Connecting and Strengthening the VCSE Sector

FREE Expert support to enable charities and social enterprises to compete for government contracts

The UK Government spends approximately £290 billion a year on goods and services. Charities and social enterprises in England – otherwise known as voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSEs) – are natural partners for government as they share a commitment to improving the lives of people and places.

This fully funded programme aims to support VCSE suppliers in England to work with government clients who can really help increase their impact. It also aims to help public sector commissioners to work with innovative organisations that share their values.

Delivered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Voice4Change England, this programme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

There are a range of programmes to reflect your organisations needs, from having never tendered before to already bidding for Government Tenders and wanting to improve success rate.

Government Contracts Revealed

90 minute webinar

Who it’s for: Charities and social enterprises interested in public sector procurement opportunities with little or no experience of tendering.

In a nutshell: Wondering about public sector procurement but not sure it’s right for you? You might be surprised at the opportunities. Start with this introductory webinar – you’ll get a clear overview of the process, meet a commissioner and discover where to find government contracts.

Government Contract Ready

One day online course

Who it’s for: Charities and social enterprises with turnover between £100,000 and £10m, wanting to get contract ready and bid for public sector contracts.

In a nutshell: Improve your prospects of winning public sector contracts. A one-day workshop plus three days of self-guided follow-on online modules.

Government Contract Wins

Four half days of online learning over six months

Who it’s for: Charities and social enterprises with turnover between £250,000 and £10m, and consortiums with a combined turnover between this £250k – £10m threshold, determined to improve their success at bidding for public sector contracts.

In a nutshell: Four half-day workshops over six months in a cohort, covering opportunity mapping, bid writing, pitching and social value reporting.

Read more and sign-up to take part here.