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THE SENS WEEKLY UPDATE DATES FOR THE DIARY

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 with the goal of boosting productivity, competitiveness, employment, fair work and workforce engagement and development. Goals that so many of our social enterprises are already striving towards.”Senscot spoke to a few familiar faces to get a feel for what the Exchange means to Scotland’s SE community and what they hoped to get from the day. See short video comments from a range of social enterprises on our Twitter feed.

With the Scottish Government committed to producing a national strategy to tackle loneliness and isolation, we’re keen they engage with SEN members to learn about existing good practice and approaches to tackling the issue. 60% of SEs currently engage in activities that improve health and wellbeing through social or community activity and 39% of SEs have a particular interest in addressing isolation. If you would like to promote work you do in this area, please get in touch with Mary (Health & Social Enterprise Coordinator).
 
Last week, Senscot attended Dundee SEN’s Profitable Partnership event, with Dovetail’s Ken Laing providing a highlight with an engaging presentation. Ken spoke about two key aspects of Dovetail’s approach to business development; increasing sales to the public sector through major capital projects and accessing the supply chains of private sector firms. Ken’s presentation conveyed a valuable message about knowing your market and using the procurement process to foster enhanced trading opportunities. Full presentations from the event can be downloaded, while an evaluation form for the event can also be submitted.
 
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) have launched a £12,000 crowdfunding appeal in order to finance a small fleet of mobile community cafés. The ‘Tuk In’ initiative in Aberdeen will provide soup, fruit pots and healthy lunches from the back of environmentally friendly tuk-tuks. Donors can contribute through their crowdfunder page. Meanwhile, Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) plan to raise £15,000 to fund a fully fitted kitchen space at their Social Enterprise and Inclusion Hub just outside Lanark. The venture would allow them to provide a platform for social inclusion through a food-based training scheme. Donations can be made through their fundraising page.
 
Broomhouse Centre & Enterprises have now raised a total of £2.5m to be put towards a new community hub in South West Edinburgh. With £500,000 already in place, the Edinburgh SEN member has secured a further £1.2m from the Big Lottery Fund and £800,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grants Fund. Brigid MacGregor, the Acting Chairperson of Broomhouse Centre & Enterprises said: "We really see the Hub as the start of a new beginning in Broomhouse, it will be a place run by the community for the community.” For more information, see full press release.
 
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SEN Meetings

East Lothian SEN, 31st March
Clackmannanshire SEN, 28th March
Moray SEN, 13th April
Scottish Borders SEC, 27th April

EVENTS

Retail Resilience: Visual Merchandising
(Museums Galleries Scotland)

What is visual merchandising? Why is it relevant for museum retail outlets? Planning the shop layout, using fixtures and props, and display techniques are every bit as important as getting your numbers right when you want to run a resilient retail outlet.

Date: 2017-03-28 ...more

Connect and Collaborate
(Not9to5)

An interactive workshop for Not9to5 professionals working within the Third Sector. The workshop will create a space where people can make meaningful connections, explore networks, how we utilise them and the value of collaboration within the sector.

Date: 2017-03-28 ...more

Connect and Collaborate
(Not9to5)

An interactive workshop for Not9to5 professionals working within the Third Sector. The workshop will create a space where people can make meaningful connections, explore networks, how we utilise them and the value of collaboration within the sector.

Date: 2017-03-28 ...more

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