Social Firms UK is keen to maximise opportunities for Social Firms and emerging Social Firms to access procurement opportunities. We are putting efforts into the corporate and public sector currently and will use this page to keep everyone updated.
The Star Social Firm Quality Standard
We have developed a quality standard for the Social Firm sector called the Star Social Firm. It has been created to reassure procurement officers that Social Firms are having the social impact that they say they are having. We believe that, if promoted appropriately, the development of this standard will ease the process for Social Firms because their social impact will have been externally verified. For more information visit: www.starsocialfirms.co.uk
Article 19 / Reserved Contracts
Supported businesses that employ >50% of their workforce who are disabled people are entitled to be listed on this website: www.supportedbusiness.org.uk . Some of our member Social Firms also qualify for being on www.supportedbusiness.org.uk. See the attached briefing on this opportunity for more information. If you believe you might qualify but arenít listed with us here at Social Firms UK then get in touch with us. As Social Firms UK carries out the mapping of the sector then members need to work through us to get included on the database as we can verify the minimum employment %. See Procurement & Social Firms: Accessing Reserved Contracts - Guidelines For The Social Firm Sector.
Get On The Database For Suppliers To The Public Sector!
The Government has a website: www.supply2.gov.uk which enables organisations to register and receive notification of their local procurement contract opportunities below a value of £100k completely free of charge. By registering as a supplier, Social Firms and emerging Social Firms can now automatically receive notification of contract opportunities local to them and compete for such contracts on an equal footing.
Buy From Social Firms
You can find Social Firms to buy from by visiting the UK Social Firm Trade Directory at www.trade.socialfirms.co.uk . This comprehensive list of UK Social Firms is searchable by business type and location to help you find the product or service you are looking for.
Useful Resources Concerning Procurement
Many useful resources about procurement can be found on our website resource centre at http://resources.socialfirms.co.uk but here is a selection:
Fresh Thinking (Mark Cook, Anthony Collins Solicitors, 2009)
This document is intended to provoke better thinking about how wellbeing is procured in the public arena. It assesses the difficulties in the UK with achieving social benefits in public procurement; describes various initiatives aimed at dispelling myths about good and bad practice; and speculates as to how the Green Book and other government guidance does not quite hit the mark in this area. It offers three steps towards embedding better value for money through embracing social, economic and environmental benefits with the aim of achieving improved outcomes for places and people in the UK. Mark Cook is a national expert on procurement and a partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Procurement And Social Firms: Accessing Reserved Contracts