Social Value: Delivering more for people in Manchester

Manchester City Council and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies would like to invite you our event, Social Value: delivering more for people in Manchester. The event is free to attend, is being held in central Manchester, and lunch will be provided.

CLES have been working with Manchester City Council and partners across Greater Manchester for over ten years to advance progressive procurement policy and practice and embed social value. The approach that has been adopted has been not just about making efficiency savings; but also about ensuring that procurement enables the growth of local economies and addresses key issues including poverty. In recent years this commitment has been enhanced further through increased collaboration evidenced by the development of the Greater Manchester Social Value Procurement Framework and an array of activities across the ten local authorities and other public, commercial and social sector partners.

This purpose of this year’s event is to further reflect upon the progress made in Greater Manchester around embedding social value into procurement and also within all aspects of organisations. We have lots of real-life examples of social value in action from across the UK and Europe to share at the event, and this year we will also be hosting workshops to provide practical guidance.

The event will be chaired by Councillor Carl Ollerhead (Labour Councillor for Moston Ward), and the speakers will include:

  • Neil McInroy (CLES): Why this agenda is important;
  • Suppliers to Manchester City Council: How we do Social Value
  • Peter Schofield (AGMA Procurement Hub): An update from Greater Manchester;
  • Hera Hussain (Open Data Manchester): Update on their latest research;
  • Gareth Davies (Mazars):  Findings from research on social value in the Public Sector;
  • Karen Lock (Manchester City Council): An update on Manchester City Council’s activities;
  • Angeliki Stogia (Councillor, Whalley Range) & Jade Wright (Manchester City Council): Highways and Social Value;
  • Leigh McLaughlin (One Manchester): An update from Greater Manchester Housing Providers;
  • Matthew-Baqueriza Jackson (Independent Policy Advisor): What’s next for progressive procurement and social value?
  • CLES: the latest findings from research into Manchester City Council’s procurement spend

There will also be a choice of workshops to attend, including:

  • The power of procurement – This session will highlight different ways of thinking about procurement and social value, the methods that have been used in other places and how and why it has worked;
  • Delivering social value: an example of a structured approach to maximising social impact for a commercial organisation – This session will explain Mazars (international audit and advisory firm) approach to identifying where it can make a positive impact on society, setting targets and monitoring progress.  The framework used for this is adaptable to other industries and sectors.  The workshop will explore the firm’s learning so far and the success factors and pitfalls identified.
  • Social Value Garage – This session will run introduce a free training pack which you can use with your colleagues to understand: what a social value approach is; how it applies to your organisation; and how to develop an action plan to deliver social value.

This is a free event, and should you wish to register, please complete our booking form


Delegates will receive a copy of the final agenda and instructions on how to access the venue around a week before the event. Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Emma Hall at CLES ( or 0161 832 7871).