September Newsletter from Ready for Business

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Community Benefit in Procurement Network

At the recent Community Benefit in Procurement Champions Network event, 37 delegates from across the Scottish public sector heard from Paul Dodd of Scottish Futures Trust on the development of a toolkit for the delivery of community benefit in construction contracts. The delegates also had an update on the recent Scottish Social Enterprise Census from Pauline Graham and Robin Fallas led a discussion on community benefit in service contract. To find out more about the Champions Network contact Roddy Stewart and see here.

Changes to the Standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

The Scottish Government has made changes to its standard PQQ Questionnaire. For more information please see here.

New Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy

The Scottish Government has launched “Scottish Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy – A digital future for procurement”. See the full document here (PDF).

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.

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.


Beyond competition: exploring alternatives to tendering

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland is hosting a free event around purchasing quality care and support that meets people’s needs on 30 October in Edinburgh. For more details see here.

New free procurement training programme for Scottish SME’s launched

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) – Scotland’s free tender training service for SME’s – has launched a new programme of tender training events. For more information see here.

New free workshops from Viridor Glasgow

Viridor is offering five new free workshops for SMEs and social enterprises. Click the links for more info. (all PDFs):

Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 5) (6th Oct.)
Fire Marshall Training / Extinguisher Training (7th Oct.)
Digital Marketing for Small Businesses – 3 Steps to Transforming Your Business Online (21st Oct.)
Introduction to Sustainability (22nd Oct.)
Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility (22nd Oct.)

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team announce series of topical webinar events

Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team is hosting a series of topical free webinar events in November and January for people in the Scottish Public Sector. Webinars will include a 30 minute presentation on the featured topic and will be followed by the opportunity for attendees to take part in a live Question and Answer session. For details see here.

Last chance: Procurex Scotland Live 2015

You are still able to book for the 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 0141 425 2914 or email.

Case Studies

Public Social Partnership: The Life I Want

Read all about the progress made in The Life I Want Public Social Partnership since 2013, which is committed to the modernisation of day services in Glasgow for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Download full case study (PDF).

Royal Edinburgh Hospital Public Social Partnership – Health Transformation through the Third Sector

An update on the progress made on the two workstreams of activity that reshape the way that health services are delivered in the new Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

For the full case study see here (PDF).


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

  • Early Learning and Childcare Provision – East Ayrshire Council
  • Rowan Grove Landscape Improvements – Almond Housing Association
  • Supply & Delivery of Fresh Bread & Rolls & other Fresh Bakery Produce – Renfrewshire Council
  • Glasgow City Stress Services (NHSGGC) – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • AIA Youth Engagement Strategy – Anstruther Improvements Association
  • Framework Agreement for Family Support Service – Dundee City Council

See more details.