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seAp favours collaboration to competition

Posted: 22nd January 2014

seAp has unveiled a growth strategy predicated on supporting smaller local organisations to win contracts, and stay in business. seAp’s CEO, Marie Casey said: 

‘As an organisation that has evolved from roots as a small, local, community advocacy provider, we understand the value of these organisations to sustaining creativity, innovation, and high quality within our sector.  We recognise that larger organisations like ourselves can offer infrastructure, cost efficiencies and in depth experience across a number of contracts and client groups, as well as excellent bid writing and contract management support.'

 seAp's strengths, combined with the strength of smaller, high quality local providers, has proved an attractive combination to our clients and commissioners.  We have a number of partnerships that have proved successful not least in winning the majority of tenders we’ve pursued.  

 Cuts to public sector budgets are making competition so fierce, that many providers, who have outstanding reputations for delivering high quality local services, face closure without a larger partner to support them to compete with the larger providers.   By working in partnership, rather than competition, we can raise the bar in terms of service delivery, creativity and standards within the sector. 

We are flexible in our approach to partnership:  we are happy to lead or subcontract - whatever works best for our clients, the organisations concerned, and what approach is most likely to succeed with commissioners and achieve the best outcomes for our clients.  We are supporting partners in a range of ways, including sizable discounts on the City & Guilds accredited training offered by seAp Advocacy Training'. 

 Any providers who are proud of their service quality and seeking an advocacy partner are welcome to contact seAp to discuss the potential for partnership working.  seAp is particularly interested in partners in the South of England, and London.  Marie can be contacted at info@seap.org.uk


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