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.Terminology:
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.
SMEs are defined as those with less than 250 employees.
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.
The CPS Concordat is a statement of principles intended to support effective trade between local authorities, small businesses, third sector and voluntary organisations.
- The key benefits of the Concordat are that it will develop greater transparency between the Council and suppliers.
- and improve communications between SMEs/the Third Sector and the local authority.
Construction related and social care contracts are co-ordinated within specialist areas - See Tendering Opportunities Other work:
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.
www.groundwork-birmingham.org.uk - Groundwork supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the environment.
SME Friendly Concordat for Local Government