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Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Help and Support for Small Businesses and The Third Sector

Corporate Procurement Services (CPS) want to help businesses, Small Medium Enterprises (SME's) and the Third Sector to engage with the procurement process. Local authorities are sometimes perceived as bureaucratic and although we cannot always simplify processes we hope this web page will help those interested in working with us.

Why does Birmingham City Council support *SMEs and *Third Sector organisations?

Birmingham City Council recognises that SMEs and the Third Sector can provide value for money services and offering a greater level of flexibility and local knowledge with regard to service delivery.

National Compact & CPS's Concordat?

The National Compact is an agreement between the Government and voluntary and community sector (VCS). The Compact provides a framework for their relationship to focus on providing benefits for the community.

For further information on the city council's Concordat principles see document below.

Construction related and social care contracts are co-ordinated within specialist areas - see Tendering Opportunities

Where it is appropriate equalities and sustainability issues will be addressed specifically through the specification of a contract and made clear within the tender documents. All contracts are subject to Equalities Impact Assessments.

We do not want prospective suppliers to see these issues as barriers to tendering and can offer support through this stage either directly or through our partners.

Groundwork supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the environment.

*SMEs are defined as those with less than 250 employees

*Third Sector: term used by us to describe the voluntary and community sector including registered charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, faith groups engaged in voluntary/social action, not-for-profit organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises.