Issue 28 - FREE PUBLIC VERSION 03/03/17 Informed, Connected, Inspired.
Social Enterprise News

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Welcome to Issue 28 of your monthly Social Enterprise News!
There was a lively and welcome debate in The Scottish Parliament recently on Scotland’s new Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026. MSPs expressed strong cross-party support for social enterprise development and the new strategy. Read the full report of the debate.

We're getting excited about the Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace 2017 - at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Tue 21 March and the building enthusiasm - meeting social entrepreneurs, hearing from new speakers and helping social enterprises from across Scotland network and trade.

Do you have local social enterprise or charity contacts who you think should be there? Or public sector officers who could benefit? Perhaps you have media or private sector contacts who should know about the Marketplace? Do please pass on the weblink and info!

Here's a Tweet for you to use too:

Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace 2017 - book your delegate places & exhibition stands at: #SocEntEx17 Pls RT

Feel free to use the event logo too (see the right hand column of this bulletin). View and share Social Enterprise Scotland TV with our short films for the event.

For comments or questions about anything social enterprise get in touch with us now: / 0131 243 2650.

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

Our Update

Below is a short selection of our latest news. We're involved in a wide range of activities to promote and market our social enterprise members and campaign on social enterprise themes to many different audiences across Scotland. Join Social Enterprise Scotland online now.

NEW Members - It's been a fantastic few weeks for getting new members! A warm welcome to Social Enterprise Scotland’s newest members: Gravitas Outcome Services CIC (Full Members), VoiceOver Interpreting & Translation (Full Members), FreshSight Ltd (Full Members), LEAP (Full Members), BizSocial Enterprises (Start Up Members), FDAMH Training Academy (Start Up Members), Real Talk (Start Up Members), Darcy's Equine Assisted Learning Centre CIC (Start Up Members), Jangling Space CIC (Start Up Members), The New Tannahill Centre Ltd (Full Members), Fearless Femme (Start Up Members) and Wester Hailes Edible Estates (Start Up Members) and we all look forward to working with you.

Social Enterprise Spotlight - Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Donna McArdle and Crescent Kitchen - a social enterprise working to provide personal, social and community development opportunities for disadvantaged groups in the areas of health, community care, education, training and more. Get in touch with Donna at and check out and their outside catering menu. Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too. Read and share their Q&A interview below!

Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace 2017 event - bookings are open for our brand new Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace 2017 event! This new, national trade fair, networking and learning opportunity will take place on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. See full agenda and speakers. We also have exclusive event sponsorship opportunities, email today. Please share the event details with all your local social enterprise and third sector contacts.

Your Champion, Your Voice - Social Enterprise Scotland is the campaigning voice for social enterprises. We believe that there’s strength in numbers. We influence decision makers and advocate on behalf of our members. Sometimes social enterprises face challenges with local authorities, businesses, government and others. Got an issue that needs an intervention, an objective mediator and the collective power of social enterprise? Get in contact now: / 0131 243 2650.

Read our one-stop guide to social enterprise support in Scotland.

Join Scotland's Social Enterprise Community online forum! As you may know we have a free online debating forum for social enterprise - open to anyone interested. The group now has over 1,100 members! Join the forum today, find out or request social enterprise information and post topics for debate.


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SES Member News

We're here to raise the profile of social enterprises - one of our key objectives is to promote the work of our social enterprise and start up members - and the work of our associates in supporting social enterprise! Members send details of their latest news for free publicity across our ever-expanding networks. Join Social Enterprise Scotland today.

Read and share the innovative work that's taking place in your local community...

Queen’s Cross Housing Association (Glasgow) - has been shortlisted for Outstanding Landlord of the Year at this year’s UK Housing Awards. Organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing, the awards recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and results of housing organisations across the UK.
Scarf (Aberdeen) - are very proud to announce, for the 4th year in a row, they have been named in the Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For list. The list spotlights the 100 companies in the ‘Not for Profit’ category with the highest Best Companies Index scores.
Talking Mats (Stirling) - are running a series of foundation training courses across the UK from now until May. Find out what’s coming up.

Findhorn Bay Arts (Forres) - Through a partnership approach, Findhorn Bay Arts is working with local and national agencies, creative professionals as well as young people to shape, devise, enhance, promote and deliver an inspirational and accessible two-year programme of arts activities in Moray. Some creative practitioners involved with IGNITE talk about their experiences in this film.

Whiteinch Centre Limited (Glasgow) - is seeking a skilled and experienced café operator to operate and manage the café and other catering services within the centre. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of experience, quality of approach and viability. To register interest and obtain the invitation to tender pack please contact Deadline 24 March.
Community Food Initiatives North East (Aberdeen) - are now working in partnership with Give as you LiveSign up for free and raise funds for CFINE simply by shopping through the site.
Media Co-op (Glasgow) – Media Co-op’s BBC Alba film Wee Govan Pipers has been screened at the Glasgow Film Festival. The screening included a live performance from Govan Schools Pipe Band - the stars of the film - and the world renowned Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band.
Port Edgar Waterpsorts CIC (South Queensferry) - still have a few spaces left on their BC/UKCC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach course on 25/26 March costing £300 per person. For more info or to book contact 0131 319 1820 /
St Andrew's First Aid Training & Supplies Ltd - The Health & Safety Executive recommends that first aiders refresh their training each year in order to prevent skills-fade. St Andrews First Aid Annual Update course provides refresher training for people who are required to be first aiders or emergency first aiders within the workplace. Book online
Delivered Next Day Personally CIC (East Kilbride) - are proud to offer next day delivery services across the central belt of Scotland. The service will cover locations between Greenock & Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth & Dundee. To find out more about the next day service contact 01355 813 400 /
Furniture Plus (Dysart) - is proud to be a part of a new ground-breaking reuse consortium that has been created in Scotland to deliver quality, affordable furniture to people in need. The first of its kind in Scotland, the consortium will change the way that people in need are given access to key household items including beds, sofas, tables and chairs, cookers, fridges and washing machines.
ActivNess (Inverness) - is a social enterprise with the aim of helping people get more active in Inverness and the surrounding area. Their services can be used by anyone wishing to improve their health, fitness, and wellbeing. View their activity directory and book a 'stepping stone' coaching session.
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Sector News Update

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. Join us as a member today.
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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. Join Social Enterprise Scotland now.

Read and share For the Good of Everyone - the Scottish Manifesto for Social Enterprise 2016 and Building a Social Enterprise Nation - our UK manifesto for Scottish social enterprises. Ask all your MSPs and MPs to read the manifestos and commit to social enterprise policies.
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Voices of Social Enterprise

Placing our social enterprise members in the public eye...

Check out all the latest Voices of Social Enterprise short Q&A Interviews here now - get inspired by our social enterprise members!

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Donna McArdle and Crescent Kitchen - a social enterprise working to provide personal, social and community development opportunities for disadvantaged groups in the areas of health, community care, education, training and more. Get in touch with Donna at and check out and their outside catering menu. Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.
Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Crescent Kitchen will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email

What’s your social and/or environmental mission? Our mission is to provide a platform for our trainees and volunteers on our Café Training project to participate in helping provide high quality food to local communities and businesses using fresh quality ingredients. Giving them life skills, team/hospitality skills, and increasing confidence under the guidance of our nurturing team.
How do you do it? (Client group, practical daily work, customers) On a daily basis, we have 3 young people with support needs plus volunteers who come and engage with us and are guided to help us provide the food, acquiring confidence and qualifications along the way.
What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? I have set up many food social enterprises and I love using food to engage and increase people’s confidence and abilities. Food also creates a wide diversity of skills and people with the natural inclination for the more able to naturally help the less able which I love facilitating.
What are your current projects? My full-time job is overseeing all food aspects at the Broomhouse Centre Cafe and Crescent Kitchen. I am also co director/ creator of The Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh and Scottish coordinator for The Real Junk Food Project UK. I also provide free expertise to a wide number of new food social enterprises on a regular basis.
What exciting things do you have coming up? We will be providing community meals, this year, working in partnership with other community organisations in Broomhouse and Sighthill. Also, writing bespoke qualifications for life skills/food skills in collaboration with schools and other organisations. I am also about to embark on the creation of a food hub in Edinburgh with a colleague.
Who do you want to work with more? Everyone! Collaboration is key to achieving things. We are starting to work with all the different cultures within the Broomhouse Estate and Sighthill area, with collaboration with all the other great local organisations to reach the amazing diverse range of people who live here.
What's your biggest challenge? Fitting everything in! I'm a great believer in helping people as much as you can and using my knowledge and food is a great way to do that.
What top tips would you give to other social enterprises? Do a feasibility study first? Ask for as much help and support as you can (there are lots of great organisations out there to ask), remember to have a realistic plan and timescale for how quickly or not it can happen, try to aim to be self-sustainable as soon as you can - and have fun doing it!
Previous Social Enterprise Spotlights
Michael Cullen and Scotlearn - a social enterprise working to improve literacy, financial competence, digital skills, confidence, aspiration and employability by providing tailored training and education. Get in touch with Michael at and check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

Sally Shaw and Ideas for Ears - a social enterprise that helps people and organisations to overcome the impact that hearing ability can have on enjoyment, participation and opportunity. Get in touch with Sally at and check out Connect with them on Twitter too.

Phionna McInnes and Me Too! - a free quarterly magazine for families and carers of children with Additional Support Needs. Get in touch with Phionna at and check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

Karen Gilligan and Oskars, a furniture reuse social enterprise in Paisley providing affordable household goods and employment opportunities for those furthest from the labour market. Get in touch with Karen at and check out Connect with them on Facebook too.
Calum Macdonald and Positively Scottish CIC - a social enterprise online magazine dedicated to telling positive stories about ordinary Scots, at home and abroad. Get in contact with Calum at and check out Connect with them on Twitter too.

Robbie Norval and Lingo Flamingo, a new Social Enterprise, based in Glasgow, providing tailored foreign language workshops to vulnerable older adults. Get in contact with Robbie at and check out Connect with them on Twitter too.

Deborah Whyte and Big Bright Star CIC, a professional Edinburgh event management company who focus exclusively on running events with a social purpose. Get in contact with Deborah at and check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too.

Ross Dundas and The Wishing Tree, Scotland's peer to peer business support network, providing support to entrepreneurs throughout the country, regardless of background or personal circumstances. Get in contact with Ross at and check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

Brian Robertson-Fern and BRAG Enterprises Ltd, a social enterprise with an aim of regenerating ex-industrial communities in Fife through the creation and support of sustainable employment. Get in touch with Brian at and check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

Jean Cathro and Crossing Countries, a social enterprise that enables disabled and non disabled people to travel and volunteer together. Get in touch with Jean at and check out their website: Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Business Opportunities

Social Enterprise Scotland Members can access the latest contract and procurement opportunities here. Join online now to get the full Social Enterprise Weekly magazine.

The new Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace - Book your delegate places and exhibition stands now for our new, national trade fair, networking and learning opportunity - taking place on Tue 21 March 2017, Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Tweet your support using #SocEntEx17​

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Social Enterprise Jobs

View all the newest vacancies now on our SE Jobs webpage.

View job vacancies on Twitter too.


Social Enterprise Scotland members (social enterprises & start-ups) can advertise with us for free! Join as a member now.

Trades Contracts Supervisor
ng homes (North Glasgow)
Deadline 3 Mar

Service Manager
Crossreach (Edinburgh)
Deadline 12 March

Link Group Ltd (Edinburgh)
Deadline 15 March

Development Instructor
MY Adventure (Edinburgh)
Deadline 18 March

Support Practitioner
Supporting Positive Paths CIC (Edinburgh)
Deadline 20 March 

Digital Project Manager
Delivered Next Day Personally (East Kilbride)
Deadline 31 March


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Our social enterprise members can advertise their job, board or volunteer vacancies for free!

Social Enterprise Scotland members (social enterprises & start-ups) can advertise their jobs for free. Latest SE Jobs are on Twitter too: @SocEntScot_Jobs.
Through Social Enterprise Scotland your vacancies directly reach our large and influential audiences:
  • Around 1000 social entrepreneurs and supporters in Scotland
  • Over 2,000 members of the public & private sector contacts
  • 20,000 direct social media reach (Twitter/Linkedin/Facebook, growing each day)
  • 300 journalists and local/national media outlets
  • 37,500 unique website visitors - increased 27% in a year for 2015
  • Hundreds of people each year through our events and meetings
  • 340 MSPs/MPs/government & around 200 of their staff
  • 1,200 local elected Councillors
  • 250 local and national public sector officers, including councils and NHS
  • Thousands more people through our support/development body members
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Investment & Funding


Social Enterprise Scotland Members can view the latest funding and social investment opportunities here. Join now.

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See media coverage of our social enterprise members below! We're passionate about marketing our members and getting them in the media - 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 weekly version of this bulletin. Join us now.


Our Members in the Media - media coverage, media releases, short films and blogs for more promotion across all our influential networks.

Enterprise guru joins board of social letting agency (The Scotsman)
Assisting vulnerable people to communicate (Talking Mats Blog)
What should we be doing more of to meet the needs of our kids in school? (Dyslexia Pathways CIC Blog)
SEC55: Jim Bennett from SKS Scotland (Part 2) (Kibble Podcast)
MoU signed to launch Social Enterprise Academy (Daily Times Pakistan)
These men have found a way to tackle their loneliness... (Scottish Men's Sheds Association, BBC Lifestyle & Health News)
Prestigious nomination for Queens Cross Housing Association (Scottish Housing News)
Exchanging ideas with Norwegian street paper Asfalt (International Network of Street Papers Blog)
Talking Mats in Australia and New Zealand (Talking Mats Blog)


Social Enterprise Scotland in the Media - please read/listen to and share our media. Read our blogs, media articles and news releases. Connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter and join Scotland's Social Enterprise Community online forum.

News: Winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 announced

Latest Scotsman article - Social enterprise movement can change the way we do business - please read and share!


Don't forget to take a look
at the newest (and previous)
Social Enterprise Spotlights...
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