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.

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Provision of Business Support Services Consultancy Framework – North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council is currently inviting tenders from suitably qualified companies for the provision of Business Consultancy Services within North Ayrshire. There will be eleven separate lots within the framework comprising: 1) General Financial Consultancy Services; 2) Provision of 2 Day Strategy Workshops; 3) General Business Strategy Consultancy; 4) Marketing Consultancy Support; 5) Procurement Support; 6) ICT Consultancy Support; 7) Training Consultancy; 8) Environmental Consultancy; 9) Tourism Consultancy; 10) Human Resources Consultancy and 11) Leadership Development Consultancy.
This Framework will be used primarily by the Business and Business Growth Teams within Economic Development Service to support North Ayrshire Businesses but will be open for use by other Service areas within the Council.
The procurement of these services by North Ayrshire Council is intended to address information gaps in the knowledge of businesses in North Ayrshire. These interventions will allow the provision of basic information and support to allow the businesses to make informed investment decisions. It is not anticipated that any individual contract awarded under this Framework will be more than five days in duration with the majority being two days in duration.
CPV: 79418000, 66171000, 79410000, 79413000, 79414000, 79412000.

Deadline Date: 12/08/15

EFM1022-AP Waste Management Services – APUC Limited

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

ICT Core Services for The Highland Council

The scope of the ICT Core Services to be sourced under this procurement may be broadly defined as providing managed technology infrastructure, application systems and desktop services required for the delivery of the Authority’s business including educational ICT and online Public Access Services.
The following requirements are specifically excluded from this procurement:
Wide Area Networking;
Full telephony services (including fixed and mobile);
Cabling and Cabinets.
It should be noted that these items are subject to existing contracts.
The following requirements will form optional services within the ICT Core Services contract:-
Managed Print Services;
Personalised Mail;
End user device provision including peripherals and AV equipment

Deadline Date: 03/08/15

Evaluation of the Future Starts Pilot – The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust is a national charity working with 13-30 year olds to get their lives working. We are being funded by the Wood Foundation and Scottish Government to deliver support to young people age 15-18 to help them move into positive destinations upon leaving school. The Trust has funding during the January 2015-June 2016 period to deliver the Future Starts programme.
We are seeking an independent evaluator to evaluate:
1) the effectiveness of the pilot in its aims to improve young people’s movement into positive destinations after leaving school
2) the impact of participation in the Future Starts programme and achievement of the PDE (Personal Development and Employability) qualification on a young person’s “readiness to work”
3) the role and added value that links to industry brings to the Future Starts programme

Deadline Date: 28/07/15

British Sign Language Video Production – Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) is seeking to award a Contract for the production of British Sign Language (BSL) video for use by the SPCB, and independent officeholders. The service provision will also encompass full and summarised transcription from video to text format of materials received by the SPCB in BSL. Production of video using the deafblind alphabet and transcription to text of materials received in the deafblind alphabet may also be required.

Deadline Date: 15/07/15


Administration and Management of Third Sector Funding in Early years/Early Intervention

The Scottish Government Early Years Division is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Supplier to work in partnership to undertake the administration of a grant fund to support third sector organisations to deliver Scottish Government priorities in relation to children, young people and their families. The annual Fund value is expected to be between £7.5m to £15m. The annual funding available will cover the award of grants to eligible organisations and the costs of the Service Provider for the management and administration of the service.

Deadline Date: 28/08/15

Scottish Government Investment in Charitable Bonds 2015/16 and 2016/17

The Scottish Government requires a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) to issue one or more bonds designed to both provide loan finance for affordable housing in Scotland and generate donations to charities registered on the Scottish Charities Register.
The Contractor should be in a position to publicly launch the first such bond no later than October 2015, with an anticipated closing date of end October 2015 and with the bond to be issued no later than 28 days thereafter.
The Contractor will facilitate investment in the bonds by the Scottish Government, carry out the distribution of all the funds between the parties involved, and repay to the Scottish Government the principal amounts invested and any interest on each bond’s maturing.
The Contractor should be an organisation with demonstrable capability, expertise and experience in creating, issuing and administering finance for social projects.
Other Scottish public sector bodies may wish to place their own investments in these bonds. It is therefore a requirement that the bonds are open to public subscription for a reasonable amount of time to allow this to happen.

Deadline Date: 24/07/15