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Commissioning, bid writing and social value

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Main Council Room, Firth Court

University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield

S10 2TN

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Heard of the Social Value Act?


If you’re a social enterprise, how do you secure great contracts with the public sector (or, indeed, with private sector organisations)?

If you've ever looked at an invitation to tender document then you will know how overwhelming it can feel to put together a bid. Similarly the application process for many social enterprise funding, support and grant programmes can be daunting.

If you write any bids for your social enterprise to secure public or private sector contracts or you apply for funding (or intend to), then this workshop is for you. This practical and focused workshop will give you the tools you need for writing successful tender, grant and funding applications.


This 3 hour workshop will cover

  • researching appropriate bids and funding (and deciding what’s worth investing the time in writing an application)
  • assembling the vital components of your bid
  • writing the bid to successfully, succinctly and clearly show how you meet the criteria
  • pitching and interviews
  • the state of the Social Value Act
  • how procurement and commissioning works



If you have heard of the Act you may be cynical, and think it’s a “sustainability buzz phrase without a meaning”; lukewarm, considering it “potentially game-changing, but watered down and toothless” or alternatively you could be a fan, thinking it the "key to the pot of procurement gold at the end of the social enterprise rainbow."

Whatever your opinion, if you write any bids for public sector contracts, then you need to know how the Social Value Act currently applies – and what could be coming next.

(The Social Value Act means that commissioners of public services should consider the social, economic and environmental benefits that can be generated. But it’s certainly not the be-all-and-end all: the “social value” section of many invitations to tender tends to contribute a pretty low percentage to the overall score against which bidders are assessed)


This is a workshop not to be missed! Book now to attend


FREE refreshments will be provided during the event


About your trainer:

Jamie Veitch is a business and social enterprise consultant specialising in effective communication. He published the “Intelligent Commissioning” guide for Commissioners of public services ten years ago and has since worked with hundreds of businesses, social enterprises and charities. He’s been commissioned himself by many clients to write their tender bids, funding and grant applications.


Delegates at some of Jamie’s previous workshops said:

• “Best course I’ve been to in years! Very good and very relevant.”
• “Jamie was interesting and friendly had a great presentational style. Enjoyed the day and found it very useful.”
• “Very enjoyable and instructional with excellent use of practical demonstrations.”
• “an engaging + personable tutor able to get his information across to the audience well."
• “…his experience was invaluable to learn from.”
• “Exceptional tutor with a clear passion for the subject, made learning easy and fun.”



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University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield

S10 2TN

United Kingdom

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