Fife Social Enterprise Network - July 2019 Newsletter


How can you tell it's summer? The rain is slightly warmer. Ha! The good news is that the summer edition of Fife Business Matters is out now, full of bright stories and case studies of business activity in Fife. In this edition we hear from Boyd Legal who recently launched in Kirkcaldy, GS Brown who've moved to employee ownership and Stephens Bakery who are creating new facilities with lean manufacturing processes.   Download your copy


A couple of Fife Social Enterprises are celebrating funding success this month.

Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) are celebrating a significant award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to transform the future of Silverburn Park in Leven. Awarded  £374,600 by the Fund to enter the formal development phase of the project which ultimately aims to renovate the B-listed former flax mill in the Park into a hub of commercial and community activities ranging from a hostel, café and community space, serving local people and visitors from the Fife Coastal Path.

Uppertunity CIC were awarded £14,000 from the Robertson Trust to help fund the post of a Part-Time Project Worker and associated delivery costs. Uppertuntity covers Angus; Dundee City and Fife.

Social Enterprise Sub-Group

Earlier this month, the SE Reference Sub-Group met in Glasgow. The gathering was, in part, to reflect on the progress of the current SE Action Plan (in its final year) – but also to begin discussions on how to help shape the priorities for the next Action Plan. Over 100 comments/observations were collected during discussions with the idea that, over the coming months, a set of ‘Guiding Principles’ can emerge that can provide a template to inform our next Action Plan (April 2020) - reflecting the wishes, ambitions and priorities of the grassroots SE community in Scotland.

Emerging Themes

▪ Mapping what has happened to date: Improving communication on progress being made – including initiatives that have not worked as anticipated - and Actions as yet not progressed.
▪ Increase opportunities for peer-to-peer learning – practitioner-to-practitioner support – i.e Community Learning Exchanges
▪ Decentralisation - devolved budgets – local decision-making - local delivery (wherever possible)
 ▪ The ‘Cluttered landscape’ – SE Intermediaries is ongoing. Further reviews worthy of consideration re ‘Support agencies’; ‘social finance agencies’ etc.
▪ Greater transparency and understanding on what is being funded and why? A more equitable spread of resources – perceived a being a bit ‘top down’ at the moment – be good to address this in next Action Plan.
▪ Support for Mission-led orgs (private profit) should come from other Govt Depts/Agencies (Scottish Enterprise; Govt Enterprise Division; HIE etc) – as op-posed to coming from SE Action Plan/TSD.
▪ Local Authorities picking up on SE Strategies – but more is required to see genuine movement/progress in local public procurement activity. Need more action around engaging with commissioners LAs/NHS etc
▪ Consistent level of support/resources for SENs – still not been addressed. Seems contrary to Govt rhetoric of ‘bottom up’ approaches.

PB Scotland and the Scottish Government have launched the Participatory Budgeting Charter for Scotland.

The PB Charter is a set of seven key features showing what a fair and high quality PB process should look like. It aims to ensure PB is inclusive, uses good quality methods and is truly participative. With PB increasingly becoming a central part of how decisions are made, the charter's seven features show what needs to be considered to make sure participatory budgeting is:

•             Fair and inclusive
•             Participatory
•             Deliberative
•             Empowering
•             Creative and flexible
•             Transparent
•             Part of our democracy


Women's Enterprise Scotland: Survey 2019

If you're a woman entrepreneur, make sure you take ten minutes out of your day to fill in @WEScotland's latest survey. Your input will help them make the case for policy change and improve services for women-led and women-owned businesses. Leave your views here.

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability is carrying out a survey asking people with learning disabilities to tell them about their everyday life and experiences. There are numerous ways to complete the survey, and information is also provided for individuals supporting somebody to complete it.


News from everyone’s favourite Fife Council Service: -

Pre-applications charges have changed from 1st July. Please please please check with the planning team if you have ideas/projects that involve changes to your building or premises - not just physical changes but also changes of use. An early check can prevent problems later that could significantly scupper your project. A quick check could save you lot of money and time in the future.

Householder Pre-apps from £55 to £60
Property History Charges
Certified Copy of Decision Notice including Plans (Local/Major[1] Applications) £230- £240
Variations to approved schemes (Non-material variations)
NMV for Householder £55- £60
NMV Local - £100 - £110
NMV Major - £195- £220
Admin Charges
Paper Submission Non-Householder £50 - £60
Paper Submission Major £100 - £120

Resource Efficient Scotland 

Resource Efficient Scotland Advice and Support Service is a one-stop resource for any small and medium sized business aiming to prevent waste or cut energy and water consumption. A Zero Waste Scotland programme, this service provides free one-to-one support to help identify opportunities to make resource savings. Organisations looking to prevent waste or free one-to-one support can email or call 0808 808 2268 or find out more online here.

Community Enterprise.
The Scottish SE support eco-system is rightly held up as an example of good practice – reflecting a level of interaction and connection between Govt and the SE community that is not always as evident in other countries. Community Enterprise’s SE Map sought to capture this eco-system – and has now produced an interactive version – that includes a helpful directory and instructions on how to use it. Community Enterprise deserves congratulations on successfully completing a tricky piece of work.

With more ‘hybrid models’ emerging, as part of a broader movement of socially responsible businesses, there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not they should have access to the SE support structure in the same way that social enterprises have. Folk will have their own views on this – but it is worth noting that Scotland Can Do has recently produced a comprehensive guide – the Scottish Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – on the range of support available to entrepreneurs in Scotland – including some of our traditional SE support agencies. Scotland Can Do deserves credit for highlighting the extent of this support.


The deadline for nominations and applications for this year's Social Enterprise Awards is July 7th, with six categories open for nominees.


The Robertson Trust is one of our more forward-thinking funders – responding to and acting upon feedback from across the sector. The latest example of this approach was the announcement last week of its new pilot, ‘Wee Grants for Wee Groups’ - for constituted community group and charities with an annual income of less than £100k. The Fund is open to projects that meet the Robertson Trusts current funding strands

Les Mills Fund for Children provides grants up to £1k for projects that improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Areas of focus include; Living in Poverty; Physical and Mental Health problems; Health and Wellbeing; and Living with Disability. The next deadline is November 18th

John Watson's Trust provides grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged. The Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, but grants may be awarded Scotland-wide depending on each individual case. The next application deadline is August 2nd

The Rank Foundation's Pebble Grants Programme provides funding for capital costs or one-off activities that have a total cost less than £1m and have already raised a third of total costs. The average donation amount is £1k, and applications are restricted to organisations with an annual income below £500k. The next Trustee's meeting is July

Local Giving Magic Little Grants provides £500 to charities and communities to deliver projects that encourage people to be physically active. The application process is swift and straightforward, and has a deadline of November 30th

Hilden Charitable Trust provides average grants of £5k to charities working at community level in the UK and developing countries, with priorities which include; Homelessness; Penal Affairs; Asylum Seekers and Refugees; and Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 years. The next closing date for applications is September 12th

Social Investment Scotland

SIS have launched a new Step Up and Scale Up Challenge.

These challenges will provide up to ten impactful and ambitious organisations from across Scotland with tailored support and access to an Assist Grant, to help them achieve their growth aspirations. The Step Up Challenge and Scale Up Challenge are also supported by up to £3.3m of investment; £300,000 for Step Up and £3,000,000 for Scale Up. 

So, if you're ready to take the next steps in your enterprise and impact journey, learn more and express your interest via the SIS website. 

Produce Your Own Video Content
21st August, 9:30am — 12:30pm
Enterprise Hub Fife, 1 Falkland Gate, Glenrothes, KY7 5NS, Fife

This enlightening workshop will show you how to present your video content professionally and how you already have the tools in your hands – literally!

14th SE Conference & Ceilidh
25th/26th November,
Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld.
The focus, as always, will be about bringing together grassroots social and community enterprises from around the country – to network; share experiences; and highlight the challenges and opportunities for SEs operating within local communities. More details soon

Thank you to all those who attended the SEN meeting last week, another packed and interesting agenda, especially the map of where we all are. Well done to Sue and Liz for organising the event. 

Keep up the good work.