Small businesses across east London benefited from an event on bidding for Health and Social Care contracts hosted jointly by Newham Council and East London Business Place (ELBP) on Tuesday 20th June, at the Old Town Hall in Stratford, E15.
The event, which was attended by over 50 providers, brought together local businesses, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations to discuss the Health and Social Care landscape in Newham and what small businesses can do to make themselves more ‘bid-ready’ going forward. Newham’s Adult Social Care and Children and Young People’s Commissioners discussed the legislation guiding these areas, need and the Council’s approach to commissioning services, providing valuable insights to local businesses.
Business owners heard how to access contract opportunities for the Council, how they can better promote themselves as care providers – particularly to those in receipt of a Direct Payment, and how they can prepare to bid for both Council and other funding organisations’ contracts. Following presentations by the Council and ELBP’s Building Legacies team, a number of extremely interactive round-table discussions were held to discuss the main barriers to procurement, and also those wider areas where the providers really felt they needed more specific support in order to become fitter-to-supply going forward – based on customer-need.
Melesia Facey, who is the director of a home care agency based in Dagenham, said “The event was an excellent opportunity for networking and we made a lot of contacts who we will keep in touch with to support each other.
As a result of the event, we were recently approached by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, who are arranging an inspection in order for us to work together.”
As part of their commitment to supporting local businesses, Building Legacies and Newham are now looking to develop a joint support and development programme which is planned to commence later this year.
Glen Addis, Director of East London Business Place, said:
“We are delighted to be continuing our work with Newham Council as part of our Building Legacies programme. The free business growth support available in the programme has already benefited a large number of small businesses in London, and we look forward to continuing working with the Council to reach our target of supporting 400 SMMEs between now and 2019.”
The event also provided a great opportunity for businesses to listen to the many capacity-building benefits of registering for the free business support available through the Building Legacies programme. For more information about the programme and the range of support on offer, please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7537 6480.