Current and Future Tendering 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

Community Connecting – The City of Edinburgh Council

NB This is a prior information notice

The City of Edinburgh Council (the Council) wishes to assess the market capacity and level of expertise available for a Community Connecting Service to support socially isolated people to connect or re-connect with local opportunities and activities. Social isolation can be defined as “an objective, measurable state of having minimal contact with other people, such as family, friends or the wider community.” (Professor Mima Cattan, Equal Opportunities Committee, Age and Social Isolation, 5th Report, 2015) The Service will:provide person-centred support to understand individual needs, wishes, goals and barriers;with the support of volunteers, work with the person for up to 4 months to regain confidence, connect to community activities and opportunities on a group or individual basis; work towards the person developing connections that can be sustained following the end of the service.The Service will be provided to people aged 50 and over, with a range of needs, within each of the four localities of the City of Edinburgh Council. It is essential that the Service has strong local connections with communities and relevant services and organisations.It is anticipated that the Service might commence in August / September 2016 and would run initially until the end of March 2018.

Interested parties are requested to register their interest and may be contacted by the Council for the purpose of researching the supply market for this Service. It is anticipated that this research will be undertaken by the end of November 2015. Interested parties may also be contacted by the Council and invited to attend a meeting or meetings to discuss responses to market research and / or any related opportunities to provide the Service.

Contract for the Provision of a Sign Language Interpreting, Translation and Guide Support Service – NHS Forth Valley

NHS Forth Valley seeks to ensure, that language is not a barrier to accessing high quality health care and to enable access to all services effectively. The purpose of this tender is to ensure that people who require Language Service Professionals (LSP) or guide assistance, are provided with the appropriate support throughout their health journey.
The contract will be a “Sole Award” to one supplier.
NHS Forth Valley recognises and welcomes our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, and as an organisation will ensure our Interpreting and Translation Services comply with these legislative requirements. This tender is therefore a commitment to the provision of effective communication strategies to enable NHS Forth Valley to deliver services that are person centred, safe, effective, timely, responsive and equitable for all patients and carers.
NHS Forth Valley, wish to work with qualified, well established, innovative and progressive companies with the aim of reducing any barriers to accessing services or communicating with staff providing health services for hard of hearing, Deaf , Deafblind and visually impaired people.
By procuring an Interpretation service NHS Forth Valley aims,
– To provide suitably qualified Interpreters and guides, who have sound knowledge of working within healthcare settings. These individuals will work in a professional manner and adhere to an agreed code of conduct.
– To raise awareness of Interpretation and Translation needs, encouraging staff to proactively plan for service users’ needs and ensure that all have the knowledge, confidence and ability to access services.
– To demonstrate to staff and service users that working with qualified Interpreters can maximise interaction and widen opportunities for better health and wellbeing.
– To provide a prompt, efficient and suitable service, one which is equitable and accessible to all.
– To be a responsive service based on consultation, involvement and engagement of patients, carers and staff.
– To minimise risk to service users and our organisation, by reducing possibility of misunderstanding or poor service provision due to lack of communication.

Application Deadline: 10/12/2015
Deadline Date: 14/12/2015

“Positive Futures” Research & Evaluation project (2015-2018) – Venture Trust

Venture Trust is seeking an individual or team to undertake a 3-year Research & Evaluation project examining our new “Positive Futures” programme, which is primarily funded by the Forces In Mind Trust.
The “Positive Futures” programme has been designed to support military veterans who are struggling with the transition to civilian life. It offers a combination of services and activities (described in the invitation to tender and associated downloadable documents)
The Research & Evaluator(s) will be appointed to work alongside Venture Trust to evaluate the programme’s impact and effectiveness, and generate valuable learning about the programme approach that can be shared with a range of sectoral stakeholders throughout the 3-year pilot phase.

Deadline Date: 04/12/15

New Skatepark at Kinglassie Playing Fields – Fife Council

The work comprises the Contractor designing and carrying out the works to meet the requirements as detailed on the Tender Drawings and this Tender Document.
Outline requirements of the proposed installation are as follows:
Design and build 1nr skatepark based upon the outline design provided. Details provided must include sections through all proposed ramp formations, including:
– Dimensions of proposed installations.
– Ramp make up.
– Extent of all foundations required.
– Extent of any required reinforcement.
Also included must be details of any grind rails and all other cast-in accessories.
Please note, works to construct a Multi Use Games Area are planned to commence on the same site in the near future, and should both the MUGA and skatepark be on site concurrently, every effort should be made by both contractors to reduce disruption to the opposing works. Potential measures will be addressed fully at the pre start meeting.

Deadline Date: 27/11/15

Provision of an Independent Advocacy Service for Adults – South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council (the Council) has a legal requirement to provide Independent Advocacy Services for Adults. The Council currently has a contract with a Service Provider to provide this Service, however this contract is due to expire on 31st October 2015 and the Council has elected to go out to tender for this Service in order to test the market and ensure Best Value. The role of this Advocacy Service is to provide a combination of Professional Advocacy and Collective Advocacy. This contract will help ensure that Ayrshire and Arran Health Board (AAHB) and South Ayrshire Council meet their statutory obligations and provide Advocacy for a wider group of vulnerable people.

Deadline Date: 23/12/15

Corporate Resource Partner to Assist Change – East Renfrewshire Council

Community Benefits will be requested under this tendering exercise.
East Renfrewshire Council (the Council) wishes to appoint a Corporate Resources Partner(s) to assist in the delivery of a new ambitious programme of change for East Renfrewshire Council where there is insufficient internal resource and expertise available.

This new change programme “Modern Ambitious Programme (MAP)*” builds on the work of the previous programme, Public Service Excellence (PSE), and links to a wider programme of organisational development to ensure that the Council remains high performing and can confidently deliver on its key outcomes for residents in a challenging financial climate. It is envisaged that resource will be drawn from the Corporate Resources Partner(s) on a Time & Materials (T&M) basis to support the new programme of change, as identified, to expedite its delivery.

This contract will be offered under a lotted Framework Agreement. Tenderers responding to this opportunity can bid for 1 or multiple lots. Award will be made to the tenderer ranking number 1 in each lot.

Award will be offered for an initial 36 month period, with regular reviews, and may be extended for a further 1 x 12 month periods thereafter. Extension is not guaranteed and will be determined by continued requirement and contract performance.

Deadline Date: 07/12/15