3SC History

Across the public sector, commissioners are aggregating contracts, making it harder for smaller organisations to participate in public service delivery. While this has reduced contract management costs and enabled economies of scale efficiencies to be delivered, it means many third sector organisations miss out on delivery opportunities due to their scale rather than the quality of their service.

3SC represents a simple yet effective solution to this issue.

3SC was formed on 23rd July 2009 with the purpose of developing consortia to bid for and deliver large public service contracts. Our partnership is comprised of: Eden Project, London Learning Consortium, National Housing Federation, National Youth Agency, QED, The Social Investment Business and Well UK. The 3SC Board is today comprised of a senior representative of each of these partner organisations.

By the end of our first year, 3SC had been awarded a Future Jobs Fund contract. We went on to become the top performing provider across all three tranches, delivering contracts worth £36 million - the largest combined award of any provider – and creating over 5,500 jobs through our supply chain of  predominantly third sector organisations. Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, winning a number of Work Programme subcontracts and winning a prime contract for Access to Work in Wales.