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Welcome to Issue 14 of your Social Enterprise Update - a monthly version of the weekly magazine that's sent exclusively to our members. This free bulletin lets you discover the work of Scotland's innovative social enterprises and read our latest news...

It's fair to say that there's a lot going on in the Scottish social enterprise community right now (and 2015 is the 10 year anniversary of Social Enterprise Scotland). We now have robust national data about social enterprises in Scotland for the very first time! This vital, new data allows us to understand the powerful economic and social impacts of social enterprises. Please read/share the infographic of headline figures and the full report of Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015. Please get in contact if you have questions or comments and read our initial analysis.

Book free places at our next national policy meeting in The Scottish Parliament "Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015 - what does it mean to your social enterprise?" Anyone with an interest is welcome to book online. There are two Scottish Parliament Motions on the Census, many thanks to Chic Brodie MSP and John Mason MSP - please ask your local/regional MSPs to sign.

The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015 and Scottish Parliament Evening Reception is on Tue 3 November! The annual, inspiring awards highlight some of the very best examples of social enterprise. John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister, will present the awards and our MSP sponsor is Willie Rennie MSP. Read the awards shortlist.

Give us a shout if you have questions or need information about social enterprise. See our Complete Guide to Social Enterprise in Scotland. Anyone is welcome to join Social Enterprise Scotland as a member today.

With our best wishes, the Social Enterprise Scotland staff team. Contact / 0131 243 2650.


Left to Right: Fraser Kelly (Chief Executive), Chris Mack (Policy & Communications Assistant), Kate Walshaw (Administrator), Duncan Thorp (Policy & Communications Officer).

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Please read and share our latest media stories - The Scotsman: The public sector and social enterprise have a shared purpose and Census reveals impact of Scots social enterprises. BBC Radio Scotland - Social enterprise and ethical business (context of Jeremy Corbyn speech, play from 2:08:22) and The onward march of the Scottish social economy (Third Sector Magazine).

Social Enterprise Spotlights - read and share our latest case studies of brilliant social enterprises! Sonia Last, Work4Me Ltd - a co-operative championing the cause of self-employment for people with long-term conditions, Jane Bainbridge, CANAPE (Choosing A New And Positive Employment) SCIO - working with vulnerable young people aged 16-24 who have offended in the past, Maria Naranjo, Mind's Well - a recovery college, providing peer led services for people with mental health challenges and Catherine Eadie, MHScot Consultancy & Training CIC - training & consultancy that understands the needs and aspirations of workplace environments in a person-centered way.

Meetings with Scottish think tanks - As the voice in influencing social enterprise policy thinking, SES is meeting with key Scottish think tanks and academic research institutes. So far these include Reform Scotland, Common Weal and the newly established IPPR in Scotland. The aim of these meetings is to build relationships of mutual benefit, to inform their research, influence the policies and publications of these key thinkers and ensure that social enterprise solutions remain right at the top of the policy agenda in Scotland.

New Scottish Social Investment Forum - Social Enterprise Scotland understands how important funding and finance is to social enterprises - so we've founded the new Scottish Social Investment Forum. This informal forum will be Scotland's first such regular grouping, bringing together all the key social investors in Scotland to discuss how social enterprises and society can benefit from social investment, how we raise the profile of social investment, how we can boost social impacts through finance and how we help influence policy around social investment, at both UK and Scotland levels.

Have you joined Scotland's Social Enterprise Community online forum yet? As you may know we have an online debating forum open to anyone. The group now has 600+ members! Join today, find out or request information and post topics for debate.

Your Champion, Your Voice - As you know Social Enterprise Scotland is the voice for all types of social enterprises across Scotland. We advocate and champion the interests of our social enterprise members, as the collective, campaigning organisation. Sometimes members face challenges dealing with local authorities, businesses, government and other organisations. If you know of a social enterprise with an issue that might benefit from an intervention, an objective mediator or the collective power of social enterprise - then do please pass on our membership details. Also see our one-stop comprehensive guide to social enterprise support in Scotland.

Who do we reach? - Our Social Enterprise Weekly plus monthly versions go direct to many thousands of people across Scotland - primarily designed to publicise our social enterprise members. Our reach includes: almost 1000 social entrepreneurs and supporters in Scotland, 1,800 members of the public, 300 media contacts, almost 300 key private sector and other social enterprise supporters, 340 MSPs/MPs/government & around 200 of their staff, over 1200 local elected Councillors, 250 local and national public sector officers, including councils and NHS plus a social media reach (Twitter/Linkedin/Facebook) of over 15,000, growing each day. Anyone can join as a member online today.
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SES Member News

We actively market and promote the work of our social enterprise members. Members send details of their latest news for free publicity across our ever-expanding networks. Join SES today.

Discover the social innovation and new ideas taking root across Scotland and in your neighbourhood...

Cope Ltd (Shetland) - Social enterprise COPE Ltd has won the Best Social Enterprise at the Highlands Business Awards 2015. COPE Ltd was one of three shortlisted in the social enterprise category. Ingrid Webb, COPE Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Social Enterprise of the year. We know that we have been in a category with other excellent social enterprises, and we are very proud of that".

Scottish Men's Sheds Association (Aberdeenshire) - Big launch. The Scottish Men's Sheds Movement is spreading across Scotland helping communities live in a more integrated and healthier way. This event is the official launch of the Scottish Men's Sheds Association charity which will continue in December with a road show around Scotland. Come and hear what the Association can do for you and you for it, which partners have joined and meet other 'Shedders'.

The Ridge (Scotland) CIC (Dunbar) - Work continues at Dunbar Backlands Regeneration project after receiving planning and listed building consent. The Ridge aims to take the previously unused stretch of land and create an inclusive, community centered development, reconnecting it with Dunbar and it’s High Street. The renovated land will include an area for growing and horticultural training, a site for occasional local food and drink markets as well as a place for community gatherings. Find out more about The Ridge:

Callander Youth Project Trust - 2015 AGM with guest speaker Celia Tennant, from Inspiring Scotland. The AGM will celebrate a very successful 12 months for Callander Youth Project, including the 1 year anniversary of launching the 5 star Callander Hostel. 2 Nov, Callander. Contact for info.

Mind's Well (Edinburgh) - are running a workshop on coping with Systemic abuse and Complex Trauma in Edinburgh on 24 Nov. Prices start at £45 for Early Bird Rate.

Speyside Trust (Aviemore) - held their annual Aviemore Half Marathon and 10k run on 11 Oct. Photos and videos from the day can be found on Facebook and results are available here. Funds raised from the race support Speyside Trust's work helping children and adults with learning difficulties and other special needs to enjoy outdoor activities.                   
Community Food Initiatives North East (Aberdeen) - CFINE was recently shortlisted for the 'Outstanding Contribution to Society' Award at this year's Northern Star Business Awards. In addition, CFINE have also been nominated in the Guardian's Best Charity Awards. CFINE was constituted in 1997 and over the years has grown to become a successful charity and social enterprise, providing a quality service to thousands of people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Delivered Next Day Personally CIC (East Kilbride) - DNDP has received an investment of £15,000 from Barry Sealey, one of the pioneers of the Scotland's business angel movement. His first move into the world of social investment, Mr Sealy was encouraged to invest by The Social Investment Tax Relief scheme, which provides income and capital gains tax reliefs for people who back qualifying businesses. The funding will be used to help role out the DNDP model to other parts of Scotland.
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Social Investment & Funding

Social Enterprise Scotland Members can view the latest funding and social investment opportunities here.
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Business Opportunities

Social Enterprise Scotland Members can access the latest contract and procurement opportunities here.
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Social Enterprise Scotland members (social enterprises & start-ups) can advertise with us for free! (we currently only carry advertisements from social enterprise members and member start-ups).
Full list of vacancies available at SEJobs
Latest SE Jobs news now on Twitter too! @SocEntScot_Jobs

Through Social Enterprise Scotland you directly reach our growing networks:

•  Almost 1000 social entrepreneurs and supporters in Scotland
•  700 members of the public
•  350 journalists and media outlets
•  Almost 300 key private sector and other social enterprise supporters
•  340 MSPs/MPs/government & around 200 of their staff
•  Over 1200 local elected Councillors
•  170 local and national public sector officers, including councils and NHS
•  Our social media reach (Twitter/Linkedin/Facebook) is around 9000, growing each day
•  Our website in 2013 got almost 23,000 unique visitors - a 22% increase from 2012

Discover social enterprise opportunities today...
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Sector News & Resources

Social Enterprise Scotland Members can access a full range of support, advice and resources for their social enterprise and find out information about the social enterprise community here.
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See media coverage of our social enterprise members below! All member media stories get sent to all our contacts for further publicity too. Social Enterprise Scotland Members can access news stories about social enterprise from across Scotland, the UK, Europe & Internationally in the member version of this bulletin.

Social Enterprise Scotland members in the media

Grassmarket Community Project (BBC Songs of Praise video clip)
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network create UK’s biggest jeely piece (ESEN, also appeared on STV)
BBC Radio Scotland (Better Business consultation, joint initiative between Social Value Lab, Firstport and the Scottish Business Awards to explore role of businesses in creating a fairer Scotland. Interview starts at 1:43 min)
Media Release: Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network monster ‘jeely piece’ challenge (ESEN)
Social Investment Scotland launches campaign to open up world of social investment (SIS)
Make Scotland “A Credit Union Nation” (ABCUL news)
Scottish Men's Sheds (BBC Radio Scotland 'Out of Doors' Mark Stephen supporting Men's Sheds, Aberdeenshire)
Lender’s backing for firms helps create 450 jobs (Social Investment Scotand, The Scotsman)
Are companies working towards a fairer Scotland? (Firstport, The Scotsman)
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network launch their new report, ‘Celebrate the good stuff’ (All Media Scotland, in The Scotsman and The Herald too)
Social enterprise award for Cope Ltd (Shetland Times)
Plastic bag charge: where will the money go? (Social Investment Scotland, The Guardian)
Social enterprises in good health in Scotland thanks to third sector lending growth (Social Investment Scotland, Real Business)

Social Enterprise Scotland in the media

Fraser Kelly, SES CEO - BBC Radio Scotland: Social enterprise and ethical business (context of Jeremy Corbyn speech, play from 2:08:22)
The onward march of the Scottish social economy (Third Sector magazine)
Our latest The Scotsman articles - Census reveals impact of Scots social enterprises,
The public sector and social enterprise have a shared purpose
TFN article on #SocEntSummer campaign: Sunshine and social enterprise
Social Enterprise Scotland Annual Report 2014/15

Watch Social Enterprise Scotland TV. Read our Blogs and news releases. Connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter and join Scotland's Social Enterprise Community online forum.
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Policy Update

Social Enterprise Scotland Members can access policy news and updates from their local community, Scottish Local Authorities, The Scottish Government (News, Consultations and Publications), Scottish Political Parties, The Scottish Parliament , UK Government, UK Parliament and Europe & International.
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Voices of Social Enterprise Interviews

Social Enterprise Spotlights...

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise/start-up member of Social Enterprise Scotland for intense marketing support and promotion. The member will feature in all weekly and monthly e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media (Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin), alongside other marketing and promotional support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond.
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