Current and Future Tender Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs

Posted in: Tenders

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

2 Year Old Early Learning and Childcare 2015/2016 – Moray Council

The Moray Council has a duty, under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 to provide appropriate Early Learning & Childcare for children in the Moray area who are aged two and whose parents/carers are in the receipt of one of the following
– Income Support
– Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
– Any income-related element of the Employment & Support Allowance
– Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
– Pension Credit
– Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and your income is below 16010GBP
– Both maximum CTC and WTC with income less than 6420GBP
– Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
– Universal Credit

Or who are considered eligible under the Act and subsequent regulations. Partner providers of Early Learning & Childcare in Moray are entitled to receive funding for children born between 1st March 2013 and 28th February 2014 and are considered eligible by The Moray Council.
The level of funding is determined annually by The Moray Council. The funding level for the 2015-2016 financial year is 17GBP per session based on a session being 3 hours and 10 minutes for a maximum of 600 hours per year which can be used flexibly to meet the needs of the child and their family.

Interested suppliers are required to submit the following documentation on application:
– A valid Care Inspectorate Registration certificate
– Profile – 2 Year Old Early Learning and Childcare (which will be issued to those that show an interest)

All documentation, which must be received no later than 5pm on 19th June 2015, must be posted to:

Karen Donaldson
Education & Social Care
The Moray Council
Council Offices
High Street
IV30 1BX

Board Good Governance Workshops – Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Many third sector organisations have been set up to meet a specific need within the community and are run by Boards made up of volunteers. Although they buy in to this “mission”, board members still have to balance their work here against their other commitments. Their focus is often on the running of the organisation with limited appreciation of the roles and responsibilities that becoming a Board member entails. The purpose of this Framework is to assist these organisations to plan and operate in a more efficient and ‘business-like’ way.

HIE has identified a need for appropriate governance training which will give Boards the opportunity to address any lack of skills or knowledge before it creates difficulties within the organisation. This training is designed to build confidence within an organisation to enable them to recognise and act upon early signs of a problem.

The training will be delivered through workshops and is expected to cover the following areas.
Roles, responsibilities, duties and obligations/ effective meetings/ accountability written policies and procedures/ induction pack/ board recruitment plan

Reading and understanding management accounts /cash flow contracts /Social Impact Measurement (used as management information to measure performance against mission)

Employment – Legislation /recruitment /staff management /contracts /salaries /TUPE /conflict management /disciplinary & grievance issues

Working with volunteers – informal & formal models /policies and resources /attracting, recruiting and managing /developing and supporting /community & youth engagement (inclusion)

Contracts for each of the following areas are being advertised:

Argyll and The Islands, Lochaber, Skye & Wester Ross
Orkney and Shetland
Moray, Inner Moray Firth, Caithness & Sutherland
Innse Gall

Deadline Date: 11/06/2015

Future Saltire Development – Scottish Government

Saltire, the Scottish Government’s intranet, is being redesigned to ensure it meets the needs of users and the ambition of the SG to create a task-focused digital workplace that helps staff work more effectively, connect and collaborate.

Saltire is used by 11,000 members of staff located throughout Scotland. Currently it contains over 40,000 pages of content.

The transformation of Saltire to become the heart of the Scottish Government’s ‘digital workplace’ is a key project within our Digital Communications Programme to become the most open and accessible Government Scotland has ever had. The Future Saltire project aims to change organisational focus from a simple intranet towards a user-focused digital workplace. This involves building a new system that at once improves the current publishing system and provides a space for staff to connect and collaborate securely and effectively.
CPV: 48000000.

Deadline Date: 08/07/2015

Recycling of Paper & Cardboard – East Ayrshire Council

East Ayrshire Council is seeking to set up a Framework Agreement with several Service Providers who will ‘buy’ from the Council, previously collected and segregated paper and cardboard for recycling, and confidential waste to ensure diversion from landfill. The material is broken down into 2 separate Lots.
CPV: 90500000, 90514000.

Deadline Date: 30/06/2015

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.