Every year the public sector procures £200bn worth of goods and services from large contractors. That's almost a third of total government spending. But 70% of social enterprises report that the process of bidding for public contracts is too expensive, time-consuming, and complex to complete.
Supply Change is the only digital marketplace that specialises in making the procurement of social enterprise easier, safer and quicker.
Supply Change provides a platform for social enterprises to showcase their work, trade area, capabilities and social impact. From cleaners to construction, Supply Change enables public sector organisations to find the best enterprise for their needs while driving social change.
Supply Change was founded in April 2018 by Aoise Keogan-Nooshabadi, Beth Pilgrim and Verena Wimmer after researching solutions to the gap in social enterprises in the public sector supply chain.
Aoise, Verena and Beth are alumni of the Year Here programme, a post grad in social innovation that challenges fellows to find solutions to the UK’s toughest social issues. During the programme the team worked across frontline organisations such as housing associations, homeless hostels and schools and saw firsthand the benefits that social enterprises can deliver for different communities.