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Latest Monthly Newsletter from Ready for Business

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Please find this month’s latest e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business!


Statutory Guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act Statutory Guidance and an associated Scottish Procurement Policy Note (‘SPPN’) have been published. The guidance provides advice to Commissioners and Procurement officers on how to meet the requirements of the Act. Read more here.

Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers extended

Following discussions with the Scottish Government, Ready for Business are pleased to announce that the Government has extended the Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers contract for a further year.  This means that we will continue to provide support and advice on the Public Social Partnership model, the application of Community Benefit Clauses and the role the third sector can play in delivering services until March 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme and the support we can offer please visit the website.

Update to Guidance on the Procurement of Care and Support Services (Best-Practice)   

The best-practice guidance on the procurement of care and support services in Scotland has been updated. Read more here.

Fit for Purpose event

The Ready for Business Consortium held its Fit for Purpose 2016 event at Easter Road Stadium earlier this month. With Health and Social Care Integration coming into force across 31 local authority areas on 1st April, the Conference focused on the important role social enterprises can play in improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Scotland. You can read more and download presentations here.

Changes following the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (Scotland)

From Monday 18 April 2016 all Scottish public bodies must issue and accept the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), a standard form for use by all EU member states that replaces pre-qualification questionnaires. 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 Roddy (0141 425 2914) 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.


Supplier Development Programme Procurement training

For an overview of the free training events on offer visit the website.

Understanding Behaviours – What drives us and others?

Free workshop taking place on 19th April in Glasgow. From this short session about personality types and the behaviours they may display, you will gain a better understanding of how we all communicate in different ways and you will start to develop the ability to build relationships and create a more positive work environment. See more.

Case Studies

Employability Services in Fife

Eight third sector employability services came together to form the Fife ETC consortium that won the contract to deliver the employability contract for the Opportunities Fife Partnership. This has led to better, more joint-up

employability services in Fife, reaching more unemployed people from deprived areas and a stronger third sector.

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Procurement of consultancy services in Argyll and Bute

Members of the voluntary associations for four community centres owned by Argyll and Bute Council were trained in and managed the procurement of external business planning consultants in partnership with the Council.

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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:

  • Tenant Participation Strategy - The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Review, Business Planning and Sustainability Support - North Ayrshire - Community Led Action and Support Project
  • Community Connecting for people over 50 - The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Services - The City of Edinburgh Council

See more information.

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