June Newsletter

Posted in: General News

We are pleased to present another e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business.


Last opportunity to take part in the Procurement Survey
The Scottish Government has issued a survey intended to provide an indication of the third sector’s involvement in the design of public services, and evidence of the Third Sector’s success in bidding for public service contracts. This will help the Scottish Government and its partners to consider what further steps can be taken to support the Third Sector’s contribution to public service reform and delivery.

We would encourage any third sector organisation to take a few minutes and complete the survey.  The module is live and expires on Friday 4 July. 

To complete the survey go here.

Survey of Commissioners and Procurement Professionals
Ready for Business has published “Sustainable Procurement, Social Value and the Third Sector in Scotland”, a research report presenting the findings from a survey of 214 public sector commissioners and procurement professionals.  Please see here for the report.

New funding for reducing re-offending
The Scottish Government has announced a funding package of up to £8 million for the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) for organisations delivering mentoring support to offenders.
The Scottish Government has contributed £6 million to the latest round of the RRCF with The Robertson Trust providing £2m. The RRCF has now made a total of up to £18m available over five years (2012-17). Read more here.

The PSP Advice Service 
If you have any questions or queries relating to any element of the PSP model, whether you are just considering creating a PSP or are well into your service design, please contact the PSP advice point service – further information and access points is available here. Or contact David (07919 392 369) or Maylee (07717 450562).


Tackling Poverty through Public Procurement
We are delighted to announce a unique event for public sector commissioners and procurement officers and private sector organisations at which the author of the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report “Tackling Poverty through Public Procurement” will describe the key findings of the research and a range of speakers, through case studies, will describe the impact of community benefit clauses on disadvantaged groups.

The event will take place on the 8th July at the Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh. To book your place please click here and complete the short online booking form.
For a full agenda and summary of the research see here. 

Free capacity building workshops
There are two free capacity building workshops in Glasgow for SME’s and Social Enterprises. The workshops cover: Waste Prevention Action Planning (Thursday 3rd July 2014,  10-12AM) and Autism and Employment (Tuesday 8th July 2014, 10-12AM). For more information see here.

Case Study

Dovetail Enterprises – Delivering to the public sector
Dovetail Enterprises is one of seven companies which have been successful in being included in the Scottish Government Framework Agreement for supported factories and businesses. Read here how Dovetail Enterprises is building up expertise in successfully competing with the commercial sector for both public and private sector contracts. View case study.
Public Social Partnership: SPT Community Transport
Read more about how the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) went about establishing PSPs for the MyBus services and the Capability and Capacity Building service. View case study.


Below are some tender opportunities that may be of interest to social enterprise / third sector organisations to apply for either individually or in partnership with each other or private sector organisations. Where possible we will include opportunities that contain a Community Benefits approach.

Please note that tenders can be added to the Ready for Business site also by registered users. If you have any tenders that you wish to publicise email info@readyforbusiness.org.

  • Community Enterprise Park Business Case – Sustaining Dunbar
  • Care and Repair Handyperson Service – North Lanarkshire Council
  • Print and Scan for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board – Renfrewshire Council
  • Community Garden – Feasibility Study – Strathpeffer Residents’ Association

Read more here.