From Procurement to Partnership – E3M, Oldham Council, Plymouth City Council

Date / 11th May 2021

Time / 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Location / Webinar

Improving services through effective collaboration – E3M Toolkit Launch Webinar

This webinar will be of particular interest to:

  • Local authority leaders and cabinet members
  • Senior local authority executives and officers
  • Leaders in other local public bodies
  • Social enterprises, charities and other social sectors working with local public bodies

With practical case studies, expert commentary and discussion, the webinar will mark the launch of E3M’s new, practical toolkit for commissioners, to help guide them on a journey from procurement to partnership.

There is growing interest in new models of collaboration between public authorities and social enterprises in improving services, delivering real social value and for community wealth building. The response to Covid-19 has shown the importance of social enterprises and the wider social sector in communities across the country, and in some areas has led to innovative new models of partnership.

However, all too often innovation and meeting the needs of people and communities is held back by a rigid application of procurement rules, where process takes over from purpose. The big question is, How to do things differently? How is it possible to put in place effective public benefit partnerships? And what does this mean in terms of the current and future rules that govern public authorities?


  • Chair: Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International Ltd
  • Baroness Hilary Armstrong, Chair of the House of Lords’ Public Services Committee
  • Julian Blake, Partner in Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King
  • Rachel Silcock, Strategic Commissioning Manager, Plymouth City Council
  • Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, CEO, Oldham Council
  • Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22



Jonathan Bland will provide a brief introduction to the toolkit, introduce the speakers and explain how the webinar will run.

Five fundamental correctives for public service reform

Julian Blake will outline the key principles for improvement and change.

Two case studies: innovation in Oldham and Plymouth

Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE will present Oldham Council’s pioneering approach, including the ground-breaking innovation partnership for social prescribing.

Rachel Silcock will present work going on in Plymouth and the Alliance for Complex Needs.

Panel discussion – What needs to happen for better public services

Chaired by Jonathan Bland

Julian, Carolyn and Rachel will be joined by Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Chris Wright to reflect on the learning from the case studies and what should happen next to encourage effective collaboration between public authorities and social enterprises, with questions from webinar participants.


This webinar is free of charge. Please register here or feel free to pass on to a colleague if you are unavailable.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]