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National Consortium of Social Enterprises

20 Feb 14

The National Consortium of Social Enterprises (NCSE) has been created in response to demand from public service commissioners in England to have more social enterprises in their supply chains. The NCSE aims to make it easier for public sector commissioners to contact and contract from social enterprises.

We know that public service contracts are a major contributor to the growth of the social enterprise sector, but they can be difficult to access and win and this consortium seeks to address some of the key challenges social enterprises have in winning public sector business.

So if you are a social enterprise and want to win more public service work and/or offer employment opportunities for ex-offenders and marginalised individuals, take five minutes to sign up for free and increase your social enterprise’s opportunities to win work with the public sector.

SIGN UP FOR FREE - this link will take you to a different website, where there is a short form to complete.

Social enterprises

For the purposes of the partnership – we regard a Social Enterprise as a business that has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents. At least half of any profits or surpluses should be reinvested or donated towards that social purpose. They should be an independent business and earn more than half of their income through trading (or are working towards this). They aretransparently governed, controlled or owned in the interests of their social mission. There is a tangible offer to employ and promote sustainable employment opportunities for offenders and other disadvantaged individuals.

The partners

The NCSE is delivered in partnership by 3SC, Social Firms UK and Social Enterprise UK.

3SC wins and manages public sector contracts on behalf of third sector organisations. To date they have won contracts worth up to £70 million for charitable organisations and they will be using this expertise to bid for public service contracts on behalf of the NCSE, as well as seek out other opportunities for NCSE members to be included in public sector supply chains.

Social Firms UK is the national membership and support organisation for the development of the Social Firm and Work Integration Social Enterprise (WISE) sector in the UK. These are employability-focussed social enterprises that believe that everyone has the right to be employed and support those furthest from the labour market.

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. This includes running effective campaigns for our members and to lobbying on the sector's behalf, building networks between social enterprises and raising the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector.

The funders

The NCSE is funded by the National Offender Management Service Co-financing Organisation (NOMS CFO) and the European Social Fund (ESF).