3SC is a social enterprise that has proven success and expertise in building and managing supply chains of SMEs, primarily third sector organisations, across the UK to deliver quality public services. In November 2020, 3SC were assessed for the first time against the supply chain management standard, Merlin. The assessment outcome was ‘Excellent’ recognising the sustainable excellence of our structured approach to supply chain management and positive partnership working with our delivery partners.
3SC’s vision is of SMEs, particularly third sector organisations delivering an increasing share of public services and a greater amount of social impact. To realise the achievement of our vision, 3SC manages and wins contracts on behalf of SMEs, primarily voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations using a mutually beneficial collaborative and partnership-based business model. All have a vital role to play in the delivery of public services which can be a difficult and competitive marketplace, dominated by large commercial organisations. The size and complexity of the tendering process and increasingly demanding contracts can make it difficult for SMEs, particularly third sector organisations, to compete on their own. 3SC gives these organisations a chance to compete for, and ultimately deliver, such contracts.
The principal activity of 3SC is public service delivery but we also offer other services including a membership programme, all of which have a clear social impact.
Since 3SC’s inception 11 years ago we have supported and enabled the third sector to access more than £84 million. In 2019-2020 alone we supported our supply chains to access in excess of £8.7 million. We have also delivered 27 major contracts for a wide range of Central and Local Government commissioners, including Welsh Government, in the justice, young people, disabilities and employability arenas. We have worked with more than 2165 delivery partners in our supply chains and the impact of our work has been to:
- Work with 55,633 people referred to a 3SC programme;
- Support 13,455 people into work;
- Support 4,125 people with a health condition or disability stay in work, supporting more than 500 people in 2019-2020;
- Help 8,353 young people secure a better future.
We are a partner in Purple Futures with responsibility for managing the supply chains of delivery organisations that provide rehabilitative and probation services across the 5 Purple Futures Community Rehabilitation Companies to reduce re-offending. We have contracted over 90 delivery organisations since 2015 that have received over 30,000 referrals.
We believe that the needs of people using public services – especially those who are hardest to reach – are best met by experienced, local, passionate and mission-driven organisations.
This Infographic shows the impact 3SC has made over the past 11 years.What we do
As a social enterprise delivering government contracts through specialist supply chains, 3SC’s Board is made up of experts in its different markets. Given its UK-wide reach, and reputation for delivering excellent contract performance, the Board is committed to growing capacity to deliver even more social impact.
3SC puts the service user at the centre of everything it does within a culture of ‘getting it right first time’ and customer service excellence. More information about quality management and accreditation.
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3SC’s Policies set out the approach and intentions of the organisation.
What we do
3SC and our partners deliver services tailored to those living with physical and mental health conditions and disabilities to ensure inclusivity, diversity and full participation in all aspects of society.
Read more about our work in the disability sector…
3SC manages a supply chain of VCSE organisations that deliver services to reduce re-offending and enable and support offenders to integrate and contribute to society in a positive way.
Read more about our work in the justice sector…
Young people are tomorrow’s social seedlings. 3SC works with our delivery partners to ensure that young people have a better start in life, and access to opportunities to help them achieve a brighter future.
Read more about our work in the youth sector…
What people say about us
“I have no hesitation in recommending 3SC as a prime contractor. We have greatly benefited from their quality assurance processes, their online customer management system, and supportive monthly performance reviews.”Robert Glenn: Groundwork
“3SC supported us by offering us our first contract called Intergr8, which involved working with young people on the brink of permanent exclusion from their school. Throughout the contract we have been supported by 3SC, and given clear guidance about successfully delivering the contract.”Chris Murray: The Write Time
“The support we have received from SH has been both professional and invaluable. He carries out regular audits of our policies and procedures from which he has provided positive and constructive feedback. He identifies areas that require improvement or amendment and fully supports us in achieving the changes required. This has enabled us to increase performance to ensure we can provide the best service and support to our service users.”Dawn Giamas MBE, Manager, Women of Worth
“Catch22 and 3SC have worked collaboratively to deliver high performing Through the Gate activities since 2015. Our partnership has been based on mutual respect and an ambition to deliver quality services. Utilising the collective experiences of our organisations, we worked together to create positive outcomes for the those we support. “Neil Baker, Assistant Director, Catch22 (Through the Gate Services)
“Both the 3SC Contract Performance Assessment and Quality Deep Dive processes that are used to monitor and review the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance ensure that money is being spent in the areas agreed and the service is meeting the standards expected. These processes are equally good at highlighting areas of good practice so these can be recognised and shared with other partners, as it is identifying areas of concern. Where there are areas of concern the process allows for timely intervention, the development of mitigation plans and can assist providers in finding solutions.”Martin Nugent, Criminal Justice & Partnerships, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
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