only search

29 May 2015

            Strolling around the shops in Spain last week in a wee town called Pueblo Nuevo Guadiaro; come upon a bench with a sign ‘free books’ – a few dozen mainly English titles; good rake for half an hour – select 3 – go in to say thanks. The shop is called ‘the Chalk Room’ – chat to an English mother and daughter team – upcycling old wooden furniture – retailing a specialist product called chalk paint – which they describe glowingly. The unmistakeable feel of a social enterprise – kind of community hub – food collection for the homeless etc – great feel.

            A core part of Senscot’s mission for 15 years has been the promotion of social enterprise; it is pleasing to see how it has progressed – how it becomes increasingly ‘normal’.  Like this Chalk Room, more people are making lifestyle decisions – devising ways to earn a living enjoyably, generously.  Together, these individuals and their businesses define an economy where people come first; earning less money, is balanced against the value of working at what you enjoy; market values balanced against human values.

            Later, arrive at my hotel (room 358) tired and fully laden – but my keycard won’t work; leave all my books and stuff outside the door – trudge down to reception – card reactivated.  This time door opens – but all my stuff has vanished – so trudge back to reception to tell them.  An hour later, housekeeping reports a pile of books outside room 158 – I must have been on the wrong floor!  All this cold sober; starting to lose it.



This week’s Queen’s Speech confirmed what we feared – that the Tories consider they have a mandate for more austerity. The intended reduction in Welfare of £12bn – is...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 29th May 2015

Yesterday, Dundee SEN (DSEN) held its AGM. As one of the country’s most mature  social enterprise networks, DSEN now has over 40 members; employing over 500 people; with a combined turnover of approx. £17m. It has also been involved in a number of local initiatives both with the local authorities and others.  One of their latest ventures will bring together a range of organisations and individuals to explore how SE can play an increasing role in shaping the way that health and social care services are planned and delivered within the city – including integration, SDS and social prescribing. This ‘pilot’ will kick off with an event on 4th June which will be followed with a study visit to Healthy Options in Argyll and Bute as part of  Senscot’s Health and Social Care Transition Project. More next week. If you’re interested in finding out, contact Mary.


Senscot, working with Aberdeen SEN and ACVO, are hosting a meeting on 12th June to look at opportunities, potential joint working and issues that impact the respective thematic areas – health, sport culture and community food.  This is an opportunity to connect with other social enterprises and hear what is happening at a national level.  To book, see here.


The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is now in its final stages. So far, around 1000 SEs have...Read more
News - Top 5 Views - Top 5 Jobs - Top 5
A Winning Strategy for the Left
27 May 2015
Social movements should focus on targeting corporations and oppressive institutions...Read more

A Winning Strategy for the Left
27 May 2015
...Read more

Lessons Scottish Labour must learn from the SNP – and fast
27 May 2015
If the party is to rise again, it must heed the views of the unions and of the...Read more

Bid to revive the Engine Shed as 'community food hub'
27 May 2015
A plan for a new community food business in the former Engine Shed building...Read more

Poll finds huge support for living wage amongst SMEs
13 May 2015
A poll carried out by Business for Scotland has found huge levels of support...Read more

See all previous news stories here
It might be time to rationalise the regulation of social enterprise
28 May 2015
The UK’s third sector is a complex beast. Alongside registered charities...Read more

Agenda for Initial Stakeholder Meeting
28 May 2015
Agenda – Initial Stakeholder Meeting, 4th June 2015  ...Read more

Glasgow’s third sector is showing signs of struggling
28 May 2015
Demand for services is up despite funding drop and staff report stress and work...Read more

Transition Support
28 May 2015
Senscot is providing support to link social enterprise and social enterprise...Read more

Glasgow’s third sector is showing signs of struggling
27 May 2015
Demand for services is up despite funding drop and staff report stress and work...Read more

See all previous articles here
Chief Executive Officer
Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
Closing Date: 01 Jun 2015 ...Read more

Support to Report Co-ordinator
Closing Date: 01 Jun 2015 ...Read more

Place2Be Volunteer opportunities in Glasgow
Closing Date: 01 Jun 2015 ...Read more

Peer Volunteer Co-ordinator
Closing Date: 01 Jun 2015 ...Read more

Social Enterprise Development Officer
Dundee Social Enterprise Network
Closing Date: 03 Jun 2015 ...Read more

See more jobs here
SENSCOT Contact Details:
43 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 1HW | Tel: 0141 332 8084 | Fax: 0141 331 0749
54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH | Tel: 0131 220 4104 | Fax: 0131 539 9999 | E-mail:
Registered at above address in Edinburgh,Scotland.
Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210