November Newsletter

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This will be the last e-newsletter of 2013 from the team at Ready for Business. We at Ready for Business would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.

News

Ready for Business continues to roll out the Developing Markets programme in 2014-16
The Scottish Government has awarded Ready for Business the contract to continue to deliver the Developing markets for Third sector Providers programme. Watch this space for details of the new programme.

New EU procurement regulations
New procurement regulations emerging from the EU will favour SEs over the giant profit driven contractors. The social and environmental value created by a service provider can now be taken into account; The EU favours contracts being subdivided into sizes deliverable by small, local SEs. Some contracts can even be exclusively reserved for social enterprises – see more.

New Procurement Reform Board established
In early October, a decision was taken to merge the public sector Procurement Reform Board and the private and third sector Public Procurement Advisory Group (PPAG). Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who chairs both groups said,

‘That signals a fundamental shift – from an approach to reform that has been Government-led, public sector-owned, into a new phase of reform that is collectively owned by a partnership of public sector, business and third sector communities.’

RfB partner, Pauline Graham, who has been representing social enterprise on the PPAG since 2008 will continue to participate on the newly merged Procurement Reform Board. Pauline said, ‘This is timely given the Procurement Reform Bill is moving through the Parliamentary process and it gives suppliers’ representatives an opportunity to continue to engage with government and Procurement centres of expertise in reforming procurement to ensure that social enterprise suppliers find it more accessible, transparent and third sector friendly’.

Low Moss PSP gets BIG Lottery support
Read the news story published in the Kirkintilloch Herald here.

Companies engaging in blacklisting to be excluded from public procurement.
A Scottish Procurement Policy (SPPN) note has been issued to provide advice on the exclusion from public contracts of companies which engage in the practice of blacklisting.For more information see note.

Events

New Capacity Building Workshops
A series of free workshop for SME and Social Enterprises on 5 and 6 December in Glasgow. For more information see website.

Case Studies

Public Social Partnership: Low Moss Prison 
Throughcare Pathway
Read more about how the Public Social Partnership model has helped to bring about shared learning and benefits for public and third sector partners in the re-design of the throughcare pathway for convicted short-term prisoners and those on remand.

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