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

Integrated Employability Service – The City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking a suitably qualified provider(s) to provide a city-wide employability service which offers support to Edinburgh job seeking residents to assist them with moving into sustainable employment. To support unemployed people with a service that is tailored to their individual needs and to build skills capacity.
The Scottish Government produced the Strategic Skills Pipeline model as part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Priority 5 programme.

Deadline Date: 20/08/15

Aberdeen City Pipeline – Progress Through Positive Partnerships

NB This is a future contract opportunity

On behalf of Aberdeen City Community Planning Partnership, Aberdeen City Council has been provisionally allocated £879,240 of European Social Fund money by the Scottish Government to commission employability services for unemployed people with multiple barriers in Aberdeen. There is an opportunity for organisations to use some of that funding for employability delivery which fits the criteria of Aberdeen’s Single Outcome Agreement and other city and national priorities.
Interested organisations should note that any European funding received via Aberdeen 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%, or if they would not have any match funding to bring forward. Aberdeen 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, Aberdeen City Council will begin a procurement process which will be advertised on Public Contracts Scotland.

Vehicle Wash and Valeting Services – West Lothian Council

West Lothian Council (the Authority) currently operates a large fleet of cars, vans, buses and trucks. This Framework Agreement is for the provision of mobile and static washing and valeting services for vehicles based at a number of locations within West Lothian. The locations are currently Bathgate, Broxburn, Linlithgow, and Livingston. The framework agreement in divided in to 10 lots. There is no restriction on the number of lots any one supplier can bid on.
West Lothian Council is committed to maximising Community Benefits from its procurement activities. Under this procurement, the contractor,and its supply chain, will be required to support the authority’s economic and social regeneration objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations.

Deadline Date: 22/07/15

Development Contractors Framework – Hillcrest Housing Association

Hillcrest Housing intends to enter a framework agreement with a number of contractors to deliver Hillcrest’s development programme over the next 4 years. It is currently estimated that Hillcrest will deliver 250 units per year over the life of the framework. However, these figures may alter during the life of the framework as new schemes receive the necessary planning permissions or new opportunities arise. Hillcrest’s development programme will be delivered via a mix of development routes, at this time Hillcrest estimate that the overall value of development work tendered via the framework will be in the region of 35000000GBP over the 4 year period.

Additional Information:

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:

The successful suppliers will be expected to support Hillcrest Housing Association’s respective community benefit initiatives which include the provision of apprenticeships, community engagement days i.e. school visits, supporting local social enterprises, work placements and other training opportunities.

CPV: 45210000, 45211000, 45211100, 45211300.

Deadline Date: 06/08/15

Poverty and Inclusion Strategy Challenge Fund – Moray Council

NB This is a future contract opportunity

The Authority is seeking Contractor(s) for Waste Management Services for all HE/FE institutions in Scotland. EFM1022 – AP Waste Management Services is a tailored Framework Agreement for all institutions in Scotland to provide essential Waste Management Services and solutions for institutions covering waste awareness and segregation programmes, waste collection, uplift and disposal treatment which are compliant with current and future legislation. Due to the different nature of waste, the Framework Agreement is split into multiple lots covering the various geographical areas and the different Materials & Waste Stream Schedules capturing different types of waste and materials from Non-special Waste & Materials to specialised waste and materials.
It is the intention of the Scottish HE/FE sector to reduce overall waste volumes and to support initiatives led by Zero Waste Scotland, avoiding disposal to landfill.
CPV: 90500000, 90513000, 90520000, 90523000, 90524000, 90524100, 90524200, 90524300, 90514000, 90510000, 90511000.

Deadline Date: 12/08/15

Provision of a Supported Accommodation Service – Falkirk Council

NB This is a future contract opportunity

Falkirk Council is reviewing the service delivery for the provision and operation of supported accommodation for people who are homeless, with organisation(s) that are registered with the Care Inspectorate for the delivery of housing support services.
As part of market testing, Falkirk Council is seeking expressions of interest from organisations with experience in the delivery of supported accommodation with support for people who are homeless and who are able to provide suitably skilled staff and/or appropriate buildings from which registered services could be delivered.
Organisations noting an interest are asked to indicate the type of service they could deliver within the following areas;
(i) Continuing support – provide long term support to individuals assessed as requiring a longer period of time to address a wide range of tenancy management support needs.
(ii) Young people – provide short to medium support to young people aged 16 – 21 to gain basic tenancy management skills including budgeting, door management and personal safety.
(iii) Complex needs – provide support to individuals with complex support needs that require multi-agency involvement to address historic/ ongoing problems.
The services being considered would be required throughout the Falkirk Council area and the current provision comprises a number of units, providing accommodation for homeless men and women with a range of support needs. All service recipients will be referred by Falkirk Council.
The purpose of this Future Contract Opportunity Notice is to test the market and gain an understanding into the level of interest to deliver the service. This Notice is not an invitation to tender and noting an interest will be for market research only.
Organisations who do note an interest will be invited to open discussions with the Council; therefore, it will allow organisations, with appropriate experience, to outline their views on the service delivery with no commitment to themselves or Falkirk Council.
There is no guarantee there will be a future tender. However, if there is, then you will be required to note interest against the tender advert that will be published against the tender.

Deadline Date to note interest: 07/08/15


Early Learning and Childcare Training – North Lanarkshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council requires an Early Learning Specialist to act as a consultant, trainer, coach, mentor and facilitator in order to continue to develop the shared vision of quality, effective early learning practice across all early learning establishments. This will build upon the very successful foundation of development work which has been delivered over session 2014/15 as part of an “Early Learning Refresh”. Early Learning Refresh provides training for practitioners to ensure that they provide quality delivery of mathematics, play – based learning, literacy in early learning and Primary 1 effective classroom practice.

The Early Learning Specialist will be qualified to degree level, with qualifications relevant to early learning and will have credible experience and a track record of working at university level and be skilled in motivating and teaching adults.

Working directly with children will not be the main focus of the work as the focus will be working with and training the adults who are working with the children to improve the quality of service delivery and ultimately outcomes for children.

As the work will be in early years establishments some of the time, certificated evidence of PVG registration is required to be provided with tender submissions.

Deadline Date: 07/08/15

Hard and Soft Landscaping works in Aberfoyle – Forestry Commission

We will be awarding a contract for hard and soft landscaping works around The Lodge Site
The contract period for construction is 12 weeks.
The intention is to have the work complete before the traditional Christmas Tree Sale starts at The Lodge, at the end of November.
The Lodge was successfully refurbished and extended some 2 years ago. A separate project is ongoing to develop the adjacent Brackenhill House into a meeting/small conference venue. However, the surrounding area comprising mainly stone car parks, a path network and mature landscaping is in relatively poor condition and no longer matches the standards of the building facilities. This project is to address those issues.

Deadline Date: 24/07/15