Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - Jan 2018

Happy New Year to you all,

Thinking about new goals for 2018? A series of Napier University Leadership Events are to be delivered at the Enterprise Hub, Glenrothes. Focused on developing you, it's a new years resolution that's worth keeping.

• 18th April 2018: Leadership for Growth – Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7679/leadership-for-growth-fife-leadership-masterclass
• 23rd May 2018: Encouraging & Managing Innovation- Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7680/encouraging-and-managing-innovation-fife-leadership-masterclass
• 20th June 2018: Motivating and Managing Performance - Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7681/motivating-and-managing-performance-fife-leadership-masterclass
•  18th July 2018: Sales Negotiation – Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7682/sales-negotiation-fife-leadership-masterclass

Disability Confident

We would also like to encourage you to make “Disability Confident” your New Year’s resolution.  The Disability Confident agenda has replaced the Two Ticks Symbol.  The principles are the same; to become a business that embraces equality and diversity in the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities and health issues in the workplace. Building a reputation as a Disability Confident Employer is a proven marker for business success; and you could discover someone your business just couldn’t do without.

Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service can help you become a Disability Confident Employer. Our Disability Confident Consultants will provide you with free and confidential advice about:

•  Recruitment, training and retention solutions that allows you to recruit and keep the right people for your business
•  Financial support to pay for adjustments or equipment to help people stay in work through the Access to Work Scheme
•  Funding to help recruit and retain people with disabilities and health issues in the workplace
•  Support available to help existing employees who might be struggling to stay in work
•  Equality and Disability Awareness Training for staff and managers
 
Working alongside one of our Disability Confident Consultants opens up a world of free specialist recruitment and retention solutions for your business. 

Next steps: Contact us for more information on sw.ses@fife.gov.uk or 01592 583142 and one of our Disability Confident Consultants will be in touch.

Community Bond

We start 2018 on a high as the first Community Bond offer is now open! 
It is seeking investors from the wider third sector (including employees; trustees; volunteers and organisations such as charities, trusts and social enterprises) who are interested in supporting members of the Social Enterprise Networks.  There are 24 Social Enterprise Networks (SEN) across Scotland (18 are place based and 6 are thematic) and collectively they represent 1300 social enterprises.  The money raised will capitalise an SEN Loan Fund which will make low cost, micro and unsecured loans to social enterprises that are SEN members.

The bonds are offering 2% interest and start at £50 which hopefully will encourage people to take advantage of the offer to invest and support the offer. Since the bond was launched we are delighted that 10% of the target has already been reached. An application form is available to download here and all other information is available on the Scottish Communities Finance Ltd website
 
Recycling Centre changes

What you need to know about commercial changes to Recycling Centres!
New measures, which are designed to minimise the illegal disposal of commercial waste, are being introduced at Fife’s Household Waste Recycling Centres from January 2018.

These measures are necessary, because some commercial operators are disposing of waste without having purchased a relevant Recycling Permit.  The disposal of such waste, as well as being illegal, puts a burden on local Council Tax payers and impacts on the Council’s ability to provide efficient services.  It is increasingly important, therefore, that the use being made of the Recycling Centres is properly monitored. New measures will help recover costs from commercial users and increase recycling. They include:

Height Barriers; Automatic Number Plate Recognition; Household Waste Declaration Form; New Permit System.

Over the next six months, it is intended to introduce an electronic permit system, which will enable commercial users to make use of the sites more easily simply by swiping the card. Recycling permits will be available for purchase at the current cost for the six month period from April 2018.

Full details at:-https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm

Fife Business Matters

The Winter edition of Fife Business Matters is now out. Packed full of great stories and case studies of what Fife businesses are achieving.  
http://www.propertyebrochures.co.uk/fbm/issue41/issue41.html

If you would like to see your Enterprise featured in a future edition please contact me directly.

Twitter
The FSEN has a Twitter account, feel free to follow and keep up to date with all the latest news. @FifeSEN

Lang may yer lum reek

G

Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - December 2017

A quote stolen shamelessly from an article written by Steve Wyler entitled “Step back in Time” for Scottish Community Alliance. “‘Should one wish to destroy a social enterprise, it could not be done more effectually than by aiding it in the appointment of a leader unfit for the office.’ The quote is from March 15th 1877. Which shows two things. 1) Social Enterprises have been around for a long, long time. And 2) There is nothing new under the sun. And with that in mind here's:-
 
LEADERSHIP workshops

We have arranged a series of Napier Leadership Events to be delivered at the Enterprise Hub.
18th April 2018: Leadership for Growth – Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7679/leadership-for-growth-fife-leadership-masterclass
23rd May 2018: Encouraging & Managing Innovation- Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7680/encouraging-and-managing-innovation-fife-leadership-masterclass
20th June 2018: Motivating and Managing Performance - Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7681/motivating-and-managing-performance-fife-leadership-masterclass
18th July 2018: Sales Negotiation – Leadership Masterclass
https://www.bgateway.com/events/7682/sales-negotiation-fife-leadership-masterclass
These sessions will run 10am-2pm with a sandwich lunch. For more information e-mail me direct at Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

FSEN NETWORK Meeting

I’m pleased to tell you that we have a date for the long awaited FSEN meeting! I know you’re all busy so we have kept presentations quick (with a chance to find out more if you’re interested) and we can spend quality time networking and making connections. Please make the effort to come along and let us know how you would like for future FSENs. There will be mince pies and a raffle well.

Date: 13th December 2017. 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: New Volunteer House, East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy
Please see agenda and register here (so we know how many mince pies to buy!)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/december-fife-social-enterprise-network-meeting-tickets-40094311164?aff=eac2

Supplier Development Programme

Learn how to get blood out of a sto… sorry money from the public sector https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/region/fife/forthcoming-projects/
If you are not registered, or keep a close eye on PCS, opportunities will be lost. There is FREE help available if you wish to tender for public contracts. Just ask your advisor about the Supplier Development Programme or email me at Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

Scottish Community Regeneration Trust

SCRT was established in 2014. Its primary objective was to explore how our wider third sector could pool its financial resources to support one another – via community re-investment. The principle of community re-investment is to allow organisations with money to lend to those needing money - thereby allowing us all (lenders and borrowers) to maximise our impact in communities across Scotland. SCRT is now delighted to announce its first ‘Community Bond’ – for re-investment in SEN members. To be formally launched at the SE Conference on 7th Dec., investments will establish a SEN Loan Fund to provide micro; unsecured; low cost and patient loans to SEN members. Bonds will be available from £50 for a single bond – repayable upon maturity. For more info’ on the SEN Community Bond and how to invest, email info@scrt.scot.

Data protection
Big changes coming to the Data protection regulations which I may, or may not, be able to tell you about. To be sure it worth attending a workshop:-
https://www.bgateway.com/online-tutorials/6/general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr
https://www.bgateway.com/documents/guides/GDPR_Guide_%E2%80%93_Digital_Guide_Interactive.pdf
 
Fife Business Awards

The shortlist for the 2018 Fife Business Awards has now been unveiled with more than 30 companies selected across 11 different categories.  Two Social Enterprise’s have been nominated in different categories. The full list, and details of how to book your place at the awards ceremony,
http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/fife-business-awards-2018-shortlist

I have not included the meeting with the North Pole’s marketing agent on the 25th. This has been classified as annual appraisals and will depend upon whether you have been naughty or nice. Despite repeated requests we have not been able to confirm exact appointment times as he making a list and checking it twice. The guidance we have been given is “He sees you when you're sleepin' and He knows when you're awake.”  We can confirm he is coming to town though, so you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout. 
We do have it on good authority that having a little libation ready for the arrival of the visitor in red who doesn’t knock and some vegetarian food for his pets, will help smooth transactions and lead to a successful delivery of goods and services. 

HO HO HO

G

Fife Social Enterprise NOVEMBER 2017 Newsletter

Hi

If you are reading this you survived Halloween. Well done. The summer sun is fading as the year grows old, and darker days are drawing near, the winter winds will be much colder so what better time than to go to a warm workshop to help develop your Social Enterprise?

Fife Business Week 2017

November hosts Fife Business Week which runs from 6th to 10th November.  A week packed full of events aimed at inspiring and supporting Fife’s business community, it also provides great opportunities for Fife’s businesses to come together to network and exchange ideas.  Now in its eighth year, Fife’s main business event offers a broad range of seminars and workshops, covering important issues for the local economy and is once again set to be a major highlight of the Kingdom’s business calendar.

There are two dedicated events for Social Enterprise managers and Social entrepreneurs in this year’s business week.

Take your Product to Market on Monday 6th November 2017 and Ideas to Action on Tuesday 7th November

Full details on the FSEN website:- https://fsen.squarespace.com/

E-mail me at Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk for more information and to book your place.

Meet the Buyer

This year’s Meet the Buyer Event aims to help businesses in Fife to find out what contract opportunities are available across a broad range of sectors. There will be support to help businesses exploit tendering opportunities, as well as a chance to network with procurement experts from both private and public sectors, such as Defence Sector, Construction Sector, Fife Council and many more:

  • Date:  9th November 2017
  • Time:  9.30am-1.00pm
  • Venue:  Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath, KY11 8DY

If you would like to come book a place please contact Dorothy.Smith@fife.gov.uk.

OTHER EVENTS

Fife Social Enterprise Network

The next FSEN meeting has been arranged for 10:00am on Wednesday the 13th December. The event will be hosted by Fife Voluntary Action at New Volunteer House in Kirkcaldy. It would be great to see you there.

Coalfields Community Asset Transfer Workshop - Coalfields Regeneration Trust 
Location: Kincardine Community Centre, Anderson Lane, Kincardine, Fife, FK10 4SF
Date: 8th November

As part of the continuing programme to support community groups in former coalfields communities to undertake community asset transfers, we shall be holding a Workshop Event on Weds 8 Nov 2017 at the Kincardine Community Centre. The Workshop will look at project planning for community asset transfers and the key stages involved in the process, timescales, finance, business planning, evidencing need, organisation and management, legal structures and all aspects involved in the process. It will also provide the opportunity to network with other groups working on similar projects.

The Event will run from 10:30 to 3:00 and include a lunch. The day will be free but places are limited.

To book a place call Lauren Arthur on 01259 272127 or email lauren.arthur@coalfields-regen.org.uk.

Funding Application Clinics

Fife Voluntary Action is running a series of free-to-attend sessions aimed at providing 3rd sector organisations the best possible chance of securing and properly managing funding. This may be to develop an exciting new project, to take on an asset, or simply to cover the core costs of running your organisation.

These sessions are aimed at organisations who have identified a suitable funder and are in the process of completing an application. FVA will provide advice and guidance on how to complete your application, ensuring you include all the relevant information to demonstrate to funders how you meet the criteria of their funding objectives. FVA will also ensure your supporting governance documents are to the required standard so they won’t disqualify you from the funding application process. Attendance at these FREE one-hour 1:1 workshops is strictly by appointment only.

  • Wednesday 8 November 3.30pm to 6.30pm Fife Voluntary Action, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
  • Thursday 16 November 9.30am to 12.30pm Fife Voluntary Action, Cupar, KY15 5AS
  • Thursday 23 November 3.30pm to 6.30pm New City House, 1 Edgar Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7ED Friday 1 December 9.30am to 12.30pm Fife Voluntary Action, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/funding-application-clinics-tickets-38045393797

OTHER NEWS

 Fife Business Matter – No 40

The latest quarterly edition of Fife Business Matters is out now. It can be accessed on-line at

http://www.propertyebrochures.co.uk/fbm/issue40/issue40.html

Fife LEADER

The new Fife LEADER website has gone live. Visit www.fifeleader.org.uk to find out more about funding available to projects in rural Fife. Take a look at some of the projects that LEADER had funded as part of the 2014-20 programme with over £800k being allocated to projects in North East and South West Fife and we are keen to fund more. 

Rollout of full service Universal Credit 

Fife will commence the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) from 6th December. This is anticipated to have a significant impact on individuals and families in Fife, and on demand for services and support. For updates and information on the help available, go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/benefits.

Fife Partnership is offering free e-learning opportunities on welfare reform and UC to everyone in the public and voluntary sectors. Register at http://elearning.cpag.org.uk/ to complete a short course designed for Fifers, ‘Supporting Hard-Up Households’, and to access additional courses on welfare reform and Universal Credit.

Quick Quote

Did you know that Quick Quote is an online quotation facility which allows Contracting Authorities to obtain competitive quotes electronically for low value contracts? Details of requirements are created on the portal and distributed to a select list of suppliers. Quick Quotes are only distributed to the selected suppliers and are not made public on the portal. If you are not on the list you are not getting notified. The best way to get selected for a Quick Quote is by completing a Supplier Finder profile. This allows suppliers to provide buyers with detailed information regarding the goods, works or services which they can provide to the Public Sector. The service will further help connect public and private sector business.

Remember remember the support to develop your Social Enterprise further and help create a Brave New World is always available, even as the nights draw in.

G

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FIFE Social Enterprise OCTOBER 2017 Newsletter

As the slanted sunshine shoots beneath the clouds, interrupted only by gossamer webs as it falls silently onto the dew and thoughts turn to pumpkin lattes (when did they become a thing?) the hard work of social enterprises carries on. Like gardeners planting bulbs for the spring, so managers work to grow projects and collaborations that will produce much reward in the new-year. Sustainably of course.

  • CENSUS 2017 RESULTS

That hard work is obviously paying off as the CENSUS 2017 figures show.

The Census reports that Fife has the highest number of new social enterprises in the last two years of any area in Scotland.  Overall the research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation in the support and development of social enterprise with some of the highlights listed:-

  • 5,600 social enterprises now operating in Scotland (up from 5199 in 2015)
  • 64% of Scotland’s social enterprises led by women
  • £2bn GVA, the economic contribution of social enterprises to Scotland
  • 34% of social enterprises located in rural Scotland
  • 50% negatively affected by the economic climate over the last 12 months
  • 599 social enterprises formed in the last two years
  • 81,357 full-time equivalent employees in Scottish social enterprises
  • 1:2.5, is the average differential between the highest and lowest paid worker

For the full report please visit:- http://www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/news/1320

SOUP event

That hard work requires much nourishment! The inaugural Fife SOUP event was held in Dunfermline. A concept that was imported from Detroit, USA it offers a space where people who are trying to improve their community can connect. It's a really simple idea. People turn up, pay £5 at the door, get a voting button, and listen to people pitch an idea to improve the local community, in effect a friendly dragons den! The winner on night was Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club who collected £265 towards the cost of an adapted motorbike. The other 3 Enterprises however made new connections and raised the profile of their projects and gained lots of new friends and supporters.

A great evening with SOUP and laughter. For more information on the next Fife SOUP event contact Lee at BRAG Enterprises 01592 860296. I hope to see you there.

  • Fife Business Week

NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR, it is again packed with events aimed at inspiring and supporting new and established businesses in Fife.  The focus is on specific key topics that may be affecting Fife entrepreneurs, business start-ups and employers alike. Fife Business Week offers a broad range of seminars and workshops, covering important issues for the local economy, with most of these being free to attend.

There are two dedicated events for Social Enterprise managers and social entrepreneurs. Both are FREE to attend.

  • Monday 6th November - “TAKE YOUR PRODUCT TO MARKET.”

This programme will help you create or uncover new opportunities to take your social enterprise to new markets and customers, increase revenues and maximise profits by finding your place in the market.

You will be able attend two 1/2 day workshops on leadership, market and product development, followed by a learning journey to The Country Fair Show in Glasgow, then support to develop your social enterprise further.

For more information please contact Graeme Ferguson at Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

  • Tuesday 7th November - “IDEAS TO ACTION

This workshop is for you if:

• You’re forever coming up with ideas of how your community or society in general could be improved. • You want to start a business with social aims but don’t know where to start. • You already have a social enterprise but need help to grow or become financially sustainable. • You want to smash a piece of wood in half.

For more information please contact Susan at BRAG SusanOak@brag.co.uk

  • Enterprise HUB

Enterprise Hub Fife is designed to provide enterprising individuals, start-ups with growth aspirations and growing businesses, access to a unique facility which encourages collaboration and networking. The flexible work space offers modern, professional and affordable offices, together with state of the art events space, easily accessible co-working areas and private meeting rooms.

Social Enterprises can get 1 hour Free for hot desking or meeting space. Call 0800 254 5200 and quote EHUB07.

http://enterprisehubfife.co.uk/claim-your-voucher-here/

  • Fife Chamber , Fife Business Awards 2018

Fife Chamber are thrilled to announce the wait is over and entries are now open for the 2018 Fife Business Awards. The Glen Pavilion has been confirmed as the venue for the glittering award ceremony on Friday 23rd March 2018 and Grant Stott and Edward Reid will be reprising their MC and entertainment roles. The Fife Economy Partnership are the Principal Sponsor.

Get the recognition your business deserves through the Fife Business Awards. This annual event casts a spotlight on Fife businesses and their fantastic accomplishments which saw a record number of high quality applicants last year. Fife Chamber believe this was just the tip of the iceberg and are encouraging all Fife companies with a great story to tell, to submit an application before the closing date - Friday 27th October 2017

For more information please visit:- https://www.fifechamber.co.uk/fife-business-awards

  • LOIP - A vision for Fife - a Fairer Fife

By 2027 we want Fife to be a place where all residents live good lives, make informed choices and have a sense of control to reach their full potential and where all children are safe, happy and healthy. A Local Outcome Improvement Plan has now been drafted. For the first time in Fife there’s one Plan for the future of public services – one plan that the council and its partners have signed up to and provides a vision for Fife for the next ten years. It’s simple, it’s straightforward and it puts fairness at the heart of everything we do, bringing Fife’s communities and services together in a way that means everyone can get involved in improving their neighbourhoods and creating a fairer Fife.

This is your chance to comment on it and help shape the future.

http://wordpress.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk/

Have a great October, word hard but take the time to enjoy that pumpkin, even that means scooping it out and putting candles in it rather than drinking it, old fashioned style. As always if you have any question about the articles in this newsletter, or any queries about how we can support your enterprise further, please contact me directly.

I hope to see you soon.

G

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Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - September 2017

Hi

As the Queensferry Crossing opens this month (did you get a ticket to walk?) It will be relief to not have to navigate miles of road works. An analogy of running a social enterprise? Hours of struggle, seemingly going nowhere fast, delays and diversions and then suddenly the journey ahead opens and it’s free and easy towards the destination.

As the new bridge makes the world shrink just a little more we are always looking across the globe for new ideas to help us stimulate, create and stimulate the formation of new social enterprises and help people and communities grow their own businesses in Fife. The latest import is a SOUP event from Detriot, USA. https://detroitsoup.com/

SOUP is a microgranting dinner event celebrating creative projects. For £5 you receive soup and a vote! You will hear presentations ranging from art to urban agriculture. Each presentation has four minutes to share their idea with you, then field four questions. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close the ballots are counted and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door to invest in their project. The 1st SOUP event in Fife will be held on Friday 1st September at Townhill Bowling Club. For more information please contact Lee Walls at BRAG.  LWalls@brag.co.uk 01592 860296

Looking further ahead we are gearing up for Fife Business Week. A week in November that is packed full of business events that shows off  the amazing work going on in Fife as well as workshops and events to assist your business grow. This year there will be two events designed specifically for social impact businesses. (Although you are more than welcome to attend any other event!)

One is the launch a new programme of free business support. Launching on Monday 6th November at the Enterprise Hub, Fife it consists of 3 phases. Beginning with ½ day of Leadership training delivered by Social Enterprise Academy, followed by a ½ day of product development and design. The 2nd phase will be a paid for learning journey to the Country Living Fayre in Glasgow to learn what goes into exhibiting at large events and how to make money from them! With a follow up “Lesson Learned” session in the new-year we can then look to help you build on the knowledge and experience gained and help take your enterprise to the next level.

In addition to these two Social Enterprise events there is the “Meet the Buyer” event on Thursday 9th November at the Carnegie Conference Centre. Free to attend, the event will help you find out what opportunities are available to for your enterprise to gain contracts with large businesses. If they don’t know about you and what you can do for them, how can they buy from you?

More information about events will be available soon, but definitely 3 dates to save on your calendar.

This week is Fife Diversity week. Running from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September 2017

Entitled SUSTAINABLE INCLUSION it’s a full week programme of information and fun!  For more information on the events planned for the week please visit https://centreforequalities.org.uk/

Sustainable Business Week is coming to Fife

Businesses in Fife can get free support and funding to help them cut their energy, water and waste bills and save money during Fife Sustainable Business Week, 2 – 6 October, 2017.

Sustainable Business Week is open to all small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Fife and will be held at venues across the region.  The week is run by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, with the support of Fife Council and Green Business Fife.

For more information please visit:- Sustainable Business Week

FUNDING

The next deadline for FIRSTPORT’s Build It awards has been set for Friday 29 September 2017.

Fully completed applications must be submitted no later than 12 noon. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend in person to pitch to a panel on Thursday 23 November 2017. You will also be allocated an appointment to attend a Practice Your Pitch and Cashflow Challenge session in the run up to the panel to help you prepare your presentation.

More information at http://www.firstport.org.uk/funding/item/287-build-it

Firstport are also searching for the next generation of Scottish social innovators. Firstport are inviting entries for the 2017 Social Innovation Competition, which celebrates individuals and start-up companies in Scotland with imaginative ideas to solve social issues, with a focus on cultureheritage and tourism.  There are three £5, 000 awards up for grabs (including the young social innovator category for under 30s), combined with tailored support to refine and develop your idea.  More information at:- http://www.firstport.org.uk/programmes/social-innovation-competition

Support for Hiring New Employees

If you are looking to employ a new member of staff, whether it's for a short-term placement or full time position, there is a wide range of support in the form of Apprenticeships, Internships and Placements which may help you take on your next employee. Better still, at Business Gateway Fife, the HR and Employability Adviser will not only advise you on which options are the most viable for your business but she can also discuss current HR legislative requirements.

If you have a specific HR or Employability query, please e-mail BGFife at success@bgfife.com or call 01592 858333.

More information at:- http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/growth/funding-for-hiring-new-employees

Have your say - the Business Voice

Want to get involved and help Fife Council improve its service to you and other Fife companies? Fife Council needs to hear from Fife businesses of all sizes. Join our online survey panel and have your voice heard. Registration is easy and we'll only ask you to complete four surveys a year. Sign up now at www.fifedirect.org.uk/joinbusinessvoice and take the opportunity to tell Fife Council and its partner’s how we can better support Social Enterprises in Fife.

The Scottish Business Pledge

As value led enterprises the Scottish Business Pledge is an important symbol to consider signing up to. It is partnership between Government and business. It is a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.  It is built on:

·        a commitment from the Scottish Government, and its partners, to support sustainable business growth in Scotland

·        a voluntary code of business practice which you can use to guide and boost the future development of your company

·        a mutual pledge to ensure that prosperity, innovation, fairness and opportunity develop hand in hand in Scotland

Making the Scottish Business Pledge means:

Not every additional commitment need be enacted at once. For many businesses, that’s simply not practical, in terms of available resources or immediate focus. What is important is the journey and longer term; we encourage you to embrace a broad spectrum of progressive practices.

Once you have made your pledge we will send you information and materials which will enable you to display the Scottish Business Pledge logo on your website or anywhere else you see fit.

For more information please visit:- https://scottishbusinesspledge.scot/about/

And finally

Congratulations to Furniture Plus and Castle Furniture. Two Fife Companies involved in the CRNS Re-use Consortium which has been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017.  www.socialenterpriseawards.scot. Good luck to both on the award night on Tuesday 7 November.

Whatever destination you are aiming for, safe travelling and full speed ahead!

G

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Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - Aug 2017

Hi

The rainy season continues to fail to dampen the Social Enterprise spirit in Fife! A number of Social Enterprises have events running throughout what we locals call summer.

Events

The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn, has various summer programs on offer. For more info visit their website:- https://www.theecologycentre.org/events

The Centre for Stewardship in Falkland is running Poetry apothecary events and a craft symposium! Details:- http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/whats-on/

Methilhill Children's Community Initiative have two events to which you are invited - Volunteers day on the 6th August 2017 (10am - 1pm) and their annual Open day on the 12th August 2017 (12 – 4pm) All volunteers welcome! Contact admin@mcci-clubs.co.uk or by Tel on 01592 719422. Details on their website:- http://www.mcci-clubs.co.uk/

For those who enjoy summer adventures across the sea, the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network is holding " Social in the Garden" on Wed 2nd & Thurs 3rd Aug.http://www.edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk/social-in-the-gardens-17/

Ever been asked about the definition of Social Enterprise?

The Social Enterprise Code encapsulates the values and behaviours by which Scottish social enterprises recognise each other. It is a voluntary code of practice and is based on five basic criteria. The Code is overseen by an Advisory group who meet to review the criteria on an ad hoc basis. As a response to the emergence of Socially Responsible Businesses (SRBs), the Advisory Group has now produced a new diagram to represent the relationship between Non-Profit Distributing social enterprises and these Profit Distributing socially responsible businesses. Link to Diagram
 
Business Development events:
 
Coca Cola 5by20 - Dundee
Fast track to success course Aug 21st to Aug 25th

This Fast Track Start-up Business programme is designed to make your business vision a reality. You will get the opportunity learn the key principles of business that will inspire and encourage you to drive forward your business dream! At the end of the course you will have a created a business plan roadmap and prepared a presentation that you will then ‘pitch’ to a support panel of business experts. Following this you will become part of the Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee Community, which offers a wide range of support, advice, networking opportunities and supplier benefits. For more info please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485280598499521/

Fife Leadership Masterclass - Sales negotiation
Wednesday, August 23, 2017  9:30am  12:30pm
Enterprise Hub, Fife.  1 Falkland Gate, Glenrothes KY7 5NS

The last of our four Leadership Masterclasses, delivered in partnership with Fife Council Economic Development and Napier University.  This session has been designed for SME business owners, managers and leaders.  The course is developed to upskill participants in proven tools and techniques to successfully handle negotiations and in how to hand objections using current tools. To help them understand the importance of Win/Win negotiation and they styles they use to influence people. Most sales people will walk away from a meeting without actually asking for a sale, discover the best way of doing this that suits your personality.
 
More details at: https://fsen.squarespace.com/events-1/2017/8/23/khvbi46qthxnx6dxq70gi4ubevawrk

Meet the Buyer. Glasgow 28th Sept 2017.
Scottish Public Sector spends £11bn a year. Increase your chances of winning contracts by attending Meet The Buyer17 http://bit.ly/sdpmtb17 Raise the profile of your business withover 60 buyers at the event. 

The Supplier Development Programme is partnering with Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Business Gateway for its annual Meet the Buyer event to be held at Hampden Park on September 28th 2017. Now in its 9th year, Meet the Buyer is Scotland’s largest FREE procurement event, bringing together buyers from across the public sector as well as private tier 1 contractors, offering businesses the opportunity to speak directly to purchasers and decision makers. A programme of workshops on a range of procurement related topics will be held throughout the day.

Register now for your free place http://bit.ly/sdpmtb17

Fife Business Week
This year Fife Business Week is being held w/c 6th November. A series of business events and workshops are being held throughout that week, including dedicated social enterprise events. Keep an eye on the FSEN website events page which will be updated as evets are confirmed.

Business Support

Fife Investment Fund
This Fife Council fund can help support and encourage small companies in Fife to invest and grow their business. Businesses must be able to demonstrate that the project they wish to undertake will lead to sales growth and increased employability in Fife. The fund amount is up to 50% or £5,000 whichever is the lesser of the project. The fund is a fully repayable grant which means any amounts awarded have to be repaid in full over an agreed period. In exceptional circumstances small funds may be available to develop a mixture of repayable and straight grant funded support.

For more information please visit the Business Gateway Fife website: http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/financial-support-to-businesses

As the schools go back and the rain stops falling on roofs, tickling eaves and making downpipes gurgle, the sun will finally find its hat and bathe the brooks in warmth and turn rivers into sparkling blue ribbons. Hopefully. Here's to a sunny future! 
If you wish to have any news or events featured in a future newsletter or added to the FSEN website please let me know. For up-to-date news please follow the FSEN on twitter @FifeSEN.

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Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - July 2017

Hi

The innate desire to help those in direst need was illuminated again this month by the tragedy in London. Angels in the early morning arriving not on winged chariots but by bus, bearing not Harps but shoes. That desire, that need, to do something to help, demonstrating the very essence of society and of social enterprise.

This months newsletter is the usual rag bag collection of information on the support and forthcoming events that may prove interesting and useful to your organisation.

Social Enterprise Support/Networking event

Whether you are setting up a new Social Enterprise or are looking for support to take your organisation to the next level, or just needing a chat about your business plan to make sure it is still fit for purpose, then contact the dedicated Social Enterprise advisors on 01592 860296 or e-mail Susan at susanoak@BRAG.co.uk to arrange a meeting.

Susan is also holding an open networking event at BRAG on the 25th July, starting at 1pm and to run all afternoon. Why dont you drop by, say hello and have a chat about your plans. There will be folk from all areas of the Social Enterprise sector, so no doubt you will come across familiar faces as well as new ones.  Please RSVP to Susan so she has some idea of how many biscuits to buy!

Are you looking for Board Members or Training for Boards?

Organisations looking for Board members can complete a FVA registration form, e-mail it to them and they will put the opportunity online.

Please remember, as well as promoting your Board vacancy on their website, the FVA Volunteering Development team will be able to promote it to some of the 1,000+ people they speak to every year about volunteering.

If you are you currently a Board member and would like some advice, information or training for you and/or fellow Board members then please contact FVA - almost all of their support is provided at no cost!

For more information please visit the FVA website:- https://www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/get_on_board.asp

Community Buildings Up for Grabs in Fife      

Fife Council is looking for community groups to come forward to take over the running of some buildings across the Kingdom. A review of the Council’s estate highlighted that many community buildings are under used, no longer fit for purpose or don’t meet the needs of local people.

There are 9 buildings across Fife currently up for grabs to groups who can demonstrate they can use them for the benefit of their community. The advisors at BRAG Enterprises and FVA can help your organisation to gear up to be able to take over an asset with confidence.  More information here:- https://fsen.squarespace.com/news

Fife Business Matters - Ezine

The summer edition of Fife Business Matters is now out. Available as a free e-zine here:- http://www.fifebusinessmatters.co.uk/. This edition contains an article on the Furniture Reuse contract - a first for Scotland – that is being run by two Fife Social Enterprisers – Furniture Plus and Castle.

If you would like the work you are doing featured in a future edition then please let me know.

Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2017

Time is running out to submit a nomination to the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards 2017. The Social Enterprise Awards are Scotland’s annual awards programme that recognises excellence, innovation and success in social enterprise. Social Enterprise Scotland will again be working with contemporaries in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to offer opportunities to participate in a range of categories at Scotland and UK level.

This year there is a total of 6 Scotland Awards categories, with the winners in two of them – 1. Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland and 2. One to Watch Scotland – being automatically entered in the Social Enterprise UK Awards. The closing date is:- 10th July 2017. For more information and to nominate please visit:- http://socialenterpriseawards.scot/

Market Opportunities?
There are 3 festivals being arranged, two in Fife and one across the Forth in Edinburgh. There are opportunities for Social Enterprises to have stalls at these events.

> Defend Dunfermline
Get ready for Fife’s newest festival, Defend Dunfermline World War II, which takes place on the 19th and 20th August across Dunfermline’s town’s high street and heritage quarter between 10am and 5pm. With captivating street theatre, exciting exhibitions and toe-tapping music, the thrilling story of Fife’s secret defence points will be brought to life for the very first time.

More info:- Dunfermline defends http://defenddunfermlineww2.co.uk/

> Social in the Garden
The Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network is holding a “Social in the Garden” event on the 2nd & 3rd August. The Social Enterprise festival at the Ross Bandstand, in Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh will feature a Social Enterprise market and a variety of performance activities.

Stalls and activities will run from 10.00am each day finishing at 8.00pm on the Wednesday evening and 5.00pm on the Thursday. The expected footfall at the event is in the region of 7,000/10,000 people per day.

There are limited stalls available for social enterprises to sell your wares (free but commission on total sales) More info here:- http://www.edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Social-in-the-Gardens-Ex-of-Int.pdf

> St Andrews Hidden Market
This festive season, No.18 and BID St Andrews are creating a new festival experience. Styled as a far cry from the traditional European style markets, this month long event celebrates the very best of festive Scotland in a very local way. 

They are proud to support small and local businesses, including social enterprises. They want to champion Scottish makers and creators and so, if you're a local business or produce products with a Scottish heritage, they would love for you to join them. Check out their website for more information. https://www.standrewshiddenmarkets.co.uk/

 
Funding Scotland Website
Find funding for your charity, community group or Social Enterprise using the free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, this website can signpost you to the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

http://fundingscotland.com/Account/MemberLoginRegister?returnUrl=%2F

Third Sector as an Employer - Survey
Fife Voluntary Action are conducting a crucial piece of research on the third sector as an employer in Fife and needs your help.  https://fsen.squarespace.com/news.

Completing the "Third Sector as an Employer survey", will help to measure the size, scale and scope of the third sector in Fife, strengthen the collective voice and raise the profile of the Sector. This is research which will benefit the third sector in Fife as a whole and the final report will be made available to all. This survey will define the third sector as an employer and will point to the unique challenges and opportunities affecting organisations.

The survey is open until Friday 14 July 2017 and we need as many third sector employers as possible to complete it.

Review of the Enterprise Agencies in Scotland.
A new enterprise agency will be created to meet the economic needs of communities in the South of Scotland. The final report from the Enterprise and Skills Review contains a wide range of measures to support business, ensure young people have access to the right skills, and create growth across the Scottish economy.

They include improved access to innovation, enterprise and international support and streamlined skills provision.

More information is on the Scottish Gvt website:- https://beta.gov.scot/news/strengthening-scotlands-economy/

 Standard Innovation Vouchers  
Up to £5,000 to help create a partnership between your Enterprise and a College or University is available.

The purpose of a Standard Innovation Voucher is to encourage new first time partnerships between a company and a university or further education college. The value of a Standard Innovation Voucher is between £1,000 and £5,000, which covers the academic project costs and is paid directly to the university or college. The company contributes an equal value in cash or in kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both. All SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations with main company operations in Scotland can apply for a voucher if they are partnering with a research provider for the first time. Projects must be innovative (a novel/pioneering idea) and lead to new products, services or processes that will benefit the company, the academic institution and the Scottish economy. Businesses can also apply together to pool their vouchers to solve a common issue.

For more information please visit:- http://www.interface-online.org.uk/

LEAP
LEAP is a Scottish charity which helps people reduce their energy consumption. This helps save them money as well as protecting the environment. They’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise offering a fuel switching service to other social enterprises and businesses. This will help these companies save money on their fuel bills. The profits they make from this from this will help people in fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

Spend 4 minutes in helping them with their research and you will be entered into a free prize draw where you could win £75! The link is:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeapEnergySurvey

Finally have a great July. I have the pleasure of a wee trip to England and the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, but whatever you are doing or wherever you go, be an Angel.

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JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

Hi

It’s been another busy month and one in which communities working together to solve problems seems ever more the way forward.  

This newsletter covers Scotland’s Annual Social Enterprise Awards; The Census 2017; LEADER Funding; Fife Investment Fund; Women Leadership programme; Zero Waste Scotland; The E Factor, a new Senior Social Enterprise Advisor at BRAG; WISE100 and an Invest in Fife video!

Scotland’s Annual Social Enterprise Awards
Scotland’s annual awards for achievement in Social Enterprise are now open for entries! The Social Enterprise Awards are Scotland’s annual awards programme that recognises excellence, innovation and success in social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Scotland will again be working with their contemporaries in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to offer opportunities to participate in a range of categories at Scotland and UK level. The deadline for award applications is Monday 10 July 2017.

For more information on the awards and how to nominate please visit http://socialenterpriseawards.scot/

Census 2017
The Scottish the Social Enterprise Census 2017 survey is still live! Have you completed it yet?  The aim of Census 2017 is to ensure that the work of organisations like yours is better understood and better supported. The findings from the earlier 2015 Social Enterprise Census have already been widely used and made a huge difference. Click here to access Census 2017:- http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SECensus2017

LEADER Funding 
The aim of LEADER is to enhance the capacity of local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills and to encourage innovation and co-operation to achieve local development objectives.

The Fife LEADER team have arranged an event on Tuesday 30th May where you can find out how LEADER funding can assist your project. Between 10:00 and 16:00 at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship, KY15 7AF. More details can be found on the FSEN website events page:- https://fsen.squarespace.com/events
 
Fife Investment Fund
This Fife Council supported fund can help support and encourage small companies in Fife to invest and grow their business. Businesses must be able to demonstrate sales growth and increased employability through engagement with Business Gateway Fife. Repayable grants of up 50% or £5,000, whichever is less, are available.

For more information on eligibility criteria and information on what other funding maybe available please contact either BGFife or your social enterprise advisor or visit the BGFIFE website. http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/finance

Women Leadership programme
Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), working with Fife Council Economic Development, are delighted to bring this women’s leadership development programme to Fife. Delivered at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes the programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become sustainable.
 
WES are looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.

4 workshops over 12 months (Starting 15th June) will allow participants to build their vision of what growth and success looks like for them in the context of their business and their life. WES will enable the businesswomen to set growth goals and articulate their visions.

• Using models to aid organisational design and development
• Analyse your business structure to check for governance and agility
• Align your business strategy, people and processes to your values and mission

For more information on the Leadership workshops please visit:- http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/events/workshops

Zero Waste Scotland
Litter and fly tipping costs Scotland at least £78 million every year. This includes costs to the taxpayer through education, enforcement and clean up, and the indirect cost of littering and fly tipping – on areas like health, crime and wildlife.

To address this problem, Zero Waste Scotland http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk, the Scottish Government’s delivery partner for the National Litter Strategy, is encouraging the adoption of Litter Prevention Action Plans (LPAP) and Community LPAPs. 

Participation can help businesses to boost brand recognition, demonstrate good corporate social responsibility and result in direct and indirect financial benefits, through the sharing of knowledge and expertise. For more information please contact the project manager Laura Blair, at Laura.Blair@ricardo.com

Disability Confident
A Business that celebrates diversity in the workplace, is a business proven to experience success!

Fife Council Employability and Employer Engagement Service working in partnership with Healthy Working Lives Fife invite you to learn more about growing a diverse and successful workforce.

At the morning event (9:30 to 11:00) on Thursday 1st June you’ll learn more about:

> Reducing Sickness Absence
> Improving Health at Work
> Equality and Diversity in the workplace
> Becoming a Disability Confident Employer
 
The E Factor will bring you opportunities such as:
} A recruitment, selection and training package to meet your business needs
} Access to available business funding to help you grow your business
} Support to develop a diverse and successful workforce

Venue: Skills Development and Conference Centre, Midfield Road, Kirkcaldy,
KY1 3NL  

For more info and to book your place contact: Emma Hutt e -mail: emma.hutt@fife.gov.uk

BRAG Enterprise - New Senior Social Enterprise Advisor
We are pleased to announce that BRAG Enterprise has recruited a new Senior Enterprise Advisor – Susan Oak.
If you are looking for advice and support to help your Enterprise grow, please do not hesitate to contact her, or her colleague Lee. Tel 01592 860296 or SusanOak@brag.co.uk

WISE100
Nominations for the first NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise) have opened to recognise 100 leading women in social enterprise.
Created by the NatWest SE100 Index, the WISE100 highlights the leading role of women in social enterprise.  Now is your chance to nominate the leading female social entrepreneurs you know!
The WISE100 list is open to anyone who wishes to nominate one or more women working in the social enterprise sector. Nominations can be made via the NatWest WISE100 website: http://www.wise100.co.uk.

Nominations close on 31 August 2017.

Invest in Fife
We have updated the ‘Why Fife?’ video to highlight why businesses should Invest in Fife and why Fife Means Business. I hope you all like it. To view it please click here:- https://youtu.be/1L1ZuH7oDzE

Enterprise Hub Fife
Is now open! For information on how you can book a hot desk, a small office or utilise the Boardroom for hosting your events please visit: http://enterprisehubfife.co.uk/

As always if you have any questions or queries on any of the above articles, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Please also visit the FSEN website for the latest news and events.

Graeme, Social Enterprise Advisor.

Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

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Social Enterprise update - May 2017

Hi

Another busy month has flown by with developments in the support available to social entrepreneurs and social impact organisations occuring at both the Fife and national level.  Remember keep up to date with the latest developments on the FSEN website: http://fsen.squarespace.com and on Twitter @FifeSen
 
Local Developments include:-

Enterprise Hub Fife opens
Enterprise Hub Fife is designed to provide enterprising individuals and business start-ups with growth aspirations, access to a flexible working space that will encourage collaboration and networking. A low cost, high quality facility in Glenrothes designed to support start-up individuals, social entrepreneurs and community organisations. From short-term hot desks to International Skype the Hub can support a wide range of business needs.    
 
http://enterprisehubfife.co.uk/
 
New Social Enterprise Advisor
We are delighted to announce that Susan Oak will take up post with BRAG Enterprises at the beginning of May as the new lead Social Enterprise advisor. She brings a great deal of knowledge on how to build a social business. Remember advice and support is fully funded!
 
Fife Business Matters
The latest edition of Fife Business Matters has just been published, with F.E.A.T and Better World Books both featured. If you have a news story you would like to promote to 5,000 other business in Fife please let me know.
 
Disability Confident

Supported Employment Service are committed to helping individuals with disabilities and health conditions find paid work but we also want to help employers in Fife recruit a diverse workforce.

The Disability Confident agenda is replacing the Two Ticks Symbol. The principles are the same; to become a business that embraces equality and diversity in the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities and health issues in the workplace. Building a reputation as a Disability Confident Employer is a proven marker for business success; and you could discover someone your business just couldn’t do without.  Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service can help you become a Disability Confident Employer.

There will be a pop up stall in The Mercat, Kirkcaldy on Friday 5th May where you can pop along and say hi and find out more.
 
https://www.facebook.com/FifeCouncilSES

Social Enterprise Starter Pack
As much information as you need to start a social impact business in one place? Find it here:- 
http://fsen.squarespace.com/guide-to-starting-a-social-enterprise

 LEADER Funding
Do you have a project that will benefit the rural community of Fife?

The aim of LEADER is to increase support to local rural community and business networks. Building knowledge and skills and encouraging innovation and co-operation in order to meet local development objectives.  

Support grants are available for community groups, social enterprise, small business, voluntary groups, public sector bodies and farm diversification projects located in rural areas of North East and South West Fife.

Two promotional events have now been arranged (18th May in Charlestown and 30th May in Falkland.) Where you have the chance to discuss your ideas with the LEADER team.

More info @ https://www.leaderinfife.org/

Some national developments include:

Social Enterprise Census 2017
The aim of the Census is to ensure that the work of organisations like yours is better understood and better supported. The findings from the earlier 2015 Social Enterprise Census have already been widely used and made a huge difference.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions we want to hear from you:

> Does your organisation have social or environmental goals?
> Are you earning income from selling goods, charging for services, or delivering contracts?
> Do you aspire to greater financial independence through earned income (reducing reliance on grants)?
> Do you reinvest your surpluses and retain assets to further your social/environmental goals?
> Are you operating independently (not as a public body)?

You may generate income from fees or contracts, doing anything from running a village hall, to providing arts activities, to delivering a care service. Whatever the case we want to hear from you. Please take just 15 minutes to register some basic information about your organisation and its work.

Respond soon to enter the FREE PRIZE DRAW, and you could be the lucky recipient of one of three iPads up for grabs. Respondents will also be the first to receive a copy of the published findings. 

The survey can be accessed here:-  https://www.surhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SECensus2017

Launch of Action Plan from the Scottish Government

With the recent publication of the Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland the Scottish Government have launched a 3 year action plan.
 
The Action Plan "Building a sustainable social Enterprise Sector in Scotland" can be accessed on the Scottish Government website:- http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00516611.pdf

Fife Social Enterprise news

Suit and Pace

Are participating in Trad Fest Edinburgh, a traditional arts festival featuring performances from around the world. Join Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew and choose your own tale from their Story Blanket. You might meet an artistic tortoise, a shape-shifting witch, a goat that fibs or some very unwelcome trolls - it's up to you! Based on a traditional ceilidh quilt, Story Blanket features traditional stories from Scotland and around the world in a fun, interactive session for children.

Story Blanket

Monday 1st May, 3pm (1 hr)
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Tickets - £5 (adults accompanying children go free) Suitable for ages 5-10

To book tickets, go to: http://www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest/events/6781/story-blanket
 
DyslexiaPathways CIC- Crowdfund appeal

Please support the world's first dyslexia focussed social enterprise. Pathways believe their social model of dyslexia focus which states that #dyslexia is a difference that reflects #diversity together with social enterprise is a positive way forward for the dyslexic community.
 
https://www.gofundme.com/DyslexiaPathwaysCIC

As always do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries about the support available to Social Enterprises in Fife.  

Graeme, Social Enterprise Advisor

Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

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Fife Social Enterprise, April 2017 update

Hi,

This spring update includes information on Fife Business Matters, FVA workshops, funding streams,  Social Enterprise Scotland's local manifesto, The Fife Trade survey and the Enterprise Hub, Fife opening

Fife Business Matters
The Spring 2017 edition of Fife Business Matters is now available to view at:- http://www.fifebusinessmatters.co.uk/ This edition features F.E.A.T Enterprises and Better World Books as well as the latest stories and case studies on Fife Businesses. If you have a good news story and would like to see your enterprise featured, then just drop me a line. With a readership of around 5,000 business leaders it is a great way to promote what are you doing, make new contacts and customers!

Workshops
> Fife Voluntary Action are running a series of FREE workshops to help you improve the recruitment and ongoing management of your volunteers:

Effective Volunteer Recruitment on Wednesday 5th April and Supporting your Volunteers Thursday 20th April
> Evaluating Support Scotland are holding the second in a series of FREE workshops.

This creative workshop which follows on from ‘Getting started: Outcomes and indicators’ workshop shows you what evaluation methods to use and how to make a monitoring and evaluation plan.  More details on these events at:- http://fsen.squarespace.com/events

> Business Gateway Fife

BGFife have just updated their website with details of forthcoming business workshops and events including the ever popular Digitalboost workshops. Often free to attend teh workshops are a great way of keeping your business knowledge and skills up to date.

Details:- Business Gateway events

Social Enterprise Scotland - Scottish local election manifesto 2017

On Thursday 4 May voters will go to the polls for Scotland's local authority elections.

Social Enterprise Scotland always consults Scotland's social enterprises on their policies and produces a policy manifesto for each election. The final version manifesto will be sent out to all election candidates and political parties, as well as to local authority officers and local and national government bodies. The draft manifesto can be found here:- http://www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/policy/194

Please download the draft and give your feedback/comments/suggestions to: duncan.thorp@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk . The deadline for feedback is Monday 3rd April.

Pedro Santos
We bid a fond farewell to Pedro as he leaves BRAG Enterprises to concentrate on building his own Social Enterprise. During his two years with us he assisted many social entrepreneurs and leaders in strengthening and growing their businesses as a result of which he was nominated for Social Enterprise champion of the year in the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. He may not miss the daily drive over the Forth Road Bridge but we will miss his presence in Fife and wish him all the very best well with his future endeavours.

Funding
> Aspiring Communities

A reminder that the closing date for Aspiring Communities fund is Friday 7th April 2017.
Full details on the Scottish Government website:- http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/15300/ESFTPSI/AspiringCommunities

> Business Loans Scotland
To encourage businesses with commercially viable plans and in a bid to avoid companies failing due to a lack of access to business finance, Business Loans Scotland exists to offer gap funding of up to £100k. The loans, which replaces the old East of Scotland Investment Fund, are available to all eligible businesses who meet the set criteria whilst also demonstrating their commercial viability.

How can the funds be used?

The funding, which cannot exceed 50% of the total funding package, may be used for working capital, purchase of plant and equipment or purchase of business property. For more details on the new Loan fund please visit :- http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/Business-Loans-Scotland

> Big Lottery
The Big Lottery currently has 7 funds open for organisations in Scotland. Full details at:- https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/funding-finder?area=Scotland&org=Voluntary%20or%20community%20organisation

Fife Trade Survey
Take part in the 2017 Fife Trade Survey and let us know what services and support would help your business grow.  The 2017 Fife Trade Survey is being carried out by Fife Council Economic Development on behalf of the Fife Economy Partnership. 

It aims to find out how Fife businesses are performing in Scottish, UK and international markets and what their expectations and ambitions are for the future. The survey also asks about any challenges you are facing and what specific services and support would help your business increase its trade in the UK and abroad.

Access the Survey here: 2017 Trade Survey

Fife Enterprise Hub
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, opened the new Taskforce-funded Enterprise Hub Fife to inspire entrepreneurs and boost business growth

The Enterprise Hub Fife, located on the first floor of Royal Bank of Scotland’s premises in Glenrothes’ town centre, offers a joined-up ‘one stop shop’ approach to providing enhanced enterprise and business services to commercial and social entrepreneurs, as well as business start-ups. For more information on how to book rooms or a touchdown desk, even if for only a few hours at a time, please visit:- http://enterprisehubfife.co.uk/

Social Media
Keep up to date with the latest Social Enterprise news and events at the Fife Social Enterprise website http://fsen.squarespace.com/ and via Twitter @FifeSEN. 

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries about the support available to help grow your enterprise.

Graeme Ferguson, Social Enterprise Advisor.

 

Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk

September 2017

Hi

As the Queensferry Crossing opens this month (did you get a ticket to walk?) It will be relief to not have to navigate miles of road works. An analogy of running a social enterprise? Hours of struggle, seemingly going nowhere fast, delays and diversions and then suddenly the journey ahead opens and it’s free and easy towards the destination.

As the new bridge makes the world shrink just a little more we are always looking across the globe for new ideas to help us stimulate, create and stimulate the formation of new social enterprises and help people and communities grow their own businesses in Fife. The latest import is a SOUP event from Detriot, USA. https://detroitsoup.com/

SOUP is a microgranting dinner event celebrating creative projects. For £5 you receive soup and a vote! You will hear presentations ranging from art to urban agriculture. Each presentation has four minutes to share their idea with you, then field four questions. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close the ballots are counted and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door to invest in their project. The 1st SOUP event in Fife will be held on Friday 1st September at Townhill Bowling Club. For more information please contact Lee Walls at BRAG.  LWalls@brag.co.uk 01592 860296

Looking further ahead we are gearing up for Fife Business Week. A week in November that is packed full of business events that shows off  the amazing work going on in Fife as well as workshops and events to assist your business grow. This year there will be two events designed specifically for social impact businesses. (Although you are more than welcome to attend any other event!)

One is the launch a new programme of free business support. Launching on Monday 6th November at the Enterprise Hub, Fife it consists of 3 phases. Beginning with ½ day of Leadership training delivered by Social Enterprise Academy, followed by a ½ day of product development and design. The 2nd phase will be a paid for learning journey to the Country Living Fayre in Glasgow to learn what goes into exhibiting at large events and how to make money from them! With a follow up “Lesson Learned” session in the new-year we can then look to help you build on the knowledge and experience gained and help take your enterprise to the next level.

In addition to these two Social Enterprise events there is the “Meet the Buyer” event on Thursday 9th November at the Carnegie Conference Centre. Free to attend, the event will help you find out what opportunities are available to for your enterprise to gain contracts with large businesses. If they don’t know about you and what you can do for them, how can they buy from you?

More information about events will be available soon, but definitely 3 dates to save on your calendar.

This week is Fife Diversity week. Running from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September 2017

Entitled SUSTAINABLE INCLUSION it’s a full week programme of information and fun!  For more information on the events planned for the week please visit https://centreforequalities.org.uk/

Sustainable Business Week is coming to Fife

Businesses in Fife can get free support and funding to help them cut their energy, water and waste bills and save money during Fife Sustainable Business Week, 2 – 6 October, 2017.

Sustainable Business Week is open to all small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Fife and will be held at venues across the region.  The week is run by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, with the support of Fife Council and Green Business Fife.

For more information please visit:- Sustainable Business Week

FUNDING

The next deadline for FIRSTPORT’s Build It awards has been set for Friday 29 September 2017.

Fully completed applications must be submitted no later than 12 noon. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend in person to pitch to a panel on Thursday 23 November 2017. You will also be allocated an appointment to attend a Practice Your Pitch and Cashflow Challenge session in the run up to the panel to help you prepare your presentation.

More information at http://www.firstport.org.uk/funding/item/287-build-it

Firstport are also searching for the next generation of Scottish social innovators. Firstport are inviting entries for the 2017 Social Innovation Competition, which celebrates individuals and start-up companies in Scotland with imaginative ideas to solve social issues, with a focus on cultureheritage and tourism.  There are three £5, 000 awards up for grabs (including the young social innovator category for under 30s), combined with tailored support to refine and develop your idea.  More information at:- http://www.firstport.org.uk/programmes/social-innovation-competition

Support for Hiring New Employees

If you are looking to employ a new member of staff, whether it's for a short-term placement or full time position, there is a wide range of support in the form of Apprenticeships, Internships and Placements which may help you take on your next employee. Better still, at Business Gateway Fife, the HR and Employability Adviser will not only advise you on which options are the most viable for your business but she can also discuss current HR legislative requirements.

If you have a specific HR or Employability query, please e-mail BGFife at success@bgfife.com or call 01592 858333.

More information at:- http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/growth/funding-for-hiring-new-employees

Have your say - the Business Voice

Want to get involved and help Fife Council improve its service to you and other Fife companies? Fife Council needs to hear from Fife businesses of all sizes. Join our online survey panel and have your voice heard. Registration is easy and we'll only ask you to complete four surveys a year. Sign up now at www.fifedirect.org.uk/joinbusinessvoice and take the opportunity to tell Fife Council and its partner’s how we can better support Social Enterprises in Fife.

The Scottish Business Pledge

As value led enterprises the Scottish Business Pledge is an important symbol to consider signing up to. It is partnership between Government and business. It is a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.  It is built on:

·        a commitment from the Scottish Government, and its partners, to support sustainable business growth in Scotland

·        a voluntary code of business practice which you can use to guide and boost the future development of your company

·        a mutual pledge to ensure that prosperity, innovation, fairness and opportunity develop hand in hand in Scotland

Making the Scottish Business Pledge means:

Not every additional commitment need be enacted at once. For many businesses, that’s simply not practical, in terms of available resources or immediate focus. What is important is the journey and longer term; we encourage you to embrace a broad spectrum of progressive practices.

Once you have made your pledge we will send you information and materials which will enable you to display the Scottish Business Pledge logo on your website or anywhere else you see fit.

For more information please visit:- https://scottishbusinesspledge.scot/about/

And finally

Congratulations to Furniture Plus and Castle Furniture. Two Fife Companies involved in the CRNS Re-use Consortium which has been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017.  www.socialenterpriseawards.scot. Good luck to both on the award night on Tuesday 7 November.

Whatever destination you are aiming for, safe travelling and full speed ahead!

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Fife Social Enterprise Newsletter - Aug 2017

Hi

The rainy season continues to fail to dampen the Social Enterprise spirt in Fife! A number of Social Enterprises have events running throughout what we locals call summer.

Events

The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn, has various summer programs on offer.For more info visit their website:- https://www.theecologycentre.org/events

The Centre for Stewardship in Falkland is running Poetry apothecary events and a craft symposium! Details:- http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/whats-on/

Methilhill Childrens Community Initiative have two events to which you are invited - Volunteers day on the 6th August 2017 (10am - 1pm) and their annual Open day on the 12th August 2017 (12 – 4pm) All volunteers welcome! Contact admin@mcci-clubs.co.uk or by Tel on 01592 719422. Details on their website:- http://www.mcci-clubs.co.uk/

For those who enjoy summer adventures across the sea, the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network is holding " Social in the Garden" on Wed 2nd & Thurs 3rd Aug.http://www.edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk/social-in-the-gardens-17/

Ever been asked about the definition of Social Enterprise?

The Social Enterprise Code encapsulates the values and behaviours by which Scottish social enterprises recognise each other. It is a voluntary code of practice and is based on five basic criteria. The Code is overseen by an Advisory group who meet to review the criteria on an ad hoc basis. As a response to the emergence of Socially Responsible Businesses (SRBs), the Advisory Group has now produced a new diagram to represent the relationship between Non-Profit Distributing social enterprises and these Profit Distributing socially responsible businesses. Link to Diagram
 
Business Development events:
 
Coca Cola 5by20 - Dundee
Fast track to success course Aug 21st to Aug 25th

This Fast Track Start-up Business programme is designed to make your business vision a reality. You will get the opportunity learn the key principles of business that will inspire and encourage you to drive forward your business dream! At the end of the course you will have a created a business plan roadmap and prepared a presentation that you will then ‘pitch’ to a support panel of business experts. Following this you will become part of the Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee Community, which offers a wide range of support, advice, networking opportunities and supplier benefits. For more info please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485280598499521/

Fife Leadership Masterclass - Sales negotiation
Wednesday, August 23, 2017  9:30am  12:30pm
Enterprise Hub, Fife.  1 Falkland Gate, Glenrothes KY7 5NS

The last of our four Leadership Masterclasses, delivered in partnership with Fife Council Economic Development and Napier University.  This session has been designed for SME business owners, managers and leaders.  The course is developed to upskill participants in proven tools and techniques to successfully handle negotiations and in how to hand objections using current tools. To help them understand the importance of Win/Win negotiation and they styles they use to influence people. Most sales people will walk away from a meeting without actually asking for a sale, discover the best way of doing this that suits your personality.
 
More details at: https://fsen.squarespace.com/events-1/2017/8/23/khvbi46qthxnx6dxq70gi4ubevawrk

Meet the Buyer. Glasgow 28th Sept 2017.
Scottish Public Sector spends £11bn a year. Increase your chances of winning contracts by attending Meet The Buyer17 http://bit.ly/sdpmtb17 Raise the profile of your business withover 60 buyers at the event. 

The Supplier Development Programme is partnering with Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Business Gateway for its annual Meet the Buyer event to be held at Hampden Park on September 28th 2017. Now in its 9th year, Meet the Buyer is Scotland’s largest FREE procurement event, bringing together buyers from across the public sector as well as private tier 1 contractors, offering businesses the opportunity to speak directly to purchasers and decision makers. A programme of workshops on a range of procurement related topics will be held throughout the day.

Register now for your free place http://bit.ly/sdpmtb17

Fife Business Week
This year Fife Business Week is being held w/c 6th November. A series of business events and workshops are being held throughout that week, including dedicated social enterprise events. Keep an eye on the FSEN website events page which will be updated as evets are confirmed.

Business Support

Fife Investment Fund
This Fife Council fund can help support and encourage small companies in Fife to invest and grow their business. Businesses must be able to demonstrate that the project they wish to undertake will lead to sales growth and increased employability in Fife. The fund amount is up to 50% or £5,000 whichever is the lesser of the project. The fund is a fully repayable grant which means any amounts awarded have to be repaid in full over an agreed period. In exceptional circumstances small funds may be available to develop a mixture of repayable and straight grant funded support.

For more information please visit the Business Gateway Fife website: http://www.businessgatewayfife.com/financial-support-to-businesses
 

As the schools go back and the rain stops falling on roofs, tickling eaves and making downpipes gurgle, the sun will finally find its hat and bathe the brooks in warmth and turn rivers into sparkling blue ribbons. Hopefully. Here's to a sunny future! 
If you wish to have any news or events featured in a future newsletter or added to the FSEN website please let me know. For up-to-date news please follow the FSEN on twitter @FifeSEN.

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