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.

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

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


Adult Counselling Service – Aberdeen City Council

NB This is future contract opportunity

Aberdeen City Council is commissioning a Support/Counselling Service which fulfils the aims of the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013/16. The service shall be innovative in its approach and market itself in a way which targets individuals who are facing multifaceted and complex issues in their daily lives and will aim to reduce risk of harmful behaviours and suicide ideation. These people will often be difficult to reach and as a result the Service needs to have a high profile within Aberdeen City. By supporting people to identify and deal with their issues they will be equipped with the skills and capacity to cope with the demands placed upon them. Service Users will be aged 16 upwards and may live in their own tenancies, supported accommodation projects, temporary accommodation, or may be hospital inpatients.

Deadline Date: 01/09/15

WLC Linlithgow Partnership Centre – West Lothian Council

The Council seeks the services of a Main Contractor for the refurbishment of a ‘B’ listed building (former County Buildings) to form a Partnership Centre facility in the centre of Linlithgow, West Lothian. West Lothian Council has a vision for new buildings which feature high quality design, which are distinctive in our communities and a focus for civic pride.
This contract will be for a period of 10 months with an option to extend the contract for a further period as allowed under the SBCC contract, subject to continued requirement by the Authority.
CPV: 45453000, 45262690, 45453100, 45210000, 45212000, 45211350.

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:

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 social objectives relating to participation in skills development, training and employment initiatives and other added value contributions. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations.

The council has adopted the National Skills Academy for Construction Client Based Approach. The National Skills Academy guidance provides a toolkit to deliver sustainable employment and skills Community Benefits.

Deadline Date: 31/08/15

Supply of Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables – Fife Council

The purpose of this contract is to engage with a supplier(s) to provide Fife Council with quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables to all schools, nurseries, commercial units and care homes throughout Fife, irrespective of the size of the establishment, their location within Fife and their potential order value and volume
CPV: 03221200.

Award criteria:

Criteria Weighting
Price 45
minimum order values 10
Service 10
Contingency Planning 10
Food Sustainability 10
Sustainability 5
Environmental 5
Added Value 5

Deadline Date: 09/09/15

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