We were very pleased to attend a Social Value and procurement event on Tuesday 27 February hosted by Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) and led by One Manchester. The event was a culmination of work undertaken over the past year to better coordinated Greater Manchester Housing Providers after they all signed up to a social value pledge. After a very snowy start to the day, it was great to learn more about social value and supply chain opportunities alongside other Greater Manchester housing providers and lots of local businesses.
The day kicked off with an introduction from Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. This was followed by presentations from Fiona Summerscales (Procurement Manager, First Choice Homes Oldham) about supplying Greater Manchester housing and Todd Holden (Director for Low Carbon, The Growth Company) about support available to deliver social value across Greater Manchester. Then case studies were presented by Gavin Preston (Group Finance & Growth Director, Proline), Steven Brown (Managing Director, John Southworth Builders) and Kathryn Scott (Head of Client Services, Eldercare).
We had the chance to attend two workshops, from the four available:
The presentations from the day are available to view online.
With such a diverse range of experienced and passionate speakers, this was a great opportunity for housing providers and local suppliers to learn more about the importance of social value and how they can get involved.
Meet the Buyer sessions took place after the workshops, where local businesses could speak to housing providers about their plans to improve their social value.
Social value means that we ask the companies we work with to think about the added value that they can bring to our communities by delivering additional social, economic or environmental benefits. This can be through:
See how GMHP are helping in the handy infographic below.
We believe in investing in our communities, and have worked with companies such as WRPS - the roofing contractors who have given Manley Park Community Centre a new lease of life as part of their commitment to provide social value, after being awarded the contract to restore a building in nearby Alexandra Park.
With insightful events like this, we hope to see even more fantastic projects come to life in our communities through the benefit of social value.