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Local Government Association/NESTA/Design Council/SOLACE/Institute for Local Government/Cultural Commissioning Programme/Academy for Justice Commissioning/Libraries Taskforce/Business Services Association/Catch22/Local Gov Digital/Public Sector Show/Shared Service Architects/Skills for Care/OSCA/Government Digital Service/Go Lab/Laria/LGiU/InLoGov

Local Government Association (LGA)


The LGA are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. Their aim is to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.

The LGA, in conjunction with Cabinet Office, deliver a Commissioning Academy for elected members which brings together senior commissioners from across the public sector to learn from the example of the most successful commissioning organisations, developing a cadre of professionals that are progressive in their outlook on how the public sector delivers outcomes to local communities.

What is the Commissioning Academy for Elected Members?
The LGA, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy programme, is pleased to offer this fully subsidised two-day training course for elected members. Aimed at leaders, portfolio holders and chairs of scrutiny, these sessions will help councillors explore ways to improve the commissioning activity of their councils through political leadership. More information 



Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.

They are dedicated to supporting ideas that can help improve all our lives, with activities ranging from early stage investment to in-depth research and practical programmes.

Design Council


Established in 1944 to demonstrate the value of industrial design in reviving post-war Britain, the Design Council is now an enterprising charity which works to improve people's lives through the use of design.

Currently celebrating their 70th birthday, the Design Council's mandate has evolved over the past seven decades and responded to changing social and economic trends and needs.

In 2011 the Design Council merged with Cabe, the government’s advisor on design in the built environment. "Together we are passionate about using design to improve people's lives and we believe that design-led innovation can stimulate business growth, transform public services and enhance places and cities"



The Solace Group of companies contains a membership organisation, a commercial services arm and a charitable trust.

Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. We are committed to public sector excellence. We provide our members with opportunities for personal and professional development and seek to influence the debate about the future of public services to ensure that policy and legislation reflect the experience and expertise of our members.

Cultural Commissioning Programme


Work with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, and deliver better outcomes for people and communities.

From July 2016 to December 2017, the Cultural Commissioning Programme will work with policy makers and stakeholders to embed support for cultural commissioning. They will also support existing models of practice on the ground to strengthen them and help secure recognition of opportunities that replicating these models can offer.

Academy for Justice Commissioning


The Academy for Justice Commissioning identifies, supports and promotes excellence in public services commissioning.  They are responsible for:

  • strengthening the reputation of social and justice commissioning by driving up standards and increasing value for money
  • identifying and sharing good practice in public service commissioning
  • providing learning and development opportunities for social and justice commissioners and actively encouraging networking and debate
  • sponsoring and stimulating relevant research
  • promoting the accreditation of learning provision in social and justice commissioning and related subjects, and the attainment of standards marks by learning providers
  • strengthening links with other commissioning stakeholders through active networking, collaboration and partnership working
Libraries Taskforce

LibrariesTaskforceSMLThe Taskforce was set up to enable libraries in England to exploit their potential and be recognised as a vital resource for all.

Business Services Association (BSA)


A policy and research organisation, the BSA brings together all those who are interested in delivering efficient, flexible and cost-effective service and infrastructure projects across the private and public sectors.

The Business Services Association provides a forum for service providers to come together to discuss issues of common interest. 



Catch22 was formed in 2008 from a merger between the Rainer Foundation and Crime Concern.  Today Catch22 embodies many of the philosophies and beliefs of their founding organisations.

They believe in helping people in tough situations for the wider benefit of society and work to rehabilitate offenders by providing support before and after their release from prison, or with their community sentence. Their aim is to deliver social value by turning chaotic lives around.

Local Gov Digital


LocalGov Digital is a network for digital practitioners in local government with an aim to raise standards in web provision and the use of digital by councils across the country, and to create a digital framework that is flexible enough to respond to local needs.

Their belief is that an overarching and fundamental principle is that local government is and should be ‘open by default and digital by design’.

They run Local Gov Camp, a free unconference for local government, by local government

Public Sector Show


The public sector faces a wide range of challenges in order to continue to deliver improved public services. Innovative solutions, greater collaboration and learning from other organisations across the public and private sectors are vital to meet user demand and implement successful change.

The Public Sector Show is a large one-day event that brings together public sector stakeholders to network, learn and find the right solutions for their organisations.

Shared Service Architects


A teaching company, focused on equipping politicians, board members, chief executives and senior managers in the public sector with the skills and knowledge to innovate and initiate successful shared service and collaborative transformation solutions.

SSA has developed a suite of high quality practitioner focused learning materials, which provide a qualifications pathway to the UK’s first Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Shared Services in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Skills for Care


Provide practical tools and support to help adult social care organisations in England recruit, develop and lead their workforce,helping to create a better-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.  They work with employers and related services to ensure dignity and respect are at the heart of service delivery.

As the home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care, they provide support from entry level through to those in senior leadership and management roles. They also provide individual tailored solutions to support your business to deliver high quality care.

St Basils


St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 4000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry.

They have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on. Their aim is to help them successfully break the cycle of homelessness so that they can go on to experience a bright, fulfilling future and never return to a state where they are at risk of homelessness again.



Osca has a three phase process for meeting today’s complex social challenges using thoughtful exploration and prototyping.

  • Insight and research: Exploration of ideas through research, development and user feedback. These ideas are based on insights from both research and practice in their core areas.
  • Collaboration and development: If an idea has the potential to be transformative they develop the approach or technological application with partners.
  • Bringing to market: They make the new product or service available to the wider market with tools to support genuine, visible and measureable social impact.
Government Digital Service (GDS)

Part of the Cabinet Office, GDS is responsible for the digital transformation of government.

They are a centre of excellence in digital, technology and data, collaborating with departments to help them with their own transformation, working with them to build platforms, standards, and digital services.

Go Lab


A new programme,  jointly funded by HM Government, researching innovative public sector commissioning to achieve better social outcomes.



The Local Area Research & Intelligence Association (LARIA) work to improve lives and local areas through the use of local research, intelligence and policy. They promote continuous improvements in the quality and impact of local research and intelligence. By promoting high standards and excellence in research, analysis and insight they aim to ensure maximum impact in the delivery of high quality public service.


LGUI purpleSMLLGiU is a think tank and local authority membership organisation and registered charity.  Their ethos is that local design and delivery is the most effective approach for "the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest."

Institute for Local Government


An independent charity working to increase government effectiveness, the Institute for Local Goverment works with all the main political parties at Westminster and with senior civil servants in Whitehall.

They provide evidence based advice that draws on best practice from around the world and undertake research, provide high quality development opportunities for senior decision makers and organise events to invigorate and provide fresh thinking on the issues that really matter to government.

Institute of Local Government Studies (InLoGov)


A leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management, the Institute for Local Government studies explore complex issues, question conventional thought and address challenges in Public Management, Administration, Public Service Commissioning and Local Policy and Politics.

Their research bridges the gap between the academic and the practitioner and has a major influence on academic and policy audiences. They produce a range of publications from their research.

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