In 2017/18 we spent almost £38m providing goods and services for our communities and tenants. On top of this, we are also delivering an ambitious investment and growth programme to maintain and develop high quality housing across Manchester.
Of this, 75% was spent with suppliers based in Greater Manchester and 81% was with SME organisations or smaller.
As an organisation with a strong social purpose, we aim to deliver social value through our buying process, whilst also getting value for money.
Social value is a way of creating additional social benefit through our buying decisions. Adding social value to a contract can range from offering places for local apprentices in your organisation to helping local small businesses start and grow, it can even be supporting local community groups to thrive.
We will look at whether a contract will achieve social value outcomes for our communities when making buying decisions.
We are a registered provider of social housing and as such work in line with EU procurement regulations to advertise and award tenders.
Where the contract value exceeds the financial thresholds of the European Procurement Directives (£164,176 for goods and certain services, and £4,104,394 for public works contracts) the requirement will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). OJEU is available electronically free of charge via the internet at Tenders Electronic Daily (TED).
Below these OJEUthresholds we have our own internal policies and procedures which also focus on achieving value for money through procurement.
Whilst One Manchester seeks competent suppliers that offer value for money and have the financial, commercial and technical capability to meet our requirements, we also seek to achieve progressive social outcomes through our buying decisions.
For example, we have recently undertaken research into our supply chain to identify the socio-economic outcomes that we can achieve, benchmarking our impact through:
As a result, we usually look for more than simply a low price in potential suppliers. Typically, when we buy, we seek to work with organisations with a commitment to generating social value and who demonstrate strong corporate responsibility.
In addition, as an organisation that is accredited as a Living Wage Employer, we prefer to work with other organisations that also pay the living wage legislation and employ staff on fair terms.
We are committed to incorporating social value into buying decisions here at One Manchester.
Social value outcomes are decided on the basis of size of contract and relevance to the organisation involved.
We ask dedicated, scored social value questions as part of our tender process and this forms part of the criteria for choosing suppliers (social value points will generally form 20% of the decision making). We will then monitor delivery of social value in the same way as all other contractual obligations.
For more information on social value at One Manchester, please click here.