SENScot Membership Information

Membership of Social Enterprise Network Scotland

  1. Introduction

Social Enterprise Network Scotland (trading as SENScot) came into being in July 2020, following the successful merger of Social Firms Scotland and Senscot – building on a close working relationship that evolved over the previous decade. Over the last 20 years, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland had worked to support the development and growth of social enterprise across Scotland and were instrumental in developing and shaping Scotland’s existing support infrastructure – both nationally and locally. 

2. Aims and Objectives

SENScot seeks to promote and champion front-line social enterprises – and to represent their interests at a national level. Our approach is to inform, inspire, support and connect – via both local and thematic social enterprise networks (SENs) – creating a network of networks across Scotland.

Working with and through Social Enterprise Networks and their members, we will continue to:

  • Represent the interests and values of the frontline SE community in Scotland – in shaping policy with Scottish Govt.
  • Work in partnership with others to continue to develop the sector in Scotland and offer solutions to issues faced in local communities.
  • Raise awareness of social enterprise – promoting good practice; and identifying issues affecting SEs and their communities.

We will build on our track record and relationships – continuing to influence policy and represent the interests of the SE community across various Government departments and agencies.

3. Membership Arrangements

SENScot uses the Voluntary Code of Practice for SE in Scotland – as its benchmark for identifying and recognising social and community  enterprises.

SENScot extends Full Membership to:

  • Constituted Local SENs – their own members become members of SENScot by default (with their agreement).  It is important that agreement is reached that SENScot contacts these members via their local SEN.
  • Individual Social Enterprises (who may not be connected to a SEN)
  • SENScot Board has agreed to constitute the Thematic SENs (as unincorporated associations) and give these SENs (and by default their members) full membership status.

All full members are entitled to one vote at General Meetings. (However, with regard to constituted SENs, they would be able to bring ‘votes by proxy’ to any meeting).

  • Senscot’s Associate Membership is open to:
  • Any constituted (incorporated or unincorporated) membership body representing the third sector.
  • Supporters of social enterprises including individuals, voluntary sector organisations, private businesses and public bodies. 

Associate members can access SENScot’s services but they do not have voting rights at General Meetings

4. Governance

  • allows for 12 Directors.
  • At its first AGM, the members of SENScot will elect its Board of Trustees (12 maximum).
  • This will include representation from Social Enterprise Networks (SENs); individual social enterprises; as well as two co-optees from the associate membership.