News & Blog

Check out this page to find out what we've been up to, hear our honest take on the state of play in commissioning and procurement, and to keep up to date with the latest developments at Candour Collaborations!

Articulating Your Offer: New Infographic Resource

‘Articulating Your Offer’ is a new two page infographic to help organisations create engaging market propositions and demonstrate their effectiveness to commissioners, funders, prime contractors and potential partners. Areas covered include: demonstrating impact, presenting your unique selling points, and celebrating your achievements. It also includes tips on use of language and tailoring for a specific contracting opportunity. The infographic tool has been written by Candour Collaborations and ACEVO, in partnership with Clinks. Check it out here: Articulating Your Offer.

New course dates: Writing Winning Bids

In response to high demand, Candour Collaborations will be delivering two additional business development training days, ‘Writing Winning Bids’ in London and Newcastle on the 14th January and 26th February 2015. These will be run in partnership with Clinks and with support from MoJ infrastructure grant funding. (more…)

New training course available: Writing Winning Bids

Candour Collaborations will be delivering two business development training days, ‘Writing Winning Bids’ in London and Newcastle on the 3rd and 10th December 2014, in partnership with Clinks and with support from MoJ infrastructure grant funding.

These one day workshops will support voluntary organisations operating in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) to effectively identify contract and sub-contract opportunities, write strong narrative responses, and engage Tier 1 providers to secure positions within supply chains.  The workshop will help you to: (more…)

Paula Rogers, Chief Executive at Trailblazers Mentoring

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, external communications, partnership relationships and business planning. Candour Collaborations has ensured that Trailblazers has the strength, breadth and support for continuity and development.

Gary Kernaghan, Strategic Development Director and interim COO at Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited

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, communicative and work with integrity. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Community Work Placements – successful bidders announced

Community Work Placements is a mandatory scheme for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants returning from the Work Programme whose key barrier to work is a lack of work experience, motivation or both, and offers them a significant period of full-time activity.

The scheme involves claimants undertaking a full-time work placement for 30 hours a week for up to 26 weeks alongside provider-led supported jobsearch. The key criteria of all placements are that they must be of benefit to the community and must not displace paid jobs – though how this can be proven and evidenced is up for discussion. (more…)