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Low Moss PSP gets recognition and an additional £200m.

The Scottish Government has agreed to provide another £200 funding for the Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP). The service, co-designed by charities and the public sector, works with 750 prisoners every year aiming to reduce re-offending. Read more here.

Tackling fuel poverty

Warmworks Scotland has been awarded the £224m contract to help up to  28,000 fuel poor and vulnerable households access to more measures to make their homes energy efficient. Read the full story 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 are available here. Or contact David Fogg (07919 392 369) or Catriona Cairns (07880 053 394).


Workshop on Business Insurance for SMEs and Social Enterprises

For more information of this free capacity building workshop on Tuesday 12th May 2015 | 10:00 – 12:00 hrs. See more.

Pricing Your Service workshop

Just Enterprise is offering a free Costing and Pricing workshops for third sector organisations on 27th May in Aberdeen.

See more here.

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

Community benefits from the Scottish Borders tyres contract

Scottish Borders Council has used Community Benefit Clauses in its procurement of a tyres contract to secure employment opportunities for local young people.

Download Full Case Study. (PDF)


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:

  • Provision of Asset Based Community & Stakeholders Engagement Services – NHS Grampian
  • Material Recycling Facility Offtakes – Glasgow City Council
  • Composting of Organic Green Waste – East Ayrshire Council
  • Development of a Digital Strategy – Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership Ltd.

See details.