About Capacity

Capacity was founded in 2015 by partners Catch22, Interserve PLC, Big Society Capital and Amberside Advisors. We work in the public sector space, supported by public investment, to bring public, private and third sector organisations together through a common goal: to rethink and reimagine how public services are delivered.

Who We Are

The team, led by Chief Executive, Chris Catterall, and Chair, Jim Perrie, has a brief to challenge traditional practices and give VCSE providers and communities a chance to shape public services themselves. This could be addressing frustrations with current procurement and delivery models, making more imaginative use of resources, or offering our skills, expertise, and practical financial knowledge to develop VCSE providers. Our imagination can bring huge benefits and huge savings.

Ultimately, our vision is a culture of collaboration, where commissioners, investors, companies and not-for-profit groups work together to achieve more with less and instigate significant change – creating solutions to achieve the very best results and the most sustainable value, across all of our public services. Through this we want everybody to have a good place to live, a purpose and good people around them to offer support.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring investors, commissioners, service users, providers and community members together to rethink and reimagine how we deliver public services.

Through early intervention, we will create user-led services and enterprises that have strong, meaningful relationships with the communities they serve.

Our mission can be divided into three areas:

  • Make public sector contracts more accessible to interested organisations and more responsive to community needs;
  • Provide VCSE Providers with the expertise and know-how to secure public sector contracts; and
  • Support the start-up and growth of VCSE Providers through business modelling, generation of non-public sector incomes, and more imaginative use of resources.

Contact us

We are eager to speak to people about new projects so please use the form below to start the conversation.

Capacity: The Public Services Lab
Suite 3A,
Queen Insurance Building,
24 Queen Avenue,
L2 4TZ

Email: Grace.Nolan@capacitylab.co.uk
Telephone: 0151 305 1045

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