Social Enterprise UK was instrumental in helping pass the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which places an obligation on public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area they operate in.

Since the Act’s inception, we’ve worked extensively in the social value area from policy through to practice. 

From a policy perspective, this has included being involved in Lord Young’s review of the Act in 2015, advising government strategy on their approach to the Act, and helping to create the evidence base around the Act through the Communities Count and Procuring for Good reports.  

In December 2017 we published Our Money, Our Future – a report written by the author of the Social Value Act, former Conservative MP, Chris White. The report came out to mark the fifth anniversary of the Act and looks at its impact on public spending, arguing that it needs to be strengthened for its full potential to be realised. 

We continue to convene the foremost event on the subject, the Social Value Summit each year, and to collate best practice through the Social Value Portal. 

In practice, SEUK has advised HS2 Ltd on the social value policy for their main works contract, written the social value policy of the British Council and advised the Houses of Parliament on their policy. Through delivering our health and social value programme we have also worked with 12 CCGs on their social value strategies at a local level. 

From a supplier perspective, SEUK has also worked with businesses like Interserve, Engie and Wates on their responses to social value criteria in major bids as well as advising numerous SEUK members on best practice. 

In partnership with Social Value UK SEUK delivers the Social Value Academy, a one-day intensive training in all things social value.

Bespoke support 

Our team can provide tailored, practical support to you including:

  • Training sessions and days
  • Action-learning sets
  • Long-term implementation programmes
  • Expert speakers for your events

Our proposal for local authorities explains how social enterprises can help to transform local services.

For more information emailĀ Charlie Wigglesworth