The Firstport newsletter keeps you up to date with our latest events and workshops, award winners and useful information for your social enterprise.

Summer Newsletter

Welcome to the summer edition of our newsletter! Although the summer barely seems to have arrived, we have been spending this time working hard to bring you lots of useful information and exciting opportunities for you and your social enterprise. As always, let us know any feedback and comments.

What we've been up to

The last week of June we hosted the first start up network meeting together with Networks 1st. We had a fantastic session with 20 social entrepreneurs, many of them award winners. The session gave delegates a chance to find out more about each other's exciting ideas and projects, as well as share experiences, knowledge and common challenges you face in the early stages of setting up a social enterprise. A big thank you to all the team at the Glasgow Bike Station for hosting the event. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th September, so book your place now! We will also run a virtual coffee morning on Wednesday 1st August where we will be discussing Legal Structures and will be joined by Karina McRitchie from Senscot Legal.  If you are still undecided as to which structure to choose for your project or are already set up but have any questions, join us at this online discussion to find the answers! 

We took part in the panel to select the winners of the Melting Pot's Social Innovation Incubation Awards. Twelve individuals with fantastic ideas and social enterprises were selected, including some of our award winners- Marc Malone from 5k your way, Simon Medcalf from Digital Skills for Scotland, Reuben Chesters from Locavore, Lorna Kelly from miEnterprise Lothian and Jack Nissan from the Tinderbox Project, congratulations to all!  As part of our involvement, we are also sponsoring two of the places through our joint awards programme- Ethical Transitions Unlimited and Remade in Edinburgh. We will be supporting the winners to move their businesses forward through a tailored programme of workshops and one to one business advice. 

We are also pleased to announce that our Chief Exec, Karen McGregor, became a Director of Social Enterprise Scotland at their last AGM in June. Karen will be representing the interest and concerns of start up social entrepreneurs. 

Events and Workshops

Business Planning for start ups. Fri August 10th, 2pm, Edinburgh. Aimed at social entrepreneurs who have tested and proven their idea and who are ready to make the leap to fully implement. If you already have a level 1 and are making good progress and thinking about going for level 2, this workshop is aimed at you. Free to attend.

Why Learn Bookkeeping?  Simple bookkeeping is a two hour workshop where you will learn the basics of bookkeeping and go home with a simple bookkeeping system that you can use straight away. Cost £20 

Just Enterprise start up workshops

Our calendar of workshops for the rest of the year is now available on our website, here are some of the upcoming sessions: 

Intro- What is Social Enterprise? Tue 21st August, Edinburgh
Getting your Message Across- Tue 21st August, Edinburgh
Intro- What is Social Enterprise? Tue 4th Sept, Glasgow
Legal Structures- Wed 5th Sept, Aberdeenshire
Planning & Delivery- Wed 5th Sept, Aberdeenshire

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Award Winners News

Here are some of the people and their ideas we have recently funded through the Millennium Awards Trust and Social Entrepreneurs Fund:

Level 1
Anthony Gerrard-Through his idea, Anthony aims to encourage and support young people aged 13 - 17 into enterprise
David Savage- A mobile phone 'app' to assist people with Fibromyalgia, ME & Chronic Fatigue in tracking their illness
Louise Laing- A 3 day music festival in East Lothian that will focus on engaging young people.
Sonia Mclay- Sonia will be setting up a community shop and cafe in Hallglen

Dont forget that our next Level 2 deadline is Friday 31st August! If you are up and running, have a track record of around 12 months and have generated income through trading, the Level 2 award can help you to take your idea to the next level. Click here to find out more.

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Funding opportunities

Here are some funding opportunities currently open for applications.

Nominet Trust- Applications currently open for Digital Age, a £2 million investment programme to fund new ideas for using digital technology to improve young people’s economic and social participation. This call for applications aims to seek out new approaches to using digital technology that re-design ways of supporting young people.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge- The competition is looking for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design. Entrants are asked to submit detailed business plans and the entrant with the best idea will win €500,000, expert coaching and help to bring his or her idea to market! Applications close on 31st July. 

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External opportunities

Events, resources and information that may help in the development of your social enterprise.

Inspiring Enterprise- Perth Colllege’s Centre for Enterprise has recently launched a website for new starts covering five key areas: Starting a Business, Social Enterprise, Your Team, Business Diversification, and Effective Marketing. It also has videos of successful entrepreneurs giving tips and advice. 

Social Enterprise Academy- New opportunities for leadership and social impact measurement programmes as part of Just Enterprise 2012/13 will be starting in the autumn, including the popular Pre-Start and New Start Leadership programmes. Register your interest now

Community Jobs Scotland- Are you able to provide a young person work experience in your social enterprise? CJS supports young people into sustainable employment through providing meaningful paid work experience in the third sector. There is a maximum fund of £5,250 available per vacancy to cover the wage, employers NI, support and supervision, induction, on-the job training and jobsearch support. 

RBS SE100 Index- The UK’s only index designed to track the growth and impact of social enterprises. It gathers the stats behind the great stories we hear about social enterprise. The top 100 growing social enterprises are listed in the main index and a combined prize fund of £25,000 goes to the best performers by growth, impact and for new comers. To take part, fill the survey before 30th August.

NatWest Everywoman Awards- The awards celebrate the woman behind the business, her personal successes and achievements and how she individually inspires others. Specifically relevant for female social entrepreneurs is the Gaia category, given to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business with a clearly defined social and/or ethical purpose at its heart. Deadline for entries is July 20th.

Coalfields Community Challenge Programme-  The Programme aims to help develop new and emerging social enterprises who will create sustainable employment opportunities in former coalmining communities. The Programme provides a combination of mentoring, business development support and training. There's also an opportunity to gain investment of £25,000. Deadline for applications is Friday 3rd August. 
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The Social Enterprise Awards are back!

Social Enterprise Scotland is calling for nominations for the Social Enterprise Awards 2012. The awards recognise the fantastic work that social enterprises are doing across Scotland. Categories include Start-up Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneur, Scottish Social Enterprise and more! The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament on November 13th. You are able to apply in your own right or you can nominate another social enterprise who you think is doing something amazing. We encourage you to apply on any relevant categories, you can find the application form here or follow this link to read the information sheet.

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Just Enterprise

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Live Unltd

Live UnLtd is a programme that provides young people aged 11-21 with the opportunity to create positive change in their communities by offering awards of up to £5,000 and non-financial support from a  Live UnLtd team member.  To find out more, visit the Live UnLtd website or contact Gina Headden, Live UnLtd Development Manager in Scotland, on 0131 220 0511.

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