Welcome to the October edition of the HISEZ Newsletter. It is now less than a year until the Referendum on Scottish Independence and I wonder how this has affected us as Social Entrepeneurs? Or if it all? Maybe we have been too busy filling out our Enterprise Ready Fund applications. Or worrying about how we continue providing the services we do to our clients with the economy in its current state. HISEZ is always here to help. In the month ahead we have two networking lunches to tell you about. We have also added a new feature of Social Enterprise of the month. This will highlight a group HISEZ are working with or have been recently. This month features, very aptly in this spooky season, Wild Things! a social enterprise based in Findhorn. And as we edge our way into party season don't forget if you are a community hall, hotel or centre to get yourselves on the Social Enterprise Venues Directory. Have a look at the website for more details: www.se-venues.co.uk Until we chat again next month we wish you plenty treats and no tricks!
HISEZ NETWORKING LUNCHES

Intellectual Property Rights

Wednesday 23 October 
11am - 2.30pm, Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LS

Your ideas are often central to your business, what can you protect, what's worth protecting and how do you go about doing this? Come along to this informal networking event and learn about Intellectual Property Rights from a Social Enterprise point of view.

11:00 - 11:30 Welcome and Introductions
11:30 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Networking 


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Financing your Social Enterprise
Wednesday 20 November

11am - 2.30pm, Orkney Blide Trust, 54 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1DN

This networking lunch will look at the shared experiences of Social Enterprises in financing their business.

Come along to this event to learn about sources of financial support and insights on generating revenue.

11:00 - 11:30 Welcome and Introductions
11:30 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Networking


Sign up for your free place now

These networking events are organised by HISEZ in association with Just Enterprise.


Just Enterprise Workshops Coming Up

Tuesday 22 October - Tendering for Contracts Workshops: An Introduction to Tendering
9.30am to 4.00pm – Elgin Youth Cafe, Francis Place, Elgin, IV30 1LQ
    
This introductory workshop is aimed at third sector organisations with little or no knowledge of public sector tendering.

Learning Outcomes      
  • Where to find tender opportunities
  • Tender terminology
  • How the tender process works
  • The buyer’s perspective
  • Top Tips for a good tender
  • Evaluation and scoring
To book click here to complete the on-line registration form.
     

Wednesday 30 October - Finance Training for Trustees and Board Members
9.30am to 4.00pm - Ness Horizons, Kintail House, Beechwood Business Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW

This full day course has been designed specifically for those staff and board members of third sector organisations who have limited knowledge of finance. This includes those who are tasked with reviewing financial performance on a regular basis. 

This is a practical course and delegates will be required to bring along a calculator and writing materials.

On completion, delegates will have an improved understanding of the basics of accounting in order that they can feel more confident and enhance the contribution they make to their organisation. 

To book click here to complete the on-line registration form.


Wednesday 13 November - Legal Structures
9.30am to 12:30pm – Elgin Youth Cafe, Francis Place, Elgin, IV30 1LQ

This half day seminar is intended as an introduction to the range of legal structures currently available for the Third Sector, including the traditional ones of Company Limited by Guarantee and Development Trusts, and the newer Community Interest Company (CIC), and Scottish Charitable Incorporated Company (SCIO) structures.

It will cover issues around Charitable Status, setting up a trading subsidiary, what is a Trustee, and roles and responsibilities for Directors.

To book click here to complete the on-line registration form. 


Wednesday 13 November - Business Planning
1:30pm – 4:30pm – Elgin Youth Cafe, Francis Place, Elgin, IV30 1LQ

If an organisation doesn't know where it's going then the chances are it will probably end up somewhere else. This introductory business planning workshop covers the stages involved in developing a business plan, as well as the tools and techniques that can be used to gather and assess information. The session will be fully interactive allowing participants to share knowledge, experience and ideas.

This workshop is aimed at managers & staff of third sector organisations who have limited previous knowledge/experience of strategic business planning.

To book click here to complete the on-line registration form.

Places for all workshops are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis so please book early to guarantee your place. All workshops are free of charge for members/staff of third sector organisations.

Just Enterprise is a Scottish Government funded programme specifically designed to assist the growth of Scotland’s third sector. Visit www.justenterprise.org or telephone 0141 425 2939 for details of the full range of support available.

Are you looking to recruit staff? If so, you can use this free recruitment service from Adopt an Intern, which is directed at Scottish graduates.  HISEZ is working with Adopt an Intern in the Highlands and Islands.  We help you draft a job description, advertise for you, and do the shortlisting.  All you have to do is interview shortlisted candidates and pick the most suitable. If you want to know more, contact polly.chapman@hisez.co.uk

LAUNCH OF UNLTD'S NEW BUILDING FUTURES PROGRAMME 
UnLtd is pleased to announce the launch of Building Futures – our new support programme for the social housing sector.
 
We are inviting expressions of interest from housing providers, affiliate bodies, social housing networks and support organisations to become Building Futures partners.
 
We are looking for 10 forward-thinking organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to work with us to learn and share what works in helping young people, aged 16 to 21 and living in social housing, to start up and grow social ventures.
 
We know that the social housing sector can play a pivotal role in creating the fertile ground in which talented young people – given the right opportunities and support – can find solutions to the problems they and their communities face.
 
We are offering partners:
Our unique model for improving people’s lives and helping the local area.
Up to £10,000 as a contribution towards an awards pot for young social entrepreneurs in your local community.
Up to £2,000 for promotion and marketing.
Up to £1,000 for engaging with existing social entrepreneurs.
Tailored support and access to our skills, expertise and resources.
Training for a young person in your network as a community reporter.
 
To find out more about what a Building Futures Partnership offers and how to become a partner, download a prospectus from our website at: http://unltd.org.uk/buildingfutures
 
Please send your expression of interest (EOI) to buildingfutures@unltd.org.uk and you will be invited to make a full application as appropriate. If you would like further guidance on the Building Futures programme, please call Louise Cannon on 0121 766 4570 or email to address above.
 
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 22 October, 2013.
 
 

Enterprise Ready Fund

The Enterprise Ready Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland, is a Scottish Government funded programme which will distribute up to £6M from 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

The Fund will provide grants of up to £250K to support the long-term development objectives of new, emerging and established enterprising third sector organisations in Scotland, with an annual income of up to £5M.

For more information on the fund, how to apply please follow this link


 

 
Thinking of using your knowledge, skills and passions to start up a new business?
Ever had an idea to solve a problem in the community or improve the lot of a particular group of people?
Ever thought that you could improve on an existing product or service?

 

 

UHI Business Idea Competition 2013

in association with Business Gateway

 
Entry deadline: 30 October 2013
 
The competition is open to everybody aged 16 or over living in the Highlands and Islands, Moray or Perthshire and to all students enrolled at a UHI College or Research Institution
 
This is the 8th UHI Business Idea Competition. It is organised by CREATE on behalf of the UHI Network in association with Business Gateway.
For further information call 01463 273578
 
 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE MONTH

Wild things!, based in Findhorn Village, seeks to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children, young people and adults in the Highlands, Moray and Grampian through inspiring nature education programmes and wilderness expeditions.  Their activities aim to develop the self-esteem and confidence of the participants taking part and broaden their horizons whilst encouraging a mutually beneficial relationship between the individual and the great outdoors.
 
As well as offering opportunities for people who wouldn’t normally have the chance, or confidence, to access the great outdoors, they also offer programmes for the wider public, including: wilderness skills team building; corporate days; summer camps; and training for those who would like to deliver environmental education programmes.
 
They have been successfully delivering quality outdoor learning experiences that encourage a greater custodianship of the outdoors since 2003.  They work with around 1,000 clients a year, in many locations around Moray and the Highlands of Scotland.  Wild Things! contacted HISEZ for help with how to increase their level of earned income, and business planning.
 
Interested in finding out more or taking part in a wilderness expedition?
Go to: http://www.wild-things.org.uk
Wild Things! currently have a vacancy for an Operations Manager.
See advert below for further information.
 OPERATIONS MANAGER
(SALARY £24 - £28k PRO RATA, commensurate with experience)
 Full time with option of part time/job share
 
Wild things! are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join this successful and lively environmental education charity.
 
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, fundraising and financial management as well as basic marketing experience.
 
Closing date for applications: 6th November 2013
 
For an application form and further information please visit: http://www.wild-things.org.uk/vacancies.html or call 01309 690450
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