The Cabinet Office Has Shortlisted 15 Organisations and Individuals For The UK’s First Social Value Awards That Are Sponsored by KPMG.

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The Awards, announced in October 2015, fulfil an important recommendation from Lord Young’s review of the Social Value Act. They will recognise and celebrate good practice in commissioning and providing social value. The award winners will be announced on 11 February during a ceremony at the Social Value Summit hosted by Interserve and Social Enterprise UK. Find out more about the event.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said “The Social Value Act delivers value for money while strengthening communities. Its success depends on providers of public services around the country. All of the shortlisted candidates exemplify the Act and are helping us to build a more compassionate society.”

Shortlisted organisations and individuals

Social Value Leadership Award for an Organisation

  • Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Procurement Hub: AGMA consists of 10 local councils in the Greater Manchester region and has developed a social value policy and framework to address issues affecting the whole region
  • Halton borough council consistently considers social value in decisions and has implemented a social value policy, framework and charter
  • Durham county council has invested in understanding their region’s priorities and how their own social value procurement can help to achieve these priorities
  • Liverpool city council has set social value as a priority from mayoral level down

Social Value Leadership Award for an Individual

  • Laura Pechey of the charity HAGA, based in Haringey that works with and on behalf of people, families and communities affected by alcohol. Laura Pechey brought in specialist support to explore how to embed the Social Value Act locally
  • Anne Lythgoe, Strategic Manager at Salford city council, has been involved with delivering, monitoring and teaching social value principles for over 15 years
  • Dave Sweeney, Director of Transformation at NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and Halton borough council, has been instrumental in promoting the development of social value in Halton

Promoting and Mainstreaming the Social Value Act Award

  • HACT is the housing sector’s innovation agency which supports the sector to build the skills to better understand social value
  • Kier Group is a property, residential, construction and services group working with organisations to promote social value
  • Landmarc Support Services has embedded social value into the management and operation of the Ministry of Defence’s UK Defence training estate
  • The Social Value Portal is a social enterprise dedicated to building the capacity of both the public sector and business to implement the Social Value Act
  • The Wates Group construction services company is committed to creating employment and training through trading with at least 1 social enterprise on every live construction project

Driving Value for Money Award

  • Gloucestershire county council embedded social value throughout the tender process when it went to market for a new IT services provider
  • Data Performance Consultancy (DPC) works with public authorities to develop social value frameworks to measure social value and provide best value for money
  • Fusion21 is the national social enterprise that provides procurement and regeneration services to public sector members

Find out more about the shortlisted candidates.