Working with the public sector: busting the myths

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“A myth-busting guide to help social enterprises navigate procurement rules and processes, and for contracting public bodies who want to commission for social value and work with social enterprises. January 2013 (second edition).

As more and more social enterprises move into public sector markets it is essential that they do it with a sound understanding of procurement rules, practices and processes.

At the same time there is increased interest among public sector bodies to work more closely with social enterprises and to maximise the social value of their contracts, and it is useful to them to understand how the rules allow, rather than disallow, working with social enterprises.

This is a guide to the most commonly-held – but mistaken – beliefs about procurement, market engagement, social value and localism.  It is an update to the previous edition, taking into account the Localism Act 2011 and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, and looking to the future of procurement in the proposed new EU Directive, which is expected soon.

Social Enterprise UK would like to thank Anthony Collins Solicitors for their significant role and valued expertise in the production of this guide.”

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