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Partnership for Procurement - Supporting Scotland's Third Sector

P4P is an initiative which supports social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public procurement and other contracting opportunities and to build partnerships and consortia.

The programme is a partnership between Senscot, Social Firms Scotland, the Scottish Community Alliance and Co-operative Development Scotland. It builds on the existing work of the Partnership and Procurement Support Service which has been managed since 2015 by Senscot and Social Firms Scotland.

P4P is funded through the Scottish Government’s ‘Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland - Action Plan 2017-2020’ which is part of the Scottish Government’s 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy.

Hosted by Senscot, a Governance Group oversees and guides P4P activities. An Advisory Group – drawn from across the social enterprise, community and third Sectors –meets quarterly to feed in issues, comments arising from their respective membership and ensure that P4P is responding adequately to the needs of grassroots organisations.

Meet the team

Yvonne McBride

Yvonne McBride, Manager

Yvonne brings over 14 years’ experience in economic development at North Lanarkshire Council, including social economy support. Her experience includes a range of development work, employability projects and European funded projects including the EQUAL – Social Economy Scotland project and ERDF – Business Competitiveness.

Yvonne manages the P4P team coordinating the delivery of a dedicated programme of practical support to social enterprise and third sector organisations to develop partnerships and consortia to effectively respond to contracting opportunities.

Neil Young

Neil Young, Coordinator

Neil's background is primarily in business development in the third sector, most recently with the Wise Group, a large social enterprise headquartered in Glasgow. While at the Wise Group he played a key role in successfully securing funding from a range of sources including the Work Able Scotland, Glasgow and Dundee Employability Pipeline contracts and funding from the CashBack for Communities programme and Big Lottery Fund. 

Prior to the Wise Group he worked with Citizens Advice Direct and its social enterprise subsidiary, Social Enterprise Direct.

Neil's role is to provide a dedicated programme of practical support to social enterprises and the third sector in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender and other business opportunities and support organisations to develop partnership and consortia approaches.

Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer Paterson, Support Officer

Jennifer was previously an Administrator and Finance Assistant with Senscot Legal where she was responsible for managing the internal workings of the office, providing administrative support for the team, and dealing with financial systems.

As P4P Support Officer she is responsible for the maintenance of systems and processes, promotional/marketing materials as well as acting as a research and support function for the team.