A new community benefit service has been launched for companies hoping to win public sector contracts in Scotland.
The service connects businesses looking to provide community benefit with community groups and projects that need their help. It aims to help improve community benefit outcomes and at the same time help suppliers add value to their bids by identifying and providing innovative and compelling community benefit solutions.
Alan, who advised the Scottish Government and Local Authorities on the drafting of Community Benefit Best Practice and Policy documents and has worked extensively with private sector, social enterprises and public sector authorities throughout Scotland, said:
“If you take the time and undertake proper research on Community Benefits, it can be make the difference between winning and losing a contract. Many companies think they can just insert their CSR policy or talk in general terms when they are completing the Community Benefits section but that won’t win them the business. A really good Community Benefit offer needs to be aligned with both the supplier’s needs and the aspirations of the client. To be really successful contractors need to undertake research and understand local needs, the client’s objectives and the socio-economic environment. It’s also important to have a robust system in place for the monitoring and reporting of Community Benefits.
“The public sector has a real opportunity to generate significant additional benefits for their communities through the use of Community Benefit clauses but not enough action has been taken since this legislation was introduced over a year ago. Procurers are going to be asked to report to the Scottish Government from March 2018 so now is the time to do something about it. We are hugely excited about creating some really exciting and innovative ideas and can’t wait to help Scotland’s public sector lead the world in terms of public sector reform. ….”