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This one day training course will be an intensive day outlining everything that you will need to do or think about in order to establish a voluntary-sector consortium.
When Jan 29, 2016
from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Where NCVO Conference Suite, London
Contact Name
Contact Phone 020 7520 2587
Attendees Those wanting to establish a contract-ready consortium. The course will draw on real-life examples of good practice and lessons learned, and will provide those attending with information, resources and templates that they can use
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In many areas, public authorities are awarding large contracts, often requiring providers to work in partnership to deliver multiple and complex outcomes. Voluntary organisations have responded to this by setting up different types of consortia.

This course will cover:

  • commissioning environment
  • operating models
  • legal structures
  • influencing commissioners
  • engaging members
  • oversight of all the policies and procedures that a new consortium needs to prepare to become contract ready.

By the end of the day you will:

  • understand reasons why VCSE orgs are thinking about developing consortia (drivers)
  • understand the most common structures and legal forms that consortia adopt
  • gain awareness of factors that could affect the success of a VCSE consortium – positively and negatively.
  • we will draw on examples of good practice and lessons learned, and we will provide you with a bundle of information resources and templates that you can use.

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NCVO Conference Suite, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL Where are we?

Who runs it?

Neil Coulson is a consultant at NCVO. He has supported/advised on the development of over 100 third sector consortia nationally. He specialises in supporting the sector to grow its role within public service delivery. Collectively, the consortia he has worked with have gone on to secure hundreds of millions of pounds in public sector contracts.

In 2007 he was commissioned by UnLtd, the national foundation for social entrepreneurs, to write their sustainability toolkit, ‘Built to Last’, which has been used by social entrepreneurs nationally and internationally. He also supports organisations to explore social investment, having worked on scores of investment proposals and delivered numerous investment readiness masterclasses across the country.

Lev Pedro is NCVO’s Pubic Services Senior Officer.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income.

We also offer discounts for: 

  • NCVO members (30%)
  • booking before 17.00 on 8 January (10%)

Early bird offer (booking before 17.00 on 8 January)

  <£1m£1m or more
NCVO members £175 £220
Non members £252 £315

Standard rates (booking after 8 January)

  <£1m£1m or more
NCVO members £195 £245
Non members £280 £350

How to book

Book online now 

Contact us

Any questions please contact Donna James or phone on 020 7520 2587

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

We offer bespoke and in-house training on a range of topics, including consortium building, governance and leadership, sustainable funding and strategy development. For more information please complete our online contact form

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