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Government Contract Wins

  • Start: 23rd October, 2024 @ 9:30AM
  • End: 4th December, 2024 @ 1:30PM
  • Online

For charities and social enterprises in England actively seeking government contracts, this deep dive will help refine your processes and increase your chances of success.

“We’ve spent the last year restructuring the team, ensuring systems and processes are in place and rebranding to be able to scale and magnify delivery.” SSE procurement programme student

Having done the preparatory work, you’ll hone your approach to winning public procurement tenders. In four half-day workshops over six months, you’ll gain expert insight and the support of a group of peers.

Answer yes to all the below and the Contracts Wins Programme is right for you:

Already bidding for Government Tenders and want to improve your success rates

  • Your organisation is a charity, social enterprise or consortium
  • Your turnover is between £250,000 and £10,000,000
  • Your organisation is based in England

You’ll have the chance to talk to commissioners about the specifics they look for in a winning bid. Professionals from voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSEs) succeeding in procurement will share their journey to winning government tenders. The longer format allows you to ask questions to gain value from this expertise.

We’ll sharpen your skills for opportunity mapping and bid writing, and work with you on business strategy and development. You’ll refine your communication to help commissioners understand how you deliver social value, and you’ll learn about maintaining these strong relationships through contract delivery.

Available dates

This training is delivered across four half day sessions. You need to attend all four sessions:

Wednesday 23 October 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Wednesday 6 November 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Wednesday 20 November 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Wednesday 4 December 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at VCSEs already bidding for government tenders and wanting to improve their success rate. Your charity or social enterprise should be operating and registered in England and have a turnover between £250,000 and £10m, including consortiums with a combined turnover between this £250k – £10m threshold.

For charities and social enterprises wanting to prepare for government contracts, look at the Government Contract Ready course.

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


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