The Social Value Summit run by Social Enterprise UK and Interserve with the support of Business in the Community (BiTC) is the leading event on social value in the country. Taking place in February the event brings together commissioners and providers from across the public, private and social sectors. It looks to build cross-sector networks and partnerships, showcase best practice and builds the case for commissioning and procuring for social value.

The Social Value Summit 2017

Taking place on 8 February at the IET in London, the fourth Social Value Summit was the biggest yet attracting over 300 delegates. The Summit had as its theme how social value is central to building an inclusive economy, the social value of infrastructure and how businesses can make the most of it in terms of productivity, markets and supply chains.

Key note speakers included Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer, Amanda Mackenzie CEO of BiTC and Tim Haywood, Group Finance Director and Head of Sustainability of Interserve. They were joined by leading social value practitioners from across local authorities, leading corporates and social enterprises.

Workshops delved into issues such as cross-sector working, the commissioning framework and infrastructure – both in terms of the built environment and people and services.

Throughout the Summit ran the idea that to deliver on inclusive, sustainable growth we need a better form of capitalism.

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer

You can watch the opening plenary below:

Workshops from the Social Value Summit 2017 covered topics such as social value in infrastructure, devolution, cross-sector working and masterclasses on procurement. Footage from the workshops is available here

Social Value Awards

The Summit is also home to the annual Social Value Awards which recognise those individuals and organisations leading the way in commissioning and providing social value.

The Winners were:

Driving Value for Money Award – Halton BoroughCouncil

Promoting and Mainstreaming the Social Value Act - Orbis: a partnership between Surrey and East Sussex County Councils

Social Value Leadership for an Individual – Tom Wilde, Trafford HousingTrust

Social Value Leadership Award for an Organisation – Croydon Council

Social Value Awards Winners

To see more pictures from the Social Value Summit 2017 click here