14 August 2009 | Jake Kanter
The Scottish government is to help third sector organisations bid for public sector contracts.
The government this week advertised a £110,000 contract to provide tender writing training services for up to 400 not-for-profit organisations - such as charities - over the next two years.
It forms part of a wider government scheme set out last year to help the third sector become more enterprising and build skills to ensure suppliers can access business opportunities.
The organisations will not be trained to bid on specific contracts, but a number already provide services for the Scottish government, such as recycling.
Maggie Wright, portfolio specialist at the Central Government Centre of Procurement Expertise, said the service would help organisations in the sector become less dependent on grant funding and give them greater business acumen.
"A successful outcome for us would be if third sector organisations become more aware of tendering processes and more effective at bidding on contracts," she told supplymanagement.com.
Paul White, director of networks at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said: "We welcome any initiative which will enable charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations to improve the quality of their tenders and play an even greater role in delivering key services across Scotland."