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Commissioning & Procurement

Procurement & Social Enterprise

Accessing contracts with either private or public organisations can be a way for a social enterprise to expand their market and sources of income.

However, to be able to tender the right expertise and knowledge is needed. Below are a few information links that may be of assistance in understanding procurement and how to make the most of opportunities available.

NCVO has produced information about commissioning and procurement.

ACEVO has also produced resources on this topic.


Public Procurers

If you work in public procurement and wish to understand more about how and why to procure from social enterprises, The Social Enterprise Guide for People in Local Government published by Social Enterprise UK looks at how local authorities can engage with social enterprises to benefit the communities they serve.


West Sussex County Council

WSCC has produced information for suppliers and service providers, see How to do business with West Sussex County Council. Potential suppliers can also find inforamtion through the West Sussex County Council links for opportunities.


Other local authorities

For more information from local authorities in West Sussex, including information on tenders, follow the link below.

Adur and Worthing Councils

Arun District Council

Chichester District Council

Crawley, Mid Sussex and Horsham Councils


South East Business Portal

You can register to be notified about tendering opportunities offered by public bodies in the south east through the South East Business Portal.

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