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Community Voices Network (CVN) Disbanded
Letter from Wendy-Louise Smith
Date: 29th Jan 2009
We recently went through a procurement exercise to appoint a contractor to deliver a successor Network on our behalf. Unfortunately, we were unable to award the contract on the basis that no bids were of a high enough quality to meet the needs of members. Based on this outcome, we have taken the decision to disband the CVN. ...more

Groundbreaking tender exercise to help provide employment for disabled workers
Welsh Assembly Government
Date: 28th Jan 2009
The Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery, Andrew Davies, has today announced that the Welsh Assembly Government has become one of the first public sector organisations within the UK to undertake a tender exercise that is reserved for supported businesses and supported factories. ...more

Melting Pot has feet under desk as turnover grows
Jane Bradley, The Scotsman
Date: 28th Jan 2009

An office space venture set up in Edinburgh to serve charity and social enterprise workers is on track to become entirely independent within two years.


Community Powerdown powering up
Community Energy Scotland
Date: 22nd Jan 2009
25 new community jobs have been created for projects across Scotland from Shetland to the Borders, thanks to funding of over £1,494,000 from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, the largest award to date. ...more

Pluss become the first Social Firm to hold the Social Enterprise Mark
Date: 22nd Jan 2009
Martin Davies said the Social Enterprise Mark is proof of Pluss delivering an ‘effective’ service. He added: ‘We have people with disabilities employed in all levels of the company, not just the shop floor. The processes and procedures allow people to develop in the company’....more

Measuring Social Return
The Scottish Government
Date: 15th Jan 2009
The Scottish Government is pleased to announce that a project to develop, promote and support the use of a standard form for measuring social return on investment is now underway.  ...more

Island newspaper saved through community enterprise
Amy Liptrot, Social Enterprise Mag
Date: 15th Jan 2009
A local newspaper in the western isles of Scotland has been saved from closure by raising money from the community to enable it to become a social enterprise....more

More cash assistance for social entrepreneurs
The Herald
Date: 15th Jan 2009
Social entrepreneurs are being encouraged to apply for a share of £12m of funding launched this month to help stimulate growth in the sector. ...more

Time to listen when capitalism’s champions call for state banking
Iain Macwhirter, The Herald
Date: 15th Jan 2009
WHEN EVEN New Labour is talking about nationalisation of the banks, you know that the financial crisis really has become serious. The ...more

Guide on Funding for Social Enterprises
Date: 15th Jan 2009
The Coalition has produced a basic guide to funding available to social enterprise for those new to the movement. ...more

Consumer Focus Scotland
Gill McGregor
Date: 9th Jan 2009
Consumer Focus Scotland are now recruiting a Scotland wide network of volunteers ...more

Social Enterprise Ambassadors
Social Enterprise magazine
Date: 9th Jan 2009
Two Social Enterprise Ambassadors `let go` and another hits out at CICs ...more
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