Social Enterprise Register

Monthly Newsletter with updates, events, tenders and more

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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.

Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Roundtable Position Paper

The Scottish Government and Senscot published a Position Paper on the development of and support for social enterprises in the Health and Wellbeing sector.  Read the paper here.

New partnership to benefit thousands of Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people

The Robertson Trust supports one of Scotland’s biggest public social partnership (PSP) agreements which aims to widen opportunities for Glasgow’s most disadvantaged young people. Read more here.

Scottish Social Enterprise Strategy

Angela Constance, the Cabinet Secretary, will outline the strategic approach to social enterprise in Scotland, domestically and internationally, for the next ten years at the CEIS Annual Conference. The strategy steering group members will outline the process from ‘Vision to Strategy’ and engage with the conference on how the strategy will enable social enterprise to tackle inequality in a fairer Scotland. See more.

The impact of Brexit on UK’s £200bn public procurement spend

An informative piece in the Guardian on the influence of Brexit on public procurement in the UK. Read more.

A strong plea for closer collaboration between the NHS and the third sector

This Blog in The Huffington Post sets out the case for closer collaboration between the NHS and the third sector in this article. Read more.

Public procurement needs urgent reform in the wake of Brexit

Another article from The Guardian on Brexit and procurement. Read more.

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) for more information, or to ask a question on PSPs.

Further information and access points on PSPs are available here.


Business Insurance for Small Businesses Workshop

Viridor organises a free workshop in Glasgow on Tuesday 13 September on Business Insurance. For more information and registration see here.

Meet the Buyer: NHS GGC’s tendering of Community Cooking services

NHS GGC organises a Meet the Buyer event for those interested in delivering practical cooking in the community on 7th September in Glasgow. For more information and to book a place see here.

Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference 2016

CEIS will host its annual conference in Glasgow on the 7th of September. At this event Ready for Business will chair a workshop on social enterprises readiness to tender which will feature contributions from Scotland Excel, Senscot and Sustainable Procurement Ltd. For more information and registration see here.

Procurement Reform Workshop at DTAS Conference

Ready for Business will contribute to a workshop at the DTAS conference at 4/5 September which will outline the changes under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in view of the opportunities it might present for the third sector through: the sustainable procurement duty; more streamlined and flexible processes; use of lots; further elaborations on the use of social considerations and the lighter touch regime for health and care services. It will also provide practical hints and tips about tendering for public contracts and the range of support available. More details here.

Supplier Development Programme Procurement training

For an overview of the free training events on offer see here.

Case Studies

Co-production: Working with the Third Sector to Reshape Dementia Services

East Dunbartonshire Council and partners have developed an

innovative co-production response to the challenge of delivering dementia care to the ageing local population.

Download Full Case Study.


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:

  • Provision of Landscape Maintenance Services – Clyde Valley Housing Association Limited
  • Provision of Services for Glasgow’s ESF Poverty and Social Inclusion Operation
  • Interpretation Services Framework – Highland Council
  • Employability Services in Inverclyde – Inverclyde Council
  • Community Based Housing Support Service for Mental Health – Scottish Borders Council
  • Framework for the provision of Employability Support Services – South Lanarkshire Council

See more details.