2016 Social Value Awards

The inaugural Social Value Awards, which recognise and celebrate good practice in commissioning and providing social value, were a fitting close to the Social Value Summit. Supported by the Cabinet Office and sponsored by KPMG, the awards were presented by Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society. In his introductions speech, Mr Wilson revealed that 70 nominations had been made in the four categories, with an exceptional quality throughout and remarked how Social Value was now ‘a need to have, not a nice to have’. 

2016 Social Value Awards


Social Value Leadership Award for an organisation

Winner: Durham County Council
Durham County Council has invested in understanding their region’s priorities and how their own social value procurement can help to achieve these priorities. Their commitment to social value goes beyond the requirements of the Social Value Act to include goods and works, as well as services, and to formally consider social value in all procurement opportunities over £50,000.

  • Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Procurement Hub
  • Halton Borough Council
  • Liverpool City Council 

Promoting and Mainstreaming the Social Value Act Award

Through its partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Landmarc Support Services manages and operates the Ministry of Defence’s UK Defence training estate. Surrounded by remote and rural communities, with diverse stakeholders, Landmarc put social value at the heart of its business model, proactively sharing the value generated from his operations for local good. This ranges from using local suppliers, employing local people and supporting tenant and community projects to protecting the vast natural capital of the estate. For Landmarc, social value is not just a box ticking exercise – it has recognised the value that applying the right environmental economic and social principles can deliver, making it a true social value pioneer.

  • HACT
  • Kier Group
  • The Social Value Portal
  • Wates Group 

Social Value Leadership Award for an Individual

Winner: Dave Sweeney, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group
Dave Sweeney is the Director of Transformation at NHS Halton CCG & Halton BC and has been instrumental in driving the development of social value in Halton. He has led the CCGs work on social value and worked for the creation of a Social Value Charter and a Social Value Procurement Framework. This has resulted in social value being at the heart of NHS & BC vision, planning, contracting across a £250m footprint. Social value training is now in place to ensure the legacy and sustainability aligns with the five-year forward view.

Highly commended: 
Anne Lythgoe of Salford Council
Anne Lythgoe is a Strategic Manager at Salford City Council, and has been involved with delivering, monitoring and teaching social value principles for over 15 years. In her current role she is creating an accessible and meaningful framework to deliver the Social Value Act, promoting the social value agenda through the adoption of the social value ‘Charter’ as one of three priority areas for the city. 

  • Laura Pechey of HAGA, Haringey
  • Anne Lythgoe, Strategic Manager at Salford City Council

Driving Value for Money Award

Winner: Fusion21
Fustion21 is the national social enterprise that provides procurement and regeneration services. It has over 200 public sector members who use its services to achieve efficiencies and social value driven procurement. To date, they have delivered c.£125m in savings through the procurement process, created over 2,300 jobs, and generated over £56m in community impact.

  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • Data Performance Consultancy (DPC) 

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