The Social Enterprise Supply Chain Guide

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“This guide is for big businesses and other organisations interested in buying goods and services from the UK’s social enterprise sector.

Social enterprises are different to ordinary businesses because they reinvest their profits for good, benefiting people and planet. When they profit, society profits. 

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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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STaR Shared Procurement Service

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STaR Shared Procurement Service is a partnership of Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale Metropolitan Councils which aims to increase value for money and social benefits throughout the commissioning process. The service was established in 2013 and issues over 400 procurement tenders each year.

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Worcestershire County Council procurement toolkit

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This toolkit was developed in 2013 by Worcestershire County Council to advise on best practices for procurement in regards to generating social value. The toolkit outlines The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and gives examples of instances where social benefits have been created though the commissioning process. The procurement process is outlined and information given on how to best monitor and measure social value generation.

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Understanding Social Value: A guide for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

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This guide is aimed at the voluntary sector and The Compact (The Compact is an agreement between the public and voluntary/community sectors establishing a mutually beneficial relationship and several key guidelines. The guide allows organisations in the voluntary sector to understand how they can engage with the Social Value Act (2012) and explains the concept of social value.

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Tackling poverty through public procurement

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This report informs public sector commissioners on best practices for generating social value, with particular emphasis on creating positive outcomes for disadvantaged stakeholder groups. Example case studies and procurement frameworks are given.

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Social Value Toolkit. Toolkit used by the pilots

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“In order to further develop the concept of social value we have developed a toolkit which is designed to support commissioners to use the concept within their locality and to best affect. This toolkit is not designed to replace or even duplicate the work of existing processes. Rather, it has been designed to sit alongside and compliment existing processes (as can be seen to the right), and therefore remains sufficiently generic for adaptation by individual localities and organisations.”

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Solstice Nurseries maintenance services

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Grampian Housing Association awarded a 3 year open spaces maintenance contract worth £100,000 to Solstice Nurseries in 2006. Solstice Nurseries is a social enterprise providing training and employment in horticulture to people with mental health difficulties. The decision to award the contract to Solstice Nurseries was made in recognition of social value generation and value for money in providing the service.

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