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Government Contract Ready

  • Start: 10th July, 2024 @ 9:30AM
  • End: 10th July, 2024 @ 1:30PM
  • Online

Are you looking to secure public sector contracts to increase your income and impact?

If your charity or social enterprise plans to add government procurement to your funding mix, this one day workshop is for you. Access expert guidance on the practical steps needed to get contract ready.

This course also provides access to exclusive SSE Online Community resources.

“It is early for us, but I would like to build procurement readiness into our organisational strategy and development.” SSE student

Answer yes to all the below and the Contracts Ready Course is right for you:

  • Never tendered before or have limited experience
  • Your organisation is a charity or social enterprise
  • Your organisation is based in England

What you’ll gain from this course

To help you get the essentials in place, we’ll cover:

  • Business strategy and development
  • Opportunity mapping
  • Bid writing
  • Communicating what you do, and its social value

Expert sessions give you a chance to ask commissioners what they need from your bid. Voluntary, community and social enterprises  (VCSEs) already successful in public procurement will share their learning and answer your questions.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at VCSEs that understand government contracting and wish to take the practical steps to compete for tenders. Your charity or social enterprise should be operating and registered in England, there is no financial criteria to fulfil so organisations of any size can apply.

Already bidding for government contracts and want to improve your success rate? Try the Government Contract Wins training in September/October or October/November/December.

SSE welcomes bookings from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds. They encourage bookings from people who are from racialised and minoritised communities, are disabled, including non-visible and learning disabilities, and d/Deaf, or work in low-income areas. Support with the booking process is available. Get in touch with Sarah to see if they can help: call 01872 306130 or send us a query.

We want to support social or environmental impact in all areas, and particularly welcome organisations addressing:

  • health and social care
  • employability
  • disability
  • homelessness
  • domestic violence
  • sexual abuse

If you’d like to ask about any of these courses get in touch with Sarah on 01872 306130 or send them a query.

No educational qualifications are needed to join this Webinar.

Eligible organisations

We encourage you to apply and your application will be assessed. Your organisation must be a:

  • Registered charity, or
  • Social enterprise (or is unincorporated with aspirations to register as a social enterprise).

Social enterprises that are unincorporated are also welcome to book, provided that they operate and register in England when they incorporate. By social enterprise, we mean a diverse range of organisations including (but not limited to) Community Interest Companies (CIC), Community Benefit Society (CBS), Registered Charity, Cooperatives, and in some cases a Limited company.

Your social enterprise must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have a social and/or environmental purpose
  • Earn (or aspire to earn) at least 50% of your income from trading
  • Reinvest or donate at least 50% of profits towards your social and/or environmental purpose


If this content or process is not accessible to you, please call Sarah on 01872 306130 or send SSE a query so they can share an accessible version.