FSEN Meeting 5th June 2020

FSEN Meeting 5th June 2020

Our first ever FSEN Virtual Meeting took place on 5th June on Zoom and it was great to see some faces that haven’t been able to ever make the networking meetings. We were there to learn some new things and to share our experiences of the pandemic and how it has affected our social enterprises as well as look to what we will need support with going forward as we come out of lockdown.

We recorded the meeting for those of you who couldn’t attend, here it is:

Just Enterprise – FREE 1-2-1 support for your social enterprise




Visit their website here.

Scottish Tech Army – offering FREE tech solutions to get you through the crisis. Find out more here. FSEN presentation Scottish Tech Army

Social Shifters – FREE spaces being offered in their Circles programme, get the the details here: Social Shifters

Living Wage – good to hear that organisations are still signing up. View the full presentation here: FSEN_5thJune2020_LivingWage

Senscot – Re-Set report. Definitely worth a read. Find out what the rest of Scotland did in response to the immediate challenges of Covid19 and what future support they need. Download the report here: Report-SE-Reset-1

If you have a building with a RATEABLE value, even if you get rate relief, you can apply for Fife Council’s COVID19 Fund so make sure you don’t miss out!

Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report April 2020

Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report April 2020

Since February 2020, the world has been knocked sideways by COVID-19. Public finances are stretched. Social enterprise has never been so needed – and never under so much pressure. As some have been forced to close or dramatically alter their operations, others have had to step up and scale up to meet demand for healthcare and crucial supplies. This report sets out findings from initial data from SEUK members and social enterprises 1 more widely that tells what has happened since the crisis hit.

Social Enterprise UK have published their Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report for April 2020 find it here.

Fife Business Week Website goes Live!

Fife Business Week Website goes Live!

The countdown to FIFE Business Week 2016 is now well underway with the launch of its new website. The theme for this year’s programme of events is Supporting New and Growing Businesses. Running from 7 to 11 November, there will be a week of action focusing on key issues that are impacting Fife entrepreneurs, business start-ups and employers with fresh insights into workforce development, finance and strategy and digital connectivity.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Depute Leader of Fife Council and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning pressed the button to turn the website live.

“This year’s Fife Business Week aims to be the best to date. There’s a full package of events with something to suit all businesses in all sectors. It is the ideal environment for companies to discuss important and current issues affecting the local economy at the wide range of seminars and workshops. This is a great opportunity for Fife to showcase local businesses and their success. Fife companies can come along, talk to each other, make new contacts, and exchange ideas. ”

— Councillor Lesley Laird

Hosted by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team and Business Gateway team, this important initiative is designed to support businesses to succeed whilst making Fife the best place to do business.

During Fife Business Week, a Fife Council Meet the Buyer event will also be scheduled to connect businesses with buyers and decision makers to discuss how to access business with public sector agencies and prime private sector contractors, and highlight upcoming opportunities.

For more information on Fife Business Week please email craig.rutherford@bgfife.co.uk or visit www.fifebusinessweek.co.uk. Full details of events can be found on the website at www.fifebusinessweek.co.uk. For the full press release, please click here.

Ambitious social enterprises wanted

Ambitious social enterprises wanted

Firstport is looking for ambitious, early stage social enterprises that want to scale and take on social investment, to take part in their social enterprise accelerator programme LaunchMe. LaunchMe will provide you with seed funding, intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage and mentoring. You can also pitch to get any investment that you secured matched!

What is LaunchMe?

LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It supports ambitious, early stage social enterprises to scale up and increase their social impact. LaunchMe provides seed funding, intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage, mentoring and access to match funding.

We are looking for social enterprises that

  • are less than 3 years old
  • operate in Scotland
  • have a track record of trading and achieving social impact
  • have ambition to scale
  • have the appetite to take on social investment


Sophie Badoux at sophie@firstport.org.uk | 0131 558 2724 | www.launchmescotland.org.uk

For more information, click here to download the infosheet.

Social Enterprises in Fife Business Week 2016

Social Enterprises in Fife Business Week 2016

We are delighted to announce that an agreement to hold two FREE events dedicated to Social Enterprises has been reached as part of the 2016 Fife Business Week.

Meet the Social Funder at Adam Smith Theatre

The main event for Social Enterprises will take place in the morning of Friday 11th November 2016 in the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy. This picks up and builds upon the feedback from the “Meet the Social Funder” event held last year. It will be an event Fife Social Enterprises should not miss. A range of speakers is being lined up and there will also be an opportunity for you to have a stall to showcase your companies work as well as network with other enterprises. Save the date in your calendar now! More details to follow soon.

Advertising with Social Media Workshop

On Tuesday 8th Nov 2016 an “Advertising with Social Media” Workshop will be held at the Ecology Centre, Kinghorn from 09:30 – 12:30.

Want to quickly build a relevant fan base or an active e-mail list? Want to generate sales straight away? If the answer to these questions is yes, you should consider using paid social media advertising to help supplement your organic activities, in order to achieve your business objectives. You can book your place now for this FREE workshop by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing our members and non members there. Please join us!

For more information on these events or on Fife Business Week please contact Graeme Ferguson Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk or on 03451 55 55 55 ext 44 24 16.

Workers’ Educational Association: Workshops in Fife

Workers’ Educational Association: Workshops in Fife

Creative Writing by the Loch

A series of Workers’ Educational Association creative writing workshops drawing inspiration from the landscape around Kinghorn Loch. These relaxed and friendly workshops will be facilitated by Maureen Sangster – poet, writer, artist and experienced facilitator, these workshops will begin with a half hour exploration of the environment surrounding Kinghorn Loch.

  • Workshop 1 –Friday 26th August 1.30pm–4pm – £11.50 per head including tea/coffee
  • Workshop 2 -Sunday 28th August 11am–4pm – £25 per head including tea/coffee & homemade scones and jam
  • Workshop 3 –Friday 9th September 1.30pm–4.30pm – £13.50 per head including tea/coffee
  • Workshop 4 –Sunday 18th September 1.30pm–4.30pm – £13.50 per head including tea/coffee
  • Concessions available: discounts available for booking of two or more workshops at full rates
  • Location: The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn, KY3 9YG
  • On-site parking available.

For more information or to book a place, please visit WEA Fife’s website.

Workshops on Tolerance or Inclusion

To celebrate Diversity Week, the Workers’ Educational Association are offering workshops across Fife exploring the difference between tolerance and inclusion

  • Monday 5th September 2016, 10am – 1.30pm
  • Sailor’s Rest, 230 High Street, Methil
  • Tuesday 6th September 2016, 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Bowhill Learning Centre, 145 Station Road, Cardenden
  • Wednesday 7th September 2016, 9.30am – 12 noon
  • Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes
  • Thursday 8th September 2016, 9.30am – 12 noon
  • Valleyfield Community Centre, Abbey Street, High Valleyfield

Come along to this interactive workshop and explore different perspectives and opinions on diversity through exploring and discussing a number of published pieces on the subject. There will be interactive activities and also the opportunity to write about your own experiences. This workshop aims to broaden understanding on the differences between tolerance and inclusion, increase awareness of a range of issues and impacts related to diversity, and provide an opportunity for participants to tell their stories. For more information or to book a place, please visit WEA Fife’s website.