Market Development

If you're a current or a prospective provider of adult, children's and family services in the Nottingham area, whether in the Private or Voluntary Sector, these pages will help you understand the background to our local market and the ways we expect it to develop. They also signpost you to advice and guidance on starting a social care business and finding customers for it, and to potential sources of grant funding and financial support.

The local authority's role in commissioning such services is to secure the best outcomes for our communities, by making use of all available resources without regard for whether the services are provided in-house, externally or through various forms of partnership.

Nottingham is an excellent location for social care businesses to establish and operate. As one of England's designated 'core cities', Nottingham plays a leading role in many Government-backed projects and initiatives, and we are pleased to welcome the development of new provision and the expansion of existing services.

Market Position Statements

If you're a current or prospective provider of adult health and social care in the Nottingham area, whether in the private or voluntary sector, the Market Position Statements help to understand the background to our local market and the ways we expect it to develop. These documents give an overview of Social Care Services commissioned through the City Council and do not cover the wider health services commissioned through the Clinical Commissioning Groups or the NHS. As we continue to develop more integrated health and social care services, we are hoping that future versions of the documents will be produced jointly and will therefore give a more comprehensive picture of the health and social care market.

Starting and Operating a Social Care Business in Nottingham

Starting a business - any kind of business - is a big step. Here we double-check it's the right course for you, and then signpost you to some sources of help and support.

Information about Grants and Financial Support

Although they may be somewhat harder to come by these days, it is still worth checking-out whether your organisation can get any grants and other funding from various sources towards it operating expenses and for particular projects.

The Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge enables voluntary and community bodies to express an interest in running a local authority service.

Open Data Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has published details of its Corporate Contracts on the 'Open Data Nottingham' website. The information is comprised of 2 lists (Corporate Procurement and Strategic Procurement) which together outline Nottingham City Council's current contracts. Open Data Nottingham has been created to support and facilitate Nottingham City Council's commitment to freeing up Nottingham's data.

The Market Development Team's Nottingham Promise

The Nottingham Promise is a commitment made by Nottingham City Council and other public services in the city to deliver good quality customer services and high customer care standards. The document below details the promise made by Nottingham City Council's Market Development Team.

Business Charter

This Business Charter signals a commitment to a new way of working in the City that maximises Nottingham’s potential and ensures that we work together to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Nottingham. We in Nottingham City Council, have already adopted these principles and want you all as our contracted suppliers, the wider business community, other public sector bodies and third sector organisations to adopt them too.