The Social Value Summit run by Social Enterprise UK 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 2018

Early Bird tickets are now available to the 2018 Social Value Summit. 

Register your place here.

The fifth Social Value Summit will take place on 28th February in London. 

This year, the event will cover not only the leading practice on measurement, frameworks and procurement, but also looks at the big challenges and opportunities:

  • Does Brexit provide an opportunity for social value to grow?
  • Are devolved areas where the greatest potential is?
  • How do we use social value to tackle our employment challenge?

For attendees, the Summit will deliver:

  • Leading expertise in the field of social value measurement & reporting
  • The latest intelligence and information on social value
  • Practical advice and tips to put into action in your organisation
  • Dialogue and debate on key topics from expert speakers
  • Leaders from across sectors in attendance
  • Excellent networking with leaders from across sectors 

2018 Agenda

9.30am: registration, coffee, networking

10am Opening plenary: Redefining value in the modern age


  • Peter Holbrook, CEO - Social Enterprise UK
  • Sam Rowbury, Director of Policy and Public Sector - Crown Commercial Services
  • Amanda Mackenzie, CEO of BiTC
  • Peter Schofield, ‎Procurement Programme Manager Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Mariana Mazzucato (invited)

And many more to come...

11am - 11.30am: Coffee, exhibitors, networking

11.30am-12.30pm: Workshops / masterclasses Round 1

  1. Social Value in Infrastructure & Construction 
  2. Social Value - a post-Brexit opportunity?
  3. Cultural value = social value: the role of the arts
  4. Measurement and frameworks - leading practice
  5. Procurement and management - leading practice

Confirmed Speakers for these sessions include:

  • Mandy Barnett, Social Value UK
  • Fran Sanderson, Arts Impact Fund
  • Clare Hodgson, Diverse City

12:30pm-1.30pm: Lunch, exhibitors, networking

1.30pm-2.30pm: Workshops / masterclasses Round 2 

  1. Devolving social value
  2. Social value in planning & assets
  3. Employment and social value - tackling the workforce challenge
  4. Measurement and frameworks - leading practice
  5. Procurement and management - leading practice

Confirmed Speakers for these sessions include:

  • Peter Schofield, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Rachael Morgan, Head of Procurement, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Neil McInroy - CLES 

2:30pm - 3pm - coffee, networking, exhibitors

3-4pm: Final plenary followed by further networking & drinks.

The Social Value Summit is brought to you by Social Enterprise UK and is supported by Business in the Community. It will be held at the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, Embankment, London.

Early Bird tickets are now available

Register here 


There are exhibitor spaces available for interested organisations. Contact Neha Chandgothia at SEUK on 020 3589 4957 for more information, or email [email protected]

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 of the 2017 Awards 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

2017 Social Value Awards Winners

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

To watch the 2017 Social Value Summit workshop on demand click here