Guidance

Cabinet Office Mutuals Support

Information and activities on support for public service mutuals administered under the Cabinet Office.

These opportunities were under the Cabinet Office Mutuals Support Programme 1. Please contact the DCMS Mutuals Team for information on current support for public service mutuals.

Mutuals Support Programme 1: Awarded Contracts

Recipient Support required Contract award value (excl. VAT) Awarded supplier Contracts Finder notice link Contracts Finder award link
3BM Legal £55,853 Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP - Contract award
Youth First Business planning, tendering and governance £10,000 Social Purpose Business Partners Contract Notice Contract Award
Hazlitt Arts Centre Legal and governance, tender support £18,927 Bates, Wells & Braithwate LLP working with Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Buckinghamshire County Council Children’s Services Business planning, governance, change management and stakeholder management support £78,250 Mutual Ventures with BWB and Buzzacott Contract Notice Contract Award
Spiral Health CIC Business development, investment readiness and marketing support £44,750 Make It Happen Consultancy Contract Notice Contract Award
Resolving Chaos Business development and marketing support £64,838 GVA Grimley Holdings Contract Notice Contract Award
West Midlands Kickstart Partnership Business planning and governance support £27,448 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Epic CIC, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Governance advice and legal £26,750 Trowers and Hamlins Contract Notice Contract Award
Leading Lives Organisational design and identification of ICT requirements £49,796 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
People 2 People Commercial assessment and business planning £18,180 TPP Law Contract Notice Contract Award
Aspire Sussex Ltd Financial and commercial training, Marketing and comms £64,500 Mouchel with SCA Group and Turning Point Contract Notice Contract Award
Gloucestershire County Council Business Planning £19,950 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Accession, London Borough of Ealing Governance, business planning support and transition support £51,977 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Cleveland Fire Service Legal advice and support £76,750 Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP Contract Notice Contract Award
Oldham City Council Business planning support and market assessment £46,455 Mouchel with SCA Group and Turning Point Contract Notice Contract Award
Somerset Skills and Learning Business planning and options appraisal £45,436 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
DfT – Vehicle Certification Agency Business assessment £64,757 Consulting Stream Ltd Contract Notice Contract Award
Explore, York City Council Business planning and legal advice £83,934 Mutual Ventures with Bates Wells and Braithwaite, and Buzzacott Contract Notice Contract Award
Knowsley Council Business Planning, Ownership, legal and governance structures, Transition planning £93,770 Public Service Mutuals with the Co-operative Contract Notice Contract Award
Let’s Go Global, Trafford Council Business planning £18,050 Make It Happen Consultancy working with Hempsons Solicitors, Moore and Smalley and Bread Media Contract Notice Contract Award
Rushey Green, Lewisham Council Legal and Governance, Business Planning support and, transition planning £37,201 Bates, Wells and Braithwaite LLP working with Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Training in business and commercial skills £22,400 Mutual Ventures working with Bates, Wells and Braithwaite LLP, Happy Ltd, Social AdVentures and SEUK Contract Notice Contract Award
Sensing Change, Suffolk Council Governance, Business Planning and Financial Modelling and Transition planning £23,055 TPP Law Contract Notice Contract Award
Sea View Centre, Poole Borough Council Governance, Business Planning and Financial Modelling, Transition Planning and legal documentation £27,258 Prospects working with Field Fisher Waterhouse and Howells & Co Accountancy Practice Contract Notice Contract Award
ML Community Enterprise Limited, London Borough of Lambeth Legal and Governance, Business Planning and Finance and Market Analysis £31,639 Mutual Ventures working with Bates, Wells and Braithwaite and Matters & Co Contract Notice Contract Award
West Mercia Probation Trust Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £80,415 Mouchel with SCA Group Contract Notice Contract Award
Dorset, Devon & Cornwall Probation Trusts Support for the potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £89,550 Red Quadrant Contract Notice Contract Award
Innovo (Cumbria, Merseyside & Lancashire Probation Trusts) Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £97,900 PA Consulting with Winkworth Sherwood Solicitors Contract Notice Contract Award
RISE (London Probation Trust) Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £75,600 Social Pioneers with Inspire2Enterprise, TDP Development, Wrigleys Solicitors Contract Notice Contract Award
Kent, Surrey & Sussex (Probation Trusts) Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £84,275 Anthony Collins Contract Notice Contract Award
Essex (Probation Trust) Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £79,950 Stepping Out with Anthony Collins, Blue Star Human Resources, No Nonsense Communications, Resonance Contract Notice Contract Award
REACH (Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trusts) Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £59,950 Mutual Ventures with Bates Wells and Braithwaite, Social Finance, Enlightened HR, Buzzacott Contract Notice Contract Award
Adult Social Care Services, Rochdale Council Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling support and, transition planning £45,864 Mutual Ventures working with Bates Wells and Braithwaite, Buzzacott and Enlightened HR Contract Notice Contract Award
Community Equipment Loan and Warden Call/Telecare services, City of York Council Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling support and, transition planning and implementation £43,705 Bates Wells and Braithwaite working with Mutual Ventures, Matter & Co and Buzzacott HR Contract Notice Contract Award
Brightstripe - Cultural Health Business planning and marketing strategy £20,000 Asset Based Finance and Leasing (ABFL) Contract Notice Contract Award
West Yorkshire Probation Trust Support for the Potential PSM to become “competition ready” (as a prime contractor or sub-contractor, as relevant) in proposed national competitions for rehabilitation services £99,000 PA Consulting Contract Notice Contract Award
Adult Social Care (North Tyneside) Business planning and finance, legal and governance support and staff engagement £32,625 Blandy and Blandy LLP working with Almond Tree Strategic Consulting ltd, Asset Based Finance and Leasing Ltd, Crowe Clark Whitehall LLP and CPB projects Ltd Contract Notice Contract Award
Investing in Children Business strategy and market analysis support, communications and marketing and, support to develop measures around social impact £27,000 Sustainable Enterprise Strategies working with Communications Co-op, UHY Torgersens and, Sunderland Care Home Associates Contract Notice Contract Award
Planning Portal Identify a private partner and agree the terms of the partnership £19,500 High Growth Knowledge Company ltd working with Roxburgh Milkins LLP, Probert legal and Milsted Langdon Contract Notice Contract Award
City Catering Services (Southampton City Council) Business planning and finance, legal and governance and transition £53,980 BWB working with Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Coventry Education and Learning Service (Coventry City Council) Business planning and finance, governance options, governance and board development, transition support and stakeholder engagement £52,553 Mutual Ventures working with Bates Wells and Braithwaite, Buzzacott and Enlightened HR Contract Notice Contract Award
Lambeth Youth and Play Business planning and finance, legal and governance and transition £62,995 SM with CO-Op working with FPM, DWF and MC2 Contract Notice Contract Award
West Sussex Music Trust Business planning and marketing £30,661 Mutual Ventures working with Matter & CO, BWB and Buzzacott Contract Notice Contract Award
Plymouth Adult and Community Learning Service Legal and Financial £39,961 BWB working with Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Croydon School Support Services Legal, governance and financial £52,550 Browne Jacobson Contract Notice Contract Award
Milton Keynes Parks Business Planning, Legal and Governance £25,000 Stepping Out Contract Notice Contract Award
Momentis CIC Support the Potential PSM to spin-out of its Parent Body as a standalone entity, with the ETE and DAAT contracts and, to support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £87,788 Bates Wells Braithwaite working with Mutual Ventures, Buzzacott and Matter & Co Contract Notice Contract Award
Innovo Support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £60,000 PA Consulting Contract Notice Contract Award
Delta Rehabilitation Ltd Support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £68,250 Mutual Ventures working with Winkworth Sherwood and Clarent Commerce Contract Notice Contract Award
Resolutions Support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £55,150 Carley Consult working with Wilkin Chapman LLP, Community Justice Consultancy Ltd,Care Plus Group Ltd and, Social Justice Solutions Ltd Contract Notice Contract Award
RISE Support the Potential PSM, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £75,000 Red Quadrant working with Browne Jacobson Contract Notice Contract Award
Greater Manchester and Cheshire (Probation Trust) Support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protecting its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £42,410 Red Quadrant Contract Notice Contract Award
Co:here Support the Potential PSM within the PSM JV, and protect its interests, throughout the TR competition and subsequent mobilisation £72,000 Anthony Collins working with ExCell, Cooperative and Mutual Solutions, Mutuo, FPM and ClearlySo Contract Notice Contract Award
Achieving for Children (Kingston Council and Richmond Council) Legal advice, Financial Planning and Business Development, Staff Engagement and Transition Planning £105,605 Mutual Ventures working with BWB, Matter&Co and, Happy Contract Notice Contract Award
Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine Business Plan development, legal and governance and transition support £46,630 BWB working with PA consulting Group and Matter and Co Contract Notice Contract Award
Services for Adults with Complex Needs (Salford City Council) Legal and Governance and Business Planning and Financial Modelling £46,250 Stepping Out working with Anthony Collins Solicitors Contract Notice Contract Award
Catalyst (Warrington Borough Council) Transition Support £48,925 Anthony Collins working with Mazars, Stepping Out, Blue Star Human Resources and No Nonsense Marketing and PR Contract Notice Contract Award
Independence Matters (Norfolk County Council) Business and Financial planning, Legal, Governance and Staff Engagement, Branding and Marketing and Contract Readiness £69,513 Stepping Out working with Anthony Collins, Blue Star Human Resources, No Nonsense Marketing and PR and Ensors Contract Notice Contract Award
Leisure and Culture services (Wandsworth Borough Council) Business planning and financial modelling, legal and governance and transition £79,351 Winkworth Sherwood working with Mutual Ventures and Buzzacott Contract Notice Contract Award
Middlesborough Community Learning Business and financial planning, legal and governance and transition £35,000 Ward Hadaway working with Baker Tilley and Jump Contract Notice Contract Award
Schools Management Information Service (London Borough of Sutton) Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling and transition £51,875 Mutual Ventures working with Sandwell Inspired Partnership Services and Winkworth Sherwood Contract Notice Contract Award
Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Worcester City Council) Transition Support £27,000 MetaValue working with Horton Partners, AdviseInc, Highway Insurance and Inserv Ltd Contract Notice Contract Award
Dorset Arts Development Company (Dorset County Council) Business planning and financial modelling support, governance, operating models support and transition support £30,715 Bates Wells Braithwaite working with Counter Culture and Matter & Co Contract Notice Contract Award
Croydon School Support Services Marketing £34,800 Radero Contract Notice Contract Award
Adult learning disability services (Leeds City Council) Transition support including commercial and legal £47,880 Geldards LLP working work Asset Based Finance and Leasing LTD and Grenville Page Consulting LTD Contract Notice Contract Award
Building Control Services (Elmbridge Borough Council) Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling support, transition support £37,950 Mutual Ventures working with Winkworth Sherwood Contract Notice Contract Award
Torbay Youth Trust Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling, stakeholder engagement support and transition £34,863 MetaValue Contract Notice Contract Award
Wandsworth Adult Social Care Consultancy support including legal £54,540 Mutual Ventures working with Winckworth Sherwood    
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Devon Youth Service Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling, stakeholder engagement support and transition £29,900 Mutual Ventures Contract Notice Contract Award
Dudley Lifelong Services Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling, stakeholder engagement support and transition £42,463 MetaValue Contract Notice Contract Award
The Language Shop Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling £20,000 MetaValue Contract Notice Contract Award
Ourspace Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling £23,750 BWB Contract Notice Contract Award
Oldham Youth Service Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling £34,937.5 Make it happen Contract Notice Contract Award
Somerset Skills & Learning Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling £38,578 BWB Contract Notice Contract Award
Thurrock Youth Trust Legal and governance, business planning and financial modelling £27,775 BWB Contract Notice Contract Award

Mutuals Support Programme 1: Challenge Prize Results

In 2015 Cabinet Office launched the Mutuals Support Programme Challenge Prize to develop new models for the support infrastructure for public service mutuals. It invited competitors to design and test a transformational model which could really drive growth and the sustainability of the public service mutual sector.

The Challenge Prize was an exercise in open policy-making, and provided an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with a range of innovators to explore a range of models for future support for the mutuals sector.

It received a strong response at the first stage with a number of radical proposals for supporting the mutuals sector to scale and be more resilient. From these, three proposals were selected for the second stage of the competition. Each shortlisted competitor received seed funding to support an intensive period of collaboration and co-design in the run up to the final submission deadline.

Following careful evaluation we were pleased to award the prize jointly to the following organisations.

  1. a partnership led by Albion Group CIC (itself a consortium of three successful public service mutuals: Provide, Your Healthcare and Medway Community Healthcare) with Stepping Out
  2. a partnership between Hempsons and Social and Sustainable Capital
  3. a partnership led by Baxendale, Bates Wells Braithwaite London LLP, Social Investment Business and Bridges Ventures.

The ideas that the Challenge Prize generated helped to inform a wider dialogue about how mutuals support could be structured to help foster thriving, innovative and above all successful public service mutuals.

Published 25 September 2014