Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network Newsletter 22nd February 2016

ESEN NEWSLETTER 7th March 2016


New ESEN members

A big welcome to our newest members Gorgie City Farm, Greyfriars Charteris Centre and GTS Solutions CIC. For those who are yet unaware, one of the businesses within GTS Solutions is Southside Social - the only Social Enterprise pub in Edinburgh. True to form, ESEN staff have engaged in a quality assurance exercise on behalf of our members and have found both food and drink to be very acceptable indeed.


The Scottish Land Fund re opens for business
 - and now includes urban areas

The first two rounds of the Scottish Land Fund saw communities across Scotland buy land and buildings that were important to the future of their local area – from post offices and sports fields, to whole crofting estates and lighthouses.
The Fund has now been confirmed for a further 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020 however for the first time the whole of Scotland is eligible. This includes groups working in towns and cities and reflects the provisions of the new Community Empowerment Act which has extended the Community Right to Buy legislation to all of Scotland.
The budget for the first year of the Fund is £10m. Communities can apply for support both to help prepare their acquisition project – costs of community engagement, feasibility studies, business plans and technical support – as well as the capital costs.
Further information on the fund and the process is available here.

ESEN Scottish Land Fund information event, Weds 13th April

To disseminate information about the Land Fund and processes to Social Enterprises and interested groups within the Edinburgh area, ESEN are hosting an event at the Grassmarket Community Project on Wednesday 13th April from 2.00 till 4.00pm. Speakers from HIE who are managing the  Scottish Land Fund, Community Land Scotland and the Community Ownership Support Service will all be present to talk about the funds, explain the support and the process for organisations as well as being available to answer your questions.
Your ticket for this important information event can be booked here.


Brand and design - part two

Jusoh Design, a small design partnership working with third sector clients has created a four-part guide for social enterprises on creating a brand and finding a designer to develop your brand. The first part of the series was published in January but due to pressure on content we haven't been able to give you part two - "good design and finding a designer" till now, download it here.

MH Scot Workplace Wellbeing offers a new approach

It’s called MHScot ‘Your Way’ – the easiest way to describe it is that it’s a ‘Pick and Mix’ approach, where it’s possible to pick from their portfolio of services and tailor them to get the very best results.  What this means for companies and organisations, is that that they can work with MH Scot to devise a tailor-made wellbeing solution, bespoke to their needs and situation. Find out more by clicking on the link to their latest newsletter here.


Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities

The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD), on behalf of the Scottish Government, has commissioned the University of Glasgow Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) and Cambridge Policy Consultants (CPC) to map the employability landscape for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The research is directly tied into the delivery of ‘The Keys to Life’ – Scotland’s Learning Disability Strategy.
A key part of the research is to better understand what employability services are available to people with a learning disability across Scotland and the research team would like to capture your activities using a mapping template. The template can be completed and returned to the research team by email to:  they are also happy to arrange a time to complete over the phone. The deadline for completing the mapping template is Friday 11th March.

Employability SEN Meeting
The next meeting of the Employability SEN (for Employability SEN members only) is on April 19th (1.30 – 4pm) in Glasgow.
Joanne Farrow, Employability Implementation Lead, Labour Market & Workplace Policy Division at Scottish Government will offer an overview of how Scottish employability services might be delivered when new powers are transferred. Joanne will also offer insights into opportunities for social enterprises delivering employability outcomes.  Click here to book your place. The Employability SEN will also be part of the joint thematic SEN events planned around the country in 16/17, more details on this to follow soon. 



Results of Community Shares Scotland 18 months review

Comunity Shares Scotland have announced that in the 18months since it was established £3.2million have been raised via Community Shares. This has included money for housing; pubs & shops; harbours and food & farming in addition to energy projects....Read More

Why do some Social Investments Fail (lessons to be learned?)

Social Investor CAF Venturesome decided 2 years ago to review the reasons why some of their social investments fail. They reviewed 400+ of their deals of which only 32 failed to pay any of the investment back or only paid a portion or the investment back. This represents a very small default rate of 1:12 with a similar ratio for the value of capital written-off...Read More 


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