June Newsletter

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NEW: Partners for Change: Partnership Accelerator Programme

Building on the success of the Partners for Change programme, Ready for Business is now offering the Partnership Accelerator programme,  a free one-day programme designed to secure better local outcomes through more effective commissioning and collaboration with the Third Sector.

To explore the potential for your public authority to get involved in Partners for Change, please contact:

Jonathan Coburn, Tel: 0141 530 1479

Read more here.

Social enterprise boosts equality and economy, summit told

Social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are helping Scotland tackle social issues, promote equality and achieve economic growth, a major summit on the sector heard on Wednesday 10 June.

Read the full story here.

Procurement People of Tomorrow initiative

For the first time since its launch, the Procurement People of Tomorrow (PPoT) held a “Bridging the Gap” event which brought together Modern Apprentices, Students and Employers from across the public and private sectors to form a new community of practice. Read more about it here.

Ready for Business spreads the word in Ireland

Barbara Morton represented Ready for Business at ‘Spending Socially’ – a conference held at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, National University of Ireland, Galway, on Monday 15 June 2015. She spoke on the topic of ‘Scotland’s Approach to Social Value in Procurement’.

Barbara joined a panel of speakers including representatives from Ireland’s Office of Government Procurement, Northern Ireland’s Strategic Investment Board and others to discuss how social benefits can be delivered through public sector procurement.

Scotland Excel’s Supplier Excellence Event

Barbara Morton delivered a workshop on the subject of ‘Embedding Sustainability in the Supply Chain’ on behalf of Ready for Business at Scotland Excel’s Supplier Excellence event held at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 11 June 2015. This event was attended by more than 500 suppliers. More information.

Research demonstrates success of community benefits in public contracts

The positive impacts of using community benefit clauses in procurement by the public sector has been proven through research published last week. The research shows that community benefit clauses are increasingly used across Scotland and the use of these has resulted in a high level of jobs and training opportunities that would not have happened otherwise. The report also makes a series of recommendations about how the clauses should be monitored and reported on to ensure their continued use. See more.

GO Awards Submissions deadline Monday 10 August 2015

The GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 will celebrate the successes and innovations that are examples of best practice and the positive role of procurement. It is a great chance to give your organisation the recognition it deserves in this market. You have until Monday 10th August to put your organisation forward for one or more of the ten different categories. For more details see here.

The PSP Advice Point 

Ready for Business has significant experience in supporting the development of partnerships. As a result, we are able to provide guidance and support throughout the creation, development and management of public social partnerships.

Please contact David (07919 392 369) or Catriona (07880 053 394)  for more information, or to ask a question on PSPs.

Further information and access points on PSPs are available here.


Still open for booking: Procurex Scotland Live 2015

Procurex Scotland Live, the largest gathering of Scottish public sector buyers and policy makers, will be held this year on 16 October in the SECC in Glasgow. For more information, booking your place or sponsoring or exhibiting see 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 email or 0141 425 2914.

Case Studies

Commissioning Falkirk’s Foster Care Services

Falkirk Council has adopted the PSP model in supporting radical redesign of its fostering services. The contract for foster care services was used to test out the PSP commissioning model. The framework developed through co-creation with providers was piloted for a year, and now contracts have been signed with successful providers.

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 and future contract opportunities:

See details.