Monthly Ready for Business Newsletter

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Scottish Government reviewing delivery and content of current supplier guidance

The Scottish Government are reviewing the delivery and content of their current supplier guidance and as a result would like feedback from suppliers. Read more and find the link to the survey here.

New Public Social Partnerships ‘How To’ Guide Published

Ready for Business has published guidance to support existing and prospective Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) by providing a step by step guide to the key stages and processes that should be undertaken to ensure a successful PSP. See more here  and download the guide and appendices.

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.

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


Supplier Development Programme Launches New Policy Workshops

Businesses are now expected to submit their policies as part of the tender process and these workshops aim to provide you with all the information required to understand what is expected of your business and how to achieve certification. More information and booking and see here for its regular training programme.

City of Edinburgh & Glasgow Councils Open Innovation Challenge

Scottish Enterprise is supporting City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils who are seeking an innovative solution to capture, monitor and report on community benefits provided by suppliers on their contracts. Deadline for submission 15 December. More detail here.

 Supplier Development Programme Procurement training

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

Case Studies

Fife Short-term Housing Support and Homelessness Services PSP

Fife Council has chosen the Public Social Partnership model to redesign its housing support and homelessness services, with a desire to build on the existing relationship with the third sector providers. The opportunity to stimulate innovation and make budget savings, whilst at the same time maintaining the quality of service provision were also important considerations. Read the full case study here.


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:

  • Together for Children in Aberdeen – Aberdeen City Council
  • Delivery of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
  • Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership – The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Provision of Social Media Management – Digital Media Orkney Project
  • Allan Community Centre Upgrade – Stirling Council
  • Linlithgow Palace Schools Filming Project – Historic Environment Scotland

See more details.