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This is the last e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business for 2015. We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Living wage for Scottish public contract bidders


The Scottish government’s commitment to fair work procurement practices has resulted in new statutory guidance for the public sector that expects firms bidding for public sector contracts will pay employees the living wage and bans the exploitative use of zero hours contracts.

See more here.

Scottish Procurement Policy Note – European refugee crisis: implications for procurement

This policy note sets out how procurement legislation can be used to satisfy the most immediate needs of refugees in light of developments unfolding across Europe. Download the document here.

Strathclyde Partnership Transport PSP wins at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards

Congratulations to The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport PSP (Public Social Partnership) for winning in the ‘Buy Social – Market Builder’ award category in the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2015. For more information see here or download the case study at the end of this newsletter.

National GO Awards 2016/17 – open for entries!

It is now possible to submit entries for the National GO Awards 2016/17. The deadline for entries is 5:00pm, 18 December 2015. See more here.

Social Firms Scotland 15th Birthday Celebration


Ready for Business partner Social Firms Scotland has celebrated its 15th birthday with a bang in the splendour of Oran Mor in Glasgow. Read more about this event highlighting the achievements of SFS over the past 15 years here.

Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise mapping shows combined £40.7m income

Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network commissioned a report that shows the strength of the social enterprise sector in the area. For more information and to download the full report click here.

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.


Supplier Development Programme Procurement training

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) – Scotland’s free tender training service for SME’s – delivers a comprehensive programme of procurement training events. There are a number of free Webinar sessions starting in the new year, on topics such as “Completing a PQQ”, “Winning work through the supply chain” and “What the buyer looks for in your tenders”.

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 or

Case Studies

Public Social Partnership: SPT Community Transport

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) embarked on co-production journey, with the support of Ready for Business, using the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model, focusing on  two work streams: Delivery of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) Services and Capability & Capacity Growth of community transport (skills training, volunteering, IT)

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:

  • Business Consultancy Framework – Scottish Borders Council
  • Digital Development Framework – Zero Waste Scotland
  • Environmental Maintenance Contract 2016-2019 – Cassiltoun Housing Association Ltd.
  • Open Space Maintenance 2016 – 2018 – Calvay Housing Association Ltd
  • Supply and Delivery of Fresh and Pre-prepared Fruit and Vegetables – Tayside Contracts

See more information.