Tender Opportunities

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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. You may be required to register at the linked to websites to view the full information or to register an interest.

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.

Great Bernera Community Development Trust – Invitation To Tender

We wish to advise you that local residents/crofters have expressed a desire to investigate the opportunities and viability of a community buyout of the Great Bernera Estate, Western Isles, where an amicable purchase could be negotiated with the current owners who are willing sellers. In order to assist the community in assessing the benefits of community ownership, a feasibility study is required to identify the economic, social and environmental potential of the estate. The group responsible for commissioning this study is the Great Bernera Community Development Group, comprised of 14 residents who live and work in and around the local area.
The Feasibility Study Brief for Consultants has been agreed and is ready for distribution. Should you wish to tender for this commission, we are looking for the submission of consultants’ proposal by 26th September 2014. Please note that programming is vital and that the feasibility must be done by mid January 2015.

Deadline date: 26/09/14

Request for Best Offers as Part of a Framework Agreement – Energy Saving Trust Ltd

The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) funding programme has been supporting the development of community renewables in Scotland since 2009. At its heart CARES aims to deliver community benefits and contribute to Scotland’s renewable energy targets.
CARES is designed to accelerate progress towards the Scottish Governments target of 500MW of renewable energy to be locally or community owned by 2020, and to maximise the benefits to communities from commercially owned energy. This is detailed in the Scottish Government’s 2020 Route Map for Renewable Energy in Scotland
CARES supports projects to generate their own energy or to invest or benefit from larger commercial developments. Communities, not for profit organisations and Rural Businesses can access finance from the CARES programme to investigate and develop renewable energy projects. Early stage work and concept development may be funded through the CARES Start-Up grant, with a maximum funding available of £10K (£20K for Joint Venture projects). Concepts may then be worked into viable projects with all relevant permissions in place using the CARES loan facility of up to £150K to be paid back on financial completion of the renewables project. Loans have a write off facility if the project fails to gain planning consent or meets another insurmountable obstacle, subject to EU State Aid rules. More information about the CARES programme can be found here;
A community organisation refers to non-profit distributing organisations which exist for the purposes of the wider community rather than for the profit of shareholders. A rural business includes farms, crofts, estates and land owners with appropriate land management enterprises.

Deadline date: 29/09/14


John O’Groats Artist’s Commission – Highlands and Islands Enterprise

This commission is a substantial opportunity for a permanent feature work in a stunning and very special site.
John O’Groats is one of Britain’s best know destinations and a major transformation has been underway over the last few years.
In leading this development HIE have been committed to working with artists to ensure a creative and unique development to the highest standards, reflecting the special sense of place of this stunning location. A series of temporary and permanent works have been delivered so far; based on extensive research, broad consultation and working closely with the community – see John O’Groats Public Art Strategy and the John O’Groats Concept Art Report.
The work will be located at a central point in the public area above the harbour – see Site Map attached. This preferred site is a raised open grassy area overlooking the harbour and the Pentland Firth.

Deadline date: 30/09/14

Provision of Website Services – City of Glasgow College

City of Glasgow College invites bids from those companies (Providers) with a view to becoming appointed to provide Website Services.

Deadline date: 03/10/2014

The Supply & Distribution of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Bakery Products & Eggs – Scottish Borders Council

The purpose is to provide Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Bakery Products and Eggs to Schools, Social Work establishments, which include Day Care Centres and Homes and to Staff Restaurants in the Scottish Borders, Midlothian, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and West Lothian.
The main aim is to increase as much as possible the proportion of fresh food that is served in all of these establishments with the overall aim to raise the quality of ingredients used in the preparation of food. We further aim to ensure that they are nutritionally valuable, thereby improving the lifestyle of our pupils and other customers. Through this we are hoping to improve Scotland’s Health Record by helping to reduce obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
CPV: 03221200, 15612500, 03142500, 03221000, 03220000.

Deadline date: 07/10/2014


A two way conversation with the people of Scotland on the social impact of offshore renewable – Scottish Government

The aim of this project is to engage with the people of Scotland in areas of renewable energy potential, through a series of public dialogue sessions to explore the social impact of renewables development.

Deadline date: 07/10/2014