Over the last few months I have worked with a couple of CIC's who are now either safely competing on frameworks with local councils or receiving requests for quotes linked to local public sector services.
We have been able to use three key features of legislation to best advantage:
1. Localism Act - a great tool for specifying benefit to the economy and the supplychain.
2. Public Services 2012 - this has been an excellent mechanism for preventing LA's from blocking the route for contracts
3. Best value linked to the treasury spending reviews
The strategic documents behind these pieces of legislation can create a formula that it is difficult to ignore
So if you haven't already get some training on tender writing - read the summaries and guidance on each of those pieces of legislation and the local impact statements from your local authority and begin the competition process.
Sustainability, reinvestment and public benefit can't be ignored when packaged correctly all CIC's have a head start if they harness the advantages.
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