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Changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

An overview of the latest changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland can be viewed here and here.

Updates on the implementation of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and the European Single Procurement Document. 

Scottish Government publish new EU procurement thresholds

The Scottish Government has published new EU procurement thresholds, taking effect from 1st January 2016. For more information see 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.


Fit for Purpose: 2016 and beyond

An event for public sector leaders and senior officers to highlight the potential of social enterprise to improve local outcomes at a time of declining resources, Wednesday 9th March 2016 in Edinburgh. For more information see here.

Taking Food Waste Off the Menu – Free Seminar

There is a free capacity building workshop coming up for SMEs and Social Enterprises on Thursday 9th February in Glasgow. For more information see here.

Supplier Development Programme Procurement training

For an overview of the free training events on offer see here.

Free ‘Sales Fundamentals’ workshop for Social Enterprise / SMEs in Glasgow

Viridor offers two free capacity building workshops for SMEs and Social Enterprises on sales. For more information see more.

Argyll & Bute Council holding a series of procurement surgeries

Argyll and Bute Council organises surgeries to keep local contractors informed of opportunities available to them when tendering for contracts for council services. The surgeries will be held in Dunoon on 3rd Feb, Oban on 16th Feb, Rothesay on 3rd March, Campbeltown on 23rd March and Helensburgh on 30th March 2016. See more.

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

Scottish Prison Service Same Day Courier Contract

The Scottish Prison Service uses courier services to send priority mail and parcels from the prisons. DNDP, a supported enterprise, submitted a tender for the Same Day Delivery Lot and won the tender to deliver the services.

Download Full Case Study.

Community Transport in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council has embarked on a process of joint-working and co-production of services with the community transport sector in the area. This has resulted in the establishment of South Ayrshire Community Transport (SACT) as a joint-venture between five community transport providers in South Ayrshire and has led to piloting and subsequently winning a transport contract from the Council.

Download Full Case Study.

East Renfrewshire CHCP – Re-design of Supported Living Services for People with Learning Disabilities

East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) is an innovative partnership between East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde used the PSP model to re-examine their Supported Living service for people in East Renfrewshire with Learning Difficulties.

Download Full Case Study.


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.

This weeks featured tenders and future contract opportunities:

  • Community Based Housing Support (Mental Health) – Scottish Borders Council
  • Youth Project – Scottish Borders Council
  • Digital Marketing Support – Skills Development Scotland
  • Tender for heritage DVD production – Newbattle Abbey College
  • Framework Agreement for Improvement Associates working on Health and Social Care Integration

See more information.