Procurement

We have received the following message from DWP about the new Flexible Support Fund dynamic purchasing system (FSF DPS 2). This new system will replace the current DPS when it expires on 31 October 2021.

The online engagement events take place on August 26, September 1, 6, 9 and 14 and places can be booked through Eventbrite.

DWP Commercial Employment Category is conducting an exercise to analyse the effectiveness of Tender Assurance practices in its procurements. They have conducted a number of tender assurance exercises within DWP and would like to understand the employment supplier market’s views on the effectiveness of these activities. They invite you to complete a short survey to feedback your organisation’s views to help improve their commercial process. The survey will take no longer than ten minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous.

Social Security Scotland has published its Corporate Procurement Strategy for 2021-2023 and it gives details of forthcoming contract opportunities. 

Supported Businesses have been awarded more than £2 million in contracts to support the set-up of Social Security Scotland offices in Dundee and Glasgow.

The Scottish Government Framework for Supported Businesses was used to invite bids from organisations that employ at least 30% disabled or disadvantaged people within their workforce. BASE has been active in supporting the development of the Scottish procurement frameworks.

The Department for Work and Pensions is organising a market engagement event for an Autism Accreditation Contract. They are seeking a provider that is well experienced in working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and highly experienced in developing accreditations.

The following information is taken from the Test & Learn DPS and may be subject to amendment. Please log in to ensure that you are reading the latest documentation.

Social Enterprise Scotland is organising a Corporate Challenge Bootcamp week which runs 19th-23rd July. The week features a number of sessions designed for all social enterprises interested in supply chain and procurement.

 

Kirklees Council is looking into a potential procurement option to put in place future contractual arrangements for suitably qualified and experienced organisations to deliver Kirklees Mental Health Employment Services.

Meet the Buyer 2021

The 12th Annual Meet the Buyer 2021 will take place as a live, virtual event on 8 June 2021. Headline partners include the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

Meet the Buyer 2021 is the event of the year for engagement with buyers as the public sector turns towards economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Year on year, the Supplier Development Programme consistently facilitates suppliers with access to the public sector, and though virtual, Meet the Buyer 2021 will provide suppliers with the ability to raise your

The Department for Work and Pensions may soon advertise a number of opportunities and go out to tender via the Test & Learn Dynamic Purchasing System (T&L DPS). They want to warm up the market to these possible opportunities and DWP reserves the right not proceed to an invitation to tender.  The opportunities currently under consideration are in the following areas:

  • Local Supported Employment
  • Quality and accreditations (Autism support and Occupational Health)
  • Occupational Health
  • Individual Placement Support

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to hear your views, thoughts and comments on how they procure programmes. They have issued a survey to help them develop a number of initiatives and to give providers the opportunity to tell them the aspects of procurement that they do well and the things they still have room to improve.   The survey is in 3 parts and covers:

  • Section A - 2020 DWP Employment Category Supplier Survey
  • Section B - Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health-Related Services (CAEHRS) – Feedback on the recent competition 
  • Section C - Market Engagement: Tier 3 and Flexible Support Fund (FSF) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) 2


Your feedback and input is valuable to the future design of Tier 3 and FSF DPS 2 and how DWP develops and improves what they deliver and how. Please access the background document attached below prior to completing the survey.

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