We recently hosted and delivered an event focussing on Social Value and Procurement.

The event was a culmination of work that has been undertaken over the past year to better coordinate the approach of local housing providers in generating and evaluating social value.

Social value is an integral part of GMHP’s commitment to the city and its residents.  It means that we ask all of the companies who we work with to think about how they can help add value to our communities, by delivering additional social, economic or environmental benefits. For instance, by providing jobs and training.
Learn more about our commitment to social value. 

The event focussed on boosting social value via supply chain opportunities with both current and existing suppliers, drawing on expertise of local business representatives as well as the Greater Manchester housing providers.

The day opened with an introduction from Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, followed by a presentation from Fiona Summerscales, Procurement Manager for First Choice Homes Oldham, about the opportunities for supplying Greater Manchester housing.

The morning presentations were followed by Todd Holden, Director for Low Carbon for The Growth Company.   Todd updated the team on the support that is available to deliver social value, before case studies were provided by Gavin Preston, Group Finance and Growth Director for Proline. Steven Brown, Managing Director for John Southworth Builders, and Kathryn Scott, Head of Client Services for Eldercare completed the presentations with an outline of how their organisations provide social value in their contracts.

The attendees had the chance to take part in two workshops, from four available:

  • ‘What makes a good social value tender return?’
  • ‘Delivering social value through skills, employment and training’)
  • ‘What can I offer?’
  • ‘Mainstreaming social value’

The afternoon was set aside for one-to-one Meet the Buyer sessions, giving local suppliers a chance to speak to representatives from housing providers about upcoming opportunities and how they can increase their social value.

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