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Identifying, measuring and demonstrating social value

The Guardian

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (BST)

Identifying, measuring and demonstrating social value

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Public sector Guardian Network member rate (£120 +VAT) Ended £144.00 £11.82
Public sector rate (£140 +VAT) Ended £168.00 £13.69
Private sector Guardian Network member rate (£220 +VAT) Ended £264.00 £21.18
Private sector rate (£275 +VAT) Ended £330.00 £26.33

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Event Details

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 highlights the need for local authorities and organisations across the wider public sector to ensure suppliers can demonstrate that social, economic and environmental concerns are at the heart of public sector procurement. Commissioners and service providers are under pressure to cut costs and do more, and better, with less. There are challenges on all sides to measure and evaluate the impact decisions have on the wider community.

This seminar will look at the importance of measurement and assessment techniques, embedding social values through tendering and contract management, and a variety of evaluation and monitoring tools. 

Who should attend?

  • Directors and heads of procurement
  • Commissioners
  • Operations directors
  • Heads of department
  • Policy officers

What you
will learn

  • How to define social value
  • Innovative approaches to identifying and measuring social value
  • Analyses of the various approaches
  • Benchmarking techniques
  • Practical advice to ensure social values are included in tenders and contracts



09:00    Registration

09:30    Welcome

Helen Kersley, programme head, Valuing What Matters, the new economics foundation

09:40    Commissioning for maximum value: defining social value

Jenni Inglis, MD, VIE and non exec director, The SROI Network


10:05    Legal implications of the Social Value Act

Luke Fletcher, associate, Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP


10:30    Methodologies and reporting methods

Matthew Jackson, head of research, Centre for Local Economic Strategies


10:55    Questions


11:05    Break


11:15    The challenge of procurement

Peter Holbrook, chief executive, Social Enterprise UK


11:40    Putting social value at the heart of commissioning and procurement

Alison Griffin, assistant director, Communities, Culture and Environment, London borough of Camden


12:05    New approaches to saving money through better dispute and complaints handling

Anthony Hurndall, chief executive, Centre for Justice


12:30    Open floor– an opportunity to share stories and ask questions


12:55    Close


Confirmed speakers

Luke Fletcher, associate, Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP

Luke is an associate in the Public Services and Mutuals Group at BWB. Luke provides a range of commercial and transactional advice to charities, social enterprises and social businesses operating in the social economy. Luke has a particular interest in social finance and was recently seconded to the Cabinet Office to advise on ways to reduce the legal, regulatory and tax barriers to social investment.

Alison Griffin, assistant director communities, London borough of Camden

Alison has been an assistant director at Camden for the last four years. In her current role she has been leading the reshaping of the borough’s investment in the voluntary and community sector; refocusing that investment on success and innovation rather than historic relationship. One of the driving forces for the change has been the importance of recognising the social value Camden’s leading VCS organisations bring.

Alison is also a qualified CIPFA accountant specialising in local government.


Peter Holbrook, chief executive, Social Enterprise UK

Peter is CEO of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise representing a wide range of social enterprises and other related organisations. Social Enterprise UK’s key activities are centred on informing and influencing the policy agenda, promoting the benefits of social enterprise and undertaking research to expand the social enterprise evidence base.  In 2007, Peter was appointed to be one of the UK's Social Enterprise Ambassadors. He is a member of the government’s Mutuals Taskforce, Employee Engagement Taskforce and is a board member of Big Society Trust, overseeing the delivery of Big Society Capital.  Peter has previously worked for Oxfam, Greenpeace, Marks and Spencer and Body Shop International.

Anthony Hurndall, chief executive, Centre for Justice

Anthony is a London solicitor.  After studying law at Oxford he was a partner at international firms Ashurst and SRT (now Stephenson Harwood). Anthony’s experience and concern with the legal system’s handling of disputes led him to develop a dispute resolution service to work alongside the courts as a modern and effective alternative.  This became Centre for Justice, an independent not for profit body based in London.  The CfJ service reduces the cost and drain on resources of dispute and complaint resolution in the public sector by over 80% and helps government, local and central, improve its services, while also fulfilling its social and other objectives. 


Jenni Inglis, MD of VIE and non exec Director of The SROI Network
Jenni runs VIE, a research consultancy that works across the UK to help public sector clients and social enterprises to buy and sell greater social value. She is the author of a recent Local Government Association publication on the subject of social value called "A Guide to Commissioning for Maximum Value". She has undertaken research into commissioning practice, social value, social impact bonds, and social enterprise for a wide range of central and local government clients, charities and others. She is a non-executive director of The Social Return On Investment (SROI) Network and of The Melting Pot, a social innovation centre in Edinburgh. Previously she promoted social enterprises, developed European Social Funded projects and worked in the sugar industry.


Matthew Jackson, head of research, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

Matthew is Head of Research at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), the UK’s leading membership organisation for economic development. Matthew is an experienced and skilled researcher who has worked in regeneration, local economic development and local governance for over seven years. Matthew leads on CLES’ work on procurement and is skilled in the use of innovative tools such as Local Multiplier 3 (LM3). 


Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the seminar commencing.

Guardian Network member discount

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Please note that we are unable to accept offline payments, except for group bookings of more than eight delegates where a booking fee applies. A non-refundable booking fee of £25 per booking (not per delegate) will be payable for offline bookings. Invoices must be paid within 14 days of issue or by 7 days from the date of the seminar, if payment is not received booked places will be released. 


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When & Where

Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (BST)

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