Current and Future Tender Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs

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Below are some future contract and 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

European Structural Funds Glasgow City Employability Pipeline – Glasgow City Council

NB This is a future contract opportunity

On behalf of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Glasgow City Council has been provisionally allocated £7.5 million of European Social Fund money by the Scottish Government to commission employability services for unemployed people with multiple barriers in Glasgow. There is an opportunity for organisations to use some of that funding for employability delivery which fits the criteria of Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement and other city and national priorities.

Interested organisations should note that any European funding received via Glasgow City Council would only cover 40% of the eligible costs of delivery so organisations would need to explain clearly where they would source the other 60%. Glasgow City Council is only seeking expressions of interest at this moment and will not commit any commissioning/funding at this time. EOIs will help to inform the development of the employability provision and allow the Council to begin engagement with interested organisations.

Once approval to move to Operation Application stage is confirmed by the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council will begin a challenge process which will be advertised on Public Contracts Scotland.

Counselling Services to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Misuse – The City of Edinburgh Council

NB This is a Future Contract Opportunity

The City of Edinburgh Council (on behalf of the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drugs Partnership), is considering options for the future delivery of counselling services to enable recovery from drugs and alcohol misuse.

The successful bidder will need to:

  • Provide integrated counselling interventions which incorporate evidence based psychosocial interventions and therapies. These will be delivered within boundaried, therapeutic relationships and informed by an understanding of attachment, trauma and the process of recovery from addiction;
  • Provide demonstrably high quality and effective interventions within the professional governance structure of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)/ Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA);
  • Have a very strong, specific understanding of recovery from the misuse of alcohol, of psycho-stimulants and of other drugs.
  • Deliver services both from an easily accessible location in central Edinburgh and across the local areas of the city;
  • Be a demonstrably high quality and effective organisation (or organisations), able to contribute to the development of the local recovery orientated system of care as well as delivering a service.
    Meet anticipated annual demand for the service and ensure effective access (within the HEAT A11 target) and retention:
  • 450-500 clients presenting with primary alcohol problems referred to the service, of whom approximately 350 are expected to enter treatment;
  • 80-90 cannabis and psychostimulant users, of whom approximately 60 are expected to enter treatment;
  • 150-175 clients presenting/ referred with primary problems with other drugs, of whom approximately 100-120 are expected to enter treatment.

The planned contract commencement date is 1st April 2016 and it is intended that the contract duration will be three years with the option to extend for up to an additional 24 months.
This opportunity is open to single organisations or partnerships / consortia. Anyone interested is asked to register their interest against this notice.

Communications and Media Relations for Heritage Lottery Fund In Scotland – Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF is seeking a service provider that will deliver the communications support services in Scotland as
set out below:
HLF Communications Objectives
To promote funding opportunities and the positive difference that Lottery funding for heritage is
making for heritage, people and communities in Scotland:
* To maximise positive profile for HLF’s activities in Scotland, accounting publicly for our work by
providing creative integrated communications support (print/broadcast/social) for regular
grant making and other potential news generating activities (e.g. project openings).
* To recognise and create opportunities to promote corporate HLF themes in a Scottish
context, demonstrating the value of heritage in today’s society – these may be issue-based, proactive
opportunities, rather than news. Creative ideas here will be welcomed.
* To provide communications support for outreach work in under-funded areas / sectors.
* To demonstrate the positive impact and difference that National Lottery funding is making to
Scotland’s heritage, people and communities.
* To communicate how HLF’s flexible and supportive approach, helps heritage organisations
address the most pressing challenges and exciting opportunities which present themselves.
* To demonstrate that lottery funding for heritage adds value to local, national and UK wide public
policy agendas.

Deadline Date: 26/5/15

Digital Tourism Scotland Programme – Scottish Enterprise

Lot 1 – Digital Support Programme – to develop and deliver a programme of digital support events and activities for tourism businesses across Scotland.
Lot 2 – Technology Conferences/Large events – to develop, organise and deliver interactive Technology for Tourism Conferences/large events for the tourism sector.
CPV: 72222300, 72224000, 79400000, 79410000.

Deadline Date: 29/06/15

Provision of Occupational Health Services – West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire Council is currently inviting tenders from suitably qualified companies for the provision of an Occupational Health Service for West Dunbartonshire Council.
In terms of separate agreements between the Council and WEST DUNBARTON LEISURE TRUST (hereinafter referred to as “the Leisure Trust”), Alexandria Community Centre, Main Street, Alexandria G83 0NU and DUNBARTONSHIRE AND ARGYLL& BUTE VALUATION JOINT BOARD, an independent authority which was established by The Valuation Joint Boards (Scotland) Order 1995 ( herein referred to as the “Board “) the Council provides personnel services to both the Leisure Trust and the Board which are to include Occupational Health Services .The Council may in addition to its own employees refer employees from both the Leisure Trust and the Board in respect of Occupational Health Services to be provided under the contract.
CPV: 85141000, 85100000, 85140000, 85141220.

Deadline Date: 22/06/15

Dementia Awareness and Support – Scottish Borders Council

This service is to work with People with Dementia and their Carers to improve outcomes for both client groups. The provider is expected to have up to date knowledge about the care and support for People with Dementia and their Carers. The aims and objectives are detailed in the service specification and are aligned to the Borders Dementia Strategy and the National Dementia Strategy 2013-16. The provider will be responsible for supporting the implementation and resourcing the working group; responsible for developing a befriending service to support people with dementia living in the community; to develop Dementia Friendly Communities and initiatives for People with Dementia and their Carers and be responsible for raising awareness through local fundraising.

Deadline Date: 08/06/15

Provision of Asset Based Community & Stakeholders Engagement Services – NHS Grampian

The Health and Social Care Partnership wishes to commission a community capacity programme that focuses on improving health and wellbeing. The programme will inform and shape future direction of the Health & Social Care integration in Aberdeenshire.
We therefore invite suitable experienced companies who have experience in this area of work and of similar sized contracts to tender for this opportunity.

Deadline Date: 09/06/15

National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government wishes to commission a baseline assessment on the implementation of business and human rights standards in Scotland.

Deadline Date: 19/06/15