Ready for Business October Newsletter

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Dundee Employability Pipeline – Partners Sought
The Wise Group is one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises, is developing a bid for Dundee City Council Employability Pipeline Services and are considering which partners to work with over the two year contract between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2019. More information here.

Research Report: Public Procurement and the Third Sector in Scotland
Ready for Business published the results of the third survey of public sector commissioners and procurement staff in Scotland. Read more here and download the full report here.

Procurement Strategies and notifying Scottish Ministers – New Policy Note
The Scottish Government has published a new Policy Note detailing how contracting authority should notify Scottish Ministers of the publication of its procurement strategy. See 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. Recent enquiries have included the redesign of community transport services from a number of local authorities and interest in the redesign of early years services.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Please contact Roddy or Joan (0141 425 2914) for more information or go here.


Emergency First Aid at Work Workshop
Viridor offers free places for SMEs and Social Enterprises at its Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 5) Workshop on Tuesday 8th November in Glasgow. For more information and booking see here.

Marketing Workshop
This free ‘How to compete like a Big Brand without a Big Brand budget’ workshop takes place on 15th November in Glasgow. Aims are to help small businesses and social enterprises take their brand and marketing to the next level, enabling your organisation to achieve its objectives more quickly and more profitably. Full information and booking details can be found here.

‘Together for Children in Aberdeen’ Services Pre Tender Event
Aberdeen City Council is due to tender for the ‘Together for Children in Aberdeen’ Services, covering intensive support for young people at risk and also early help for families in need and organises an event to allow providers to engage with the commissioners ahead of the tender. More details here.

Supplier Development Programme Procurement training
A range of interesting, free procurement related training events delivered by the Supplier Development Programme. See here for an overview of the free training events on offer.

Case Studies

Dovetail Enterprises – Delivering to the public sector
Dovetail Enterprises is one of seven companies which have been successful in being included in the Scottish Government Framework Agreement for supported factories and businesses. It has also been successful in being included as a supplier to Dundee City’s Welfare Fund contract. It is building up expertise in successfully competing with the commercial sector for both public and private sector contracts. See more.


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 include:

  • Landscaping Works – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Community Development Finance Institution – Fife Council
  • Grounds Maintenance Works Contract 2017/18 – Kingdom Housing Association Limited
  • Provision of Supported Accommodation and Tenancy Support Services – Falkirk Services
  • National Third Sector Funding Highlands & Islands only – Competitive Funding Offer

See more details.