We understand that working with local businesses is key to maximising the positive outcomes we achieve through our commercial activity, and are keen to increase a number of local suppliers that the Council and its partners work with.
The Council is committed to supporting the local SME and Third Sector in Croydon as we truly value the role played by these organisations in building a thriving local economy and creating a real sense of community.
We have made a commitment to working with local voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises and small businesses to help them better understand our commissioning approach and develop the skills and resources necessary to meet the requirements of a commissioning process.
We understand that meeting the requirements of a commissioning exercise can be demanding and, for smaller organisations with limited capacity, it can at times feel as if there are unnecessary barriers to participation.
Some of the ways we aim to help our local providers to successfully compete is running targeted commissioning support sessions, engagement exercises or events that introduce large Council contractors to the local market. Those aim to help familiarise local organisations with buying processes and standards and to promote existing opportunities.