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Community Contracting Unit – what we offer

The Community Contracting Unit provides a range of services to get your organisation ready for procurement.

Training – includes introduction to procurement, tender readiness, co-designing services and more (for both social enterprises and procurement officers).

Tender-readiness checks – for organisations embarking on their procurement journey. Locality has developed an online tool called the contract readiness checker that will help you understand how well you’re positioned to win and deliver a public sector contract

Access to finance – in response to the increasing need for cash flow and to deliver on a ‘payments by results’ basis. We have the contacts!

Co design – we can support commissioners, service providers and services users to work collaboratively to design services for procurement.

Consortia development – for established partnerships of organisations wanting to work together to achieve the scale of delivery necessary to bid for contracts.

Get a quote

For most organisations support from the CCU will be a paid-for service. We are always happy to provide a quote based on your specific needs.

For Locality members and organisations in special circumstances we may be able to offer initial elements of support at a free or discounted rate.

Contact Neil Berry for a quote:

Useful links

  • The Community Right to Challenge gives local groups the opportunity to express their interest in taking over a local service where they think they can do it differently and better. Further information can be found on the My Community website.
  • Are you interested in working in partnership with other community organisations to bid for contracts? Our Connect For project can help.