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 with, if social enterprise is to be properly represented at a local level. We know business plans for the SI’s are now being scrutinised by the Scottish Govt’s Third Sector team, yet there is still no coherence as to how the SIs are going to engage with SENs. Reports range from Moray SEN being given an equal share of the money, to others where the SEN is not even mentioned in the local plan. Senscot is circulating the attached document to each SI as part of our campaign to ensure appropriate social enterprise representation across the board. See

Aberdeen SEN met this week with the Head of Procurement for Aberdeen City Council, Craig Innes. Discussions centred on the Council’s plans to review all procedures to increase efficiency and enhance community benefits. Craig is currently visiting social enterprises in the city to get a better feel for their activities and will meet the SEN again in March to discuss things further. Also this week, the Breadmaker has teamed up with Aberdeen Cyrenians and will supply mince pies at their shelters as part of an outreach programme to provide for homeless people in the city. See

As part of the ongoing growth and development of SENs, a number have developed their own websites; e.g. The sites have information on members, updates, business opportunities and local information. Senscot has been upgrading the site for Networks 1st, which will be launched early in the New Year, that will include links to the SEN websites. If there was sufficient interest, we could look at developing a SEN website template that could then be hosted on the Networks 1st website, at minimal cost. If this is something that your SEN would like to explore, please contact


INVITATION TO TENDER: Dumfries and Galloway SEN are looking for a designer to develop a new logo, materials and website.  If you know of anyone, a local social enterprise or other third sector organisation who might be interested please get in touch, see link for more

COMMUNITY CINEMA:  Blantyre Miners Welfare Charitable Society have a new cinema with a massive 7m by 5m screen and 16 speaker surround sound.  Set up as the result of a community consultation the cinema has been launched with a programme of mainly family friendly early evening screenings but aims to build on that repertoire and is also available for private functions. See more

PRESS RELEASE: The official ministerial ribbon-cutting for an Aberdeenshire social enterprise fruit and veg shop may have been postponed but vital food supplies are still making it to the shelves. Residents in the small village of Longside have recently been thrown a lifeline that will secure the local fruit and veg shop well into the future. See more

LAUNCH: The Social Enterprise Academy has launched its new website, click here to find out more

STUDY VISIT: In partnership with CEIS Events, the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition is delighted to offer a 2 day study visit to Cornwall’s world renowned social enterprise, the Eden Project. Tim Smit, Chief Executive and Co Founder says this is a social enterprise ‘built out of innocence!’  The Project cost £130m and has already put £800m back into the Cornish economy, with 90% of everything consumed at Eden being locally sourced. See more

NEW INITIATIVE: A new Kibble furniture recycling initiative, working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council called Project OsKar & Caring Christmas Trees where the young people at Kibble thoroughly enjoy the experience; learning about warehouse distribution, customer service and delivery.  See more

Case Study: Evolution Skatepark

Evolution Skatepark is the UK’s largest, outdoor, fully supervised, concrete park and opened in 2005.  Very much embedded in the community with an inclusive atmosphere, their income is generated through admissions, catering and equipment hire – helmets, skates, bikes and one off events. See below,

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Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 14th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December
Ayrshire SEN, 11th January
Borders SEN, 19th January
SEN Reps, 19th January


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