FSEN Feb 2019 meeting report

Thank you to those of you that made it along to the FSEN meeting last week. Another packed event in terms of people and content! It was great to hear about everyone’s projects in more detail and I learnt a few things myself! Too much to do a synopsis of the whole meeting but a few points below for those that didn’t make it.

I know there were many outcomes and loads of networking going on – if you wouldn’t mind sending me a line or two about any of these, it would be appreciated. Like all of you with your projects – if I can measure the success of the meetings, I’ve got more chance of keeping them going!

Innovation Workshop - 6/3/19

You can improve productivity and efficiency in your business through Workplace Innovation - change driven by people to develop new and improved ways of working. At this interactive workshop on creating the right working environment through Place, we will look at how you can:

The workshops are practical in nature and at the end you will have at least 1 action/idea you can take away and develop in your own business. These workshops are suitable for Social Enterprise leaders within growing businesses in Scotland who are presently dealing with issues around the above topics such as leadership, staff engagement and culture.


FREE workshop

Could you improve the way you work?

Jean Ferguson is turning her long experience in Lean-thinking to work in the third sector. She is offering three FREE pilot workshops in March/April. The workshop is for you and your team at your premises and will last 3 hours. Together we will explore how to think about the value you deliver and how “stuff” gets in the way of that. We will come up with some actions to help the way you work deliver more value. In return Jean would like your feedback on the usefulness of this approach, and permission to use the workshop as a case study. To apply, please contact jean@fergs.net briefly explaining what you do and the biggest problems you face.

SIS Retail Academy

Social Investment Scotland are organising their 3rd Retail Academy. They will have a range of buyers attending (in addition to Asda buyers, there will be Dobbies Garden Centre, Food and Drink buyers but willing to send others depending on the social enterprises attending), and they are currently talking to corporate buyers (gifts/ catering), tourism, heritage and hospitality sectors. Their aspiration is for some of the participants at the academy to secure shelf space or ongoing connection with buyers, but equally important will be gaining insight in to how buyers and business at this scale think and operate – and to find inspiration and ideas for their future development.

All the application info is on their website http://www.socialinvestmentscotland.com/support/sis-retail-academy-2019/  (very short online application). I’ve also attached the guidance pack as a pdf in case that’s helpful.

Shop Social

We all buy presents from time to time so why not support your fellow SE’s and buy from: https://www.shopsocialscotland.com/ – it’s worth having a look at the site anyway to see what great things are been done in Scotland!

If you have products / services you’d like to get on the site, email Theresa@socialinvestmentscotland.com

School for Social Entrepreneurs

Don’t miss your chance to get on the next SSE Programme! Are you committed to helping people in need or improving the environment?

This programme has helped almost 2,000 people like you to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. This year, we’ll support a further 260 people across the UK with:

 A learning programme; A grant (£1,000 – £7,000) ; Mentoring ; A supportive community

There is no cost to you at any point.

More info HERE or find out about the taster session HERE

 Information Service

Don’t forget to contact the BG Info Service if you need any market research. They have an incredible amount of resources available to you. For more info click HERE or email Liesel.Hill-McManus@scotent.co.uk

 National Lottery Community Funding

It was great to have Evelyn come and tell us more about how the funding works. The 2 main things to remember are:  

1)      The average success rate is 40%

2)      It is ALWAYS best to phone and speak to the team first so they can get a feel for your project and tell you the most appropriate type of fund to go for.

 You can email them at  CentralScotland@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk  or call on 0300 1237110

 SE Map

This is the final version of the SE map which you may find useful. It has all the support organisations listed that you are entitled to use. https://www.ceis.org.uk/

That’s it for now! Look forward to catching up with you all at some point. You know where I am if you need me in the meantime,

Susan Oak

BRAG Enterprise

Tayside and Fife Social Enterprise Partnership celebrates success

The winners of the inaugural Tayside and Fife Social Enterprise Partnership were announced last night at a ceremony held in DC Thomson’s Dundee Headquarters. The awards celebrate the activity of Social Enterprises across the Tayside and Fife Region and their achievement in supporting local communities during 2018.

 A number of Fife Social Enterprises picked up awards including Benarty Community Shop who won the Best start upward. Dot Coach, an online platform started by Tim Mart was a finalist in the most Innovative award

 Several other Fife Social Enterprises were nominated in the other categories including FEAT Enterprises, who work to help those with mental health issues, the Ecology Centre, an environmentally focused enterprise in Kinghorn and Children’s Mediation Hypnotherapy Centre based in Kirkcaldy in the Social Impact award and Gumption Girls, a social enterprise that aims to inspire girls to be confident, creative and resilient, in nominated in the Innovative category.

Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener Economy Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, was delighted to see Fife so well represented at the awards ceremony. He said “It’s great to see Social Enterprises being recognised for the work they do. Social Enterprises play an increasingly important part of our economy. They show what can be achieved by applying entrepreneurial spirt to achieve high social impact outcomes.” 

 He continued “To be nominated is in itself a real testament to the work the staff and volunteers do every day, the winners should rightly be proud of the recognition of success. I’m proud to see such a wealth of talent, creativity focused on improving the lives of others through enterprising means here in Fife.”

 The Tayside and Fife Partnership, linked to the Tay City deal, is helping to foster an environment in which Social Enterprises can grow in size in strength and strength. Fife Councils Economic development Team is heavily involved in shaping future plans for investment and development through the City Deals.

Know You More wins 2018 International award for Coaching!

The start of 2019 couldn’t really have started much brighter for Dot Coach CiC as the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) have awarded “Know You More” with their 2018 International Award for Coaching.

Recognition at any level brings about celebration but this one is particularly special. With over 5000 members, the EMCC is a leading body in coaching, mentoring and supervision. Their vision is to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society. They have also been central to the development and creation of the Global Code of Ethics within the coaching industry.

Know You More is powered by an incredible community of coaches. The vision was to create a flourishing community where coaches could grow in their professional practice and gain experience from working with a diverse range of people and groups.

Utilising technology to bring the highest quality of coaching practice into the digital age. To make the power of professionally qualified coaching accessible to everyone in the workplace and beyond through our social mission of giving young adults from all backgrounds the skills and confidence to make their impact in the World.

Receiving this award from the EMCC is a very significant achievement for everyone connected with Know You More. The team are looking forward to meeting all of the winners at the EMCC 2019 International Conference in Dublin on 25th April.

For more information on Know you More, click here - https://www.knowyoumore.com/news/know-you-more-2018-award/

Community Benefits Supporting Social Impact

Community Benefits Supporting Social Impact; What Can You Do With Waste Pallets?

When a new lighting contract for Fife Council meant delivery was made on wooden pallets the Procurement Team engaged the assistance of Economic Development to identify an innovative solution to avoid the pallets going to landfill.

Fife Council are aware of the impact their policies have on residents, local businesses and the environment and when a replacement lighting programme was recently procured, it was identified that there was going to be an unexpected surplus of wooden pallets.

As the Procurement Team were working in partnership with a number of services across the council on how to implement community benefits within council contracts – it was suggested that this would be an ideal time to put this to the test – Pallets By Design was born!

For more information on Community benefits , or procuring with the Public Sector please contact Dot Smith or Graeme Ferguson at Fife Council.

Supplier Development Programme Case Study: https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/region/fife/case-studies/

Expert Help for Social Enterprises in Fife

Business Gateway Fife have accessed additional funding to provide even more Expert Help support to Fife Businesses.

 As such, if any Fife Businesses who is generally looking to kick start a project or could benefit from help to resolve an issue which is restricting their growth is eligible to access the Expert Help Programme.

If eligible you can access fully or partly funded consultancy support from an industry expert in areas such as:-

 • Sales or Marketing Development

• Accountancy and Finance Issues

• Digital Marketing & Social Media

• IT and software issues

• Legal Issues

• HR and Employee Development

• Environmental developments

More information can be found :- https://www.businessgatewayfife.com/finance/expert-help

 Discover how some local businesses have benefited from Expert Help so far - https://businessgatewayfife.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5137ff359025fcb32f22d608d&id=236464ef6f&e=c5d709390e

 And don't forget, funding is also available for Fife Businesses in the form of the 'Trade Development Grant', the 'Workforce Upskilling Grant' and the 'Manufacturing Resilience Programme - for more details just get in touch with Sue at BRAG Enterprises or Graeme Ferguson at Fife Council.

Workplace Innovation Workshop

Programme Overview


Just a 5% increase in productivity would add £6.4 billion to the Scottish Economy! One of the major ways to improve productivity and efficiency in your business is through Workplace Innovation, which is change driven by people to develop new, improved ways of working.  In our workshops, in partnership with Fife Business Gateway we look at this through three themes of People, Place and Practice.

Our Workshops

 People - what it means to have an engaged workforce and the benefits this will this bring to your business. We also look at how effective communication and how development of staff can bring positive change.  Exercises we use to explore this includes a brief into to what your work personality is; and innovative ways to develop your employees, introducing the 70/20/10 concept.

Place - what culture you want your organisation to have and how your physical and virtual workspace can help. Exercises we use to explore this includes visuals of what other companies have done with their space, and discussions around how working environments can affect how you work day to day. We also explore apps businesses are using which are having a huge impact on how they operate.

Practice - what workplace practices you can adopt to help foster creativity, productivity and growth Exercises we use to explore this includes the idea of psychological safety; and various time management tools you can employ such as the Eisenhower Box and the Pomodoro technique.

The workshops are practical in nature and at the end you will have at least 1 action you are going to take away and develop in your own business.

Too book your place :-


Kirkcaldy Apprenticeship Event 2019 for Parents/Carers and Young People

Each year, Skill Development Scotland organises Scottish Apprenticeship Week, a week-long celebration of apprentices and their employers, and the fantastic contributions that they make to the whole of Scotland.

This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week will run from 4-8 March, and to tie in with this there will be an apprenticeship-themed event at Viewforth High School.

Taking place on Thursday 7 March from 6pm until 8pm, the Kirkcaldy Apprenticeships Fair will see local parents, carers and young people come together to find out more about Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships. We will be welcoming employers from a range of industries who recruit apprentices in the local area.

Aim: To help young people and their parents/carers in the Kirkcaldy area find out about Modern Apprenticeships and the wider Apprenticeship family and enable local employers to give information about current vacancies and future recruitment opportunities.

Date:  Thursday 7 March - Held during Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Timings:  6pm-8pm

Location: Viewforth High School, Windmill Community Campus, Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3AL

Audience: Parents/Carers and pupils in S4-S6 in four Kirkcaldy schools – Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy High, St Andrews High and Viewforth High. Potentially, could also be extended to the three Glenrothes Schools -  Auchmuty High, Glenrothes High and Glenwood high plus Levenmouth Academy

Exhibitors will be able to:

·         Meet with local young people, parents and carers

·         Promote the work they do locally

·         Take applications for current vacancies

·         Hand out literature and promotional materials

·         Get involved with the local community

It is free to exhibit at the Fair – all you need to bring is materials to dress your table, a representative or two from your business and plenty of enthusiasm. We would encourage any current or past apprentices to come too to share their experiences with visitors.

Social Enterprise Tayside and Fife Award ceremony

I am really pleased to be able to tell you that we have now been able to secure an appropriate venue for the Tay Cities Social Enterprise Awards. 


They are going to be held on 11th February 2019, 5.30pm in the wonderful Vista Room at the top of DC Thomson’s headquarters in Albert Square, Dundee.

 We will be issuing a link next week for you to book your places at this celebration event.

I apologise for the changes we have had to make to the arrangements for this function but we now have lined up a wonderful evening to recognise the fantastic work that is being delivered by social enterprises across the region.

Local SENs: What Are They?

This article was first posted by SENSCOT :

Executive Summary

Local Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) have been and continue to be established across Scotland – providing grassroots social enterprises with the support they need to connect, collaborate and grow at a local level.

The term ‘Network’ can be confusing – with different kinds of organisations from umbrella bodies to specialist service providers using the term. It is therefore worth clarifying what Local SENs are and what they’re not.

Today, there are 16 local SENs across Scotland – with over 900 social enterprises either members of constituted SEN or engaged with those unconstituted.

Between them, SEN members employ around 12,000 people and have a combined turnover of over £500m.

This paper outlines the function and impact of Scotland’s 16 SENs, placing them within the context of the Scottish Government’s ten-year Social Enterprise Strategy and three-year Action Plan.

The remainder of the article can be found on the SENSCOT website:-