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. We are experts in the delivery of 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.

Our Merlin Assessment Result demonstrates 3SC’s commitment to developing healthy and high performing supply chains. To obtain ‘Excellent’ there has to be robust and consistent evidence from both 3SC and supply chain partners that confirms that the stated Merlin Standard requirements are embedded, applied creatively, innovatively and consistently, and are perceived as being over and above the norm. Our award means we’ve done all that (and more)!

 Joanne Cholerton, CEO of 3SC said:

 “I am thrilled that 3SC got an ‘Excellent’ assessment outcome in our first ever Merlin assessment. I am very proud of each member of 3SC staff for their commitment and the hard work they put into supporting every one of our delivery partners to provide the best possible service to their customers. It reflects the expertise of our staff and the excellence of our structured approach”.

Our Merlin award was assessed against the management of our contracts including:

Specialist Employability Support, Managing justice resettlement and rehabilitative services for offenders across the 5 Purple Futures CRCs where you can find more info here, our work on accessibility on Access to WorkNeuro Diverse Strategy Coaching and our Private Work Based Health Assessments offer. 3SC have also delivered significant contracts in the Youth and Employment sectors.

If you would like to join the 4000+ organisations in the 3SC network, you can find more information here.

3SC has a history of delivering high achieving employability programmes since our inception in 2009.  Alongside our excellent Merlin standard result, we are currently seeking interest from SME organisations interested in delivering services as part of the Restart programme which gives Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for 12 months or more, additional support to find work. Please email Gareth.snaith@3sc.org for more information.

3SC is dedicated to building partnerships of SMEs to deliver quality public services in local communities. We are always looking for partners and it would be great to hear from you. There’s no such thing as a bad idea so please feel free to get in touch with Kathryn.jellings@3SC.org.