For some time now ISE has been involved in carrying out market analysis amongst social enterprises and the wider third sector, looking in particular at emerging market opportunities. In the course of doing this, however, we’ve realised something else — just how little the sector inter-trades. We’ve been shocked that many organisations haven’t even thought about a buying policy i.e. buy on price and from the sector! What’s great news is that when we remind organisations to buy differently they do!
Another key issue to emerge is the huge gaps that exist in the market — people want cleaning services, office stationery, IT support, grounds maintenance, window cleaners, stationers – in fact everything they need to purchase! They want to shop local, shop ethical, and support the sector — and so do we!
So over the coming months we are going to run a major campaign to promote the fact that the third sector can buy more of what it needs from third sector suppliers. We want to get across the message that how the third sector sources its goods and services can also help sustain the sector — and create social change!
There will be a number of different ways to get involved in the campaign and we’ll also be supporting enterprises that want to identify and enter new markets. Interested? You can sign up now and be part of a really exciting, practical campaign. Ring Amber Woodfull at ISE on 0121 771 1411 for more information.