Reserved Contracts

City Building’s unique social ethos and long heritage of providing opportunities to people of all abilities is reflected in our unique manufacturing facility at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi).

Specialising in manufacturing a wide range of furniture products, RSBi is also dedicated to “making a difference” in the community. From its roots as a supported facility for the visually impaired, RSBi is today committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as helping towards the economic regeneration of the local community and beyond. This contribution makes RSBi one of the country’s leading examples of social enterprise, combining commercial success with socially responsible practices.

RSBi is classified as a “supported business,” under the terms of the recent Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the preceding EU Article 19 Directives.

Regulation 7(2) of The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 gives public sector and other contracting authorities the right to reserve contracts for organisations which operate supported businesses, supported employment programme or supported factories. Under the Regulations, supported businesses, supported employment programmes or supported factories are defined as follows:

  • a “supported business” means a service where more than 50% of the workers are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market
  • a “supported employment programme” means a scheme under which work is provided for disabled persons and where more than 50% of the workers so supported are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market
  • a “supported factory” means an establishment where more than 50% of the workers are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market