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Lottery to manage £30m asset fund
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 30th Mar 2007
Lottery good causes distributor the Big Lottery Fund will manage a new £30 million fund to help community-led organisations to own and run under-used local authority buildings, the Cabinet Office confirmed this week....more

‘Apprentice’ quits £100,000-a-year job to pursue his own projects
Yorkshire Post
Date: 29th Mar 2007
The first 'Apprentice winner', Tim Campbell, is branching out on his own with two new projects: a male grooming business and a social enterprise initiative called The Bright Ideas Trust that will give away at least £1m a year to budding entrepreneurs....more

Entrepreneur website launched
Helen Warrell
Date: 28th Mar 2007
Sixty social enterprises across the world joined forces on Monday to launch a website that will allow aspiring entrepreneurs to share new ideas....more

Social enterprise in health report launched today
Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 27th Mar 2007
Health secretary Patricia Hewitt launched healthy business: a guide to social enterprise in health and social care today, following extensive research by a joint team from the Social Enterprise Coalition and industry legal specialists Hempsons. ...more

Lotto-backed boat firm floats plan for conferences on canal
Michael Blackley
Date: 26th Mar 2007
Week-long canal "cruises" are set to be launched between Edinburgh and Glasgow under a £150,000 lottery funded project. Re-Union Canal Boats is to recruit volunteers to fit out a canal boat with kitchen, bathroom with showers, bedrooms, and conference facilities. ...more

Smith Institute launches social enterprise report
Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 22nd Mar 2007
An independent think-tank has produced a publication examining how barriers to the growth and development of the social enterprise sector could be overcome. It worked with the Social Enterprise Coalition and others, to produce 'Social Enterprise Futures'. ...more

VoteScotland's virtual voting
Scottish Executive
Date: 21st Mar 2007
The VoteScotland campaign is using footballers and pop stars to explain the voting systems to young people before the May 3 Scottish Parliament and local council elections....more

Regeneration of housing creates more segregation, says CRE report
New Start magazine
Date: 21st Mar 2007
Housing regeneration is creating 'segregation by residence', initial findings from the Commission for Racial Equality's investigation into physical regeneration has revealed....more

Asylum seeker dies after setting himself alight
Victoria Mitchell
Date: 21st Mar 2007
A failed asylum seeker has died after setting himself alight in the building where his immigration hearing was to be held, police said yesterday. He had been working as a volunteer helping to recycle bicycles for disadvantaged families....more

Voluntary group issues warning over creeping local authority control
New Start magazine
Date: 20th Mar 2007
Some local authorities are trying to gain control over the third sector to make it easier to meet their local area agreement targets, the vice chair of a collapsed voluntary group has claimed....more

Drill Hall fired up by £400k award
Brian Ferguson
Date: 16th Mar 2007
A popular festival venue and community arts centre in Edinburgh is to undergo a major expansion and refurbishment after landing a funding boost of nearly £400,000. ...more

Ten Innovative Social Entrepreneurs Receive Million-Dollar Awards from the Skoll Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Date: 16th Mar 2007
The recipients, who will each receive three-year grants of $1,015,000, are organizations that target social issues in need of urgent attention. ...more

Big Lottery Fund announces Scotland committee and pioneering urban grant
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 15th Mar 2007

The Committee that will take devolved decisions on Big Lottery Fund grants in Scotland has been named, along with the announcement of the first urban project to receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Assets scheme.


Commission on Unclaimed Assets issues blueprint for social investment bank
Commission on Unclaimed Assets
Date: 14th Mar 2007
The Commission on Unclaimed Assets today issued a detailed blueprint for employing the unclaimed capital released from dormant bank accounts to create a new financial institution to step up the fight against poverty and social exclusion....more

Two year review of the Community Right to Buy published
Date: 14th Mar 2007
The Caledonia Centre for Social Development have published a briefing paper on land reform called The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 - Part 2 the community right to buy: a two year review....more

NESTA launches £20m initiative for innovation on social issues
Date: 13th Mar 2007
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Art, has launched a new £20 million initiative designed to encourage innovative solutions to some of the UK’s most pressing social issues including chronic disease, mental health and climate change....more

Scots third sector 'bails out' services
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 9th Mar 2007
More than two-thirds of Scottish public service delivery contracts are subsidised by the voluntary sector, according to a new report. ...more

Decrease in Scots social tenants
Scottish Executive.
Date: 9th Mar 2007
The proportion of homes in Scotland rented to social tenants fell from 37.5 in December 1993 to 25.6 per cent in December 2005, according to official data. ...more

Welfare to work 'fails to lift Scots out of poverty'
New Start magazine
Date: 7th Mar 2007
Almost one in five people in Scotland are living in poverty, according to a book launched today, though the number has dropped from 1.2m to 910,000....more

Scots third sector warned over full cost recovery fight
New Start magazine
Date: 6th Mar 2007
Voluntary sector service providers will lose out to private sector rivals if they win the fight for full cost recovery, public agencies in Scotland have warned....more

Enterprise education gets extra £1 million
Scottish Executive
Date: 6th Mar 2007
An extra £1 million of funding for enterprise education was announced today as a report on the first three years of the Executive's Determined to Succeed programme showed that a record number of pupils are involved in enterprise learning....more

New Community Environmental Funds for 2007-2008
Forward Scotland
Date: 6th Mar 2007
Two new funds that will help communities improve and sustain their environments have been launched today by Sarah Boyack, Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development....more

Scottish Enterprise Borders sells property to Home Basics
Neil McInnes
Date: 5th Mar 2007
The board of Scottish Enterprise Borders, last week, approved subject to conclusion the sale of property at Tweedvale Mills in Walkerburn to local Borders charity, Home Basics....more

Urcs are too detached to help communities, Scots practitioners told
Barry McCarthy
Date: 5th Mar 2007
Urban regeneration companies in Scotland are costly, politically complex and too detached from communities to be effective delivery vehicles in some parts of the country, according to an expert....more
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