Enter the Dragons’ Den – a new opportunity for Delivering Differently bidders

11 March 2014


Public service ‘Dragons’ Den’ supports local government innovation

Public sector consultancy firm, RedQuadrant, is thinking differently. Like the popular BBC show, ‘Dragons’ Den’, they will give Delivering Differently bidders a chance to realise their ideas by selecting up to six projects that the Cabinet Office programme couldn’t support, and work with public sector leaders to make them happen.

Thinking differently for delivering differently – a Delivering Differently Dragons’ Den

“We believe in the ability of local government to innovate, and want to encourage it.” says Ben Taylor, Managing Partner of RedQuadrant.

“The delivering differently fund is a great idea. Improvement is critical when your customers are the public. And as councils face more and more cuts, innovation is crucial if the needs of communities are to be met.”

“But the fund has a downside: only ten projects will be selected. That means there’s another 128 innovative ideas left unsupported – ideas that could have a real impact on people’s lives.”

Ben Taylor says "we believe that there are some real gems out there and we think we can add value - this is a great opportunity to work alongside local government and deliver change together".

Alexander Stevenson is an entrepreneur and founder of RSe consulting, a major local government consultancy bought by Tribal Consulting in 2008. He will join the panel as a co-funder, and says, "I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is and join with the most innovative public sector managers in making their ideas real".

RedQuadrant offer the potential investment of time and delivery resources, and Alexander will offer the potential for funding; in exchange, the company will ask for a share of savings or income generated as a result.

The most interesting bids will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of 'dragons' including Ben Taylor, Alexander Stevenson, and RedQuadrant service leads. Those selected will receive a pitch and proposal in return from RedQuadrant before the final deal is negotiated.

Bidders who are interested in this opportunity should submit their Delivering Differently bids – along with any notes on how bidders would vary their bids now they no longer have to bid for a fixed consultancy package – by Friday 28 March to deliveringdifferently@redquadrant.com