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The SENs: Friday 22nd September 2017
The Draft Programme for our SE Conference at the Westerwood Hotel – on the 7th/8th December 2017 – is now shaping up. “Collaborating towards a Sharing Economy” will again be run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise; with support from the Scottish Community Alliance – exploring how social/community enterprises can work better and more effectively together. Places are available for around 120 delegates and, as always, we anticipate 70% of attendees to be made up of front-line social enterprises – with around 20 places being reserved for national intermediaries and/or support agencies. Further details over coming weeks. To book your place, see Booking Form.
The Social Enterprise Census 2017 certainly caught the imagination of the sector with its publication earlier this month, and huge credit must go to Jonathan Coburn and the Social Value Lab team for a painstakingly thorough operation. While the research certainly pulled up plenty of positives across the sector – an increase in the number of SEs generating at least half of their income from trading, plus an overall increase in the number of SEs – there were also some sobering insights to be taken into consideration. We’ve written a blog outlining our initial observations from the Census, which you can read here.
This week SCVO launched a third round of the Scottish Govt’s Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF). The CCRF is looking to award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to eligible third sector organisations to deliver projects/activities for up to a nine-month period that support individuals and communities to mitigate the impact of welfare reform and poverty. This could be to deliver new services, to expand existing services or to develop your workforce. SCVO recognises that some pilot projects need more time to determine their impact and are therefore seeking proposals for twelve-month pilot projects with grant awards up to £10,000 in this funding round. It’s an easy online application, see more detail here.
Senscot and GSEN are working with Scottish Enterprise to deliver two Tourism Innovation masterclasses in Glasgow which will include contributions from the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Visit Scotland.  The first masterclass, ‘Understanding your role in the Glasgow Tourism Market’ (25th October 9-1pm), will help businesses to understand what resources need to be put in place for them to fulfil their ambition. The second, ‘Social Enterprise Tourism Package Offering’ (1st November 9 – 1pm), will focus on partnerships between businesses and opportunities in the conferencing sector, exploring the possibility of a collaborative social enterprise Welcome to Glasgow package.  For more information contact sarah@senscot.net.
Sarah, our Local and Cultural SEN Coordinator, attended the Scottish Government Creative Industries Advisory Group this week, created to provide a space for open and honest dialogue about the issues facing the sector and facilitate collaborative working between the public sector and industry.  Up for discussion this week was the strategic relationship between academia and industry.  We will post a note of the meeting when it’s available, in the meantime previous notes here.
Firstport celebrated their 10th anniversary this week, having spent the last decade supporting a large portion of Scotland’s 5600 social enterprises with seed funding, business advice and networking to ensure the best ideas get off the ground. Since their inception, Firstport have responded to over 5000 enquiries from social entrepreneurs, with over £5.3m invested in start-up social enterprises since 2009. Their LaunchMe accelerator programme, the first of...Read more

SEN Meetings

ESEN Social in the Gardens, 2nd-3rd August
Moray SEN, 10th August
Dundee SEN, 24th August
SBSEC, 7th September


BlueGrassmarket Festival
(Grassmarket Community Project)

BlueGrassmarket Festival Friday 22nd – 24th of September Join us for a weekend celebrating all things Bluegrass, Country and Americana!

Date: 2017-09-24 ...more

Thai Cook & Dine Evening
(The Larder Cook School)

Thai cookery class followed by a relaxing Thai meal. 35 per person including all ingredients ans 2 glasses of wine

Date: 2017-09-28 ...more

MacMillan Coffee Morning
(The Larder Cook School)

Fabulous Home Baking Teas and Cofffees with all proceeds being donated to MacMillan.

Date: 2017-09-29 ...more

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