Social Value and Procurement discussed at JIB Forum

The JIB hosted its latest Forum in London on Wednesday 21st June 2023.

Chaired by Jay Parmar, CEO of the JIB, the Forum was titled “Unlock a Winning Formula – Social Value and Procurement” and featured leading speakers within the industry who were able to provide valuable industry insights into the benefits of utilising social value for positive results.

The speakers on the day were Marcus Bennett – Head of Analysis and Forecasting, CITB, Paul Reeve – Director of CSR, ECA, Andy Reakes – Director of Growth and Development ECS & JIB, and Bayley Hall – Marketing & CSR Manager Phoenix ME.

Marcus Bennett began the session with an engaging talk on Economic Outlook, providing an overview on the economic outlook based on CITB research, analysis and labour market.

Paul Reeve was next up to discuss Public Procurement Notice and Common Assessment Framework.

Andy Reakes provided an overview of Social Value and how ECS’s innovative online services can provide a method of evidencing and measuring social value project by project, and Bayley Hall concluded the session with a look at some case studies where social value and sustainability is becoming a key measure, including introduction and the importance of implementing social value within your business.

A panel Q&A followed before delegates enjoyed a networking lunch.

A survey taken after the event provided extremely positive feedback, with more than 80% of delegates rating the day as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’, and 100% saying the event was positive and met their expectations.

Commenting on the event afterwards, Jay Parmar said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the JIB London Forum. We hope everybody found it highly valuable and enjoyable. 

With PPN 06/20 introducing a 10% social value weighting and significant procurement by NHS and Public Sector Frameworks specifying social value as essential requirements with 20% of contract value, not only do we want to lead the way in creating better business opportunities for our members but we want to help them get the best results from the resources and advice JIB and ECA provide.”

He added: “By hearing real life case studies involving Social Value I hope those who were perhaps a bit unclear about its benefits will have gained useful knowledge that will help enhance their business going forward.”