only search

30 Jan 2015


My friend Louise owed the bank £2m – secured over a small group of pubs. Last year she couldn’t meet interest payments – so the bank restructured them – gave her 24 hours to accept new terms; but she concluded that the level of debt made the business not viable. A brewer agreed to advance her £1m – which she offered to the bank – on condition that they forgave the other £1m; otherwise she would walk away. The bank agreed – wrote off £1m.

            This seems more or less the position of the Greek Government – its level of debt is unsupportable – write off half – lift restrictions – or we’ll walk away. I watched the joy on the streets of Athens on Sunday evening – felt some of it; such hope and belief that they can bring great change. What if others follow their defiance – Portugal, Spain, Italy etc; the young people of Europe – a lost generation – fighting back.

            I have never been a political revolutionary – I’m a progressive social democrat – comfortable with the utopian vision of the Green Party; a just, mutualist society – respect for everyone and for the life of our planet. But the ruinous ideology of neo-liberalism – which continues to debase our institutions and our communities – shows no sign of receding; it doesn’t even have serious opposition. The disrupters like Syriza and Podemos argue that it’s time to say no to the bankers; that no matter what emerges from the ensuing chaos – can’t be worse than now: what’s to lose, they say (Owen Jones was over in Greece), see



Each year, Senscot invites financial donations from readers who wish to contribute to the cost of producing this bulletin.  Traditionally, around 100 individuals give an average of £25 to become full...Read more

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

Visit the new website here

The SENs: Friday 23rd January 2015

Next week Social Firms Scotland and Senscot head to Brussels to participate in the EU Social Entrepreneurship Network closing conference. The EU SEN has looked to share good practice via ‘peer review’ meetings over the last two years – with one of its primary aims being to ensure  a comprehensive support environment for social enterprises  across the EU; and to equip partners to promote and implement projects involving social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. The event will conclude with a presentation highlighting results and recommendations. We’ll circulate this next week. For info, here’s the programme and delegate list.

The Sport SEN has grown and meetings are now held regionally - for practical reasons. However, SEN members have agreed that they still wanted to come together as a national group once a year. This annual gathering will take place on Tuesday 31st March in Perth – and will provide an opportunity to network with sports social enterprises from across Scotland and engage in some useful chat. Hot topics - Sport for Development, connecting with the Corporate Sector, changes in health service delivery; group sessions with some of our top sports social entrepreneurs; sub-group discussions - incl. swimming pools, outdoor activities, sport centres etc; speed networking and lunch too! For more info and to book, see here.

One of our Community Food SEN members, The Fife...Read more
News - Top 5 Views - Top 5 Jobs - Top 5
Scotland faces confusion on the slippery slope to formal separation
28 Nov 2014
The Scottish government has to keep the process alive....Read more

A Social Enterprise Strategy For Scotland (Consultation)
08 Oct 2014
A number of organisations active in supporting social enterprise in Scotland...Read more

Big news for Scotland's social entrepreneurs
04 Sep 2014
Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS) is the ground-breaking new investment choice...Read more

Removal of asset lock on dividends from CICs 'will encourage social investment', say lawyers
25 Aug 2014
New legislation means community interest companies will be able to pay dividends...Read more

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund
15 Aug 2014
Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established...Read more

See all previous news stories here
Event Report: #PostIndyRef: The Future of Local Democracy
29 Jan 2015
 On a snowy evening in mid-January the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow...Read more

15 key policy lessons - Extract from ‘Policy meets practice - enabling the growth of social enterprises: Results of the Social Entrepreneurship Network – an ESF learning network 2013-14’
28 Jan 2015
The Social Entrepreneurship Network brought together public authorities and...Read more

Nordic Horizons: Towards equality – through technology
28 Jan 2015
Nordic Horizons: Towards equality – through technology...Read more

Plans won’t empower communities says MSPs
28 Jan 2015
MSPs have said plans to give people more power over their community services...Read more

Creating a Common Space
28 Jan 2015
In recent times the political and civic landscape of Scotland has undergone...Read more

See all previous articles here
Business Development Manager
Closing Date: 02 Feb 2015 ...Read more

Hardship Coordinator (Job-Share)
Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network
Closing Date: 02 Feb 2015 ...Read more

Freelance Business Development Project Manager
Bruntsfield Community Greengrocers
Closing Date: 06 Feb 2015 ...Read more

Creative Director
Closing Date: 09 Feb 2015 ...Read more

Resource Centre Manager
Royal Blind
Closing Date: 09 Feb 2015 ...Read more

See more jobs here
SENSCOT supporters
Senscot works closely with these social enterprise intermediaries: The development work of Senscot is also supported by the Scottish Government.

43 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 1HW | Tel: +44(0)0141 332 8084 | Fax:+44 (0)141 331 0749
54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH | Tel: +44(0)131 220 4104 | Fax:+44 (0)131 539 9999 | E-mail:
Registered at above address in Edinburgh,Scotland. Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210