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 for you to download and read over More information will be made available on each of these over the coming weeks. A final reminder for prospective Dragons’ Den entrants – closing date is Friday 29th Oct. For an application form etc, contact  To book your place at the Ceilidh, see 

On Wednesday evening, ReadyforBusiness partners – Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS, along with Unity Enterprise, CRNS, DTAS and the Office of the Third Sector attended the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards in Glasgow, as RfB was shortlisted for the GO Best Supplier Engagement Award. Although we didn’t pick up the award, the RfB Partners were delighted to have been nominated – and there’s always next year! For more information on the awards and list of winners, see

Along with a number of SEN members, Senscot attended the Cornerstone ‘Attracting Social Investment’ conference at the Perth Concert Hall on Thursday. There was great excitement in the hall for this the first social investment event to take place in Scotland. Nigel Kershaw’s Big Invest, look like an organisation worth keeping an eye on ( One good bit of news on the day was the fact that Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has managed to get £30 million investment out the door, showing the level of demand for their approach to mixing grant and load funding is strong in Scotland. SIS also announced that they have secured a further £2 million from the Cooperative Bank (who are behind the new Social Investment Bank in England), bringing their loan book up to £8 million.


VACANCY: Pool Manager Job Vacancy at Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Ltd, looking for a dynamic, passionate individual to lead the team at Mid Argyll Community Pool and help drive the business forward to the next level.  The post is initially for a two year period with the possibility of extension thereafter.  See more

PROGRAMME: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust in partnership with Linked Work Training Trust and the Social Enterprise Academy are recruiting Community Leaders who would like to gain a qualification in Community Leadership.  See more

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is launching a photography competition to celebrate the community spirit of coalfield areas in England, Scotland and Wales.  The photography competition, “The changing face of coalfield communities”, is open to everyone and all areas of photography – professional, semi-professional and enthusiastic amateurs.  See here for more

EVENTS: As your company is known to be interested and proactive in supporting your local community, Firstport would like to invite you to a pre-launch event to introduce the Social Enterprise Skills Exchange.  This is a European Funded programme to create an on and offline platform that enables all sectors to engage easily in the growth of enterprises addressing social and environmental concerns.

Out of the Blue special events on this Saturday include an Arts Market, Charity Auction event, Tinker Tailor, Village store and more see her for more information

This FREE Expo’10 event on Tuesday, 2nd November presents an exciting opportunity for business people, policy makers and 3rd sector organisations to access the latest cutting edge research from Strathclyde academics.

Case Study: Giraffe Trading CIC

Perth based, Giraffe Trading CIC provides employment opportunities to those facing barriers to employment through their cafes, shop and gallery and plant sales. They were the the first Community Interest Company to establish in Perth and Kinross. They are one of the founding members of the Perth and Kinross SEN.

See Full Case Study here

Dates for the Diary

Ayrshire SEN, 9th November
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November
Sport SEN, 24th November
Borders SEN, 25th November
Coalfields SEN, 7th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December


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