October Newsletter

Posted in: General News

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


We’re Ready for Business – Overseas!
Over the course of Ready for Business’ delivery of the Developing Markets programme, we have been surprised and delighted to receive a great deal of interest from beyond our shores. 
RfB partner, Social Firms Scotland presented Low Moss PSP as a case study in Trento to a network of European delegates from the social economy and managing authorities responsible for the new EU funding programme 2014-20. European colleagues were interested in how the Low Moss Prisoner Support Pathway might be replicated in other member states to address the issue of recidivism.
Beyond the EU, we have been invited to shared good practice on embedding social value in procurement with Canada, Australia, New Zealand amongst others – and closer to home we have engaged with colleagues south of the border, in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 
In October, we welcomed officials from the Flemish Government responsible for social economy, welfare and work integration – who were particularly interested in our community benefits work in Scotland. They were keen also to learn how the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 would be implemented and aligned to the new EU Directives, and the opportunities that might generate for the social economy sector.  Next week , we welcome a second visit from a delegation of procurement officials from the City of Gothenburg along with our friends from Coompanion Göteborgsregione – the leading social cooperative support agency in Sweden.
We are grateful that a selection of our Ready for Business stakeholders willingly give of their time to share their own experiences of RfB support and of course it is always important to highlight tangible real life examples of the impact of the Developing Markets programme through case studies and presentations.  Next week our Swedish visitors will meet the RfB team to hear about our community benefits in procurement work and the Public Social Partnerships being supported. They will also meet North Ayrshire Council Sustainable Procurement lead, Scottish Government officials to learn more about the Scottish Model of Procurement, visit Unity Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and the Wheatley Group.
We continue to building relationships with social economy organisations and public sector bodies in Canada, where following some success around the Vancouver Winter Olympics, they are keen to learn from the Scottish experience of community benefit clauses and how this can be adapted for Canadian public procurement, in particular the Toronto Light Rail Transit Project Toronto Whilst the regulatory framework is different in Canada the challenges are similar and there is growing recognition of the impact that social value in procurement can make.
Galashiels Transport Interchange makes its mark
The £5.2million Galashiels Transport Interchange is four months into construction but already it has provided a series of community benefits. Read more here.
Making sense of mutuals
An interesting article about public service mutuals and their future in England. See more.
Thousands of businesses secure public sector contracts
Read more about Scottish SMEs winning public contracts and the success of Community Benefit Clauses on our website.
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 are available here. Or contact David Fogg (07919 392 369) or Anthony Hall (07880 054642).


City of Edinburgh Council – Meet the Buyer
The City of Edinburgh Council is running a supplier engagement event on the 30th Oct. Ready for Business will be there and it is a great opportunity for suppliers to meet Council buyers. See more.

Procurement update for the Third Sector 
MacRoberts organises a free Procurement And Commissioning: Impacts On The Third Sector Of Procurement Changes event on Wednesday 12th November in Edinburgh. For more info and booking see here.

Free Capacity Building Workshops
Two free capacity building workshops for SME’s and Social Enterprises in November: Public Sector Procurements and Tender Preparation (4 Nov) and Public Relations for Small Businesses (10 Nov). More info.

There are some spaces available for the ‘Duties as an employer under the Health and Safety at Work Act’ Workshop (29 Oct). Book and see more info.

MacRoberts Annual Charity/Third Sector Briefing
A free half-day event on 20th November. For info and registration click here.

Glasgow Social Enterprise Trade Show 
Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) organises a Trade Show showcasing the wide ranging products and services available from social enterprises. 10 December at The Briggait, Glasgow, see details.
Ready for Business Workshops
Ready for Business runs free bespoke workshops on a variety of procurement related topics. Our workshops are delivered by experienced advisers and, where appropriate, include contributions from legal experts. Current topics include;
• Social Value in Commissioning
• Community Benefit Clauses in Procurement
• Public Social Partnership model
Formats and timings are flexible but typically workshops are ½ day and can be run for groups of 10 – 30 delegates. All our workshops include a significant level of group work and facilitated discussion and we are happy to discuss content and approach so that the outcomes are appropriate for the group.
If you are interested please contact Roddy Stewart on 0141 425 2914.

Case Studies

Scottish Borders Council – Co-production of a Day Opportunities Service

Scottish Borders Council pushed the traditional boundaries of procurement and
created a new route to achieve successful delivery of a day opportunities service
with the important principle of co-production at the heart of the decision making
process. Read the full case study here.


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. 

This weeks featured tenders:

  • Environmental Improvements – Multi Lot Landscaping projects – West Lothian Council
  • High Valleyfield Skate Park – Fife Council
  • Global Ambitions – Entrepreneur Networking Framework Agreement – Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • West Lothian Council Independent Advocacy – Mental Health and Substance Misuse
  • Provision of Kerbside Recycling Collection – Falkirk Council

See details on the Ready for Business website.