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Cabinet Office teaches commissioners about social enterprises

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The Cabinet Office has announced fresh dates for a course designed to help commissioners looking to use social enterprises to deliver services.

The Commissioning Academy’s mutuals module will be held in London on 2 April and in Leeds on 19 May.

Participants from various sectors will take part in discussion of recent case studies; share experience of mutual spin-outs at various stages of development; and test relevant tools and resources.

They will be helped to develop an action plan for how they can take forward their work with social enterprises.

The Cabinet Office said experience from the first phase of its Mutuals Support Programme had shown that the most successful spin-offs resulted from effective relationships between commissioners and providers.

Charlie Croft, of City of York Council, said of a previous course: “Looking at the process of mutualisation within the context of commissioning was really useful [and enabled me to develop my] understanding regarding this wider agenda”.

Richard Selwyn, of Harrow LBC, added: “The audience dynamic was really helpful – with colleagues involved in various stages of mutualising services. And there was a richness in learning because participants had huge experience from across the public sector.”

To book a place on one of the courses, or for more information, contact Memona Ahmed at

The Cabinet Office Mutuals Information Service has recently streamlined the way it delivers support to commissioners and suppliers. See more here.

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