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Opening Markets

Opening up Public Sector Markets to the Enterprising Third Sector

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the third sector is able to play a full role in public service reform through greater involvement in service design and delivery. The third sector has the expertise to help deliver a number of the key recommendations of the Christie Commission regarding partnership working, collaborative spend in localities and preventative spend.

This commitment was clearly articulated in the Spending Review of September 2011:

“We will be working across Government and the public sector to ensure that the third sector’s role can be maximised, supporting greater collaboration between the public and the third sectors both at the local and national levels.”

The Scottish Government has therefore put in place programmes that are aimed at:

  • increasing public sector understanding of the third sector; and
  • increasing the capability and the capacity of the third sector to bid for and win public sector contracts.

In November 2011 Scottish Ministers awarded a contract to the Ready for Business consortium to increase public sector understanding of the third sector with the aim of opening up public sector markets to enterprising third sector organisations. 

Ready for Business is assisting those in the public sector involved in commissioning and procurement to:

  • improve their understanding of third sector suppliers and thereby open markets to them
  • strengthen understanding and use of Community Benefit Clauses in Procurement; and
  • encourage routine use of co-production in the design of public services and support the development of Public-Social Partnerships.

 

   

 

Scotland's 32 Local Authorities

Just Enterprise has operated in this LA

Developing Markets has engaged with this LA

Aberdeen City Council

Yes

Yes

Aberdeenshire Council

Yes

Yes

Angus Council

Yes

Yes

Argyll & Bute Council

Yes

Yes

Clackmannanshire Council

Yes

Yes

Dumfries & Galloway Council

Yes

Yes

Dundee City Council

Yes

Yes

East Ayrshire Council

Yes

Yes

East Dunbartonshire Council

Yes

Yes

East Lothian Council

Yes

Yes

East Renfrewshire Council

Yes

Yes

Edinburgh City Council

Yes

Yes

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Yes

Yes

(Western Isles Council)

Yes

Yes

Falkirk Council

Yes

Yes

Fife Council

Yes

Yes

Glasgow City Council

Yes

Yes

Highland Council

Yes

Yes

Inverclyde Council

Yes

Yes

Midlothian Council

Yes

Yes

Moray Council

Yes

Yes

North Ayrshire Council

Yes

Yes

North Lanarkshire Council

Yes

Yes

Orkney Islands Council

Yes

Yes

Perth & Kinross Council

Yes

Yes

Renfrewshire Council

Yes

Yes

Scottish Borders Council

Yes

Yes

Shetland Islands Council

Yes

No

South Ayrshire Council

Yes

Yes

South Lanarkshire Council

Yes

Yes

Stirling Council

Yes

Yes

West Dunbartonshire Council

Yes

Yes

West Lothian Council

Yes

Yes

 

Public-Social Partnerships (PSP)

A PSP typically comprises three stages:-

  • third sector organisations work with public sector purchasers to design a service
  • a consortium of public sector and third sector organisations may conduct a short-term pilot, helping to refine service delivery parameters
  • the service is further developed to maximise community benefit before being competitively tendered.

PSPs can enable the delivery of public services more efficiently and with more person-centred outcomes for users of services, by putting co-production at the heart of service design. As well as the centrality of co-production, PSPs have the added benefit of giving all partners the opportunity to test out new service designs through piloting. This allows operational issues to be addressed and user feedback to be incorporated into the final design of the service. The Scottish Government published guidance on developing and running Public-Social Partnerships in July 2011

 

The current Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers contract (2012-14) includes development support for strategic exemplar PSPs.  Five have now been identified:

  • Low Moss Prison: a programme to meet the needs of short-term prisoners whilst still in prison and after release with a focus on ensuring that reoffending is reduced
  • Royal Edinburgh Hospital: redevelopment of the hospital and realignment of both mental health services and services for those with Neuro Progressive Disorders to have a greater focus of delivery of services in the community
  • Review and redesign of supported living models in East Renfrewshire CHCP:  services for people with a learning disability including support and advice on Self Directed Support and maximising use of new technology
  • Changing Communities, Changing Lives: modernisation of traditional day services for people in Glasgow who have learning disabilities, broadening the scope to SDS/personalisation, employment, education and community based opportunities
  • SPT Community Transport: redesigning community transport solutions which are demand-led and responsive to the current and future needs of communities of place & interest.

 

Further details, including case studies and Lessons Learned Report can be accessed via the Ready for Business website.

 

The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (2012-15),one of three change funds created by the Scottish Government to help drive a decisive shift towards preventative spending, is also being delivered under a PSP model -  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/public-safety/offender-management/changefund

 

Community Benefits in Procurement

Community Benefits in Procurement can be added to any suitable contract to provide wider social benefit. Typically, these are Targeted Recruitment and Training, Small Business and Social Enterprise Development and Community Engagement and Enhancement.

Community Benefit clauses are not just about procurement, they require organisations to take a strategic view of what is being bought, their wider social obligations and what additional benefits could be achieved. Costs of including such clauses are minimal and suppliers who respond well on Community Benefit questions, also do well in delivering the contract.

Further information on the context to and application of sustainable procurement in particular Community Benefits in Procurement (and other issues of importance to third sector providers) can be accessed on the Community Benefits page of the Scottish Government’s website.

Across public procurement a national reform programme includes intentions to develop specific legislation around strengthening sustainable practices in procurement.

 

Increasing the capability and capacity of Scotland’s enterprising third sector to bid for and win public sector contracts

 

Public Contracts Scotland portal

The Public Contracts Scotland portal gives organisations free access to contract opportunities in Scotland.  This includes contracts with Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services.  To browse the database of available contracts, you can register on the site as a third sector supplier and receive free e-mail alerts about contracting opportunities in which you have registered an interest. 

 

The Supplier Development Programme

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP), is a local authority partnership programme established to offer small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to grow and diversify through procurement.

The SDP aims to assist SMEs to improve their performance in winning contracts with public sector organisations.  Scottish Government funding enables enterprising third sector organisations from across Scotland to participate free of charge in SDP events.  The programme offers information, support and training to help unravel the tendering process.

If you are a Supplier, Buyer or Partner Agency you are welcome to register here with the SDP.

 

Intermediaries

Scottish Social Enterprise Alliance

The Scottish Government supports the Scottish Social Enterprise Alliance (comprising Social Enterprise Scotland; Social Firms Scotland and Senscot) which aims to support the development and growth of social enterprises, including social firms at both a local and national level. Together, the Alliance influences and contributes effectively to the development of policies that add value to communities across Scotland.  The Alliance also raises awareness of social enterprise – through various channels – promoting good practice; identifying real issues that are affecting the development of social enterprises – and, in partnership with others, seek to offer solutions.

Learning and Development

The Scottish Government supports the Social Enterprise Academy to deliver their Learning and Development Programme including the Social Enterprise in Education Programme.  This strategic investment in learning and development has contributed to increasingly enterprising and resilient individuals, organisations and communities. 

 

Accredited learning and development programmes are delivered, responsive to need and focussing on three specialist areas – leadership, enterprise and social impact.  Leadership and enterprise are supported across stages of organisational development (including pre-start social entrepreneurs, new-start social entrepreneurs, emerging social enterprises and mature social enterprises), areas of the sector and across educational groups (including schools, MCMC group, colleges and universities).

International Social Enterprise Programme

In March 2012 the First Minister announced the International Social Enterprise Programme (2012-15) at the Social Enterprise Exchange in Glasgow.  The programme supports international social enterprises to base their global headquarters in Scotland and reinforces Scotland’s position as a world leader in social enterprise support and development. 

 

The global social enterprises supported by the programme are:

 

 

Between them they operate in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North & South America.  Scottish Government support will further enable these Scottish-based international social enterprises to play a key role in influencing the development of social enterprise around the world.