Selling to the council: support
Support for micro, small and medium businesses, social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
We recognise the benefits that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can make to the local economy and their vital contribution to delivering public services.
Our Procurement Concordat for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (pdf, 50k) (opens new window) signifies Bristol's commitment to dealing with SMEs in our procurement activity.
Awareness sessions and workshops
We're running some awareness sessions outlining the procurement process we must use, what we procure and why.
There'll also be introductory workshops on our e-tendering system and the advantages that it brings to SMEs for identifying up and coming tenders.
Awareness Sessions e-Learning
There are e-Learning sessions available on the following topics:
These resources are of particular value to providers interested in bidding for Social Care tender opportunities.
Please read the instructions (pdf, 153k) (opens new window) to access these modules using ‘Guest’ access.
Notes from a course we've developed for market providers (March 2016).
Bid candy is where a small respected organisation such as a charity's reputation is used to enhance a bid. But the lead bidder then reneges on an agreement (July 2015).
Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations
When commissioning from the VCS or awarding grants we require minimum standards to be met. These are called baseline standards and are set out in Baseline Standards for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations (pdf, 277k) (opens new window) .
The Bristol Compact (pdf, 700k) (opens new window) is the agreement made between the public sector and the voluntary and community sectors in the city, that seeks to improve partnerships.