RNIB, RNID and Salvation Army among charities interested in Futurebuilders bidding consortium

More than 70 voluntary organisations in talks on submitting joint bids for Government contracts

Some of the sector's biggest names were among more than 70 organisations that attended a meeting to discuss setting up a consortium to bid for large-scale Government contracts.

Representatives from the RNIB, RNID, Salvation Army and Charity Bank were at the meeting, organised by third sector loan fund Futurebuilders England. Participants approved the formation of a management company to bid for health, education and employment services contracts, and a delivery organisation to provide the services.

Ian Charlesworth, enterprise director at Futurebuilders, who was responsible for setting up the consortium, said the body would be either a community interest company or a public limited partnership.

Once it was operational it would be structured so that it could be owned by its members, he said. He said he hoped to have the body set up by the end of June: "There was no negative feedback. Everyone was very eager to get on with it."

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