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RenSEN Newsletter - 09 January 2024


Social Enterprise News

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund is asking grant recipients to join their social media campaign on 11 January ‘to celebrate your heritage people, places, stories and objects’.  Use the #HeritageTreasures hashtag and tag @HeritageFundUK
  • 28 February – SCVO will be hosting a webinar on the changes which will affect charities as a result of the ‘The Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Act 2023.  This event is free to attend.  Click on the hyperlink to book your place.

 

LEP Survey

Help shape our Good Employment Charter

With the endorsement of the Glasgow City Region Anchor Network, a Good Employment Charter for the Region is in development, led by the Glasgow City Region Programme Management Office.

Like many other regional geographies across the UK, we want our Charter to include a range of approaches that promote and support fair and healthy work practices across the Region. We would like it to help employers to create workplaces that embrace the characteristics of good employment in ways that ensure fair pay, opportunity and progression to all.

To do this well, we need your help. Please complete our short survey to give us your views and shape the development of the Charter. A broad set of responses from across sectors, from varying scales of organisation, and from different places within the Region will help us to shape the Charter for everyone’s benefit. Therefore, please also share the survey with your contacts in private, public and third sector businesses/organisations within GCR. The survey closes on FRIDAY 19th JANUARY.

 

Sharing Success

Want to share a good news story? Contact Iain Cunningham or Tania Morlan and we’ll include it in the next RenSEN e-bulletin!

 

RenSEN - Renfrewshire's Social Enterprise Network

We’re working on a programme of RenSEN events for 2024 and will share dates with you soon. 
In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for content or guest speakers just let us know by emailing Iain Cunningham or Tania Morlan

 

Dates for your diary

 

What’s Your Ask? What’s Your Offer 

We’re updating the list of Asks and Offers.  However, you can still view the current list by visiting the Engage Renfrewshire website

To have your Ask/Offer added or updated, please contact Iain Cunningham (Engage Renfrewshire) or Tania Morlan (Renfrewshire Council) and we’ll include it on the listing. 

 

Partners Wanted 

Are you looking to collaborate with other organisations? Why not use this space to connect with potential project partner organisations!

 

Social Enterprise Learning 

Social Enterprise Learning Webinars (for social enterprises at all stages)

Enhancing Digital Skills
11 January – Blogging for business (online / Business Gateway)
24 January – Planning and scheduling online content (online / Business Gateway)
31 January – Facebook for business (online / Business Gateway)
21 March – Effective use of social media (online / Business Gateway)
Other links and resources
Third Sector Lab – provide digital training to third sector organisations.  You can subscribe to receive their training updates here.
Social media for business (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Producing engaging digital content (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Digital marketing strategy (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Digital Strategy – Watch-again webinar from Third Sector Lab
Cyber resilience and practical tips – online resource from ACOSVO
AI for charity communications – Watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Choosing cloud services – A watch again video from Third Sector Lab
Cloud essentials 101 – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Google Ads for non-profits – A 3-part video from Third Sector Lab
A digital strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Social Media strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
Getting the most out of Instagram – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
An introduction to Looker Studio – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab
An introduction to Looker Studio (a free data visualisation tool) – Online guide from Business Gateway
Creating graphics using Canva – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab



Governance & Leadership
25 January 2024 – Guide to good governance: Effective Board meetings (online / SCVO) Fees apply
01 February 2024 – Guide to good governance: Defining Strategy Culture and Values (online / SCVO) Fees apply
08 February 2024 – Guide to good governance: Board and Staff Relationships (online / SCVO)  Fees apply

Other links and resources
Leadership coaching sessions online (Social Enterprise Academy)
Online resources for Chairs of Boards (ACSVO)
Governance Health-check for Chairs – online resource (ACOSVO and Turcan Connell)
The Informed Trustee is an online course which can be completed over 50 hours of self-directed study.  Follow this link to find the STEP Informed Trustee programme
Third Sector Governance Forum – has range of information for leaders of voluntary sector organisations including Board Behaviour and guidance for Board Meetings
5 tips to improve Board effectiveness – PDF / East Primetimers Foundation
Becoming a SCIO – an online guide (OSCR)
Trustee Duties – an online guide (OSCR)
Take SCVO’s Good Governance Check-up to find ways to improve your organisation’s governance
The Scottish Governance Code
Employee wellbeing – an online tutorial (Business Gateway)
Advertise volunteer opportunities including vacancies for Trustees (Volunteer Scotland)
Dos and Donts of incorporating a CIC  - Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
Setting up a CIC – Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
CIC forms and step by step guides – Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies


Social Enterprise Essentials
10 January – Low cost guide to marketing your business (online / Business Gateway)
23 January 2024 – Introduction to data protection and GDPR (online / SCVO) Fees apply
31 January 2024 – Writing a successful funding application (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
06 and 07 February 2024 – Getting started with fundraising (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
19 February 2024 – Plan, measure and report social impact (online / SCVO) Fees apply
28 February 2024 – Introduction to Safeguarding (online / SCVO) Fees apply
05 and 06 March 2024 – Developing a fundraising strategy (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
12 March 2024 – Social enterprise legal structures (online / Just Enterprise)
20 March 2024 – Writing a successful funding application (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
Other links and resources 
Contingency planning (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Bringing your idea to life (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Marketing (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Renting business premises (online guide / Business Gateway)
Choosing business premises (online guide / Business Gateway)
Market research for start-ups (video / Just Enterprise)
Which policies do you need (video for start-ups / Just Enterprise)
An introduction to branding (for start-ups) (video / Just Enterprise)
Developing your brand story (PDF / Social Enterprise Academy)

Volunteering - Online resources
Make Your Mark – Created with support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, this resource encourages access to heritage volunteering.  Access the Make Your Mark Inclusive Volunteering Toolkit here.
Advertise volunteer opportunities including vacancies for Trustees (Volunteer Scotland)
Scottish Government’s Volunteering Action Plan
Managing Volunteers – online resource from SCVO
Engage Renfrewshire – Volunteer support and resources


Business Planning
05 February – How to write and develop your business plan
20 March – How to write and develop your business plan
Pre-recorded Tutorials
Business planning (online tutorial / Business Gateway)
Boost your opportunities with a sustainability strategy (Blog / Supplier Development Programme


Monitoring and Evaluation
23 January – Impact Workshop with Lindsay Wake (online / Social Investment Scotland)
19 February  – Plan, measure and report social impact (online / SCVO) Fees apply
Online resources
Impact Measurement – A watch-again recording from Third Sector Lab


Income Generation/Procurement
23 January – Charitable Trading (online / Just Enterprise)
24 January 2024 – Finding new customers and making more sales (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
01 – 02 February 2024 – Building trading income (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
08 February – Establishing a trading subsidiary (online / Just Enterprise)
27 February and 06 March 2024 – How to win contracts and service level agreements (online / SCVO) Fees apply
29 February – Introduction to e-commerce (online / Just Enterprise)
06 March 2024 – How to find and bid for opportunities using Public Contract Scotland (PCS) (online / Supplier Development Scotland)
20 March – Charitable Trading (online / Just Enterprise)
24 April 2024 – Finding new customers and making more sales (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply
Other links and resources
Charities and Trading – online guide / OSCR
This online article from NCVO addresses ways to increase or change your income
Procurement Support for social enterprises / e-learning programme (Supplier Development Scotland)
Trading online – What you need to know (online guide / Business Gateway)
Routes to market for goods/services provided by Supported Businesses (Article / Supplier Development Programme)
Creating a Single Procurement Document on PCS (video / Supplier Development Scotland)
Public Contract Scotland User Guides can be found here
How do I get selected for a Quick Quote (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)
What is a supplier alert profile? (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)
Supplying to the public sector (PDF guide / Supplier Development Scotland)


Business Finance
Other links and resources
Increase your profitability - (online guide / Business Gateway)
Charity accounting – online guide / OSCR

 

Social Enterprise Support…Bidding for contracts

 

Social Enterprise – Online Learning

If you’re not available to attend workshops and webinars during the daytime, then the following e-learning opportunities may be of interest.  The following courses can be undertaken at your own pace and at a time to suit you!

  • E-learning for established social enterprises - Online learning at your own pace from Just Enterprise.  Complete at your own pace (over an 8-week period).  Programmes include: ‘Measuring Social Impact’ and ‘Tendering for Contracts’.  Full details can be found here.
  • E-learning for Leaders / Exploring My Leadership – The aim of this self-directed Just Enterprise programme is to support those in leadership roles within organisations to develop their leadership skills and better understand their leadership style.  The cost of the course is free to participants.
  • E-learning for Trustees / SCOPE – The SCOPE e-learning platform is designed specifically for trustees, volunteers and staff of voluntary organisations and aims to provide the ‘knowledge and skills you need to run your small voluntary organisation’.  The platform allows you to learn at your own pace.  There are five e-modules available with each module taking between 40 to 80minutes to complete.  Full details can be found on SCVO’s website
  • Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations – This is a free self-directed learning course offered by the Open University.  Full details can be found here

 

Starting a social enterprise? – Learning webinars for Start-ups

15 January – Social business modelling and scaling (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs)
30 January – Introduction to business planning (online / Just Enterprise)
22 February – Finance workshop for start-ups (in-person Glasgow / Just Enterprise)
22 February – Cashflow tutorial for start-ups (in-person Glasgow / Just Enterprise)
12 March – Start-up Workshop: Legal structures for social enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)
20 March – Tutorial: Board skills audit (online / Just Enterprise)

Firstport Start-up Support – Looking for advice to start your social enterprise? Check out Firstport support programmes or take their quiz to find out where to start.

E-learning for start-ups / Steps to Start-Up programme – This online Just Enterprise course is aimed at start-up social entrepreneurs/ There are eight modules for you to complete at your own pace (total time commitment is 8 hours).  Topics include how to: test your idea, design your business model, successfully launch your new social enterprise. Places on the course are fully funded (therefore no cost to participants).  There’s also a short video about the course on the Just Enterprise webpage.  Booking details can be found here.

 

 

Online resources for staff development

 

Online resources…Carbon Reduction / Net Zero

 

Online resources…Environment
 

 

 

Online resources…Working with communities

 

Online resources for monitoring and evaluation
 

  • The National Lottery Community Fund has gathered learning from their funding programmes and produced online resources to help organisations evaluate their project activity. 
  • Evaluation Support Scotland – Provides information on how to evaluate the impact of your activities.  You’ll find a range of online resources including evaluation templates here.

 

Other Sources of Funding
 

  • Community Ownership Fund – To watch a webinar recording about the recent changes to the Community Ownership Fund, click here.
  • Community Heat Development Programme - This is Scottish Government funded initiative
  • Social Investment – Find out whether your organisation is ready for social investment via this online readiness checker from Social Investment Scotland
  • Accelerate – Launched by Community Enterprise, this programme provides ‘free business and organisational support targeted at third sector organisations and community groups who are not trading’.  Click on the hyperlink to submit an expression of interest 
  • Catalyst Fund – The Catalyst Fund is a joint venture between Firstport and Social Enterprise Scotland and offers loans starting at £50,000 to support ambitious social enterprises to start and scale their businesses through social investment.  You can find more information here
  • Growth Impact Fund – Partners Big Issue and Unltd have created this fund to support business and entrepreneurs to grow their impact and sales.
  • Inclusive Programme - CEIS and Interface have come together in a unique partnership to deliver their ‘Inclusive Programme’ to support societal and environmental change through third sector organisations.  You can find out more via the hyperlink
  • Investing in Enterprise Fund – This programme is delivered by Foundation Scotland and offers a blend of grant and loan investment 
  • Social Enterprise Net Zero Transition Fund – is designed to support social enterprises and the wider third sector to make the transition to carbon net zero.  Full details can be found via the above hyperlink
  • Social Investment Scotland – Offering social investment from £10k to £1.5m.
  • Community Shares Scotland – Support to develop community business.  Find out how community members can buy shares in enterprises providing goods / services which meet their needs
  • Creative Scotland – Grant fund programmes
  • Social Enterprise Scotland’s – Check the Social Investment and Funding webpage
  • Funding Scotland – Search the database for current funding opportunities
  • Foundation Scotland – Search their  online funding hub
  • Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund – Grant funding up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000 to help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

Sources of Support

  • Engage Renfrewshire Training Calendar has links to other sources of training and support for new start social enterprises 
  • Just Enterprise - Subscribe to Just Enterprise and be the first find out about Start-Up training and support
  • SCVO – The full training programme of free and fee-based webinars can be viewed here
  • Community Enterprise has produced The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Map which provides an overview of support available to social enterprises.  Scroll to end of document to view the full directory of support providers
  • SCVO Good Governance Checklist – Want to improve your organisation’s governance? SCVO’s Good Governance Check-up will show you how.  Watch this webinar (recorded as part of Trustees Week 2021) to find out more 
  • SCOPE – The SCOPE e-learning platform is designed specifically for trustees, volunteers and staff of voluntary organisations and aims to provide the ‘knowledge and skills you need to run your small voluntary organisation’.  The platform allows you to learn at your own pace.  There are five e-modules available with each module taking between 40 to 80minutes to complete.  Full details can be found on SCVO’s website
  • Exploring My Leadership – This self-directed learning programme has been developed by Just Enterprise.  The aim of the programme is to support those in leadership roles within organisations to develop their leadership skills and better understand their leadership style.  The cost of the course is free to participants
  • OSCR – The OSCR website has a range of online resources such as this PDF on Guidance and Good Practice for Charity Trustees
  • Introductory Guides – Topics include Committees, holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM), Constitutions etc. can be found on the Engage Renfrewshire website under ‘Toolkits and Guides’.
  • APT - Deliver training courses which ‘are available to any employer, of any size, based and/or operating in Scotland’.  Register with APT to receive updates.
  • Verification scheme for social enterprises – Full Details can be found via the link.

 

Business Essentials / Signposting

 


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