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Upcoming SDP Training

Take some time to find out more about the training available from the Supplier Development Programme including Webinars and Events.

Find out the events here.

Congratulations to Susan Aktemel

Our huge congratulations to Susan who received the Strathclyde Academy for Distinguished Entrepreneurs award from Strathclyde University last week. Susan is the first social entrepreneur to be inducted into the SADE - and the 17th in total.

Susan has also been shortlisted as a Scotland finalist for this years Entrepreneur of the Year with EY, and shortlisted for one of the inaugural Cambridge University (Judge Business School) Social Innovation awards. Fantastic news and best of luck!

Senscot Blog: Putting the benefits of SEN membership into numbers

Thank you to SENSCOT who have written this blog is based on Assist Social Capital’s Unlocking Potential Impact Evaluation Pilot, which studied the impact being made by four Social Enterprise Networks in Scotland. You can read the full report here.

Measuring social impact: for many, an imperfect science – often viewed as a task akin to alchemy. Getting it right, however, could be the key to unlocking vital funding and investment for small but effective, hitherto unheralded community and social enterprises across the country.

In an increasingly competitive environment, where funding cuts are putting a strain on a huge number of organisations, the fight to woo funders is a ferocious one. Organisations are having to promise more, prove more and fend off more competitors – all for smaller and smaller scraps of funding.

Read more here.

Board Vacancy - Chair, The Village Storytelling Centre

The Village Storytelling Centre Chair, of over 4 years, is moving on to a wonderful new chapter and they are now looking for a dynamic new Chair Person to move the organisation forward into it’s next stage of development. Can you help find the perfect person?

Based in Pollok for almost 20 years The Village Storytelling Centre are committed to providing quality story-led arts programmes and activities across the Greater Pollok area and beyond. They would love for their new Chair to be invested in our local community and passionate about the potential of Arts for Social Change.

Please share with your networks and if this interests you please have a look at the below specification and get in touch with me at for a chat.

GCC approves Social Enterprise Strategy Action Plan

A three year Action Plan to deliver Glasgow's Social Enterprise Strategy was today (30 May) approved by Glasgow City Council.

This is the first phase of the ten-year strategy, which aims to ensure Glasgow is recognised as the social enterprise capital of Scotland, a place where economic activity works for people and profit is used for social and environmental change.

Glasgow has more than 700 social enterprises operating all across the city - with this number growing - with many providing services to people in the city who are vulnerable and need support, and others addressing environmental challenges, providing childcare and helping meet housing and employability needs.

Social enterprises in Glasgow generate almost £800million every year from their economic activity.

The city's Social Enterprise Strategy - co-produced by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network - will strengthen and develop the sector in the city and ensure it has access to future opportunities to allow it to grow.

Read more here.