New guidance published on the definition of a ‘Supported Business’

The Scottish Government has published a new Scottish Government Policy Note (SPPN) on Reserving Contracts for Supported Businesses. 

The definition of those businesses who can benefit from access to reserved contracts is in two parts: 

– Firstly, a supported business’ primary aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons. This is an entirely new condition. This may be evidenced in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, or similar documentation that underpin the formation of the business. 

 – Secondly, at least 30 per cent of the employees of those businesses should be disabled or disadvantaged.
Until now there has been no further guidance on the definition of ‘disadvantaged’. 

If you think you are a supported business you can find out further information by downloading the guidance document at 

The P4P website hosts the Ready for Business Third Sector Register. The register allows organisations to self-declare that they are a supported business. If you are not already registered please register through the P4P website by clicking ‘register’ in the top right hand corner.