Ready for Business – Pre Tender Events

‘Together for Children in Aberdeen’ Services

Children’s Social Work Services in Aberdeen City Council would like to invite you to pre-tender provider event on 3 November 2016, 09:00-11:00. Marischal College (please report at the main reception).

The Council is due to tender for the ‘Together for Children in Aberdeen’ Services, covering intensive support for young people at risk and also early help for families in need. The event will allow providers to engage with the commissioners ahead of the tender publication which is scheduled for 28 November 2016.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site.

Advocacy Support for Looked After and Accomodated Children – East, North and South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnerships

The Partnership is interested in engaging with Providers who are able to respond to procurement in terms of best value including cost, quality and sustainability, but also to deliver community benefits.
Interview discussions will be held on 2 November 2016 in Kilmarnock – location to be confirmed. It is anticipated that discussions should take no longer than 45-60 minutes and will begin at 9:30am. Please contact by 5pm on 31st of October 2016 to organise a suitable time slot.

See full information on PCS.

Scottish Enterprise : Collaborate to access new Markets

Win a £10,000 prize to help you set up a consortium co-operative to access new markets with like-minded businesses.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 18th November 2016

What is a consortium co-operative?

It’s an organisation run in a shared and equal way by its members for their mutual benefit. Members are businesses and the co-operative can be for any purpose which supports them – such as marketing, tendering, innovating or exporting. Find out more here

£5k in cash, £5k in business support

There will be up to five winners, each receiving £5,000 in cash to implement their collaborative idea, Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) support to set up as a consortium co-operative, international advice where appropriate and £5,000 business support from Scottish Enterprise (SE) or Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The objective: Grow your business and access new markets

Your application should show how you and your partners wish to collaborate to take advantage of a new market opportunity that will help your businesses to grow. This could be a new sector or new geographical market – including international markets.  We will award up to two of the 5 prizes to those whose collaboration demonstrates strong international ambitions.

For more information on the Prize, visit Scottish Enterprise website to request the application form.

Ambitious Social Enterprises Wanted

  1. Just Enterprise
    1. 1-1 business support
    2. Workshops (each a duration of 2 hours):
  2. Social Enterprise Fund (SEF)
    1. Start It – grants of up to £5k (paid to individuals) – start-up costs
    2. Build It – grants of up to £25k (paid to the business) – focussing on increasing employment
  3. Ditto
    1. A programme of tried and tested business models focussing on a range of social outcomes.  Childcare services, Community Bakery, Mobile Bike Maintenance, Community Cafe, Craft Retailer, Baby Goods Boutique, Community Hub among others.
  4. LaunchMe
    Firstport is looking for ambitious, early stage social enterprises that want to scale and take on social investment, to take part in their social enterprise accelerator programme LaunchMe. LaunchMe will provide you with seed funding, intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage and mentoring. You can also pitch to get any investment that you secured matched! If you are ready to accelerate your social enterprise, you can find more information here or call Firstport on 0131 558 2724.

Developer Obligations

When a development takes place there is a need for infrastructure and services to accompany it.  Each Council has policies and guidelines relating to developer contributions and affordable housing.  What gets funded through developer obligations includes sports and recreation facilities, waste, transportation, community halls amongst other obligations attached are some FAQs on this subject provided as a result of discussions between Aberdeen City Council and ACVO

SIS Social Impact Report

For a 5th consecutive year,  SIS customers have been able to deliver increased jobs and trading income underlining the fact Scotland’s social economy continues to thrive and that social investment has been the enabler to greater sustainability and impact.

The 2016 report published today is the result of in-depth research amongst 118 SIS customers made up of social enterprises, charities and community organisations, to measure the impact of investment on their social and economic goals.

Ready for Business: Tender Opportunities & Free Workshops for Social Enterprise Organisations / SMEs:
Inspiration Point – Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen City Council

Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council are seeking to appoint a creative organisation to lead the engagement for a new city-wide initiative, ‘Inspiration Point’. Using the working title #inspiration the organisation will design and manage a comprehensive audience development strategy which will capture the imagination of the public.

The appointed organisation will deliver experiential engagement events at various locations in the city and generate a strong online presence across all the mainstream digital channels. All these strategies should deliver high audience and participant numbers at the various events planned during the project.

Through #inspiration participants will be given opportunities to explore what inspires them and there will be an increased awareness of opportunities and excitement about arts and cultural activity in Aberdeen. The use of digital tools such as film clips and animations will be supported by physical engagement activities and innovative printed materials to create a real ‘buzz’ in the City for the full run of the project.

Deadline Date: 24/10/16 at 17:00

Just Enterprise Business Development Workshop : Costing & Pricing : Aberdeen

This is a full day participative workshop, divided into a morning session on Costing:

One of the most important issues for an organisation is to determine the cost of the services/products you provide. In order to recover your costs and pitch services/selling prices at the right level it is essential to have accurate knowledge of what your service actually costs. This workshop explains how you can accurately cost your services on a full cost recovery basis. Using recognised techniques, the workshop uses ‘live’ data from an organisation that delivers four separate services and demonstrates how to reallocate all central and administration costs to each service.

And an afternoon session on Pricing:

Do you know how to set prices for the services/products your organisation provides? Are you leaving additional earnings on the table when you pitch your prices or are you not sure? This workshop will show you how to price your services and explains a variety of techniques used in product pricing. This is a practical workshop requiring delegates to bring along a calculator and writing materials.

Who should Attend? This course is aimed at individuals within third sector organisations who have budgetary responsibility. For those who have previously attended training offered via the Just Enterprise programme, please note that the content of this workshop is covered during Day 2 of the “Finance for Practitioners” course.

Learning Outcomes This practical course will teach delegates the specific skills to accurately determine the cost of the products/services their organisation offers and how to set appropriate pricing.

When & Where Thursday 17th November 2016 (9.30am to 4.00pm) – ACVO, 38 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SD

Cost Free of charge for members/staff of third sector organisations

How to Book Click here to complete the on-line registration form. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis – book early to guarantee your place.

Just Enterprise is a Scottish Government funded programme specifically designed to assist the growth of Scotland’s third sector. Visit or telephone 0141 425 2939 for details of the full range of support available.

Supplier Development Programme Webinars

The new SDP training programme reflects the changes in line with the Procurement Reform Act (Scotland). New courses are now live on their calendar. In addition the following webinars will be running in October.

  • IP awareness
  • Supplier’s role in Contract relationship management
  • European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)

Whether you are new to tendering or have bid before and want to improve your bidding techniques they have a course for you, book now to avoid disappointment places are limited.

Developing Social Enterprise Ventures
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00
ACVO – 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5YU
£95 (Learners may apply to the ACVO Bursary Scheme to meet the costs of this programme. Contact Alison Chandler for more information)
Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

Developing social enterprise activity has the potential to make a real difference to creating sustainable organisations, engaging our communities and making social and economic impact.

This is a one-day programme that will bring together staff and directors of enterprising third sector organisations, both existing and new, to explore and review their development of social enterprise.

You will support each other to gain clarity over the vision of your social enterprise venture and shape a plan on how to action its realisation and/or sustainable development.

This approach may highlight any challenges your strategy will need to overcome or develop key questions of thought informing future resolution.

During this programme you will:

  • Gain clarity on the values of your venture, focusing on social impact and attitude to risk
  • Identify the scope and market for your social enterprise – what is key to its success?
  • Strengthen your understanding of financial support available and investment required

This programme is for staff and directors of enterprising third sector organisations in Aberdeen and elsewhere North East Scotland.

For more information, please contact Kate McArdle 01463 238 088 |

To book a place visit –

Just Enterprise: Procurement Support – FREE Help and Advice with Competitive Tendering

The growth in volume and range of public sector services has witnessed a similar increase in competitive tendering – a practice replacing those services that were previously grant funded or delivered through SLA arrangements. In this highly competitive environment, third sector organisations need to have a clear understanding of the processes involved if they are to write successful tenders.

If you are an existing third sector organisation planning to tender for public sector work in the near future, or need help to prepare for a specific tender, Just Enterprise can help guide you through the process. Through the provision of tailored consultancy support our expert procurement advisers are available to work alongside you – helping to demystify the tendering process and providing you with the essential tools and techniques required to write successful tenders.

We are still open to accept new applications for our procurement support service from both new and existing clients – please feel free to forward this information on to any Scotland based third sector organisation you feel may benefit from accessing this free service.

Interested? Apply here now – we look forward to hearing from you!

OSCR Guidance for Social Enterprise

Scotland’s Charity Regulator, OSCR, has published new guidance for Social Enterprises thinking about becoming a charity in Scotland.

The Social Enterprise in Scotland Census 2015 found that there are around 3,500 Social Enterprises registered as charities in Scotland.

The new guidance, set out in the form of FAQs, addresses some of the questions applicants have about becoming a charity, as well as some of the issues OSCR frequently sees in applications from Social Enterprises.

Read the web version here.
Download the PDF here.

If you are thinking of setting up a social enterprise, either as a charity, the trading arm of a charity or as a stand alone enterprise in itself, feel free to contact ACVO Development Officer, Sandy Mathers on 01224 686075 or by email;

North East Middle Management Development Programme – Managing Together

A programme to assist middle managers from across public and third sectors in the North East of Scotland manage people and services better to contribute to the delivery of improved services to local people.

More Information

Procurement News

The sustainable procurement duty and community benefit requirements introduced in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 take effect on 1st June.

The sustainable procurement duty requires contracting authorities to think about how they can improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of their area before they purchase anything, and has a particular focus on reducing inequality. It also requires a contracting authority to consider how its procurement processes can facilitate the involvement of SMEs, third sector bodies and supported business and how public procurement can be used to promote innovation.

The community benefits requirement requires a contracting authority to consider including community benefit requirements for all regulated procurements where the estimated value of the contract is equal to or greater than £4 million.

More detailed information can be found in the statutory guidance.

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy

Around 20 months ago, a number of representative and support bodies came together to explore the long-term development of the social enterprise movement in Scotland. They then  asked social enterprises to share their early ideas and produced ‘Building the New Economy: Scotland’s Vision for Social Enterprise 2025’. Here’s a link to summary document . The same bodies are now working with the Scottish Government to co-produce a ten-year Social Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will guide government support for social enterprises during the next decade. It will be accompanied by an Action Plan setting out detailed priorities and plans for the next three years.

CEMVO Scotland – Ethnic Minority Impact Awards 2016

CEMVO Scotland is pleased to announce its third EM Impact Awards.

Building on the success of previous years we will be recognising, rewarding and celebrating individuals and organisations that really make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland.

Our TWO guest speakers for the evening will be:

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister (TBC)
  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor London (TBC)

We anticipate a highly enjoyable evening with live entertainment, high profile speakers, a delicious 5 course meal and a great opportunity to network with over 500 guests from different organisational sectors and diverse communities.

Please click here for more information about the dinner as well as sponsorship opportunities for individual awards or as the main sponsor(s) for the event.

Alliancing and Alliance Contracting

Information on contracts and care provision: Resources from a CCPS-Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland event February 2016

Putting it all together

Alliance overview

Governance roles performance

Circular Economy Fund and Love Food Hate Waste 

Information in relation to your environmental bottom line: Circular Economy Investment Fund, Food Waste and Community Resources.

SENSCOT: Building a New Economy: Scotland’s Vision for Social Enterprise 2025

Scotland has a long history of pioneering new forms of business that blend social and commercial goals. These reflect a belief among the people of Scotland in a fairer, more equal society – organised for the benefit of all – where business activity is used as a means to this end and not an end in itself.

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