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John Logie Baird Awards Programme 2008
John Logie Baird
Date: 31st Jul 2008
The Awards scheme is one element of a full package of support provided by the Programme which is free to enter and open to any innovative business, entrepreneur or inventor with an innovative idea with commercial potential....more

Social enterprise at a crossroads
Third Sector
Date: 31st Jul 2008
Social enterprise is a political favoured son - but what does it really mean? Helen Warrell talks to experts about defining the concept...more

Big Lottery Fund :"Growing Community Assets" Programme
Glasgow City Council
Date: 31st Jul 2008
Report by Councillor George Ryan, Executive Member for Development and Regeneration Services...more

HIE Review 2008 published online - Scotland
Date: 31st Jul 2008
A broad range of transformational projects led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and its partners is described in a new publication, HIE Review 2008. ...more

Asset transfer conundrum for the UK
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 31st Jul 2008
The issue of the transfer of assets to the community has thrown up a geographical divide across the UK....more

Social Enterprise World Forum
Date: 25th Jul 2008
The inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum will see over 400 delegates from around the world in Edinburgh on September 2nd – 5th 2008. ...more

Empowerment White Paper Pledges
Newstart magazine
Date: 25th Jul 2008
Empowerment White Paper Pledges ...more

Some Statistics
Co-operative Development Scotland
Date: 25th Jul 2008
Research carried out in 2006 by Heriot Watt University reveals the full scale and value of the co-operative and mutual sector in Scotland. ...more

Station fuels Wester Ross residents
Date: 25th Jul 2008
A WESTER Ross community is considering setting up a company to run their local petrol station in an effort to ensure the survival of the service. ...more

Aberdeenshire community wins right to buy local pub
Date: 25th Jul 2008
A SMALL rural community has won the right to buy a local pub which closed its doors in September in a historic decision....more

HIE Review 2008
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Date: 25th Jul 2008
A broad range of transformational projects led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and its partners is described in a new publication, HIE Review 2008. ...more

Burning issues for civil society
Carnegie UK Trust
Date: 25th Jul 2008

The Inquiry futures work identified a number of ‘fault-lines’ [key concerns] that underpin the Inquiry’s work going forward. The


Celebrating the art of good stewardship
Big Tent
Date: 17th Jul 2008
Looking after what we have – whether that’s a building, an organisation or anything else that we value in our communities– and ensuring that it will be in good shape for future generations is key to the development of a vibrant community sector. The Falkland Centre for Stewardship is committed to promoting this concept and one way they do this is through the Big Tent Festival...more

Boost for community assets in Glasgow
Big Issue Scotland
Date: 17th Jul 2008
Many communities in Glasgow have been thwarted in their attempts to secure funding from the Lottery’s Growing Community Assets programme because of the Council’s reluctance to transfer assets into community ownership. The Council has preferred to offer communities long term leases on property rather than outright ownership. All this is about to change...more

Empowerment white paper unveiled
Date: 11th Jul 2008
A £70m fund designed to support and develop local organisations that provide a vital focal point for community life was announced by the government this week....more

Survival challenge for social enterprise
Mark Gould, The Guardian
Date: 10th Jul 2008
Social enterprise companies are twice as likely to fail as conventional for-profit companies, according to new research. But while the attrition rate is high, the rate of growth of social enterprise is encouraging, the report concludes....more

HICEC going national
Date: 10th Jul 2008
Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company is going national -on 1st July it is to be renamed Community Energy Scotland. The model of community empowerment which has worked so well in the north of Scotland is to be rolled out across the rest of the country. But it won't be a big bang approach. ...more

Developers wanted for Glasgow 2014 Village
Inside The Games
Date: 10th Jul 2008
Glasgow City Council has today taken what it claims is a significant step towards delivering the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games by inviting prospective development partners to express their interest in the proposal....more

Social Enterprise Training
Date: 10th Jul 2008

BRAG now offers individuals and organsiations an opportunity to access social enterprise training using an ILA


Treasury to relax rules to open up new markets for credit unions
Date: 10th Jul 2008
Legislation guiding the work of credit unions and cooperatives will be updated to allow them to grow and compete with other financial institutions, the government announced this week. ...more

Hazel Blears and Phil Hope launch new Community Empowerment White Paper
Date: 10th Jul 2008
The Community Empowerment White Paper was launched yesterday by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government...more

Green Gurus: The top 10
Date: 4th Jul 2008
The top ten (plus one) green gurus as decided by a distinguished panel of judges...more

Scoping Study and Report on Futurebuilders
The Scottish Government
Date: 4th Jul 2008
A summary report on Futurebuilders Scotland which was established in 2004 and Scoping Study: Support for Social Enterprise Start-Ups...more

Maxwell Park Station
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Date: 3rd Jul 2008
Glasgow Building PreservationTrust,has been undertaking an Options Appraisal for the re-use of Maxwell Park Station. ...more

Social Enterprise Academy
Highland Offices Opens
Date: 3rd Jul 2008
The Academy's new office base in Inverness is now operational. This new Highlands office will offer a number of fully-funded programmes and modules all over the Highlands & Islands in an effort to help develop the growing number of social businesses and SMEs in more rural areas of Scotland....more
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