Dear members and friends,
On Wednesday, the Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise met at the Scottish Parliament. The theme for the day was the next ‘Action Plan for Social Enterprise 2020-23: Emerging themes, top priorities’- with a range of contributions from frontline social enterprises – as well as an overview from Senscot on feedback received via a series of local consultations – involving over 500 social enterprises. Discussion reflected much of what has been raised at these local consultation events – including prior recommendations from the SE Ref Sub-Group. Recurring themes include: devolving more resources down to a local level; recognising the important role TSIs / SENs play; ongoing issues with procurement; engagement with private sector/corporate supply chains etc. The importance of the SE Code was also noted – not just for its role as the benchmark in Scotland – but also what makes it stand out internationally. See Emerging Themes – Top Priorities.
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The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) recently published the draft of the new Scottish Tourism Strategy – due to be launched next March. With a focus on communities and the environment, the draft Strategy looks to increase the opportunities for social enterprises to engage in the tourism sector – and making additional contribution not just to the economy – but also to health and wellbeing, environment and employability. With input from the Tourism SEN members, Senscot has submitted this response to STA’s consultation.
DTA Scotland was set up in 2003. Since then, it has gone on the establish itself as one of Scotland’s most important community sector intermediary bodies, representing over 250 development trusts – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland. They are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive – to lead them during their next stage of development. See Application Pack.
Reminder: Senscot is also recruiting for a new SE and Sport Co-ordinator. The post is funded by sportscotland and Scottish Govt with funding currently in place through to March 2021. Closing date for applications in Thursday 19th Dec. Interviews to take place w/b 13th Jan 2020. See Application Pack.
Frontline news: WLSEN members – The Larder Cook School and Kidzeco – were honoured at the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards last week with Angela Moohan of The Larder Cook School won the Shona Sibbald Woman in Business Award – with Tracy Murdoch of Kidzeco named as runner up;
Angus SEN is hosting its December meeting next week in Arbroath (11th Dec) – with guest speaker, Ailsa Clark (InspirAlba) sharing info the Rural SE Hub; Just Enterprise; and supporting SEs in Argyll and Bute.
Firstport, this week, launched its new funding programme – Boost It – offering awards between £30-50K to social enterprises responding to the climate emergency and environmental issues.
With Tourism being a sector presenting an increasing number of opportunities for social enterprises, this week’s bulletin profiles a five-star visitor attraction at Fort George, near Inverness. The Highlanders’ Museum which houses the largest collection of military artefacts outside of Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of the Highland soldier from just after the Battle of Culloden until the present day. In addition to the collection itself, the Museum is available for venue hire (weddings and conferences), runs two cafes as well as runni8ng a series of workshops for schools as part of the Curriculum for Excellence (Social Studies)