Are you an established and ambitious social enterprise looking to scale and secure bigger contracts?
We are launching a brand new programme fully funded by Brewin Dolphin, and in partnership with Supply Change, to demystify procurement processes and help social enterprises to understand how to bid for – and win – public and private sector contracts.
We strongly encourage applications from people from racialised and minoritised communities, the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled social entrepreneurs.
- Strengthen your organisation by becoming procurement ready with our free learning programme: eight days of learning (a blend of online and in-person sessions) between December 2021 and July 2022.
- Receive a £2,000 grant
- Gain a network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board
- Grow your network of buyers and connect with potential future contractors
- Learn from those who have done it before through expert speaker sessions
By the end of this programme, you will have the knowledge to pitch to businesses, bid for contracts and feel comfortable and confident with procurement processes.
Who should apply?
The programme is designed for:
- Established social enterprises looking to secure contracts with public or private sector organisations. You may already be operating with a successful B2C model, with the ambition to expand to a B2B model.
- Social enterprises working within in a business to business model encountering challenges and obstacles with securing contracts.
You may be performing successfully within a business to customer model, and looking for opportunities to expand to a business to business model. Or you may already be using a business to business model but finding challenges and obstacles with securing contracts.
We encourage applications from across the UK and we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.
What do we mean by procurement?
Procurement is the act of obtaining goods or services, typically for business purposes. Procurement is most commonly associated with businesses because companies need to solicit services or purchase goods, usually on a relatively large scale.
Private and public sector organisations are increasingly considering the social impact and value of the goods and services they procure, due to a change in the government’s Social Value Model (2021), meaning they must now explicitly evaluate social value in their contracts.
This provides a real opportunity for social enterprises to increase their income, influence and impact by seeking a bigger slice of central government’s £292bn annual spend on goods and services. It could mean more influence and income opportunities with government, as well as creating and maintaining jobs for those furthest from the labour market.