Increasing social value in our communities

Increasing Social Value in our communities

Our vision is for the public, business and voluntary, community and faith sectors (VCFS) in Surrey to work together to maximise how our resources improve the wellbeing, economic prosperity and local environment for our residents and communities. The Social Value Marketplace aims to help support the development of relationships between the public and private sector and the VCFS, facilitate collaboration, and promote Social Value opportunities based on needs which will have a real impact and benefit our communities.

Social Value and the Public Sector

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 became operational in January 2013 outlining that public authorities are required to consider the following at the pre-procurement stage:

  • “how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area, and
  • "how, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing that improvement.”

The Social Value Marketplace has been developed to help leverage public sector spend by helping commissioners and bidders tendering for contracts identify measurable social value that can be included
within the procurement process that is relevant and proportionate to the goods, works and services being procured. This supports compliance with the act and an open, fair and transparent method for evaluating commitments made by suppliers.

Social Value and the Business Sector

There are many businesses in Surrey who embrace a shared responsibility for their community and work closely with our Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors to improve the lives of our residents.

The Social Value Marketplace provides a simple way for businesses to:

  • Identify how they can support their communities by reviewing the Social Value opportunities and
  • Provides businesses with the opportunity to advertise the resources they have to offer the VCFS

Social Value and the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS)

There are a large number of VCFS organisations in Surrey that provide a wide range of services aimed at improving the lives of our residents. The VCFS is supported by a network of Councils for Voluntary Services who work closely with Surrey County Council, NHS and Surrey’s District and Boroughs. VCFS organisations should contact their local Council for Voluntary Service to find out more about how your resource needs can be uploaded to the Social Value Marketplace