Social Value in Procurement

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London’s intensifying needs, budget constraints and charged public mood are driving toward increasingly defined requirements for social value within the procurement process: supporting local jobs, contributing to healthier places and social wellbeing, and ultimately building positive relationships between delivery partners, public organisations and communities served.

The appetite for understanding and requiring social value clearly exists, but time-poor procurement teams are often overwhelmed with options, and rarely have time to share lessons learned. The sector needs a better grip on current practice and needs and a manageable way forward – including common and rigorous metrics, flexible tendering and more emphasis on evaluation.

Running throughout spring 2019, this project will balance setting and monitoring outcomes against programme, finance and legal considerations. The goal is – through shared, cross-sector expertise and experience – to equip London’s public sector and delivery partners to form more consistent and effective procurement practices that deliver demonstrable, ongoing social benefit for London and for Londoners.

7 October Embedding Social Value conference

Among built environment practitioners, there’s strong appetite for guidance and case studies which highlight effective, replicable approaches to embedding social value. The Embedding Social Value conference showcases how a range of organisations are establishing effective social value policies and best practice across departments and throughout supply chains – achieving procurement practices that deliver demonstrable, ongoing social benefit for London and Londoners.

Speakers and Agenda

In keeping with FoL’s effort to help diversify urban debate, we mixed recognised experts with fresh voices for a lively combination of strategic nous and front-line experience.

12:15 Arrivals & registration

13:15 Welcome

Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive, Future of London

13:20 Opening Spotlight: The Evolution of the Social Value Act

Chris White, Director,  Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College London and author of the Social Value Act

13:40 Discussion: Defining Social Value

Chris Paddock, Director, Regeneris (Chair)
Sara Bailey, Managing Partner, Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins
Guy Battle, CEO, Social Value Portal
Liz Holford, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainabilty/Supply Chain Sustainability School
Snowia Hussain, Responsible Procurement Lead, City of Westminster

14:30 Discussion: Social Value Through Procurement vs Section 106

Fiona Brenner, Area Manager, Groundwork London (Chair)
Angela Beanlands, Project Manager, S106 & Social Value, LB Enfield
Raj Kaur, Employment Skills & Development Officer, Southern Housing
Dr Kelly Watson, Research Associate, Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester
+1 more tbc

15:40 Spotlight

topic and speakers in progress… watch this space!

16:00 Discussion: Embedding Social Value

Nicola Mathers, CEO, Future of London (Chair)
Simon Bishop, Principal Economic Development Officer, LB Islington
Stephen Hopkins,
Interim Head of Commissioning and Procurement, LB Croydon
Marcus Hulme, Social Value Director, Places for People
Marina Robertson, Senior Director, NPS Group

16:50 Closing Spotlight: Achieving pan-London Social Value

Rob Wolfe, Director, CHY


The event is free to attend thanks to support from Lendlease and Trowers & Hamlins, but places are limited and registration is essential. Register here.

Get involved

We’re keen to connect with organisations using innovative and effective approaches to social value throughout London. If you have experience to share or are interested in partnering with us on this project, contact Amanda Robinson.

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