Using a consortium model, we manage the bidding process and build supply chains of local organisations, allowing smaller third sector providers to compete for, and deliver large public sector contracts.
Third sector organisations have a vital role to play in public services delivery, but the size and complexity of the competitive procurement processes and increasingly demanding contracts makes it difficult for smaller organisations to compete on their own. In response, 3SC has developed the capability and flexibility to work as a prime contractor, subcontractor, and intermediary between social investors and delivery organisations. We manage the procurement process from beginning to end, and also manage the contracts to ensure high quality performance, enabling our third sector partners to focus on excellent delivery.
Our members include charities, social enterprises, and voluntary and community groups representing a diversity of specialisms, including employability, skills, housing, criminal justice, health, and social care. 3SC acts as an enabler for the third sector. We work in collaboration with our members to promote best practice, create and implement innovative solutions, and shape and design high quality services that reflect the changing needs of communities and commissioners.
We strive to be the contract manager of choice for the delivery of public services. As a values-driven organisation, we put social value ahead of shareholder value. We work with the third sector because it has the expertise, ethos and skills to deliver services that put people and their communities first. Any profit we make is reinvested in our members to help build their capacity and capability to improve service delivery, and provide a greater return to service users and commissioners.
Further information can be found at: www.3sc.org.
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