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‘Elitist’ ‘cultural academy’ proposals challenged
Date: 30th Jun 2006
The Scottish Arts Council's concept of a Cultural Academy for Scotland is being challenged by a group of Scottish artists. ...more

Streetwork to open coffee shop rival to Starbucks
Graham Willgoss
Date: 30th Jun 2006
The homelessness charity Streetwork is planning to create an  upmarket coffee shop run by homeless people that it hopes will rival  major chains such as Starbucks. ...more

Funding for Community transport projects
Scottish Executive
Date: 30th Jun 2006
Fifteen projects across Scotland are to share in over £1 million in funding over the next three years from the latest round of the Executive's Rural Community Transport Initiative. ...more

Venture capital fund raises £33m more for business in poor areas
Susan Downer
Date: 30th Jun 2006
The UK’s first community development venture capital company has raised £33m towards a new fund to boost businesses in deprived areas. ...more

Scotland's largest ever lottery contract to support communities
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 30th Jun 2006
Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is announcing the start of a new partnership as a consortium led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) wins the contract to deliver the £50 million Growing Community Assets (GCA) funding scheme....more

Full employment 'will strip-mine neighbourhoods'
New Economics Foundation
Date: 27th Jun 2006
Research argues the government's emphasis on full employment threatens to strip neighbourhoods of the people who make the difference between success and failure of public services - like volunteers, care workers and 'co-producers'...more

Minister urges debate on sector’s role in services
Third Sector
Date: 27th Jun 2006
Some public services will always remain beyond the reach of the voluntary sector, Government ministers said last week, despite making a plethora of announcements to enhance the sector's role in public service delivery. ...more

Enterprise Capital Funds exceed expectations as further £67 million announced
Date: 26th Jun 2006
Two new Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs), backed by over £40 million of government funding, are to be created to help innovative small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), the government announced today....more

Policy red tape ‘hinders’ Scots local partnerships
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 26th Jun 2006
Regeneration partnerships intended to improve public services in Scotland are being hampered by a large number of policy initiatives and fragmented funding arrangements, a report says. ...more

Call for end to Enterprise Areas scheme
Samantha Thorp
Date: 26th Jun 2006
Enterprise Areas are ineffectual and fragmented, and scheme operates on too small a scale to boost economic development, says report. ...more

Social added value guide launched
Date: 26th Jun 2006
Guide provides pointers to different tools for measuring social and enevironmental benefits provided by oprganisations...more

Scottish Borders rail-link bid gets green light
Samantha Thorp
Date: 23rd Jun 2006
MSPs this week voted in favour of the Waverley Railway Project, which will restore rail services between the Scottish capital and Tweedbank, near Galashiels....more

PM pledges bigger role for voluntary sector
Patrick Wintour
Date: 22nd Jun 2006
Tony Blair will today signal a big expansion in the voluntary sector's provision of public services, saying he will remove all barriers, rules and bureaucracy that hold the sector back from competing fairly for public contracts....more

Social enterprises make their mark in mainstream business awards
Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 20th Jun 2006
Social enterprises have announced their arrival as part of Scotland’s business mix by scooping half the top prizes at the Scottish Business in the Community Awards....more

Enterprise agency defends Glasgow budget cut
Douglas Fraser
Date: 19th Jun 2006
Scottish Enterprise yesterday defended cuts in its local network budgets, after it was disclosed that the local agency for Glasgow is to have at least £6m axed this year....more

SBS: UK has 12 'enterprise hotspots'
freelance uk
Date: 19th Jun 2006
The Department of Trade and Industry’s enterprise agent The Small Business Service yesterday came one step closer to answering the question, ‘Where is the UK’s capital for enterprise?’...more

Wind farm plan to power islands
Date: 19th Jun 2006
Six sites in Barra in the Western Isles are being considered for wind farms which would provide enough power for the island and neighbouring Vatersay. ...more

Last call for this year’s Skoll Scholars for the Oxford MBA
Skoll Centre
Date: 15th Jun 2006
Each year, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship awards five full scholarships to individuals who wish to enter the one year full-time Oxford MBA programme. To qualify, you need a proven track record in social entrepreneurship and a clear vision for the impact the MBA can make to society....more

World-wide pro-bono initiative for social enterprise launched
Date: 15th Jun 2006
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation will call upon the organization¡¦s global network of 160 top-tier commercial law firms to provide free legal assistance to social entrepreneurs around the world. ...more

Draft social enterprise strategy for Scotland published
Date: 15th Jun 2006
The Scottish Executive yesterday published a major strategic consultation, laying out a social enterprise model for Scotland....more

Twenty-somethings eye social enterprise
Freelance uk
Date: 14th Jun 2006
Creative talents in their early twenties who live in rural communities are more likely than any other age or regional group in the UK to launch a company dedicated to social enterprise. ...more

Government ‘sending clear signal on preventing homelessness’
Date: 14th Jun 2006
The latest Government homelessness statistics published yesterday show another drop in the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation and in the number of new homeless cases accepted by local authorities....more

UK renewables ‘need planning support’ - but Scotland is ahead of targets
Green Consumer Guide; Scotsman
Date: 12th Jun 2006
Local authorities to be urged to support renewable energy measures in their developments, as Scotland is set to meet 2010 target of generating 18 per cent of electricity from renewables by the end of next year....more

DVD is enterprise training tool

Date: 12th Jun 2006
A DVD is being launched as a training tool for the social enterprise sector.
The sector is now worth £2.2billion to the Scottish economy, employing around 30,000 people in more than 1100 firms.

Land ownership legislation to be reviewed following Holmehill concerns
Date: 9th Jun 2006
Green MSP secures commitment from Executive after concerns over ruling against Dunblane community group....more

'Social Justice' becomes 'Community regeneration'
Communities Scotland
Date: 8th Jun 2006

New name is 'better fit with repsonsiblities and roles'.


Free Scottish Water from state to avoid surge in bills, ministers told
Peter MacMahon
Date: 8th Jun 2006
Scottish Water should be freed from state ownership and converted into a mutual company or co-operative, the utility's powerful regulator has urged. ...more

Company law reform is ‘once-in-a-lifetime chance’ say campaigners
Date: 6th Jun 2006
Tony Blair was today urged to follow up on his commitment to tackling global poverty today as the Company Law Reform Bill enters the House of Commons. ...more

Incapacity masks Scots jobless total
New Start
Date: 5th Jun 2006
The number of people out of work in Scotland is three times higher than official figures suggest when the country's 'hidden unemployed' are included....more

Social fund’s love of loans causes hardship for Britain’s poorest
New Start
Date: 5th Jun 2006
The government has been told to overhaul a scheme offering interest free loans to people on low incomes after research showed it could actually increase their hardship....more

Investors ‘put off’ by public spending
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 5th Jun 2006
A growth in public spending in the north of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland is keeping private investors out of deprived areas, researchers say. ...more

Boost for group with plans to buy Portpatrick harbour
Date: 2nd Jun 2006
A Portpatrick community group's aim to buy and improve the village harbour has received a major boost after the Scottish Executive decided to register their interest in the land. ...more
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