Candour Collaborations provides support and services across the whole spectrum of business development. We work across all major public service markets, with particular focus on criminal justice, welfare to work, skills and training, housing, and health and social care.
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.
Candour Collaborations was founded on the principle of providing honest and impartial consultancy services. We will tell you what you need to hear, which is not necessarily the same thing as telling you what you want to hear. Supporting organisations of all shapes and sizes across the public, private, and VCSE sectors, we are passionate about helping to nurture a marketplace which promotes fair, sustainable commissioning, on terms which are viable for all involved.
Trailblazers' relationship with Candour Collaborations has been a successful and fruitful one. Natasha's ability to understand our business and immerse herself in the charity whilst maintaining a clear overview has meant that we have received the best possible advice. Natasha has contributed to all aspects of the business including funding,...
Paula Rogers, Chief Executive at Trailblazers Mentoring
Since joining Ixion holdings (Contracts) Limited in June 2013, I have used the services of Candour Collaborations. They have been commissioned to undertake bid management, bid writing, contribution to operating models and research. I have found them to be a company that work with the upmost professionalism, are swift in response,...
Gary Kernaghan, Strategic Development Director and interim COO at Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited
I always thoroughly enjoy working with the Candour Collaboration team. Their depth of insight, analytical skill, and efficiency helps to bring business activities to life and deliver outstanding results. I’ve worked with Candour on a range of projects, in both business development and project management, and am always delighted with their work.
Ian Thurlby-Campbell, Head of Business Development at 3SC
We were involved in a successful collaboration with Candour and others, between January and March 2013, to produce the VCS Capacity Building Action Plan for the Ministry of Justice. Candour managed the project and partnership effectively throughout, and we were impressed by their professional and focused approach to this complex consultation...
Rob Macmillan and James Rees, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham
We found the support provided worthwhile and productive and Natasha was proficient and enthusiastic. She helped us to assess our position objectively, and getting independent information was useful as it allowed us to understand how our tender processes and responses could be improved
Business Development Lead, IT company, Yorkshire
Working with Mike I was immediately confident of his level of knowledge, ability to draw strong analytical conclusions, and to communicate clearly. This made Candour a perfect partner for our work: I had confidence in their quality and also their honesty and commitment as a partner. Consequently, the process was seamless – and our joint bid...
Fiona Sheil, Public Service Delivery Network Officer at NCVO
Bidding in partnership with Candour I was impressed by their bid writing skills and thorough understanding of the customer requirements. Mike and Natasha are thoroughly professional and a pleasure to work with.
Emily Jolley, Director of ACEVO Solutions