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From Procurement to Partnership: improving services through effective collaboration – E3M Toolkit Launch Webinar

Event Date: 11.05.2021 |Time: 15.00-16.30 |Categories: Events, Featured |Tags: , ,

This webinar was designed for:

  • Local authority leaders and cabinet members
  • Senior local authority executives and officers
  • Leaders in other local public bodies
  • Social enterprises, charities and other social sectors working with local public bodies

With practical case studies, expert commentary and discussion, the webinar marked the launch of E3M’s new, practical toolkit for commissioners, to help guide them on a journey from procurement to partnership.

Growing interest in new models of collaboration between public authorities and social enterprises in improving services, delivering real social value and for community wealth building, and the response to Covid-19 showing the importance of social enterprises and the wider social sector in communities across the country, has in some areas led to innovative new models of partnership.

However, all too often innovation and meeting the needs of people and communities is held back by a rigid application of procurement rules, where process takes over from purpose. The big question is, How to do things differently? How is it possible to put in place effective public benefit partnerships? And what does this mean in terms of the current and future rules that govern public authorities?

Chair, Jonathan Bland, Managing Director of Social Business International Ltd, will be joined by: Baroness Hilary Armstrong, Chair of the House of Lords’ Public Services Committee; Julian Blake, Partner in Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King; Rachel Silcock, Strategic Commissioning Manager, Plymouth City Council; Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, CEO, Oldham Council, & Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22.

Jonathan Bland provided a brief introduction to the toolkit, introduce the speakers and explain how the webinar will run.

Five fundamental correctives for public service reform
Julian Blake outlined the key principles for improvement and change.

Two case studies: innovation in Oldham and Plymouth
Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE presented Oldham Council’s pioneering approach, including the ground-breaking innovation partnership for social prescribing.
Rachel Silcock presented work going on in Plymouth and the Alliance for Complex Needs.

Panel discussion – What needs to happen for better public services
Julian, Carolyn and Rachel were joined by Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Chris Wright to reflect on the learning from the case studies and what should happen next to encourage effective collaboration between public authorities and social enterprises, with questions from webinar participants.