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Procurement Support

CIC's can win Public Sector business

The group is designed to support all CIC's wanting to make the most of the opportunities, understand the process and win more business.

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Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2019

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Nsta report The Art of Exit, In search of creative decommissioning

The landscape for public services is changing rapidly. In the context of significant and sustained reductions in public spending, changing public expectations and rising demand, those who design and…Continue

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Comment by Mark Trotter on January 18, 2019 at 18:14

Hi John,

Concensus remains, buyers want contracts that delvier consistently - again another project that pays in arrears and can lead to cash hold ups for suppliers.

Better off creating a small local network and doing it yourself.

I looked through the website and I would recommend that CICs look at the low value suppliers lists to start with if they lack the confidence to target a Dynamic Purchasing framework or a direct contract. 

Comment by Mark Trotter on January 18, 2019 at 17:27

Hi John

NEPRO and NEPO are past endeavours and in my experience the social enterprise has always been more effective on its own - offering products directly.

I read the Bloom website information and will check with a couple of colleagues to see if they have found them useful. 

Currently I am working with a number of NfPs securing contracts with the NHS and local authorities in Care, the direct entry onto the dynamic purchasing systems and achieving high scores remains the best route.

Sadly very few chose the CIC model but most should as it fits their purpose. Will let you know what response I get. 

Comment by John Mulkerrin on January 18, 2019 at 17:15

Hi Mark

Have you worked with Bloom services for public sector procurement before?


Comment by Mark Trotter on January 18, 2019 at 11:48

Words matter.

I'm looking at content for my next themed blogs. Often it is really irritating to read or hear content that doesn't scan properly or the words used are easily misapplied. 

For example: Further or Farther both have very similar meanings, however farther can't be used in place of further (common practice) because it forms a comparative.

Now are there words that really annoy you when placed contextually wrong. 

I'm including a blog on word redundancy because when word counts matter there is a cost. Also a business plan that lacks direction because of vague word choice is a struggle to sell. 

Thanks for looking at this. 

Comment by Mark Trotter on February 6, 2018 at 16:11

After a few health set backs - I am just going to develop a few items for discussion just to see if members have an appetite for more contract information. Funding news and advice. 

Comment by Mark Trotter on December 14, 2015 at 18:51

I let this group become inactive because the CIC ceased to trade because the Bank underwriting the events and the local business networks weren't too supportive.

Now it is time to focus this group on self help activities for CICs who want to be involved in the competitive tendering and contract development opportunities.

So any questions please fire away and I am about to resurrect my posts with new information on skills, software and management tools that help you to raise funds but also sustain your business development. Create your market and take it to the Public Sector with your application. I'll show you how.


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