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Connecting and Strengthening Social Enterprise in Glasgow

Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter! 

Inside this month:
  • New GSEN Members
  • Schools triumph in Dragons' Den Competition
  • Glasgow Wood Recycling on STV Glasgow
  • Glasgow Bike Station launch their brand new website!
  • SROI Case Study: Link Group
  • Visual Art from Theatre Nemo
  • DRCET - Committed to improving what we do!
  • New Wasps Studios Leaders
  • Young People's Pathway Funded
  • Volunteer with the Dream Machine
  • The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015
  • Events and Training
  • Researchers develop Western Balkans Social Enterprise Network
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Elizabeth McKenna
Network Manager
Glasgow Social Enterprise Network
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About us

GSEN is a membership network of Greater Glasgow social enterprise leaders who believe that social enterprise can transform the economic, environmental, social, and cultural life of Glasgow.

By supporting, promoting and developing social enterprise we aim to create an environment in Glasgow in which social enterprise is able to flourish.


New GSEN Members 

We're delighted to welcome 2 new members in March. Find out more about Pheona and Micheal Matovu -
Radiant and Brighter and Scot Millar - insideOut Scotland.
Schools Triumph in Dragon’s Den Competition

Enterprising pupils from two schools have been praised for their stand-out business pitches, winning £100 each at the Glasgow Social Enterprise Dragon’s Den, hosted in partnership by Glasgow City Council, Social Enterprise Academy and GSEN.

Not only did their business ideas make impressive financial sense but they also ensured social causes would benefit too – from mental health to teenage cancer support.  Find out more about the winners

Glasgow Wood Recycling on STV Glasgow

Take a look at this great coverage of Glasgow Wood Recycling on STV Glasgow for Pass it on Week!

Glasgow Bike Station launch their brand new website!

The bike station is pleased to announce the release of their new website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about our products, services and events.

Take a peek:

If you have any questions, comments or suggestion please send them to.

SROI Case Study: Link Group, Scotland

Link Group is one of Scotland’s leading housing, regeneration and support organisations, providing services to 10,000 families and individuals in 26 Scottish local authority areas.

Sheila Maxwell, Link’s Community Regeneration Officer and an SROI Accredited Practitioner, explains the varied ways that they use SROI across Link’s activities to help them improve their services and win contracts.

Visual Art from Theatre Nemo

A new opportunity for people to participate in Visual Art activities.

This five week block of sessions is an introduction to Visual Art, with the opportunity to explore lots of different materials like Painting with Acrylics, Drawing with Pastels, using Collage, print Making and much more.

Starts Wednesday 8th April 2pm - 4pm - Venue - 130 Bridgegate

Sessions cost £2 each. 
If you or someone you support would like to attend these sessions please email

DRCET - Committed to improving what we do!

DRCET are delighted to announce that they recently successfully completed an external project validation and we have achieved EFQM Committed to Excellence 1 Star recognition, which is valid for two years.

The Committed to Excellence programme is a European-wide recognition scheme, which was an ideal practical starting point for us embarking on an improvement programme. Achieving Committed to Excellence demonstrates to our staff, volunteers and customers that we are serious about continuous improvement and being as good as we can be.

Read more here.

New Wasps Leaders Plan Exciting Future for Arts and Regeneration

Scotland’s top social enterprise unveils two new executive directors as it prepares for its next phase in supporting the cultural industries

Leading Scottish arts organisation Wasps Artists’ Studios has welcomed two new executive directors on board who will play a crucial role in its future development.
The post of Senior Executive Director (Business Development) will be taken by Audrey  Carlin, who has many years of expertise in property regeneration projects. The Executive Directorship for Corporate Services will be taken up by financial expert Stuart McCue-Dick. Both begin their roles on Monday, 23 March.

Read more about Audrey and Stuart here.

Young People's Pathway Funded by The Big Lottery Fund

Young Enterprise Scotland will create 256 new opportunities over the next 4 years for young people to participate in the YES Academy: Pathways Programme. The Big Lottery Fund has today confirmed that funding will be made available through the ‘Life In Transitions’ strand of the Investing in Communities Fund.

The funding received will allow the YES Academy: Pathways Programme to offer young people the opportunity to prepare for employment and further education in their chosen field. Pathways have been created in Construction, Landscaping, Horticulture, Hair & Beauty and Sport.

Read more

Volunteer with The Dream Machine and explore your creative potential

The Dream Machine design and facilitate sensory immersion experiences to assist participants to relax, play and create. We aim our services at those particularly disenfranchised and disengaged in our society to provide opportunities to use immersive artistic experiences to further their development.

Sessions are 1-2 hours long and use multiple projections, ambisonic soundsystems (3D sound!) a whole host of interactive gadgets, live instruments, aromatherapy scents and a whole lot more.

Each session is a designed journey specified for a particular group or intended outcome.
Other News
The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015

A consortium of support bodies and government agencies have come together to launch a high profile and ambitious study. This large-scale Social Enterprise Census will take an official count of the entire population of non-profit-distributing organisations that are carrying out some level of trading for the good of Scotland.

The findings will be made widely available to ensure that this type of enterprising activity is better understood and better supported, and its contribution evident to all.

Read on here to find out more!

Events and Training

We've added more events to our website from Just Enterprise to Viridor Workshops and more.

Click here to see the list of events.

Researchers develop Western Balkans social enterprise network

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is developing an international mentoring network to stimulate new research into the perceived challenges and opportunities for employment of marginalised groups by social enterprises in Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.

In a 16-month project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, GCU researchers will work with organisations in the Western Balkans, including NGOs, research centres and think tank Reactor, which is facilitating Macedonia’s EU integration process through new research and active working with the policy community.

Read more here

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