Ready for Business Newsletter

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This is already the last e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business for 2014. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


SDS Innovation Fund announced

The Scottish Government has announced Innovation Funding for SDS Providers, who are invited to bid for three year funding to develop and improve SDS provider services and the workforce over the next three years. For more information about the Fund see announcement or full details on how to apply.

Second Edinburgh Hospital Project Receives Major Grant

Ready for  Business are delighted that the  Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus redevelopment will receive a £1M investment from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation which will allow the plans generated by the Greenspace: Artspace PSP to be implemented, creating a range of therapeutic and recreational opportunities across the grounds of the new hospital. See press release.

Glasgow City Council to Use Procurement Policy to Tackle In-Work Poverty

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council has announced a range of measures to tackle in-work poverty. Read more here.

Update Scottish Procurement Policy Note on Community Benefit

This Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) provide guidance on interim arrangements relating to Community Benefit requirements in public contracts in advance of the full implementation of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland)  Act 2014 and Statutory Guidance to be published under the Act. See here for more details.

Scotland’s answer to economic woe: public procurement

An article in The Guardian suggests that England must look to Scotland’s sustainable way of buying goods and services. Read more here.

The Contribution of the Third Sector to Employability in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published the Third Sector Employability Forum report that recognises the Third Sector as a key player in delivering employability services. See more.

Social Care Services Scotland 2014 – An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

This Statistics Release presents the latest national figures for Social Care services provided or purchased by local authorities in Scotland. See details.

The PSP Advice Service

If you have any questions or queries relating to any element of the PSP model, whether you are just considering creating a PSP or are well into your service design, please contact the PSP advice point service – further information and access points are available here. Or contact David Fogg (07919 392 369) or Anthony Hall (07880 054642).


Glasgow Social Enterprise Trade Show

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) organises a Trade Show showcasing the wide ranging products and services available from social enterprises. 10 December at The Briggait, Glasgow, see more.

Inspire Behavioural Safety – Free Capacity Building Workshop

This free workshop for SME’s & Social Enterprises takes place in Glasgow on Wednesday 10th December from 10.00 – 12.00 hrs. More info 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.

Case Studies

Co-production of a Day Opportunities Service in Galashiels by Scottish Borders Council

Read more about Scottish Borders Council pushed the traditional boundaries of procurement and created a new route to achieve successful delivery of a day opportunities service with the important principle of co-production at the heart of the decision making process.  Read the full case study here.


Below are some tender 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:

  • Professional Confidential Counselling Service – North Lanrkshire Council
  • Window Cleaning – 5 year Partnering Agreement – Loreburn Housing Association
  • Housing Support to Women Experiencing or at Risk of Violence/Domestic Abuse – North Ayrshire Council
  • Disability Information, Advice, Support and Counselling – West Lothian Council
  • Provision of Kerbside Recycling Collection – Falkirk Council

See details on the Ready for Business website.