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Please find below the latest newsletter from the team at Ready for Business!


Social enterprise takes centre stage in Scotland

Recently the Social Enterprise in Scotland, Census 2015 was published. The Census report can be downloaded here (PDF) and for some comments on the Census see here.

Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement

The Scottish Government has published new statutory guidance to public bodies on how to evaluate fair work practices, including the Living Wage when selecting tenderers and awarding contracts. See more here.

15th Birthday Celebration Social Firms Scotland

Ready for Business partner Social Firms Scotland is celebrating its 15th birthday on Tuesday 24th November, at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

Running from 1pm – 4pm, the event will include speakers ranging from our own members and participants in Social Firms, along with Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights. We are looking forward to celebrating our 15th anniversary with as many members, partners and stakeholders as possible. More information here (PDF) and you can register here.

Keynote Speeches National Procurement Conference

You can download the keynote speeches of Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown and Scottish Procurement and Commercial Director, Ainslie McLaughlin at the Procurex conference here.

The National Digital and ICT Procurement Portfolio Plan has been updated

The Scottish Procurement’s ICT Team has recently updated the National Digital and ICT Procurement Portfolio Plan. See more here.

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, Email:

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.


Free Workshop ‘Take Cover – Business Insurance for Small Businesses’

A free capacity building workshop for SME’s and Social Enterprises on Tuesday 10th November in Glasgow. 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 an overview of the training events on offer 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.

Case Studies

 Low Moss Prison Prisoner Support Pathway

Read all about how the Low Moss Prison chose to engage with the third sector in a Public Social Partnership (PSP) in developing a Prisoner Support Pathway as an innovative approach to service redesign, resulting in a step change in the way reducing reoffending is tackled both in the prison and in the community.

Download full case study (PDF).


Below are some tender & future contract 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 and will denote these with an asterisk (*).

This weeks featured tenders and future contract opportunities:

  • Corporate Resource Partner to Assist Change – East Renfrewshire Council*
  • Occupational Health Services – The Highland Council*
  • Provision of Room Booking & Parents Evening Appointment Systems – East Renfrewshire Council*
  • National Third Sector Fund – Skills Development Scotland
  • Coordination, Advocacy and Support for Young People Impacted by Substance Misuse
  • Tender for Digital Website Design Services – New College Lanarkshire
  • Supporting Individuals and Families Affected by Substance Misuse in South Lanarkshire

See more information.