Winning Public Service Contracts Masterclasses

North East

The Masterclasses programme in the North East concludes at the end of November 2011. Masterclasses were delivered across all four sub-regions during two rounds of delivery:

Round 1, June 2011

Tees Valley
8th/9th June 2011, Teaching & Learning Centre, Middlesbrough
County Durham
15th/16th June 2011, Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County, Durham
Tyne and Wear
21st/22nd June 2011, Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Northumberland
28th/29th June 2011, Wansbeck Business Centre, Ashington

Round 2, October 2011

Tyne and Wear
6th/7th October 2011, Holiday Inn Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
20th/21st October 2011, Holiday Inn Newcastle upon Tyne

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Guest Speakers

Senior commissioning and procurement officers from the public sector attended as guest speakers, and talked to attendees about what is happening at a local level, current policy changes that attendees need to be aware of, where the future opportunities are likely to be, any tips and advice on how attendees can excel with and win contracts, what commissioners are looking for, and how to make a winning bid. There was also full time for Q&A with the guest speakers, to ensure all questions were dealt with.

Third Sector Impact

Evaluation showed that over 60 third sector organisations were supported, and third sector representatives gained over 150 skill set improvements. In addition, as a result of the Masterclasses:

• 96% of attendees confirmed that they are better placed to take advantage of public service contracting opportunities, and will be progressing a greater number of contracts.

• 96% of attendees confirmed they have more skills to write bids and submit public service contract tenders.

• 99% of attendees confirmed that they have an improved level of skills or awareness in terms of securing public service contracts.

• 91% of attendees confirmed they are better able to access tender opportunities, and there is a reduced number of barriers to procurement.

• 99% of attendees confirmed they are better able to recognise tender opportunities, and will identify more income generating opportunities.