Ready for Business – March Newsletter

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Please find below the latest e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business.

News

Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil MSP describes Scottish Government support for third sector involvement in commissioning and procurement and the PSP model.

On Thursday 26th March Ready for Business hosted a Stakeholder Engagement Event in Edinburgh, which attracted over 80 delegates, mostly public sector procurement and commissioning staff.

The first part of the event included a presentation from Pauline Graham on Procurement Reform, an overview of Approaches to Community Benefit in national frameworks and Scotland Excel’s role from Hugh Carr, Head of Strategic Procurement at Scotland Excel and a Q&A featuring a panel of Hugh Carr (Scotland Excel), Jo Mitchell (Scottish Procurement) and Roddy Stewart (Ready for Business).

The event then progressed with two presentations on the progress of Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) at Low Moss Prison and at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and a Q&A session on PSPs.

These were followed by a ringing endorsement from Cabinet Secretary, Alex Neil – not only on the value and importance of PSPs but also on the role and contribution our third sector has to make both to the  wider economy and, particularly, in addressing inequalities in our society.

You can view the slides used in the presentations here (PDF) and listen to the speech here (MP3).

Haven Enterprises opens new state-of-the-art facility in Larbert

On Tuesday 24th March, John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, opened Haven Enterprises’ new 53,000 square foot premises, housing four social enterprises in which 70 people are employed.

Read more here.

Partners for Change Programme

Ready for Business has delivered the Partners for Change programme in a range of local authorities and sectors. The programme provides an intensive series of facilitated workshops for senior public officials to help cultivate stronger relationships with the Third Sector, explore ways to achieve better outcomes, and implement an agreed plan that will deliver better results.

This year we will continue to deliver Partners for Change and if you want to discuss the possibilities for your organisation or sector of work, please contact Jonathan Coburn(07786 735395).

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 areavailable here. Or contact David Fogg (07919 392 369) or Anthony Hall (07880 054642).

Events

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 (0141 425 2914).

Case Studies

The Logic Model of the Welfare Fund

Dundee City Council wanted to assess the wider social value of the Welfare Fund, and the way it is delivered. The first step was to develop a robust and informed ‘Logic Model’ that identified the expected outcomes from the procurement of services from the three Welfare Fund providers.

Download Full Case Study.

Tenders

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:

  • Community Meals – Scotland Excel
  • ICT Digital Skills Transition Training Fund for The Highland and Islands – Skills Development Scotland
  • Provision of Supplementary Transport Service – NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Green roofs – Brookfield Multiplex

See details.