Article in The Guardian says FST’s social enterprises could benefit from new EU rules

An article in The Guardian newspaper New EU rules could mean more jobs for people with mental health problems has held First Step Trust’s SMaRT Garage Services up as an example of a social enterprise which supports disadvantaged people back into work, which could now find it easier to win contracts from public bodies as a result of social-value procurement.

” … it stands to get a major boost from implementation later this month of new EU rules on procurement, enabling public bodies both to specify involvement of disadvantaged people in the delivery of contracts and to reserve contracts for workplaces, where disadvantaged workers make up at least 30% of the labour force.” Read more