Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - Feb 2019

Hi all,

Spring is just around the corner, there are a few budding shoots starting to appear in the garden, pulled up by the light of a warming sun and there are a few events and workshops planned to help you maximise the growth in your Social Enterprise in Fife.


FSEN Spring Network meeting


It’s time for the next FSEN Meeting! If you’ve been to the last few, you’ll know how worthwhile they are with some great results for Soc Ents in terms of funding, new partnerships and support.  If you haven’t managed to get to one before now – it’s about time you did!

See here for the full agenda and to register (be quick – we ran out of tickets last time!) I look forward to seeing you all there.

Innovation workshop

Do you need help developing ONLY the products and services that add value and that your customers truly need? Looking to develop new products and services?  You should be. Lean Agile could be the answer. Scottish Enterprise is hosting a FREE one day workshop for Social Enterprises on March 6th in Glenrothes.

This Social Enterprise focused workshop will give you the time and techniques that will help you identify what customers need and how you could develop your ideas into a good or service they will buy.

A MUST attend for all owners and Managers. To find out more and book your place:

 Supplier Development Training Events

I bang on about this all the time, but the public sector is still the biggest buyer in town. If you want to learn how to bid better and win some of that money, the Supplier Development Programme workshops are a great place to start to learn how to.

SDP have courses running across Scotland including Edinburgh and Fife and their training programmes cater for all levels of expertise. If you have no bidding experience or wish to improve your bidding and tender skills, take a look and book your training event here. The next one in Fife is 13/3 which is on Community Benefits and that is where Soc Ents can really score big.
Partnership 4 Procurement

If the Supplier Development programme dates don’t suit then Partnership 4 Procurement (P4P) might have a workshop date/location that does. They also a have page on their website informing you of the latest opportunities.

Tayside & Fife Social Enterprise Partnership

On the 11th February the Tayside & Fife Partnership are hosting the inaugural awards ceremony in the DC Thomson HQ in Dundee. There are a few Fife Social Enterprise’s in the running for awards. Watch the @FifeSEN Twitter account for the announcements of the winners. Good luck to all (Invite only).

 School for Social Entrepreneurs

Not a one off event but a pioneering course examining all aspects of social replication and growth strategies including social franchising, licensing and directly managed growth. SSE are delighted to be running this course in Scotland in 2019 and it is one that can help boost your chances of growing your Enterprise successfully. Not till May but you need to sign up in advance. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

Business Development Workshops

Just Enterprise offers a range of business development workshops on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity. Aimed at employees and members of existing enterprising third sector organisations, these events are free to attend.
Business Gateway training and workshops

Business Gateway Fife’s 2019 events calendar is live and there are lots of exciting free skill-building workshops happening across the Kingdom.

 Federation of Small Business - Are you prepared for new digital tax changes?       
There are just under three months left until Making Tax Digital goes live, which will mean big changes for thousands of firms. HMRC has put together key advice to help businesses prepare for the change. FSB also has a launched a new support hub offering guidance and information so that you can prepare ahead of 1 April. Later this year, FSB are launching a roadshow - check here in due course for the Scottish dates

Digital Development Loan

Are you a Scottish Limited Company, Sole Trader or Partnership, been trading for more than 6 months and looking to improve your digital capabilities?  Then why not apply for the Digital Development Loan? The interest free, unsecured business loan is available from £5,000 - £50,000, with up to 5 years repayment. Check eligibility and apply online here.
Scottish Enterprise

Does your business need funding to grow? Investment can be tricky and often confusing, but that's where we can help. From ambitious start-ups to well-established companies, large and small there is funding options that will elevate your business. Scottish Enterprise’s team of financial experts are on hand to identify the right finance option for you. Find out more here.

Thrive Access to Employment

UnLtd have re-opened applications for Thrive Access to Employment - an Accelerator for ambitious social ventures with innovative ideas to support training and employment for those distant from the labour market. UnLtd will be providing 6-months intensive support and an opportunity to access to up to £50,000 of investment.

For more info:


Learning Disability Awards

Nominations for the Scottish Learning Disability Awards are now open!

So if you know a person or group of people with learning disabilities who you think deserve recognition for their talents, achievements or contribution to their community, then it’s time to get nominating!

Please note that nominations close on Monday 4th February 2019, so you don’t have long!

Social Enterprise Scotland

Please see the attached report from the Social Enterprise CPG meeting in December, Scotland's national policy forum for social enterprise. It can also be downloaded online here.

The document includes the agenda/background info too so scroll down to view the report. The document also includes the text of a letter sent to the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary responsible for social enterprise, Aileen Campbell MSP. Future CPG meetings, details are on The Scottish Parliament website here:

Sow some seeds, plant some ideas and attend some workshop that can provide food to grow your Enterprise. Keep up the great work,


Fife Social Enterprise Network - Jan 2019 Hi

Happy New Year to you all and what a year already - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day a mere 4 Billion miles away! and the Chinese lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down on the far side of the Moon.

Looking to refresh your product look for 2019? Here's an oppertunity to see the latest trends (maybe even space age) at the Packaging Innovations 2019 show, Birmingham, NEC (27-28 February 2019)

Fife Council’s Economic Development Team are looking to organise a one day Learning Journey for businesses to attend Packaging Innovations in Birmingham. This will cost you around £105 BUT for that you get all flights and tickets paid for and organised. 

I am looking at the following flights;
•  27th February 2019 = 8.40am flight from Edinburgh
•  27th February 2019 = 6.35pm flight – arriving in Edinburgh at 7.50pm

It's an exciting time for the packaging industry, as it's constantly evolving and working to meet consumer demands. With a special focus on sustainability and innovation,you can discover the latest designs, meet the very best suppliers and take your brand to the next level. If this is something that would be of interest to you please get in touch to discuss further. Limited spaces are available.

Contact to book your place.

SAJE the #Fife based Social Enterprise focused on reducing and prevent domestic abuse in Scotland, have launched new FREEDOM PROGRAMME groups across Fife starting January 2019.

The Freedom Programme is 2 hours per week for 12 weeks and is for any woman who:
> Recognises they are/have been in an abusive relationship
> Are not fully aware that their relationship is abusive and harmful
Women can attend the groups regardless of their current living situation.  Venues across Fife (Venues are not made public.)

There are no assessments - any woman can come along.  On application, SAJE contact each woman for an informal chat to make sure the group is right for them. They can visit women in their home if needed. 
Contact SAJE for more information or click HERE for more info.


A couple of Save the Dates early in 2019:-

FSEN Network meeting

Innovation Workshop for Social Enterprises


A New Year and a new look for Business Gateway Fife:-

Fife Business Matters - Winter Edition Out Now!
In this issue, we hear from a number of businesses which, for differing reasons, are experiencing sizeable growth, are recruiting new staff, seeking further business opportunities, or are driving innovation. Download HERE

FSB Business Awards 2019 are now open
Winning an Award is a great way to showcase your business achievements and celebrate business success, brilliance and innovation. The FSB awards are now open to all small businesses and the self-employed, whether you are current FSB members, or not. (Closing date 11/01/19) To enter please click here

Looking for a new employee? Modern Apprentice scheme


Baillie Gifford has launched a stand-alone grants programme aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland. The Making a Difference programme will consider grants up to £2k which fit any of the following; Children and Families; The Elderly; Education; Environment; Health; Physically Disabled; Homelessness; Women; Grassroots Sports. The deadline for the first round of applications is January 21st, 2019 Click for more INFO

The ILF Scotland Transition Fund is aimed at people aged 16-21 living in Scotland with a disability. Grants of up to £7.5k are available to support young people to try new activities and experiences that will enhance their independence, confidence, and help them spend more time with other people. Click for more INFO

Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. The fund is open to applications which focus on 1 of 4 categories; Homelessness and rough sleeping; Violence against women and girls; Music; or the General Programme. The next deadline for applications is January 20th Click for more INFO

Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grants scheme support the cultural sector's work with children and young people. The grants aim to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard, and applications are expected to contribute to the Foundation's primary purpose. Grants tend to range between £5k and £20k. Click for More INFO

Kelly Family Charitable Trust (Strengthening Family Ties) offers grants generally between £1-5K, prioritising charities who involve family members, in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling  their problems. The objective is to reinforce the benefit and support that family members can give to each other. Funding can be for both capital and revenue for core or project funding.  The Trust encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established and prefers to support charities whose income is below £500K (however, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered). Closing date is 1st March. Click for More info

Lintel Trust Grants Programme offers grants of up to £2K to housing associations, co-operatives and other not-for-profit organisations based or working in Scotland (particularly those who can demonstrate a working relationship with a housing association or co-operative) for housing-related projects that deliver positive outcomes for beneficiaries under the themes of older people and equalities.  Closing date 22nd January Click for More INFO

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund support communities of interest, ie people who are Disabled or suffering chronic illness; Living in poverty; Voluntary carers; Homeless people; Isolated older people or people with some other demonstrable significant need.  Grants available up to £2K for organisations with a turnover under £300K and are more likely to be awarded to local organisations who have a Greggs shop in their region. Click for More INFO

Space exploration projects take a long time (and money) to achieve but setting goals and ambitions is vital for all businesses. Its not rocket science. 

Lang may yer lum reek.