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Developing Markets for
Third Sector Providers

The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme forms a key part of the Scottish Government support strategy for the Third Sector for the period 2011 - 2014 and complements other initiatives and activities including the Procurement Reform programme and the forthcoming Procurement Reform Bill.

The programme is being delivered by Ready for Business, a third sector led consortium composed of Ready for Business LLP, KPMG, Social Value Lab and MacRoberts LLP.

The programme, offers a unique opportunity to develop and embed a number of leading market development solutions, including the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model, Community Benefit Clauses (CBC) and the use of Social Value throughout public sector commissioning and procurement in Scotland.

It builds a platform to facilitate third sector engagement in service design to meet community needs and, at the same time, further increase the overall sustainability of the sector, whilst offering public bodies the opportunity to commission services efficiently and effectively.

Ready for Business has published the results of its survey, carried out in 2012, which explores the current awareness, attitudes, behaviours and aspirations of public sector commissioners and procurement professionals in Scotland. The focus of the survey was on ways that the public sector can buy more sustainably, maximise Social Value, and deepen their engagement with the Third Sector in doing so. Read more >

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