Jan 30
We are Hiring! – Enterprise Facilitator Vacancy

​Enterprise Facilitator: 28 hours per week at £30,000 (Pro Rata)

2 Part-time Shared Posts

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team in St. Boswells. The purpose of the role will be to concentrate on building the capacity of organisations within the Scottish Borders working to promote and facilitate the development of a South East Scotland Social Enterprise Zone with a network of social enterprise hubs themed across all areas of the Borders.


The post will be based within our office in St. Boswells but the post holders will be required to travel across the Scottish Borders as required. For more information visit the links below.

 SBSEC C.I.C. Enterprise Facilitator Job Description & Person Specification.pdf

Enterprise Facilitator Application Form.docx

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 16th February



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Jan 30
Senscot Briefings Focus Group

Save The Date! First Key Event of 2018 -Senscot Briefings Focus Group 

In Partnership with SBSEC C.I.C.


When: 08 February 2018 from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Where: St. Boswells Village Hall, St. Boswells


Following a series of discussions and a survey amongst thematic SEN members, it was agreed that Senscot would produce a series of ‘Senscot Briefings’ on activities or policy areas identified by thematic SEN members.


At SBSEC C.I.C.’s previous Business Group Kim Wallace and Mary Sinclair from Senscot were invited down to provide updates on the three briefings as listed below. Following updates and discussions around existing and future briefings which will include: Sport & Employability; Social Prescribing and Community TourismSenscot in partnership with SBSEC C.I.C. have arranged for a focus session to be held in St. Boswells on 08 February 2018.


The focus group will be a fantastic opportunity for our members to come together to contribute and have their voice heard on the key issues. Opportunities may arise for members to have case studies included in the briefings.

Previous Briefings


The first Briefing – “Loneliness and Social Isolation; the Role of Social Enterprise” – looks at the contribution social enterprises have to make at a community level to reduce the most acute causes and symptoms of social isolation. The briefing includes case studies on five SEN members: CFINE; Lingo Flamingo; ROAR; The No. 1 Befriending Agency; and Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company.


Senscot Briefing: Loneliness and Social Isolation: The Role of Social Enterprise


The Second Thematic Briefing – Focused on the issue of “Sport for Change: Running a Sustainable Sports & Physical Activity Facility” – The idea that sport and physical activity can be used as a conduit for social change at an individual and community level. Specifically, the Briefing examined how social enterprises can contribute to the Sport for Change agenda through the running of a sustainable sports facility. The three case studies used in this Briefing were: Garioch Sports Centre; Showcase the Street; and Fairchild Community Sports Hub.


Senscot Briefing: Sport for Change: Running a Sustainable Sports & Physical Activity Facility


The Third Briefing – “A Healthier Future: Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight” examined the role of social enterprise in tackling Scotland’s obesity problem to coincide with the release of the Scottish Government’s consultation paper, A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight. Three case studies were included to demonstrate how social enterprises can increase access to healthy food and physical activities – Enterprise Childcare; Lanarkshire Community Food & Health Partnership; and Broxburn United Sports Club.


Senscot Briefing: Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight: The Role of Social Enterprise


Attendance is strictly by confirmation only to:


Dean Fisher dean@sbsec.org.uk or Marie Higgins marie@sbsec.org.uk  |  Tel: 01835 822099​

Jan 14
ReTweed Vacancy - Professional Trainer for Textiles/Sewing Training Programmes



Rate of Pay: £14.25 per hour @ circa 14 hours per week

Based: Eyemouth, Berwickshire

Creative Industry and Training for Re-Tweed Students

ReTweed is an award-winning social enterprise based in Eyemouth. ReTweed aims to advance learning, skills development and enterprise. We deliver a range of innovative textiles upcycling programmes where people come together and learn a wide range of techniques and skills in craft design and technology. The project offers an 11-week free training programme (based around Fashion & Textiles VQ Level 4) for women facing barriers to progressing their lives or careers. ReTweed also delivers a range of commercial workshops covering a wide range of textiles upcycling activities and crafts. The latter generates income to support the core training activities.

The environmental focus of our social enterprise is to divert waste textiles from landfill and transform culture to embrace the creative potential of reducing, repairing, reusing and recycling textiles in particular, as part of everyday life.

The successful applicant will primarily deliver the 11-week introduction to craft, design and technology and work in partnership with Re-Tweed's Project Co-ordinator and Volunteer Team to make sure each student gains the skills and confidence to progress their sewing abilities to a measureable quality standard.  An outline programme has already been established. The post will be based within our Eyemouth workshop. The post holder will occasionally be required to work evenings or weekends.

Closing date: 25/01/2017

For information and an application pack, please email: admin@retweed.com / tel: 07732014893


Dec 21
ILF Scotland Transition Fund Now Open!

ILF Scotland has now opened the Transition Fund! The fund will initially support those aged between 16 and 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.​

Transition Fund Leaflet​

Dec 21
Chamber of Commerce Seeks Stacking Chairs

​Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce are looking for spare stacking chairs for their mentoring scheme sessions. 

If you can help please email Brusce Simpson on communications@borderschamber.com

Dec 21
LEADER 2017 Summary and Updates – Funding Still Available

The European Funded Scottish Borders LEADER programme has been going from strength to strength in 2017. Since July 2016, LEADER has awarded around £1,600,000 to applicants from the third sector private businesses and farms.

Out of the 32 projects so far funded, 11 have been awards to private businesses, the rest to third sector organisations.

17 Social Enterprises have so far been awarded funding worth over £1 million pounds including Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber, Bird Garden Scotland, Thirlestane Castle Trust, Borders Arts Festival, Garvald Home Farm Community and Re-Tweed.

There are currently 7 projects worth around £375,000 of projects waiting for a decision at the LEADER meeting at the end of January 2018.

All LEADER funds are open to social enterprises; but most social enterprises apply to the Community Fund.  This Community Fund has (excluding the 7 projects awaiting a decision) around £730k left in the budget. It is likely that the Community Fund will run out of funds to distribute before the Autumn of 2018. So anyone wanting to apply to this fund should do so as a priority.

As well as funds for farms, private businesses and the community, LEADER has a lesser known fund –the Cooperation Project Fund. 80% of this fund remains uncommitted as of 1st Dec 2017. This fund is open to any organisation in the Borders who is looking to cooperate/work with any other organisation within Scotland or the rest of the EU. LEADER is very keen to hear from anyone with co-operative ideas. PS the new Co-operation process is a lot simpler than it used to be! Only one application required.

​For more details please check out the LEADER website or contact

Simon Lynch on slynch@scotborders.gov.uk

Dec 21
Community Benefit from Brakes

​Through Community Benefit, the Chamber has linked in with Brakes and receives items on a regular basis which are then distributed to projects delivering food or snacks etc. All items are free for member organisations providing food and previously items received have included: juice, water, biscuits and catering supplies. Once items are received we will send out a list of items to those who have expressed an interest.

​If you are interested in receiving an update on items received please complete our form


Dec 21
Historic Environment Scotland Recruiting Now

​Do you love working with people?

Would you like to work at some of Scotland's most beautiful historic locations?

Historic Environment Scotland have various opportunities available across the country.

Fo further information please visit HES's website ​

HES Recruitment.pdf

Dec 21
SBSEC C.I.C. Awarded LEADER Funding

​SBSEC C.I.C. are happy to announce that our application to LEADER for an Enterprise Facilitator has been successful.

Within the Scottish Borders there is an identified need for thematic hubs in the following areas: Peebles; Hawick; Galashiels and Eyemouth along with identified services which are needed by each community and the employability options and inter trading opportunities that will arise as a result.

We will work with each of the communities and social enterprises to ensure what has been planned will be delivered in a collaborative way. Too many organisations in areas are competing instead of pooling resources, sharing facilities and working together. Following meetings, discussions and scenario planning etc plans are too important to the development of Social Enterprise and local communities to wait any further.

Now the Hard Work Begins! 

Keep an Eye Out for Updates and Further Information!



Dec 21
Tender Opportunities

​Please note that tenders can be added to the Ready for Business website by registered users. If you have any tenders that you wish to publicise email info@readyforbusiness.org.uk. Tender opportunities can also be viewed on the public contracts Scotland website.

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