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Contractors create more social value in 2018/19

Posted on 03 May 2019

Our contractors created new jobs and delivered training for residents, as well as donating cash and time for a number of community projects, through our supply chain social value initiative last year.

“The supply chain social value initiative was launched in July 2017, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, producing over £200,000 social value to date,” said Social Value Adviser, Chichi Onyenemelu.

“Suppliers commit to create social value over the duration of their contracts and, during the 2018/19 financial year, they delivered a number of activities that benefited Hyde residents, communities and voluntary, charity and social enterprise organisations.”

Fifteen suppliers donated nearly £21,000 towards a range of initiatives last year, including the Breaking Barriers fund (that helps young people overcome obstacles to employment), HYPE youth careers workshops and a number of community art and drama projects. They also created 23 jobs for residents, held 11 training sessions and workshops and offered the equivalent of 10 days of work placements.

Suppliers’ staff also volunteered to carry out nearly 50 estate improvements, at no cost to residents. For example, last summer, a team from stock investment contractor Bell Group transformed a disused store at Steve Woolley Court in Peterborough into a secure bike shed, complete with bike racks, locks, a fresh coat of paint and security lighting.

Chichi explained that work will continue this year to engage with contractors and to ensure they have social value plans in place.

“Our contractors have delivered some great work but there is a lot more good to be done and their input continues to be critical to our community investment efforts. We have hundreds of live contracts and it is important we capture social value contributions from all areas of our supply chain. By increasing the number and range of suppliers, the positive impact will be felt more widely by residents and communities.”