The Furniture Scheme and Wrekin Housing Group Bring New Opportunities for Social Enterprise Diversification

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The Furniture Scheme (a social enterprise and charity set up to provide low cost essential household equipment to those in need) joined Wrekin Housing Group in order to help local residents to gain skills, jobs and furniture.

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The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

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In response to the implementation of the Social Value Act 2012, the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility has been developed. This outlines mandatory principles which Birmingham City Council must adopt in order to enhance its social value generation. Organisations working closely with the council have also been invited to adopt the principles.

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Term Shared Professional Services Contract

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A 4 year contract to be the sole supplier of professional services expertise relating to highways and transport (e.g. highway and transport design, transport modelling, feasibility studies etc.) to West Midlands Highway Alliance members (comprising Worcestershire County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council and potentially from 2014 Shropshire Council). There is an option to extend the contract for a further 2 years, linked to performance.

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Sustainable Procurement – Fresh Pastures and Dairy Farmers of Great Britain

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Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Wakefield Council procurement team awarded contracts to two companies recognised for their ability to create social value. The companies were Dairy Farmers of Great Britain and Fresh Pastures. The contract was to supply fresh milk to schools in the region.

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Supporting Leicestershire Families

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Despite significant investment in services many families still experience the same problems from one generation to another. The Supporting Leicestershire Families Programme aimed to support families so that the whole family have better lives and outcomes independent from the state. Leicestershire Together therefore committed to improving the lives of Leicestershire Families, particularly the most vulnerable, with an ambition to improve outcomes for these families whilst reducing public sector costs.

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