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:

Chelmsley Wood Jobs fair

A very quick post for those out there who are looking for work.

There is a drop in jobs fair being held in Chelmsley Wood in the “loft”. If you don’t know where this is it’s into the shopping centre next to ASDA and up the stairs (or the lift if you prefer) to the top floor.

There are a range of “live” vacancies (including seasonal ones) on offer and adviser there to support you to apply.

more info: see jobs fair sep 2015

Good luck!

Join Solihull Carers and celebrate their Centre of Excellence Carers Trust Award

Solihull Carers








Solihull Carers Centre wish to invite you to their evening celebration event on 29th July from 4pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Solihull Carers Centre, Fire Station Annexe, 620 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B91 1QY

The event is open to all and will be joined by the Mayor of Solihull to showcase the centre’s work involving:

  • Carers of all ages in Solihull
  • Transition work with 14-18 year olds
  • GP and Health Professionals
  • Solihull Carers volunteers
  • School Award Scheme
  • Local organisations and businesses
  • New laws for carers
  • Solihull Carers Strategy

The agenda for the evening includes:

4pm – 5:15pm See our work, have a tour and refreshments

5:15pm – 6pm The Mayor’s speech. Hear carers, volunteers and other professionals experiences about receiving support and working with the Carers Centre.

6pm – 7pm Tour and refreshments … followed by a surprise!

For more information, contact 0121 788 1143 or email

Download the Solihull Carers event flyer here: Solihull Carers Event

Celebrating Your Success booklet

CEFS Case Study Booklet_page1We are delighted to launch a collection of Community Enterprise for Success programme case studies and entrepreneur profiles bringing together the stories and successes of clients we have worked with over the past three years.

Your can download your copy of Celebrating Your Success or request printed copy by emailing us.

Thank you to everyone featured including:

  • Gro-Organic CIC
  • Aspired Education CIC
  • Renewal Christian Centre
  • Inspire Health & Mind CIC
  • Olive Branch Kitchen CIC
  • WBC Fit Club CIC
  • Three Trees Community Centre
  • DIAL Solihull
  • Solihull Indoor Bowls Club
  • A new social value case study of Hope Psychological Services
  • Plus more profiles and case studies

The programme is undergoing a review and we hope to be in a position to announce a new package of support later this year.

Forthcoming social enterprise events for Solihull organisations can be found here.

February’s Newsletter is out!



CEFS Newsletter Feb 2015

This month’s newsletter features the official opening of Solihull Enterprise Centre, a real celebration of the enterprise culture that is bedding down in North Solihull. We were particularly delighted to welcome so many of the community enterprise clients we have worked with over the past three years.

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue. It holds a mirror to many of the current trends in the wider social enterprise sector – increasing numbers of female led social enterprises, growing numbers of community enterprises, and the next generation of young social entrepreneurs.



Inside February’s issue:

  • A Moment With… Wes Thomas, Aspired Education CIC
  • Case study: Solihull Indoor Bowls Club
  • Leadership and Lollipops with Siobhan Harper Nunes, Shakti Women
  • Getting the measure of community enterprise
  • Dig for Victory in Chelmsley Wood
  • Talking business with Melody Hossaini
  • Forthcoming CEFS events and workshops

Read previous issues of BULLETiN


If you don’t already receive our monthly e-bulletins and event invitations, you can subscribe for free here


Personalisation Special

May Newsletter is out!


Take a look at this month’s spotlight on personalisation and direct payments with interviews from voluntary sector organisations and local authority service commissioners.


  • Welcome from Phil Mayhew, Solihull Council
  • SoLO Life Opportunities
  • DIAL Solihull
  • Information and Advice services
  • Making direct payments accessible
  • Events calendar
  • Visit to St Paul’s CDT
  • Business Start up grants are back!

See previous issues of BULLETiN 


New Business Start-up Grants for North Solihull

Following the success of the Kick Start grant programme, North Solihull Partnership have approved a further fund of £32,000 to help start-ups in the area get off the ground.

As before, the grant programme is designed for businesses that have been trading for less than two years and are based in the North Solihull regeneration area.

Grants of upto £2,000 per applicant are available – social enterprises and privately owned ventures are eligible to apply.

The fund is managed by Solihull Council who are delighted with the impact it’s had so far. Kevin Kane-Brooks, Project Officer says: “We saw with the first round of grant winners just how much can be achieved with relatively small amounts of start-up capital combined with access to business advice from the Community Enterprise for Success programme.

“Previous social enterprise grant holders have created 7 jobs, safeguarded employment for 10 people from a combined investment of around £7,000. A celebration event to congratulate these businesses is being planned. We hope many more community enterprises will benefit from the new round of funding.”

The Business Start-up Grants scheme is open until March 2015, with applications approved on a first come first served basis. Applicants must be accessing support from the CEFS programme or Enterprise for Success.

For more information about the Business Start-up Grants and to apply call 0121 667 6810 or email