Provision of school milk

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Fresh Pastures is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up by 2 people who wanted to take a more innovative approach to providing milk to schools. As well as providing local milk they also wanted to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. 25% of its workforce comprises people with a disability and the remainder are recruited from the long-term unemployed. Any profit is ring-fenced for social benefit and ploughed back into the company.

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Playing an Active Role – Halo Leisure

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Halo Leisure was established in 2002 when the council of Leominster (one of the most deprived areas of the UK) was under pressure to provide more funding for leisure centres. Halo Leisure’s founders saw an opportunity to lease the leisure centres and reach the widest customer base possible. Annual turnover of the leisure centres is over £6.7 million and 190 staff are employed.

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Oldham Council Social Value Procurement Framework

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Oldham Council, in keeping with their aim of “delivering a Co-operative Borough” has developed a social value procurement framework. This framework details social, economic and environmental outcomes against which tenders will be evaluated and contracts monitored. This will allow the council to formally and consistently achieve social value in commissioning and procurement.

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Oldham Council and banking service

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Oldham Council carried out a tendering process which took into account social value when commissioning for a banking service.

Previously the banking service was provided by the Co-operative Bank, but instability of the organisation and opportunities to achieve greater value for money with a different provider led to a decision by Oldham Council to secure a new provider. Barclays Bank was awarded the contract, scoring higher than rival bidders Lloyds Bank and Nat West Bank on technical/service quality and pricing.

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Multiplying Social Value – DISE

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Solihull Council supports social enterprises, targeting poor neighbourhoods with the support of the European Regional Development fund. They have partnered together to create Development in Social Enterprise (DISE). One business in particular is Gro-Organic CIC supporting people of all ages to understand where their food comes from.

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Mid Devon Community Recycling service

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Devon County Council and partner authorities took into account creation of social value when re-commissioning their recycling contract. The contract was awarded to Mid Devon Community Recycling (MDCR). Unfortunately in this example, the organisation commissioned was unable to fulfil the contract. See below for more information.

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Levelling the playing field

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Midland Heart, a housing and care organisation, reviewed the procurement process for landscaping, contract and window cleaning across the Midland Heart homes which were usually serviced by a private sector contractor, and were then dispersed amongst different social enterprises.

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Knowlsey Metropolitan Borough Council – Procurement Strategy 2012-2014

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The following information has been taken from Knowlsey Metropolitan Borough Council – Procurement Strategy 2012-2014: “As a council, we spend in the region of £130m each year on goods and services. As well as making sure that we achieve “best value” when buying goods/services, we also have a duty to use our purchasing power to help to deliver our wider corporate objectives and the Council’s pledges. Continue reading

Kirklees Council – Social Value Policy Statement

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Kirklees Council developed a Social Value Policy Statement to ensure social value creates “a wider benefit than would otherwise have been achieved”. This policy statement establishes a set of values, principles and outcomes that the council will adopt and use to inform behaviours.

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