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Blunkett: rich need to step up in the downturn
Fabian Society
Date: 28th Nov 2008
The financial chaos of recent months has reinforced the importance of both government and community,  writes David Blunkett MP in a new Fabian Freethinking paper, leaving Labour in a position to play to its strengths. ...more

Roll-out will help more social enterprises make their mark
Paula Howley, new start mag
Date: 27th Nov 2008
The UK's only kitemark for social enterprise has made quite an impression in its first year, says Paula Howley. Now its time to take it to the next level....more

Collective spirit
Pamela Readhead, The Guardian
Date: 27th Nov 2008
As supermarket giants drain the life out of small communities, locals are fighting back. Pamela Readhead tells how she and fellow residents set up a cooperative shop and cafe, and transformed their village...more

An opportunity to help shape future funding policies
The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland)
Date: 27th Nov 2008
Big thinking: Big Lottery Fund consultation launched ...more

Public Contracts Scotland
The Scottish Government
Date: 26th Nov 2008
This site is where all contracting opportunities for the public sector can be found in future and where you should be able to find the advert for the latest procurement project for promoting and supporting Public Social Partnerships....more

Scheme to tackle loan sharks wins Guardian prize
David Brindle, The Guardian
Date: 26th Nov 2008
An initiative by Glasgow city council to rescue people from doorstep lenders and instead provide access to mainstream financial services was last night named overall winner of the Guardian Public Services Awards 2008. ...more

Loan star
The Guardian
Date: 26th Nov 2008
The Scotcash enterprise is showing the way for financially excluded people to control their money and reduce their debts ...more

New law centre is unveiled
Evening Times
Date: 21st Nov 2008
A lawcentre offering free legal advice in a troubled Glasgow community has been launched - with bosses pledging to root out slum landlords, gangmasters and criminals....more

Social Entrepreneurs Fund
Date: 21st Nov 2008
The Scottish Government step up their efforst to support the Third Sector. John Swinney announced a new 1M award programme for new start social entrepreneurs at the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition event in Parliament this week ...more

Economic Reconstruction-Scottish initiative: Letter from reader
Elizabeth Marshall
Date: 19th Nov 2008
A reader has send a disturbing letter which claims that our river estuaries the Forth, Clyde, Tay, Don etc are in serious danger of flooding and that the Government should create employment during the recession by undertaking major civil engineering works to prevent flooding. ...more

New Shop opening for leading social enterprise
Spruce Carpets Ltd
Date: 19th Nov 2008
Award winning social enterprise, Spruce Carpets, opens its first shop on Kilmarnock Road in Shawlands Shopping centre.  ...more

New Social Entrepreneurs Fund To Support Economic Growth
First Port
Date: 19th Nov 2008

Aspiring social entrepreneurs are to benefit from Scottish Government funding to help launch new ventures.


The Social Entrepreneurs Fund From Ideas to Action
Scottish Government
Date: 19th Nov 2008
The 1 million Social Entrepreneurs Fund is aimed at individuals who want to set-up and run a business with a social and/or environmental purpose.  The fund will provide financial and business support to help get new enterprises off the ground.  The fund will open in March 2009 and run until end of March 2011....more

Date: 13th Nov 2008
If, like us, you blinked and missed the summer, the Social Enterprise Academy has a treat for you... Following the success of our 20:Twenty summer school last year, we will be repeating the 4 day residential programme in January! ...more

SPARR is launched
Sout West Community Post
Date: 13th Nov 2008

At 11am on Friday 10 October, 2008, Fablevision launched SPARR (a cultural regeneration programme for Govan which links two historic peoples from Govan and Stornoway)


Peacock blasts SNP over grant cuts
The Inverness Courier
Date: 13th Nov 2008
HIGHLAND and Island Enterprise is being forced to make massive cuts in the number of community projects it supports following the SNP government's attack on its budget, Labour MSP Peter Peacock claimed today.

Long-term capital boost for social enterprises
Celina Ribeiro, Charity Finance
Date: 13th Nov 2008
Social equity high-fliers Sir Ronald Cohen and Nigel Doughty are behind a new fund offering a pot of 4.25m in equity-like loans to social enterprises....more

Govan folk gather to celebrate their Gaelic heritage
Date: 12th Nov 2008
Sprr is an exciting community project about the shipyards of Govan, its history, the community and the spirit of the people....more

Triodos Bank
Date: 12th Nov 2008

At Triodos Bank, our mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.


Orkney community energy powering ahead
Community Energy Scotland
Date: 11th Nov 2008
Two communities in Orkney have successfully secured planning consent for wind turbine projects which have the potential to bring enormous social and economic benefits  to their local island communities.  ...more

Mull and Iona Community Trust
Date: 11th Nov 2008
Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) have been at the forefront of developing social enterprise activity on Mull for ten years....more

12 empowerment strategies compared
Date: 6th Nov 2008
The Scottish Government`s Community Empowerment Action Plan will be published early next year (jointly with COSLA). It will be informed by a comparative study of 12 empowerment strategies presently operating around Scotland. It would be interesting to know how/why these communities were selected ...more

Measuring Impact: A response to the last week's bulletin
Kevin Robbie
Date: 6th Nov 2008
On the subject of measuring social impact; Social Return on Investment (SROI), Social Accounting (SA) etc we have received a 'spirited' response from Kevin Robbie in Australia. ...more

The Arts Funding Prize for Edinburgh
Scottish Community Foundation
Date: 5th Nov 2008
The Arts Funding Prize for Edinburgh competition is now open for applications. Please find the application forms and guidelines at the bottom of this page. ...more

Starter for 6 - Now open for applications
Date: 5th Nov 2008

NESTAs Starter for 6 programme provides enterprise training, support and grant awards of up to 10,000 to innovative business start-ups across Scotland. Now in its 3rd year, applications for the 2009 programme are open to individuals and teams with a strong business idea in the science, technology and/or creative industry sectors.


Commonwealth Games: Survey and Questionnaire
Date: 5th Nov 2008
In the lead up to the Commonwealth games, to be held in Glasgow in 2014, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council are working to ensure that social enterprises have access to contracting opportunities related to the Games.  ...more
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