Commissioning & Procurement – the Solihull Council Way

Workshop notes

Anneke ClarkeOur thanks to Lorna Ferguson and Anneka Clarke for taking us through public sector commissioning and procurement and sharing their top tips for tendering.

Here are their presentation slides and handouts from the session delivered on 13th January 2016.

Lorna Ferguson, Solihull Council, IAA&S Project Lead

Anneke Clarke, Solihull Community Housing, Procurement Manager


Other handouts

Safeguarding Adults

Social Capital, Social Value Presentation

Equality & Diversity Presentation


Tender portals

Free tender portals:

Procurement opportunities with Solihull Community Housing

AnnekeWe were delighted to welcome Solihull Community Housing’s procurement team to the CEFS Networking Event on 18 November at the new Enterprise Zone in Smith’s Wood. 

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) that was established in April 2004 to takeover the management of housing services on behalf of Solihull Council. SCH’s responsibilities include the management and maintenance of the Council’s housing stock which consists of approximately 11,000 properties. This portfolio includes houses, maisonettes, high rise and low rise flats, sheltered accommodation and community centres.

Anneke Clarke, Procurement Manager at SCH, gave a short talk on how they buy services, the procurement stages and timescales, and ended with her top tips for completing PQQs (Pre Qualification Questionnaires) and Tender applications. 

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry. Here are the presentation slides and a useful handout which includes a list of tender opportunities which are going to be issued in 2016:

Never miss a tender opportunity by signing up to receive e-alerts from CSW-JETS – Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire’s joint e-tendering system. It’s free and anyone can subscribe.

Anneke will be back on 13 January 2016 to co-deliver a more in-depth workshop on public sector procurement. To attend this session, register here.


Funding and Commissioning for Social Care and Health

Just a quick post for our health and social care VCSE’s in Solihull.

VCSE representatives alongside the NHS, Public Health and the Department of Health, recently published a review of VCSE commissioning in health and social care which can be downloaded here.

For those of you who want to gain further insight into the review findings and the key issues and considerations it has raised, there is a free webinar being held on: 29th October 12:00- 12:45.

The webinar is hosted by NCVO and will have insights from NCVO’s

  • Public Services Manager Nick Davies and
  • Senior Policy Officer Michael Birtwhistle.

See more and book on through this link

Solihull Safeguarding Conference – 12th November 2015

Improving practice; Learning from experience; Safeguarding Conference

Solihull’s Safeguarding Board is holding a Safeguarding conference at the Motorcycle Museum (Coventry Road, Solihull B92 0EJ) on 12th November 2015.

Conference aim  

To bring together leaders, supervisors and managers providing services to children in Solihull to deliver key messages on safeguarding children developments and learning from serious case reviews and national research.

 Conference objectives

At the end of the conference, participants will be informed about;

  • The neglect strategy: lessons learned from serious case reviews.
  • Recent developments in safeguarding children including thresholds, early help and MASH.
  • LSCB safeguarding training, including the trainer’s pool and faculty.

Participants will also work on how managers and supervisors make a positive contribution to continuing practice improvements individually and in multi-agency environments.

Target group

LSCB members, managers, leaders and supervisors of practitioners who work with children and families in Solihull This includes Designated Members of Staff in  education provider settings as well as those working in the voluntary sector .

More info  please contact the LSCB Training & Development team 0121 788 4478

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Tender for floating support gypsies and travellers

Tender opportunity for floating support services for gypsies and travellers has just been published by Solihull Council.

The opportunity is for a one year contract with an option to extend (subject to longer term funding) for two further years.

See the council’s presentation here 14 Gypsies Travellers Dec 13

Enquiries should only be directed to the following SMBC officers:

The tender is an electronic tender opportunity and is on the following portal

Best of luck!

Free Support for Health and Social Care Organisations

  • Are you an innovative organisation delivering healthcare services?
  • Do you currently deliver healthcare services in Coventry, Warwickshire and/ or Worcestershire?
  • Would you like to deliver healthcare services in Coventry, Warwickshire and/ or Worcestershire?
  • Would you like to engage and work in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups?
  • Would you like to develop your business case to access: commissioned contracts; procurement opportunities; match funding or partnership opportunities?
  • Would you like to be an ambassador championing engagement between the third sector and the NHS, disseminating your learning?


If so, The Young Foundation and NHS Arden Commissioning Support have launched a new programme for social ventures working in healthcare in the Midlands. Our aim is simple: to help connect high potential social ventures with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to deliver innovative solutions to local health problems in Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. To understand how we will do this, our approach, application process, support offer, our expectations of you and why we think you should apply please see the attached information.

To request an application form please contact Eleanor Capell via email (Eleanor Cappell, supplying the following details: Your name; email; contact number; organisation and your role/ title.

Deadline to submit ideas and proposals is 5pm on Tuesday 20th August 2013

Who should apply?

  • Charities, both large and small
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Co-operatives and mutuals
  • Foundations and trusts
  • Housing associations
  • Social enterprises
  • For profit organisations that have a primary social purpose clearly written into their Memorandum and Articles

Organisations can submit multiple applications, if you have more than one idea/ proposition. Engagement and participation with the programme is free of charge.

Investment and Contract Readiness Fund Opens for Applications (England)

The Social Investment Business (SIB), the UK’s largest investor in social ventures, has announced that the £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund is now accepting applications.

The new fund aims to build the capacity of social enterprises to become investment ready and bid for public service contracts. Through the Fund grants between £50,000 and £150,000 are available on a rolling basis to ambitious social enterprises who will go on to raise at least £500,000 investment, or who want to bid for contracts over £1 million.

Grants are awarded primarily to fund revenue costs.  SIB will prioritise applications from organisations delivering rehabilitation services and are looking for contract readiness support to help them compete for the new Transforming Rehabilitation contracts.  Ventures will be required to apply in partnership with an approved provider.

Social Value in Action


Social Value is something that everyone in the Civil Sector is talking about, but not everyone knows what it is or how it affects them.

Social Enterprise West Midlands (the regional support network for social enterprises and supporters) has published it’s second Social Value Ezine which highlights some of the good practice going n around the region and we’re pleased as punch that SEWM have featured the Community Enterprise for Success programme as a good practice case.

See page 8 “Multiplying Social Value”, and then of course have a look at all the other great case studies and work that’s happening around the region.


Download here!