Cabinet Office to run 'masterclass' workshops to help charities win public sector contracts

Programme, announced by the civil society minister Nick Hurd, will provide advice on areas such as writing winning bids and developing consortia

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has said it plans to run a series of practical workshops to help charities and social enterprises win government contracts.

The masterclass programme was announced in the government’s progress report on how it will make it easier for charities to work with the state.

It will be developed in partnership between the government, the third sector and the private sector, but will be primarily designed, promoted and monitored for relevance by the sector itself.

Masterclasses will be aimed at charity managers and trustees responsible for tendering. They will focus on areas including writing winning bids, adjusting to changes in the tender process, developing consortia, and profiling and managing risks.

The workshops will be held regionally across England but it is not yet clear how many workshops there will be, where or when they will be held, who will host them, how they will be structured and whether there will be a charge for attendance.

Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, said: "We want to improve the quality of public services, and the voluntary sector has a vital role to play in this. More opportunities are opening up for charities and social enterprises than ever before, and these new masterclasses will make sure these organisations do not miss out."

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