social value

In our last blog, “Why social value is important when bidding for government tenders”, we gave you access to the latest BiP Solutions market report: “Is Procurement Good Business?”.

This report explores social value in the current procurement landscape and introduces some of the regulations around social value for those who may be new to procurement.

If you are looking for more information around social value, we have created an infographic that gives details on new government procurement measures put in place to support social value.

See our latest infographic in full below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you missed our last blog and would like to work with the public sector, the “Is Procurement Good Business?” report offers firm advice on how your business can get ahead in procurement by supporting you to stand out in terms of social value.

Gain access to the full report here.

 

 

The latest BiP Solutions market report highlights the importance of social value when bidding for government tenders.

‘Is Procurement Good Business?’ explores social value in the current procurement landscape and introduces some of the regulations around social value for those who may be new to procurement.

Learn about the report and the importance of social value when bidding for government tenders below.

 

Ethical supply chains

The most recent market report by procurement experts BiP Solutions states that when putting government contracts out to tender, buyers must “show that they are treating smaller companies fairly”.

In July 2019 the UK Government announced that suppliers winning public contracts could lose out in the future if they fail to pay their supply chain on time.

The Government’s new Crown Representative for Small Business, Martin Traynor OBE, is championing the latest plans, recognising that slow payment can be extremely damaging for smaller businesses.

In a government statement, Mr Traynor said:

“Making sure companies in the government supply chain are paid on time is very important – particularly for small businesses.

“The difference between waiting 60 days and having to wait 90 days can be make-or-break for many small companies, so it’s vital that both the private and public sector work better in this area.”

Instead of working with suppliers that are failing to adhere to the regulations, the UK Government wants to engage with suppliers that are making a difference to their communities, tackling ethical issues other than payment including sustainability and modern slavery.

This is something examined in ‘Is Procurement Good Business?’ The report’s ‘Ethical Supply Chains’ section outlines what suppliers can do to stand out in the procurement industry – for the right reasons.

 

Download the full report

If you would like to work with the public sector, the ‘Is Procurement Good Business?’ report offers firm advice on how your business can get ahead in procurement by supporting you to stand out in terms of social value.

Gain access to the full report here.

 

 

 

In recent years public sector buyers have taken social and environmental issues into consideration before deciding on which suppliers to award contracts to. This shift means that economic and qualitative factors are no longer alone at the forefront of decision makers’ minds.

If your business wants to tender for public sector work and doesn’t have an environmental and sustainability policy in place, it may be time to create one.

Learn more about environmental issues in procurement and the policy you should have in place below.

 

Procurement is changing

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is urging public sector buyers to consider social and environmental issues when purchasing goods from the private sector.

On its website, the organisation gives an example of the types of question, outside of the commercial arena, that buyers should be asking before they choose suppliers:

“Where does the wood come from that we make our paper out of; how environmentally friendly are our contractors and suppliers; and are we benefiting our local economy in the wider sense when we procure?”

 

What is an environmental and sustainability policy?

Moving forward, public sector organisations will be reviewing bidders’ environmental and sustainability policies before deciding on a winning contractor.

Public sector bodies want their suppliers to promote responsibility for the environment and communicate their environmental and sustainability policy at all levels within their workforce.

This policy should also include details on how your business is trying to reduce its use of energy, water and other resources and minimise waste by reduction, re-use and recycling methods.

 

Get ready to tender

If your business is getting ready to tender, make sure that you include details about your environmental and sustainability policy within your bid.

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You can find opportunities by registering for free to Supply2Gov. This will give you access to tender opportunities as well as access to our ‘Ready to Tender Checklist’, which will help you cover all the bases when it comes to public sector procurement.

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In the fiscal year ending in 2019, total UK public spending, including central government and local authorities, was £821.0 billion. This is expected to rise this year to £847.6 billion.

With more opportunities with the public sector out there than ever before, it’s time to think about the contracts that you may have been missing out on.

We have listed the top hotspots for UK public sector business below, so you can spot the opportunities that could be sitting on your doorstep.

 

Contract Hotspots

London:                                            20,007 contract notices

North West England:                     16,969 contract notices

South East England:                      15,435 contract notices

South West England:                     15,385 contract notices

Yorkshire and the Humber:         14,869 contract notices

Scotland:                                          14,645 contract notices

 

London

London topped our 2018 Contract Hotspots list and continues to take top place in 2019. The region is a favoured location of major private housing schemes, a sector which is fast-growing, as well as social housing projects. According to construction experts Glenigan, there are already a number of new social housing projects in the pipeline for 2020. Many housing associations have reviewed the implications of the Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017, leading to planned future refurbishment schemes on non-compliant properties.

 

North West England

UK central government intends to spend £134 billion over the period 2016-21; 32% of that sum will be spent in the North of England. The Northern Powerhouse initiative is creating many opportunities as the UK Government is committed to improving everyday journeys, developing skills and rolling out superfast broadband throughout the region.

 

South East England

Around 60% of Transport for London (TfL) expenditure is spent with suppliers based outside London – many are located in the South East of England, making it a hotspot for procurement opportunities. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has also announced that by the end of 2020/21 it will have reached “a decision on a preferred new runway in the South East and preparation of a new Airports National Policy Statement.”

 

South West England

The Department for Transport (DfT) revealed this year that it has major plans to invest in the South West of England. Already the UK Government is transforming connectivity throughout the region with £360 million being allocated for a fleet of brand-new Intercity Express Trains. The South West will also benefit from DfT’s £29 billion improvement package on England’s most important roads; £1.6 billion from this will be invested into a 1.8-mile tunnel to bypass Stonehenge.

 

Yorkshire and the Humber

Major construction projects have boosted tender opportunities in Yorkshire and the Humber. In June 2019 it was announced that the search had started for 14 contractors to work on a £1.5 billion major projects framework for YORBuild. The YORBuild framework aims to help the public sector “deliver great construction projects at the best value, improving the lives of those who call Yorkshire and the Humber home.”

 

Scotland

The construction industry makes a huge contribution to Scotland’s economy, generating £21.4 billion per year. The latest Glenigan Construction Forecast predicts a rise in project starts during 2019 in Scotland. At the end of last year Construction ­Scotland launched its new strategy, which sets out the industry’s priorities for actions to improve its performance, with procurement reform at the top of the list.

 

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Our parent company BiP Solutions has released its latest market report: “Transforming Infrastructure: Building Britain’s Future – Opportunities and Trends 2019”.

This report examines some of the key themes in infrastructure today and shines a spotlight on many of the construction tenders that have been granted in recent years by the public sector.

 

Infrastructure Investment

In the latest report by procurement experts BiP Solutions, it is noted that:

“The UK is currently host to some of the largest infrastructure projects underway in Europe, with HS2, Crossrail and Thames Tideway some of the flagship developments in the sector.”

Investment is set to continue as the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (published in 2018) gives detail of the level of investment expected in construction and infrastructure over the next decade.

The Government predicts that £600Bn of both private and public investment will fund nearly 700 projects that will aim to improve UK roads and rail, hospitals and schools, utilities, energy and communications.

 

Key Statistics

The report also hosts the findings of a specially commissioned survey that considers the impact of large-scale infrastructure projects on the overall construction industry. According to the survey:

“80% of participants agree or strongly agree that infrastructure has been responsible for driving growth within the industry over the past 12 months.”

The great majority of participants (89%) also agree that large-scale infrastructure projects are vital for the economy of a post-Brexit Britain, with some two-thirds confident that strong public investment within the UK is likely to continue.

 

Spend Analysis

The “Transforming Infrastructure: Building Britain’s Future – Opportunities and Trends 2019” Spend Analysis chapter breaks down infrastructure spend in three sections:

  • Investment in the pipeline 2018/19 to 2020/21 by sector (£Bn)
  • Funding mix of the pipeline 2018/19 to 2020/21 by sector (£Bn)
  • Around £225Bn investment in the pipeline beyond 2020/21 by sector

To gain access to these detailed figures, download the report here.

 

Opportunities in Construction

If your business is looking for the latest construction tenders within the UK, get started for free with Supply2Gov.

Our platform has been designed to make tendering simple for businesses that want to win public sector contracts in the construction sector.

Learn more about how your business can start winning construction tenders.

 

 

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is listed on our Ready to Tender checklist as one of the areas your business should have prepared when setting out to tender for work with the public sector.

The public sector wants to work with suppliers that conduct their business in a way that is ethical. When evaluating a tender, they will consider the social, economic and environmental impact made by the applicant, and assess their consideration of human rights.

 

Why you need a CSR to tender?

In recent years there has been an increased demand from employees, customers and government bodies for suppliers to be more open about their business practices, which has encouraged many to implement a CSR policy.

Your CSR policy may include a range of activities:

  • Socially responsible investment (SRI)
  • Building relationships with employees and customers
  • Eco-friendly/sustainability projects
  • Partnership with local communities

It makes commercial sense for businesses to get involved in community-based CSR related to your product or service as it is particularly prized by local authorities as partnership projects benefit their area.

 

Examples of CSR in procurement

One of the categories in the Government Opportunities (GO) Awards is dedicated to CSR.

The “GO Social and Community Benefit in Procurement Award” recognises the additional value that smart procurement can deliver for individuals and groups across society.

When judging this category for the 2019 Awards, the judges were focused not just on the theory behind the projects but also on the actual, tangible benefits that have been derived from them. In the past, winners have been chosen for their efforts in training and upskilling unemployed individuals and for collaboration with local charities.

Tai Tarian, one of the largest social housing providers in Wales, was a finalist and Highly Commended winner at the UK National GO Awards 2019/20. The judges were impressed by the “Copper Foundation”, an initiative launched by Tai Tarian that aims to upskill 80 individuals who come from workless families to help them to find a route back into long-term sustainable employment.

 

Ready to Tender Checklist

Have a think about your business’s CSR policy and make sure that you are including details about it within your tender.

Once you have done so, register for free to gain access to our “Ready to Tender Checklist”, which will help you cover all bases when it comes to public sector procurement.

 

Throughout the month of June, the LGBT+ community celebrates Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

This week we have dedicated our “Contract opportunity of the week” in celebration of #Pride2019 and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Learn more about LGBT+ tenders and the latest contract opportunity below.

 

LGBT Action Plan

In July 2018, the Government Equalities Office released an LGBT Action Plan with the goal of “improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” This plan states that the government has set out over 75 commitments that will help them to achieve this. Key actions from this plan will include:

  • Extending the anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying programme in schools
  • Bringing forward proposals to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK
  • Taking further action on LGBT hate crime – improving the recording and reporting of, and police response to, hate crime.
  • Appointing a national LGBT health adviser to provide leadership on reducing the health inequalities that LGBT people face

Funding has also been allocated to promote LGBT+ equality in the UK and worldwide. As part of the Department for International Development’s new funding mechanism, UK Aid Connect, up to £12 million will be spent over four years (from 2018 to 2022) for a consortium of organisations to work together to promote LGBT+ inclusion.

This opens many opportunities for businesses that want to make a difference and support the LGBT+ community.

 

Businesses supporting Pride Month

For years many businesses have shown their social responsibility values and commitment to equality by supporting Pride Month.

This year the Pride Month has over 50 official partners, ranging from makeup brands like Sephora and MAC Cosmetics to sports industry giants like Reebok and Adidas.

H&M is a partner of #Pride2019. Sara Spännar, Global Marketing and Communications Director at H&M, says that the brand:

“strives to be a mirror of global society, one that fully embraces a central message of ‘Love for All’, standing up for people’s right to love whoever they want, wherever they are.”

 

Contract opportunity of the week

Your business too can make a difference by searching for LGBTQ+ tenders…

The Awarding Authority of our ‘contract of the week’ is launching a social action research challenge for LGBT+ young people aged 10-20 years.

Together this team of creative and committed young people will plan and carry out a research project that will help include more LGBT+ young people in social action in a range of organisations.

This type of contract may be suitable for private sector businesses that do work in the UK under the following categories:

  • Social work and related services
  • Social research services
  • Other community, social and personal services
  • Services furnished by social membership organisations
  • Social services
  • Welfare services for children and young people

To learn more about this tender, click here to preview this tender and get started by registering for free with Supply2Gov.

 

If your business wants to work with the public sector then it must have a strong business continuity plan in place.

Businesses face a long list of risks (e.g. flooding and fires, cyber attacks, IT outages, resignations), and dealing with these risks while carrying out a public sector contract is something your business must be capable of.

If you have never developed a business continuity plan for your business before, we have listed some top tips below.

 

Do I need to have a business continuity plan?

For some public sector contracts, it is mandatory that your business has a business continuity plan in place.

Since 2005 all UK local authorities have been statutorily required to have business continuity plans for their services and to make sure any contracted service also has them.

This is also the case in many other areas of business and from the insurance industry. Any responsible business should have continuity plans internally and with its supply chain. This ensures that that service is maintained even when a disruption happens.

 

Planning

First things first. Make sure your continuity plan recognises any potential threats and gives details of how these threats could impact the day-to-day operations of your business.

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) recommends that your plan:

“provides a way to mitigate these threats, putting in place a framework which allows key functions of the business to continue even if the worst happens.”

Business continuity management should be embedded into your organisation. BCI outlines the following steps on how your business can do this:

Analysis: As highlighted above, your business must identify relevant threats in preparation for business continuity planning.

Design: From this analysis a robust plan can then be built around these threats.

Implementation: Your business can implement the plan in an effort to protect itself from potential threats.

Validation: The plan must be continually validated to ensure its effectiveness. Policies and programmes should be put in place to ensure that your organisation is resilient.

 

Public sector contracts

The steps above are something any business working with the public sector should consider before bidding for contracts.

To learn more about working with the public sector, visit the Supply2Gov website.

 

During the Spring Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced that there will be “a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess”.  Social care will be a part of this Spending Review.

As the recess approaches, we look back at what the government has been spending on this area in recent months.

 

Investment into social care

During the statement Mr Hammond stated that he intends to “maximise value for taxpayers’ money through a renewed focus on delivering high quality outcomes.”

Social care is one area where the government is investing. Last winter the government allocated an additional £240 million into social care investment to ease NHS winter pressures.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock announced at the time that the funding would:

“get people who don’t need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, back into their communities, so we can free up those vital hospital beds, and help people who really need it, get the hospital care they need.

The government wanted to invest in several areas of social care and provide:

 

  • 71,500 home care packages to ensure that patients could leave their hospital beds and return home.

 

  • 86,500 reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence

 

  • 27,000 home adaptations e.g. new facilities for personal care, such as adapting a shower room if a patient has limited movement

 

Supply to social care

Last winter health and care spending hit over £420 million.

Make sure that you are not missing opportunities after the government’s Spending Review this summer. Supply2Gov can help you get started for free, by giving you access to social care and healthcare tender alerts from the free local area of your choice.

Learn more and start winning tenders with Supply2Gov Tender Alerts.

 

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