50 (normally £95). If you would like to book places for yourself and/or......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th November 2011
Last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh seemed to go down well with those who attended. We have circulated our feedback survey this week and once we've gathered responses, we’ll post the report on the site. Aside from having a good time, there were a series of interesting discussions and debate......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th November 2011
Our 7th Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh came to an end this morning. The event went very well – 110 attendees (82 from social enterprises) - combining a good mix of older and newer faces. People seemed to enjoy the programme as well as last night’s ‘hoolie’. Main prize......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th November 2011
This time next week the Ceilidh will be done for another year. We’re delighted that all rooms are now fully booked. The programme has been refreshed a bit and we hope that it will give folk a good balance between making new connections, learning about what’s happening in other areas and,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th November 2011
Over recent months, the Health Roundtable has been participating in the Govt’s ‘Review of engagement between Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and the third sector’. One outcome has been the submission of an agreed paper with recommendations which is now going......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 28th October 2011
The Audience Prize at this year’s Dragons’ Den is being promoted by crowd-sourcing organisation SoLoCo. We’re aiming for £1,000 and would urge you to make a small contribution if you’re able to. Last year we managed to raise over £700 on the day but are looking to......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st October 2011
One of the highlights of the Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark has always been the Dragons’ Den – with its main prize of £5k to the winner. Following the success of last year’s ‘crowd-funding’, we are now working with SoLoCo to raise £1,000 (at least!)......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th October 2011
The 2011 Ceilidh is now officially full. We can accommodate additional ‘day delegates' but in terms of staying over night - all rooms are now booked. Today is also the deadline for Dragons' Den entries - 12 applications as of 5pm yesterday. 5 will be selected for the ‘Den'. This year's Den......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th October 2011
This year’s Ceilidh is just about full. There are only a handful of places still available for ‘overnighters’ altho’ there will be additional places available for day delegates.  More importantly, Friday 14th October is the deadline for applications enter the Dragons’......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 30th September 2011
Ayrshire SEN is hosting its own ‘Enterprising Procurement in Ayrshire’ Event on 3rd Nov at the Aspire Centre in Irvine. This will be a pan Ayrshire - covering all three local authority areas - looking at existing and developing national procurement policy and its application in Ayrshire.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd September 2011
It seems early to be reminding people to book their place for this year’s Ceilidh but places are filling fast. 40 places (out of 120) remain available.  If you want to reserve your place, book now. We’ve also had an encouraging number of applications for this year’s Dragons’......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th September 2011
We're delighted to say that there's been a great response for this year's Ceilidh - almost half of the places have been allocated already! If you want to reserve your place, book now on at, http://www.se-networks.net/ceilidh11booking.php . We're also opening applications for this year's Dragons' Den.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th September 2011
On Wednesday, we attended CEiS’s annual Social Enterprise Conference in Glasgow. Over 200 delegates attended – including a good number of SEN members – to hear discussions/ presentations on a number of the challenges and opportunities for our social enterprise community in Scotland.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd September 2011
Last week, a good number of SEN members attended a series of workshops, held across the country, on the new Enterprise Growth Fund. The Fund is being administered by a consortium, led by the Wise Group and includes CEiS, DSL and the Social Value Lab. It will be giving out awards to third sector organisations......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th August 2011
Dundee SEN (DSEN) this week accepted a cheque from Hillcrest Housing Association to support their work in developing enterprises throughout Dundee.  This is a great boost for DSEN and is particularly timely as they are now advertising for a new part-time Development Officer.  This would take......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th August 2011
This week, Senscot met with the Board of Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) to address issues of concern with regard to the engagement of social enterprise networks (SENs) with their local Interfaces. It was an opportunity, for both parties, to explore how we can work better together and, in particular......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th August 2011
Over the month of August, staff/reps from the ‘Just Enterprise’ consortium will attending up to 8 different SEN meetings. The Just Enterprise Consortium supports the enterprising third sector in Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, it offers bespoke services in business support,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th August 2011
Single Interface update: Renfrewshire Interface informs us of a social enterprise toolkit they have developed, with SKS Scotland, that is proving popular with local organisations. Also, we hear from Stirlingshire that the Interface is providing some ongoing admin support to the emerging local SEN.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 29th July 2011
One of the most challenging issues that has faced local SENs over the last 12/18 months has been their ability to fully engage with their local Single Interfaces. At times, our reporting has not been considered 'balanced or fair' (see main bulletin) by Interfaces who have been making genuine efforts......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd July 2011
It's almost 8 years to the day that I started here at Senscot. The desk is the same and the view out the window identical but apart from that most things have moved on significantly. Subscriptions to the bulletin have more than doubled, most people don't just know what a social enterprise is, they want......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th July 2011
The number and activity of Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland continues to grow. At present, there are 25 SENs: 18 are locally based and 7 are thematics. The thematics are Health; Sport; Youth; Cultural; Community Food; Coalfields; and, most recently, the Canal SEN. Almost 300 social enterprises......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th July 2011
July is always the quietest month in terms of SEN activity (one meeting this month!). It also gives us a bit of time to reflect on progress over the year and what are the challenges that lie ahead. Two main issues stand out as being particularly relevant. The first is the level of engagement between......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st July 2011
Networks1st attended the SFHA Community Regeneration and Social Enterprise Conference in Stirling this week. The event focused on how Housing Associations could use social enterprise as a model to respond to the looming issues facing communities today. Taking place on the day the Christie Commission......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th June 2011
Networks 1st ventured into new territory this week with a visit to Orkney. We were invited up, with the assistance of HIE, to explore with local social enterprises the possibility of establishing their own Orkney Social Enterprise Network. Those involved identified a number of areas of real potential......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th June 2011
Yesterday, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland (SFS) met with Alasdair Nicholson, the social enterprise spokesperson for Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). Our intention was to explore how we could work together better to ensure that the social enterprise community is adequately supported through their respective......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th June 2011
After eight years, Colin will be stepping back from day-to-day involvement with Senscot and Networks 1st from the end of July. His contribution, not just to Senscot, but to the support and development of the social enterprise community over this period has been outstanding. Not only is his knowledge......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd June 2011
The first Social Enterprise & Sport national conference took place on Wednesday, 1st June at the Stirling Management Centre. The day was a real success with over 100 delegates attending and giving the event a great buzz. The day kicked off with a keynote speech from one of Scotland's best known social......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 27th May 2011
The Scottish Govt’s £70m Change Fund is targeted at improving community-based health and social care services for older people. The Local Delivery Plans (Change Plans) are now available for each area online. With many SEN members active in the field of health and social care, we are trying......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 20th May 2011
Networks 1st is putting together an update for Scottish Govt on the progress of SENs and local social enterprises re engagement with their respective local Interfaces. Sadly – with some notable exceptions like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife – it is not an encouraging picture. For the moment, the......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 13th May 2011
As everyone catches their breath again after last week’s dramatic election results, it is interesting to ponder their impact on SEN members and the wider social enterprise community. Amongst the highlights of the SNP Manifesto for community/social enterprises, but not picked up by many observers,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 6th May 2011
Look out for an upsurge in activity around the Cultural SEN over the coming months. Things have been quiet of late but, following discussions with Creative Scotland, we are looking to move things forward again. This includes developing a programme of events focusing on social enterprise in the cultural......more

Networks News: Friday 28th April 2011
Tomorrow (29th) is the closing date for submissions to deliver the 'social enterprise support' in Edinburgh on the part of the Single Interface. Edinburgh SEN, as one of three partners in the Edinburgh Single Interface along with EVOC and the Edinburgh Volunteer Centre, is looking for contractors to......more

Networks1st Update: Thursday 21st April 2011
Interest in thematic SENs continues to grow. Whilst Health, Sport and Creative SENs have been active to varying degrees over the last couple of years, new thematic areas have begun to show a willingness to establish similar Networks and Roundtables. Lately, these have included the areas of Youth and......more

Networks 1st Update: Friday 15th April 2011
As we announced last week, the first Social Enterprise and Sport National Conference will be taking place on 1st June 2011 at the Stirling Management Centre. Our online Booking Form is now available, see http://www.se-networks.net/sportconf11form.php. As with most Senscot events, attendance is free for......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th April 2011
Senscot will be hosting a Social Enterprise and Sport Conference at Stirling Management Centre on 1st June. This will the Sports SEN’s first national event.  Booking forms will be available next week. We are now entering the second year of our Social Enterprise and Sport initiative with the......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st April 2011
Exciting visit to London this week with a delegation of Youth SEN members. Our purpose was two fold: to link up with the Youth Commission for Social Enterprise, based in Bethnal Green; and also to attend Voice 11 at the O2 Arena. Part 1 was an outstanding success (see below). Part 2 is a hard call. In......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th March 2011
We’ll be doing our best over the coming weeks to keep you informed of Scottish Govt support for social enterprise during 2011/12. With the election coming up, information will be restricted, but the bulletin (above) gives a list of what we know so far. Of particular relevance to SEN members will......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th March 2011
The 5th ‘Fit for Purpose: Health and social enterprise’ Conference is taking place today in Edinburgh (See attendees, http://www.senscot.net/view_art.php?viewid=10824). Panellist Andrew Jackson (Joint Improvement Team, Scottish Govt) told the Conference that the Scottish Govt’s ‘Change......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th March 2011
Have you heard of the Change Fund? Scottish Govt has allocated £70m to NHS Boards for 2011/12. See, http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/care/reshaping/changefund.  The intention is that the Fund will be a catalyst for change in promoting more effective joint planning, commissioning and......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th March 2011
Over the last year, we’ve been giving you updates on progress re the setting up of Third Sector Interfaces across the country. Our particular focus has been to ensure the engagement of the local social enterprise community – either directly through Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) or, where......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th February 2011
We’re now advertising for a new Network Development Officer to support the development and growth of Social Enterprise Networks across the country. As many of you will know, Anna leaves us at the end of March to embark on an exciting new venture in the Gambia. We have funding in place for this......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th February 2011
Ten Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) are now either partners or actively engaged in the process of establishing Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) across Scotland. This week, Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition sent a joint letter to all Interfaces that, as yet, may......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th February 2011
Further update on progress with the Third Sector Interfaces (TSI). This week, the Scottish Govt website listed the ‘framework documents’ for Interface activity in each local authority area. These provide a snapshot of the approaches being adopted across the country. Some are clearer and more......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th February 2011
Last week saw the launch of Networks 1st new website – www.se-networks.net – and, to date, the feedback has been very positive. The Intra-Trading section, in particular, has already generated a lot of interest – where SEN members buy services/products from other SEN members. Requests......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 28th January 2011
This week sees the launch of Networks 1st new website – www.se-networks.net . The site has been developed as a focal point for all 22 Social Enterprise Networks (SENs). The intention is to raise the profile of the SENs as well as highlighting the range of activities taking place both within and......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st January 2011
As you will be aware, the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are taking shape across the country. Senscot is encouraging SENs to make direct contact with their respective TSIs, if they have not done so already. Some are already well integrated into the process. Where SENs do not yet exist, Senscot will be......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th January 2011
This week I attended an event on Procurement Reform, hosted by Scottish Govt. The public sector spends around £8 billion a year and Scottish Govt has been working with key stakeholders from both the buyer and supplier communities to deliver a more standardised approach to pre-qualification procedures......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th January 2011
Best wishes for 2011 to all SEN members. This year promises to be a busy one with many challenges ahead for the social enterprise community in Scotland. These include the introduction of Third Sector Interfaces; implementation of Council cutbacks; and, of course, the Scottish Elections in May. We’re......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th December 2010
We’ve been banging on a lot lately about the importance of SENs’ involvement in local Single Interfaces.  Unfortunately, this is going to be the case for longer than we hoped. Stories from around the country reflect huge inconsistencies in approach. For example, in Glasgow, the Borders......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th December 2010
Since the Scottish Govt included 'Social Enterprise Development' as a function of the Single Interfaces (SIs), and rolled the issue of funding for the Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) and access to CPPs into the mix, it has become critical that SENs (where they exist) are actively engaged and consulted......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd December 2010
From April 2011, all local funding for the Third Sector will be channelled through the new `Single Interfaces`. A proportion of the Interface budget is specifically designated to `develop social enterprise` at a local level. Senscot, along with others, is lobbying to ensure that all Interfaces include......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th November 2010
Over the last 6 months Senscot has been collecting information on the economic impact of the Social Enterprise Networks known as the ‘Vital Stats’. This research was officially launched at the Social Enterprise Ceilidh last week and shows that in the 7 SENs contacted – representing......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th November 2010
Over 100 folk attended the Social Enterprise Conference/Ceilidh yesterday and this morning at New Lanark. All 20 SENs were represented at this 6th running of the event. This year's highlights included a lively Question Time chaired by Neil McLean of SEA, Geoff Pearson (Scottish Govt) updated us on a......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th November 2010
 The first of three Govt contracts to support the Third Sector in Scotland was advertised this week. This first contract (worth up £3m over two years) is seeking a contractor to market and deliver business support and development services. They are looking for consortia bids with a closing......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th November 2010
The countdown for the 6th Social Enterprise Ceilidh has begun! Applications to the Dragons’ Den are in and being whittled down to the lucky 5. The Ceilidh is, of course, FREE to SEN members. This year, we are asking the audience to buy into the theme of ‘Working Together’ by bringing......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 29th October 2010
Only 20 places left for this year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh. We now have the complete line up for the Audience With….. which includes 3 previous winners in the Den; Angie Foreman of DWIC, Bosco Santimano from You Can Cook and Gregor Cameron of Here We Are. We’ve also got the Programme......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd October 2010
Four weeks till this year’s Ceilidh and our programme is shaping up http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=341 As well as the usual favourites, we’re also introducing a couple of new features. This include ‘crowd sourcing’ - audience donations to Dragons’......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th October 2010
The theme of year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh is ‘Working Together’. As always, we’re delighted to attract investors for the Dragons’ Den – this year includes contributions from two prominent social enterprises in Unity Enterprise and Employers in Childcare. In addition......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th October 2010
With the Third Sector Action Plan 2008-11 coming to an end in March, there’s been a lot of talk about what the next Action Plan will hold. What we do know is that Scottish Govt will be advertising 3 contracts over the coming weeks. These will be for Business Support; Opening Public Sector Markets;......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 1st October 2010
Vital Stats surveys have now been completed for two further SENs – Edinburgh and Clackmannanshire. Again, the Stats show increasing trading levels, significant community assets as well as a range of employment, trainee and volunteering opportunities – all reflecting the contribution the social......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th September 2010
Yesterday, the SEN Reps met at Senscot’s new Glasgow office in 43 Bath St. Paul White (Director of Networks at SCVO) and Geoff Pearson (Scottish Govt), gave updates on the SVA programme (see http://senscot.org/docs/svapresentationsept10.pps) and Single Interface progress. The SEN Reps stated that......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th September 2010
As many of you will know, Senscot has been gathering evidence of the economic and social impact of the SENs and their members at a local level. We now have the figures for Aberdeen and Dundee SENs – and they show some impressive outputs. The Vital Stats for these two East of Scotland SENs show......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th September 2010
The Social Enterprise Ceilidh, (Senscot’s annual conference for the SENs) takes place again this year, at our favourite social enterprise hotel in New Lanark. We’re still finalising the agenda but we are open for bookings now. Last year the Ceilidh was oversubscribed so the sooner the better......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd September 2010
Big Senscot turnout for yesterday’s `next steps for social enterprise in Scotland` Conference in Glasgow. Great speakers – 240 delegates – an inspiring occasion. This was the gathering of a much more mature and confident community than even last year. As well as surviving the Q&A......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 27th August 2010
Since the first Social Enterprise Network (Fife SEN) was set up in 2004, the question of membership has always been a sensitive topic – who can and cannot join a Network. The truth is that the SENs are independent bodies – and can do as they see fit. But Senscot has tried to encourage an......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 20th August 2010
The whole issue of SEN participation in Single Interfaces has been to the fore over the last couple of weeks. Our understanding now is that 11 SENs are either partners or in discussions to become partners, with some planning to participate in the up and coming SVA Learning events. If you are, please......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 13th August 2010
Over the last week, we’ve been liaising with SENs on their progress with the Single Interfaces and in accessing the up and coming SVA Learning events. Feedback suggests 11 SENs are looking to participate or have been in discussion and are abreast of what’s going on (see http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/shownotice.php?articleid=277).......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 6th August 2010
There has been a considerable response to last week’s piece re the four SVA Learning events that are coming up. SENs have had a mixed experience of the process to date. Some feel they have been kept at arms length, while others have been able to participate more fully. These will be important events......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 30th July 2010
The SVA Learning Events being run by the Social Enterprise Academy for the Single Interfaces begin, with the first of four, in Aberdeen on Friday the 27th of August. These events are tasked to develop Business Plans for the Single Interfaces which have to be delivered to the Scottish Government by November...more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd July 2010
The first issue of ReadyforBusiness.org`s online `Brief` will be available next week.  The quarterly `Brief` will aim to give news updates and background on RfB. Issue No.1 highlights the success of Unity Enterprise in winning a large catering contract for the Commonwealth Velodrome. If you any......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th July 2010
Dumfries and Galloway SEN contacted us this week to ask us to highlight the SVA programme ‘Leading in Change’. There are to be 4 residentials across the country to discuss and develop the Business Plans for the Single Interfaces. We know Edinburgh SEN is involved but it's unclear if any other......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th July 2010
ReadyforBusiness.org - the register of social enterprises - continues to grow with over 200 social enterprises now signed up (a large percentage of them SEN members).  Part of the success of ReadyforBusiness.org is thanks to the introduction of Community Benefit Clauses in public sector contracts,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd July 2010
Things generally slow down a bit at this time of year due to holidays etc – but not on the SEN front. This week Dumfries and Galloway SEN has held interviews to appoint their own Social Enterprise Support Officer. The successful candidate will work for the DGSEN, supporting the development of social......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 25th June 2010
Edinburgh SEN soaked up the sun this week on Re-Union’s barge for their last meeting before the summer. As well as signing the Model Rules a couple of weeks ago, they have also agreed a Service Level Agreement with Edinburgh City Council to deliver peer support for social enterprises in the City......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th June 2010
The first annual report of the RBS SE100 Index - run in partnership with Social Enterprise magazine - is now available. The Community Banking team at RBS (long time funders of the annual Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh at New Lanark) is behind this initiative. The report gives a great insight......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th June 2010
Glasgow SEN member, Unity Enterprise, tell us know they’ve secured a two year contract for the on-site catering with McAlpine’s Ltd. - who are building the Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They go `on site` on 16th June. The contract will see Unity create 10 new jobs as well......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th June 2010
One of Fife SEN's longest serving members has won the contract to deliver business support to the social enterprise sector in Fife. At the Fife SEN meeting on Thursday John Oats from Brag outlined details of the contract to deliver a One Stop Shop for start up social enterprises, 8 awareness raising......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 28th May 2010
This week Edinburgh SEN (http://www.makingbusinesssense.org.uk) becomes the first Network to register using the newly develop Model Rules, with two more SENs planning to sign on the dotted line shortly. Edinburgh SEN now becomes a cooperative with the choice to also apply for charitable status. This......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st May 2010
In recent weeks, Networks 1st has been banging the drum about the Future Jobs fund as an opportunity for the SENs. This week, we hear, the new UK Govt has put the brakes on it!! As the Senscot bulletin says, there's going to be LOTS of other changes happening, such as the end to the use of the term Third......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th May 2010
Further to last week’s story on the Future Jobs Fund, Pauline Douglas (Coalfields Regeneration Trust) reminds us that the Fife and Clackmannanshire SEN posts are part of a successful bid managed by the CRT, which has the added benefit of extending the initial 6 months place to 12 months in total.......more

Over recent weeks, 3 SENs (Dundee, Clacks and Fife) have been taking the opportunity to employ admin staff to help facilitate meetings. This has been made possible through SEN members becoming involved in the Future Jobs Fund. In Dundee, Factory Skatepark, Helm Training, Dundee Women's International......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 30th April 2010
This week’s Network News comes from Malmo in Sweden. Senscot was invited over to share its experiences with the development and growth of SENs over the years. Our colleagues in Sweden are initiating their own Network and are keen to learn about the SEN model in Scotland - why they are important......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 23rd April 2010
On Wednesday, we attended the 5th S2S Trade Fair, hosted by our Coalition at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. Everyone felt that the event is getting better year on year with a really good buzz and lots of new faces. Our highlight was the launch of a new thematic Network – the Youth SEN –......more

Networks1st Update: Thursday 1st April 2010
Senscot attended the Scottish Parliament's Responsible Purchasing Policy event this week as they sought feedback to help them improve and update their Policy. As well as some familiar faces from the third sector, Scottish Business in the Community and the Federation of Small Businesses were also present.......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th March 2010
Clacks SEN has completed a Single Outcome Agreement Survey as part of the ongoing discussions around the Single Interface.  As with their ‘Vital Stats’ survey, it has produced impressive results.  Collectively, members are contributing towards 13 out of the 15 national indicators......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th March 2010
ReadyforBusiness is seeing a significant increase in the number and scale of contract opportunities available to social enterprises. This has gathered pace lately with the partner organisations (Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS) being directly approached by national private sector companies looking......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th March 2010
The LSEN Model Rules have now been approved by both OSCR and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). This means there is now a legal structure developed specifically for Local/Thematic SENs. By adopting the Model Rules, SENs become co-operatives and, at the same time, have charitable status! A couple......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th March 2010
Senscot is currently working with the Scottish Prison Services (SPS) to develop a broader understanding of the opportunity for social enterprise in connection with Scotland's prisons. We're just at the starting gates with an event taking place in May to bring together social enterprises with an interest......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 26th February 2010
Ready for Business (http://www.readyforbusiness.org) is a public social partnership (psp) pilot project involving Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS. Its aim is to support social enterprises increase their trading through delivery of tenders for goods and services. Public contracts are increasingly......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 19th February 2010
The gossip from civil servants is that – across departments – Govt. ministers urge more engagement with social enterprise.  As previously reported, thematic Networks in particular, show increased activity – with three conferences in the next three months.  As well as the developed......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 12th February 2010
From the outset – most of the 12 geographic SENS have operated without formal structure – simply informal peer support groups.  But some Networks are now becoming involved in local developments which call for a more formal structure.  Over the last couple of years, we’ve discussed,......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 5th February 2010
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Kim, Anna and myself attended Voice 10 in Cardiff with a delegation of LSEN representatives. The event seems to get bigger and bolder every year with over 900 delegates attending from across the UK. ...more

Networks1st Update: Friday 29th January 2010
For the last 3 years, Senscot has been working with a growing number of community sports organisations interested in adopting the social enterprise model with a view to boosting income, sustainability and the numbers of people coming through their doors. In doing so, we have built good working partnerships......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 22nd January 2010
Our work supporting thematic Social Enterprise Networks has been gathering pace over recent months. This is reflected in bespoke events over the coming months looking at social enterprise in relation to Health, Sports, Coalfield communities and the Cultural sector.  In line with this, we’re......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 15th January 2010
The UK’s main jamboree for Social Enterprises is the VOICE annual gathering which takes place this year in Cardiff on the 1st and 2nd February.  Voice 10 will feature the official launch of the ‘Social Enterprise Mark’ which Senscot has helped develop – so I’m going......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 8th January 2010
Happy New Year! 2010 sees the coldest start in 30 years - long before Senscot was even a glint in Laurence's eye! What will 2010 bring us? Already we have 4 conferences on the cards over the coming months; Community Benefit Clauses on 20 January in Dundee; our third Health and Social Enterprise conference......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th December 2009
2009 has been another busy year – maybe the busiest yet for LSENs. And, 2010 looks like being more of the same. Our objective remains to try and help the LSENs and their members develop and grow. There has been plenty evidence of this with: 24 LSEN members securing investment funding through Scottish......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th December 2009
Perth hasn’t been a hotbed of activity for Senscot up till now so it was great to receive an invite from Susan Scott of PlusPerth. They are actively exploring social enterprise opportunities for the site of the old Royal Murray Hospital. It’s a spectacular site, steeped in history with some......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th December 2009
As we said last week, the 2009 Ceilidh was another great success. We’ve now completed our survey – to see if you agreed with us - but also to try and improve the Ceilidh in the future. 66 attendees responded (55%) and the response has been very positive. New Lanark remains a popular venue......more

Networks 1st Update: 27th November 2009
It was good to hear that the three winners of the first Scottish Social Enterprise Awards are all members of Local SENs. The three winners - the Breadmaker, Social Enterprise Clydebank and Alloa Community Enterprises - now go forward to the UK finals with the results being announced at an event in London......more

Networks 1st Update: 20th November 2009
Yesterday’s Ceilidh was our fifth and, again, proved a great success. Around 120 people attended – 85 from LSENs – and enjoyed a lively day with a number of great contributions - including a star turn from Scottish Govt`s Geoff Pearson. This year saw a double whammy with The Wooden......more

Networks 1st Update: 13th November 2009
The Social Enterprise Ceilidh is now officially FULL! There is another great line up of speakers from social entrepreneurs Marie Marin (N. Ireland), Paul Smith (Stranraer) and Derek Marshall (Dundee) to the Scottish Government’s Geoff Pearson....more

Networks 1st Update: 6th November 2009
The shortlist for Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Awards was announced this week. We’re delighted to see a number of LSEN members figuring on the list, including Wise Group, Alloa Community Enterprise, Instant Neighbour, the Breadmaker and With People....more

Networks 1st Update: 30th October 2009
The LSEN Reps Group met this week to have its first look at the Model Rules for Social Enterprise Networks, based on the LSEN Blueprint.  Drafted by Stephen Philips (Burness) with the support of Co-operative Development Scotland, the Model Rules are designed to support an ethos of mutually beneficial......more

Networks 1st Update: Friday 23rd October 2009
ReadyforBusiness.org is now ready to accept full registration and tenders!  Senscot, in partnership with CEiS and Social Firms Scotland, and with support from the Scottish Government has developed ‘Ready for Business’, a register for social enterprises, to promote Community Benefit Clauses......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 16th October 2009
On Monday, we attended a meeting, hosted by the Coalition, with Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), SCVO and Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) to share views on how things were panning out with the `single interface` at both a local and national level. We were particularly interested in the varying experiences......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 9th October 2009
This year’s Social Enterprise Ceilidh is filling up fast! We’ve already received some excellent bids for the Dragons` Den but there are still a few days left before the closing date of 15th October. Each year over 75% of delegates are from social enterprises with the rest being made up from......more

Networks1st Update: 28th August
Graeme McKechnie, the new Procurement Issues Manager for the Scottish Government, has been in touch to highlight a number of opportunities the Government would like to see being taken up by social enterprises. These include Public Contracts Scotland which we've featured before and also the Suppliers......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 2nd October 2009
I attended the 'Healthier Lives, Wealthier Communities' in Edinburgh this week. A key theme was the importance of demonstrating added value and that the statutory and private sectors should also be required to report on this just as much as for Third Sector organisations. The other key issue was the......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 18th September 2009
Bookings are open for this year’s Dragons` Den at the Ceilidh.  Once again there is a £5,000 prize sponsored by RBS and Unity Enterprise for the winner. The second prize is a consultancy package from Rocket Science. The last 3 years winners have all been from Argyll and Bute –......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 11th September 2009
The 5th Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark takes place on 19th/20th November 2009 (Social Enterprise Day)! As with previous years, we will kick off with Question Time, followed by Masterclasses , Speed Trading and, of course, the Dragons` Den. Once again, RBS and Unity Enterprise are sponsoring......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 4th September 2009
The second Vital Stats Survey has now been completed with eight members of the Aberdeen SEN submitting information. Total turnover  is approx £20m of which 63% is generated through contracts. Between them, they have 873 employees, 97 trainees and 352 volunteers. The combined turnover for both......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 21st August 2009
Tim Smit (Edin Project) and our friend Graham Bell (Kibble) are running a Master Class on Wednesday 7th October at Paisley Abbey. Senscot has secured a number of free places for LSEN members. The event is being co-ordinated by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) in partnership with a number......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 14th August 2009
Five Scottish social enterprises are being awarded the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) at an event at the Engine Shed in Edinburgh today. The five awardees are Bookdonors, the Wise Group, Recycle Fife, Out of the Blue and the Engine Shed itself. The five `Scottish Champions` are the first tranche to be......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 7th August 2009
The Vital Statistics Surveys are starting to take shape. Tayside SEN is now complete with impressive figures. See http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/showresource.php?articleid=43  Glasgow, Clacks, Aberdeen and Dumfries & Galloway are all on their way to completion as well. The figures are demonstrating......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 31st July 2009
The Enterprise Fund is a great opportunity for LSEN members to build their capacity. To date, the Fund has approved nearly 40 applications, totalling approximately £2.7m. Aberdeen SEN has had particular success with Aberdeen Forward, Multi-Ethnic Aberdeen (MEAL) and Send-It (formally Printability)......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 24th July 2009
Networks 1st, the webspace in the Senscot website specifically for Social Enterprise Networks and their members, has been updated with more options and info sources. This includes a direct link on every page of Networks 1st to the new online forum (Networks NING), which now includes 5 DVD’s by......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 17th July 2009
This year is Senscot's 10th anniversary and amazingly it's already the Social Enterprise Ceilidh's 5th! We're at New Lanark again (will this year be the last there?) and the dates are 19th of November, which is Social Enterprise Day and 20th. We're pleased to be able to confirm support for the event......more

Networks1st Update: Friday 10th July 2009
Over the next couple of months, Senscot, with support from Cooperative Development Scotland (CDS), will be developing a legal model specifically for Local Social Enterprise Networks (LSEN). The basis for this work came form the LSEN Blueprint produced last year with input from the Network Reps meetings....more

Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd July 2009
Yesterday, after the series of events held over recent months, Senscot met up with RISE to discuss Scottish interest in the Social Enterprise Mark. Things are moving ahead with a view to launching a new C.I.C Limited by Shares to run the SEM. This is expected to be launched UK wide at the end of this......more

Networks1st Update: 26th June 2009
On Wednesday, Senscot attended the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition's 5th AGM. During the day, it became clear there is an increasing desire for the Coalition to work more closely with the LSENs over the coming year. Outside the formal business, there were three policy debates. These included how......more

Networks1st Update: 19th June 2009
Yesterday, Senscot participated in `Up and Running` a sport and social enterprise event at Airth Castle near Alloa, was sponsored by Social Investment Scotland. Over 50 people heard presentations from the likes of Mel Young (Homeless World Cup), Stewart Harris (Sports Scotland), Craig Campbell (SIS)......more

Networks1st Update: 12th June 2009
CEiS is holding a series of free seminars this month on opportunities for social enterprises in the new contracting arrangements for government programmes. The seminars will give some focus to the commissioning of the new Specialist Disability Employment Programme and will provide the opportunity to......more

Networks1st Update: 5th June 2009
Local People Leading(LPL) has recently been awarded a knowledge and skills fund through Scottish Govt. As a founding member of the LPL campaign, Senscot will be able to access some of these funds for any LSEN or LSEN members who wish to travel or need to incur other costs in order to learn or build their......more

Networks1st Update: 29th May 2009
Senscot attended the Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) Think Tanks Away Day at Hampden Stadium this week. The event was to engage the Third Sector in looking at the changing role and purpose of third sector infrastructure (support services). This included the current changes affecting the sector and......more

Networks1st Update: 22nd May 2009
Developments continue around the Third Sector Single Interface with a confererence invite this week from Eleanor Logan. Eleanor, a one time member of ABSEN, is working with the Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) Think Tanks project, who are hosting an event for intermediary, infrastructure, community......more

Networks1st Update: 15th May 2009
On Friday, I met with George Watson's College in Edinburgh to discuss their policy to using local companies as they are keen to learn more about social enterprise. This follows on from a meeting with the Scottish Parliament's Social Enterprise Procurement Forum where a group of intermediaries were given......more

Networks1st Update: 8th May 2009
Senscot is hosting two further meetings on the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM). The first will take place at the Wise Group's offices at 72 Charlotte Street, Glasgow G1 5DW from 2 pm - 4 pm and the second at Aberdeen Foyer's Marywell Training &Conference Centre, Marywell Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JF, from......more

Networks1st Update: 1st May 2009
In March, Senscot held an event to discuss the prospect of the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM) being rolled out in England. Since then the UK Social Enterprise Coalition has given the SEM its backing, and in a survey of 1,000 people across the UK, 86% of respondents associated the Social Enterprise Mark......more

Networks1st Update: 24th April 2009
Last week's Networks 1st story on the Third Sector Single Interface generated a lot of interest. This week, a couple of Network members forwarded the most recent letter from the Public Service Reform Directorate (Third Sector Division) on the subject. The letter outlines a series of minimum functions......more

Networks1st Update: 17th April 2008
The Single Interface programme started in March 2008 with an announcement from the Scottish Government that it would no longer fund the networks of the CVS's, the VC's, the LSEPs and the LSENs in their current form, from April 2011. The Single Interface will be one of the main topics on the agenda at......more

Networks1st Update: 9th April 2009
An increasingly important issue for LSENs over the next 12 months will be the emergence of the new 'Interface' between the Third Sector and Community Planning Partnerships. Scottish Govt has been clear that the functions of the 'Interface' will include support for social enterprise at a local level...more

Networks1st Update: 3rd April 2009
Yesterday, I attended the first meeting of the Social Enterprise Procurment Forum, hosted at the Scottish Parliament. A group of organisations with reach into the social enterprise sector were invited to hear about the Scottish Parlaments approach to purchasing. ...more

Networks1st Update: 27th March 2009
'Fit for Purpose 09' on 3rd March at the Scottish StoryTelling Centre in Edinburgh, connected the 'Enterprising Third Sector' action plan and 'Equally Well' the Government's strategy on health inequalities. ...more

Networks1st Update: 20th March 2009
This week saw the second of this year’s Community of Business events take place in Inverness. These events are a great opportunity for social and commercial enterprises to meet and develop relationships at a local level. This has already been evident through a joint venture between Haven products and......more

Networks1st Update:13th March 2009
Senscot is the Scottish partner for the national role out of the Social Enterprise Mark which has been developed by RISE in the South West of England. On Wednesday 18th March (1.30-4pm, The Melting Pot, Edinburgh), we are hosting a `discussion forum` to see if there is an appetite for the SEM in Scotland. ...more

Networks1st Update: 6th March 2009
Tuesday saw a full house for 'Fit for Purpose '09', where we were joined by the Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison. There was a real buzz at the event with a growing understanding of how social enterprises can deliver innovative, responsive services to local communities. ...more

Networks1st Update: 27th February
Another big event in Fife coming up. The 2nd Annual Social Enterprise Business Awards - a collaboration between the Fife SEN and the Local Social Economy Partnership - will take place in Kirkcaldy on Wed 18th March. Once again, our friends in the Kingdom have pulled out all the stops with an impressive......more

Networks1st Update: 20th February 2009
Jackie Dunsmuir, CEO of Recycle Fife (and founder member of the Fife SEN) has been in touch to let us know that they've been short listed in the CRNS 4th Annual Awards for diverting 750 tonnes a year from landfill and creating jobs. Based in Lochgelly, Recycle Fife has established itself as a leading......more

Networks1st Update: 13th February 2009
Down in Birmingham to Voice '09 which started with a quick tour of trade fair tent Social Enterprise West Midlands which had a great atmosphere and a number of upbeat stands with bikes that made fruit smoothies and the very impressive award winning Mosely Farmers Market CIC. ...more

Networks1st Update: 6th Feburary 2009
Fit for Purpose '09, which will look at the positive impact that social enterprise can have on public health, is now full and we have opened a waiting list. The event is taking place at the Story Telling Centre in Edinburgh and will see presentations on Public Social Partnerships, SROI, and Community......more

Networks1st Update: 30th January 2009
Members of both Glasgow and Edinburgh SEN have been getting good press recently. Last week saw Impact Arts advertise 10 new staff members on the back of a successful bid to the Inspiring Scotland fund. This week, The Melting Pot is in the news with a great article in the Scotsman about how it’s on......more

Networks1st Update: 23rd January 2008
Fit for Purpose '09 social enterprise and health conference on 3rd March is filling up fast, with only around 20 places left.http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/fitforpurpose09.php Shona Robison the Minister for Public Health will be the keynote speaker at the event. Also, Edinburgh SEN member Lubna Kerr's......more

Networks1st Update: 16th January 2009
Senscot will be carrying out an LSEN Vital Statistics Survey. We'll be getting in touch with Network members about this over the coming months in an effort to gather information at an organisational and Network level. We've put together an online form to try and make the process as simple as possible.......more

Networks1st Update: 9th January 2009
Voice 09 is the main UK wide jamboree for the social enterprise sector and last year Senscot organised a delegation from the Networks down to Liverpool. This year the event will be held in Birmingham on 10th /11th February and, with the support of Scottish Government, we intend to organise a similar......more

Networks1st Update: 19th December 2008
The Scottish Government’s £12 million Third Sector Enterprise Fund, aimed at encouraging Third Sector organisations to become more enterprising, was launched last week. The fund will be managed and delivered by the Scottish Government Third Sector Division and guidance on ‘How to apply’ which......more

Networks1st Update: 12th December 2008
The Scottish Government recognises that people have to be at the centre of all that is important in their lives and of the need to work together in order to deliver a healthier, safer, greener, smarter, wealthier and better connected Scotland. ‘Fit for Purpose 09’ will connect the ‘Enterprising......more

Networks1st Update: 5th December 2008
Some good news for Re-Union. They have recently received two generous donations from Edinburgh Quay Ltd and the EDI Group to increase their work on the canal in west Edinburgh and at Edinburgh Quay in the city centre. The donations will enable Re-Union to have a broader mix of social and cultural activities......more

Networks1st Update: 28th November 2008
This Monday, social entreprenuer and Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunis gives a lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University on his view of the world's economy. Leading Scottish social entrepreneur Mel Young, a founding Sencot member, magaged to get over 80 places for Senscot members to attend this important......more

Networks1st Update: 21st November 2008
Yesterday`s Ceilidh proved a great success. Over 100 folk turned up and early feedback has been very positive. The Dragons` Den was won this year by Our Power (Cairndow, Argyll) for their new micro hydro-electric scheme. That’s three in a row for Argyll and Bute SEN - there must be something in the......more

Networks1st Update: 14th November 2008
This year`s Ceilidh sees a new activity - Online Networking. With the help of John Cant from The Melting Pot, we`re setting up an `online networking page` for people to use prior to the event - and also for those who can’t make it on the day. The idea is to connect with fellow social entrepreneurs......more

Networks1st Update: 7th November 2008
This year`s Ceilidh is now FULL! There may be the odd Day Delegate place left but you'll need to contact Victoria ASAP if you haven't booked yet (victoria@senscot.net). Interest in this year's event has been higher than ever and we would like to thank RBS and the Scottish Government for backing the event......more

Networks1st Update: 31th October 2008
This year’s Ceilidh programme is now complete! (see link) The format is similar to last year, starting off with Question Time that will include contributions from Fiona Malcolm (Scottish Govt) on the impending £12m Enterprise Fund and Gerry Higgins (CEiS) offering his personal take on where our sector......more

Networks1st Update: 24th October 2008
Places at this year's Social Enterprise Ceilidh are filling up fast, so if you've got it in your diary but not booked yet because 'it's still ages away', take a moment now and fill in your booking form or you might miss out. There's a maximum 120 places at the event, which gathers some of Scotland's......more

Networks1st Update: 17th October 2008
Bookings for this year's Dragon's Den are mounting up – we`ve got 8 applications so far - but there's still time to get your application in. As usual, we only have five places available in the Den and, with an increased prize of £5,000, this year's selection process will have to be stricter. Deadline......more

Networks1st Update: 10th October 2008
This year sees an increase in the Dragon's Den Prize - now £5,000. A reminder as well that this year participants can get some ` Den Coaching` with Jay Lamb, winner of the first ever Dragon's Den for Re-Union Canal Boats in 2005 and now a member of the Firstport Team. Previous winners have done pretty......more

Networks1st Update: 3rd October 2008
Green C Kayaks launched their newly formed company this week - two years after winning the Dragons Den at the Social Enterprise Ceilidh.. David McBride and Julie Belasco won £4000 after pitching to the Dragons to develop the idea as part of their work with TACT Scotland. Since then, the team has designed......more

Networks1st Update: 26th September 2008
Fife SEN members The Ecology Centre (winners of the Business Bingo event at the Fringe Forum last month) are in the mix for up to £500,000 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Primetime programme on the BBC. A total of £3 million is in the pot, split into six regional areas, whittled down from an original......more

Networks1st Update: 19th September 2008
This year's Social Enterprise Ceilidh is open for bookings. Every year over 100 people attend the event at New Lanark, 80% of them active social entrepreneurs. This year we'd like to get applications for the Dragon's Den event in early, so we can provide the entrants with some pre `Den` practice, so......more

Networks1st Update: 12th September 2008
People are already sending in advanced bookings for this year's Ceilidh on 20th November at New Lanark. This will be the fourth national gathering of the Local and Thematic Social Enteprise Networks. The Ceilidh has grown in popularity over the years so, to avoid disappointment, get your booking in early.......more

Networks1st Update: 5th September 2008
The Social Enterprise Fringe Forum got off to a great start with a healthy turnout for the debate on the Social Enterprise Mark which is being developed by RISE in South West England as an identity for social enterprises, and the pros and cons of not sitting on the fence any more. This was followed by......more

Networks1st Update: 29th August 2008
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network members are gearing up for their biggest week yet, playing a staring role at the inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum. There will be a series of visits on the opening day, 2nd of September, with many of them to Edinburgh SEN members including Re-Union, The Bike......more

Networks1st Update: 22nd August 2008
News this week about the first topic of the 3 Social Enterprise Fringe events on 4th of September. Momentum appears to be growing behind the Social Enterprise Kite Mark being developed by RISE with plans afoot to combine Social Firms UK's ’star mark' with the Kite Mark brand. This is obviously going......more

Networks1st Update: 15th August 2008
For those who are aren't able to make it to the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh from 2-5th of September, why not come along the Fringe Forum. Three events in 3 social enterprise venues across Edinburgh including 'A Social Enterprise Kite mark' at The Melting Pot, 'Common Ground' looking at......more

Networks1st Update: 8th August 2008
The first Social Enterprise Network meeting took place over 4 years ago in Fife at Furniture Plus. Thirteen of us turned up to debate how to move things forward but there and no real map for the road ahead. Things have moved on a bit since then and there are now 18 Networks both local and thematic around......more

Networks1st Update: 1st August 2008
Clackmannanshire Social Enterprise Network has successfully secured 2 sponsored places for the Social Enterprise World Forum from their Local Social Economy Partnership. This will enable the Network to have at least 4 members of the Network attending the event. For those thinking of going, a couple......more

Networks1st Update: 25th July 2008
In September, Scotland host's the first Social Enterprise World Forum. Edinburgh SEN have received a massive boost in the form of sponsorship from Edinburgh Council which will see them have a stand at the event. CEiS have put together a fantastic 4 day programme that is tempting people from as far away......more

Networks1st Update: 18th July 2008
`Aspire to Enterprise` - the programme providing a range of Business Support Services to ambitious, developing social enterprises in Lowland Scotland – is now moving into the second half of the pilot period. Of 34 enquiries to date, 26 have been approved to receive business support services – 10......more

Networks1st Update: 11th July 2008
Last Friday saw the second of a series of meetings organised by the Glasgow SEN. The re-emergence of the Glasgow SEN has been one of the most significant developments of recent months in terms of Network activity and much of the credit for this is due to Susan Aktemel at Impact Arts who has had to do......more

Networks1st Update: 4th July 2008
Since April, Senscot has been looking to step up its work in supporting the Networks. This has been helped hugely by the arrival of Anna Roscoe. We are now able to attend more meetings and also to arrange visits to individual social enterprises. Main events for the year are taking shape with the Ceilidh......more

Networks1st Update: 27th June 2008
We hear this week that Edinburgh SEN is to work with CEiS on the Social Enterprise World Forum. Delegates will be given guided tours by a team of Edinburgh's social enterprise leaders on Tuesday 2nd of September. In exchange for their hard work Edinburgh SEN will gain 10 invites to the Forum and are......more

Networks1st Update: 20th June 2008
Got confirmation on dates for this year`s `Fit for Purpose` Conference looking at health and social enterprise. The event will take place on Tuesday 3rd March 2009 at The Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Shona Robison (Minister for Public Health) has accepetd our invitation......more

Networks1st Update: 13th June 2008
Good news from Dumfries and Galloway. Chick McKenna tells us that in addition to the £15,000 per year for the Network, social enterprise has been confirmed as part of the Local Authority`s Economic Development Strategy and also part of the Single Outcome Agreement. This means that for the next 3 years,......more

Networks1st Update: 6th June 2008
The first Social Enterprise World Forum takes place in Edinburgh from 2-5 September, making Scotland a focal point for social entrepreneurs all over the world. Senscot are working on an idea to take advantage of all the interest this is going to generate so as many members of the LSENs as possible can......more

Networks1st Update: 30th May 2008
Anna`s first full week with Senscot draws to a close. Here's what she's got to say about it all so far: My first week with Senscot has been varied; a small insight into my time ahead working with everyone. I have already had a couple of visits to social enterprises on the ground, as well as attend the......more

Networks1st Update: 23rd May 2008
On Wednesday I attended a dinner hosted by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in partnership with the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) to launch the publication of a Community of Business. Around 50 folk from public, private and the third sector were invited to hear John......more

Networks1st Update: 16th May 2008
Returned from the sunshine of the Italian Rivera to our mixed bag of weather on Sunday. What did I learn? Don't worry, rather than bore you all with it, I'll write something up and anyone interested can read it. This Tuesday, I attended a meeting about the £40 million to be released from dormant......more

Networks1st Update: 9th May 2008
While Laurence has been sunning himself in Andalucia, I’ve been traipsing the highways and byways of Berlin and Genoa. It’s been hard going but the weather’s been a bonus. What has been most striking is the contrast in the nature of social enterprises between the...more

Networks1st Update: 2nd May 2008
First glance this week at our new web portal for the Networks - NETWORKS 1st.The idea will be to pull together the information held on the main website into a more streamlined format and make it easier to find out who's who in the Networks, exchange resources and generally connect everyone up. There’s......more

Networks1st Update: 25th April 2008
Attended the 3rd S2S Trade Fair this week in Dundee. The change of venue from Perth to Dundee was in response to growing demand from the sector. Jim Mather (Minister for Enterprise) talked up the opportunities opening up for the sector over the next three years and his confidence in our ability to link......more

Networks1st Update: 18th April 2008
Next Tuesday sees the third S2S (http://www.s2stradefair.com) this time in Dundee. This is the biggest trade fair on the social enterprise calendar in Scotland so we're looking forward to seeing loads of you there. Some will already have your own stand at the event but for those who don't there will......more

Networks1st Update: 11th April 2008
As agreed at the last Networks` Rep meeting, Senscot have booked a Stand at S2S to give Social Enterprise Networks, who aren't able to get one of their own, a presence at Scotland's biggest social enterprise trade fair. We expect there will be space for around 5 different SENs to share the Stand. There......more

Networks1st Update: 4th April 2008
This week saw what was supposed to be the offical handover to local authorities of responsibility for local business support and economic development functions. Many Network members are still unclear about what will be happening. The stories coming back to us vary quite dramatically between those Councils......more

Networks1st Update: 28th March 2008
Last week we mentioned that Senscot has been awarded almost £300k over three years to continue its work in support of the Local Social Enterprise Networks (LSENs). Part of these monies will enable us to recruit a new Network Development Officer....more

Networks1st Update: 20th March 2008
Last Friday 12 people made it along to the 2nd SEN Reps meeting, which took place at Community Central Hall in Maryhill Rd, Glasgow. The Reps heard Senscot's plans for the £294,000 the Scottish Government has provided for Senscot's role in supporting the Networks over the next 3 years....more

Networks1st Update: 14th March 2008
Today saw the 2nd LSEN Reps meeting taking place in Glasgow. These events will take place on a quarterly basis and will be an opportunity for members of the different Networks to come together and look at some of the wider issues facing the Networks and their members...more

Networks1st Update: 7th March 2008
Senscot has been successful in bidding for funds to help facilitate the development of Social Enterprise Networks over the next 3 years.This ...more

Networks1st Update: 29th February 2008
Just back from Voice 08 in Liverpool with a bunch from the Networks. The venue was the new Echo Arena Conference Centre at the Docks. This was the first event to grace this impressive 'state of the art' venue, which is in keeping with Jonathan Bland's (CEO of SEC UK) new line on the Coalition's need......more

Networks1st Update: 22nd February 2008
Whilst the picture for social enterprise at a national level is looking positive, at a local level the picture is far more uncertain. A number of Network members have been in contact relaying stories that suggest difficulties may lie ahead. ...more

Networks1st Update: 15th February 2008
A group of 20 SEN members are heading for Voice 08 in Liverpool on 26th of February. While down there we're planning to meet up and learn a bit about folks running Social Enterprise Networks in England like NESEP (www.nesep.co.uk) and SEWM (www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk). ...more

Networks1st Update: 8th Februrary 2008
This week saw the first `Community of Business` event in Edinburgh involving the local SEN and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Over 70 folk attended and the day was considered a great success....more

Networks1st Update: 1st February 2008
In Dunoon at the start of this week for Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network's Conference. Highlights of the event inclued a talk by Jim Mather the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (also the local MSP) who showed a real understanding and appreciation of the value of networks....more

Networks1st Update: 25th January 2008
The Scottish Government has agreed to support a group of LSEN delegates to attend Voice 08 on 26/27th of February (www.tcp-events.co.uk/voice08)....more

Networks1st Update: 18th January 2008
Three bits of news from Aberdeen. Firstly, Aberdeen SEN's new website is now live. The site - www.asen.org.uk - provides information on news and events as well an up-to-date list of members....more

Networks1st Update: 11th January 2008
As this is the first update of the year, can I take this opportunity to wish everybody involved with the Networks the very best for 2008....more

Networks1st Update: 21 December 2007
So we're heading for 2008 and hopes of a more enthusiastic brave new world for social enterprise. Looking back on 2007 there are plenty of high points to savour ...more

Networks1st Update: 14th December 2007
Things have been a bit quieter this week, perhaps with Christmas looming up, altho` ther have been a couple of Network meetings. These include the second Health and Care SEN meeting and the Inverclyde SEN meeting in Greenock....more

Networks1st Update: 7th December 2007
Chris Rogan (this year`s Dragon`s Den winner at the Ceilidh) writes to say that things are gathering pace in Argyll and Bute. Communities Scotland are looking to support ABSEN in running two events in the New Year...more

Networks1st Update: 30th November 2007
Christmas is coming and the trees are getting cut and Emma Galloway (Edinburgh SEN member and lead fiddle player at the New Lanark Ceilidh!!) is ramping up this year's Caring Christmas Trees Campaign....more

Networks1st Update: 23rd November 2007
The Social Enterprise Ceilidh has become an important event in Senscot's diary and this year we were back at New Lanark again on social enterprise day, the15th November, thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland's continued belief in the event. ...more

Networks1st Update: 9th November 2007
Following last week`s good news from Clackmannanshire and Tayside, we `ve now got some from Aberdeen. The Aberdeen SEN has secured some funds for a part time co-ordinator over the next few months....more

Networks1st Update: 2nd November 2007
Some good news from Clackmannanshire and Tayside this week. Clacks SEN rep Anna Roscoe tells us of an award for £5000 from Communities Scotland and from Tayside...more

Networks 1st Update: 26th October 2007
Numbers for the Ceilidh are approaching the 100 mark. This leaves space for another 20 or so. If you`d like to come along, contact colin@senscot.net or fill in attached booking form ...more

Networks1st Update: 19th October 2007
There still some space in this year's Ceilidh events! Most of you will know the drill by now for the Dragon's Den; punt an idea for an imaginary £100,000 prize, ...more

Networks1st Update:12th October 2007
Booking Forms are now available for this year`s Ceilidh at New Lanark, it's filling up fast the so the sooner you get your form in the better. ...more

Networks1st Update: 5th October 2007
Booking Forms are now available for this year`s Ceilidh at New Lanark. The sooner you get your form in the better it`s already filling up fast. The dates are 15th/16th November. This year`s programme will be available shortly....more

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