Current and Future Tender Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs

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Below are some selected  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.

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Research Consultancy (PDF) – Total Homes

The Total Homes project has operated a pilot over the past year and has involved the following partners:
– Re-Connect Glasgow Furniture Reuse and Recycling (Connect Community Trust)
– 2nd Opportunities
– Spruce Carpets
– Impact Arts
– Glasgow Homelessness Network
– Fresh Start (Scotland)

The first stages of the project focused on the support to people who have been re-homed after a period of homelessness however, over the pilot it then expanded the client group to those ‘most in need’ through direction from housing associations.

The ‘Total Homes’ support package provides a different approach to providing the furniture, starter packs and support required to help sustain tenancies and for individuals to make long term differences to their lives. The ‘Total Homes’ package also provides an environmentally friendly option to provide furniture and starter packs for those most in need.

A consortium of partners highlighted the need to address the current (new) furniture packages that are on offer (which often trap people with debt and stop them from moving into employment) and provide a cost efficient, environmentally friendly, additional support package for people most in need.

The Total Homes Partnership is seeking a consultant to undertake research for the next stage in the partnerships development. The pilot project worked with 25 individuals/families from housing associations and also focused on people who were being re-homed.

Deadline Date: 04/08/15

Term Contract for Portable Appliance Testing – Falkirk Council

The project covers approximately 250-300 Falkirk Council properties throughout the Council area including schools, care homes, community centres, industrial units, depots and offices. Some of the properties are operated and managed by the housing division within the council, consequently there will be a separate contract administrator for the housing and non-housing properties.
The requirement of this contract is to carry out annual Portable Appliance Testing and Inspection of electrical appliances together with all appliance labelling, updating and maintaining all property inventories mainly within the councils operational (non-housing) buildings but will include some housing properties with central services.
The works will include elements of minor repairs to fuses, plugs, cables, etc where economically viable and will all be expected to be carried out in compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 together with all relevant legislation, British Standards, HSE guidance, relevant electrical standards, codes of procedure/practise, etc.

Deadline Date: 20/08/15

Schools Digital Project – National Galleries Scotland

Call for artists working in digital media
National Galleries Scotland invite proposals from artists working in digital media to lead a youth engagement project.
Your role is to inspire and facilitate a class of secondary school pupils (S1-3 tbc) to create their own digital content that will inspire other young people to engage with the exhibition 20th Century Masterpieces of Scottish & European Art, currently on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) in Edinburgh. The ideas for the digital content generated will come from the young people and, for example, could take the form of a social media campaign, audio tour, digital resource, interactive event or other digital intervention. Content may be hosted on National Galleries Scotland website and other platforms.
By participating in this project, pupils should have the opportunity to develop their creativity skills, lead their own learning, engage with the exhibition and collaborate with other pupils.
Three artists will be invited to deliver a taster workshop, following which, pupils will choose one artist to deliver the full project.

Deadline Date:  03/08/15

Website Tender – Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet are looking to hear from agencies with a demonstrable track record in delivering high quality visual branding and website solutions, experience of open source products, and experience of working with arts organisations.
Aims and objectives of the new website:
– To refresh the look and design of the site (including a new navigation system)
– To streamline user’s experience to enhance the website’s conversion performance in the following areas: “Book Now”, education online ticket sales and development’s Donate Now, become a friend and any appeal campaign they may have.
– To deepen audience engagement through the appropriate presentation of all of Scottish Ballet’s rich content (videos, photos, news, articles, social media…)
– To provide impactful and measurable representation for sponsors and partners.
– To represent the whole of the company and all its different aspects, in order to better position ourselves to all of our audiences and stakeholders (including ticket buyers, the dance industry, political figures and influencers, businesses and funders/partners)
For the full tender please visit website here or contact Charlotte Gross at or Christina Riley at, or call 0141 331 2931.

Deadline Date: 11/08/15

West Lothian Council Independent Advocacy For Adults With A Learning Difficulty

Provision of independent advocacy services to adults with a learning difficulty resident in care homes, hospitals and the community throughout West Lothian.

Deadline Date: 11/09/15

Provision of an Advocacy Support Service – Aberdeen City Council

The Service Provider will provide an independent advocacy service to Service Users of Health and Social Care Services in the City of Aberdeen although in some instances individuals may not be known to Social Work or Health Services. This will be demand led but will prioritise individuals with Mental Disorder as defined by the 2003 Act who are likely to be or subject to orders under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Act or orders under the Adult with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

Deadline Date: 24/08/15

Design, development, delivery and optimisation of a website for the Patrick Geddes Centre – SHBT

Riddle’s Court (RC) is one of the most important buildings – both historically and architecturally – in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
The vision is to establish the Patrick Geddes Centre (PGC) in Riddle’s Court as a world-class learning Centre, inspired by the principles of Geddes who has strong links to the building. Not only will it be a Centre of learning, it will be a place of historical, architectural and cultural value, along with being occasionally open to the public and a community and event space.
The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) are looking for you to design and develop a modern, interactive website that will work across desktop, tablet and mobile for the PGC.
The website will feature storytelling and interpretation elements and make use of parallax scrolling effects to aid engagement and add depth. This will be combined with media such as interactives and video. The website should be searchable for content, and be easily updatable by the client via CMS. It should also enable the space and events to be marketed, tickets sold and shopping for merchandise.
This main site ( is to be supported by a subsection/brochure site ( to promote Riddles Court as venue for business, conferencing and weddings. This site is intended to be simple and attractively presented with all the information required for wedding planners, business users and other hirers of the spaces at Riddles Court.
The overall Patrick Geddes Centre project is due for completion for launch spring 2017 with the website being delivered in phases to support the development project, fundraising, marketing and interpretation of the site whilst closed during building work.

Deadline Date: 07/08/15

Competitive Grant Offer – Equalities Challenge Fund – SDS

SDS is looking for grant proposals for the Equalities Challenge Fund . Proposals are sought to be submitted up to a maximum of £10,000 each. This value does not include any other funding required to deliver the proposal. Any other funding required to deliver should be in place prior to applying to this fund.
There are some challenging targets for the Modern Apprenticeship programme in its Youth Employment Strategy. SDS recognises the need to increase equality, diversity and inclusion in Modern Apprenticeships and that this will require a concerted action on a range of areas by SDS and our partners and stakeholders to create conditions and pathways which would encourage a more diverse group of young people to apply to the Modern Apprenticeship programmes, or make untypical career choices. E.g. young women choosing engineering
The focus of the fund is improving representation of disabled people, people from ethnic minorities and care leavers on the MA programme as well as addressing gender bias on MA frameworks where this exists. This will include embedding, sustaining and sharing of good practice in terms of recruiting and sustaining people from the aforementioned groups on the programme.

Deadline Date: 07/08/15

Provision of an Online Booking and User Management System – Cycling Scotland

Cycling Scotland runs a variety of training courses, with users able to book their place on a course online, and Cycling Scotland staff able to manage courses and their users using the same system.
Cycling Scotland has an existing database of online classes and bookings with over five years’ data. Cycling Scotland is now looking to replace this system to give a fresh user interface, a rationalisation of functions, and a platform that can be expanded in the future.
A detailed list of requirements is available to download.

Deadline Date: 13/08/15

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.


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


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