Serco posits joint tenders with social enterprises

Support services company Serco would consider forming third party companies with social enterprises in order to make joint tenders for public service contracts, according to a director of the firm.

Speaking at Social Enterprise London's Connecting London conference yesterday, David Richardson, strategic sales director at Serco, said he saw a future in "third-generation partnerships" between public sector clients, private sector contractors and affiliated social enterprises.

"We could be partners in community interest companies that would strengthen social enterprises and make us more engaged with the third sector," he said.

Richardson said he would be happy for Serco staff to be seconded to social enterprises to promote a "healthy interchange of human capital".

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of SEL, said: "If social enterprises are to achieve size and scale, they are going to have to explore new partnerships and think outside the box.

"If you can create a new partnership in the form of a CIC, that has got to be at least one option."

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