A Platform For Social Supply Chains

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PURPOSE

 

We are a digital procurement platform for the public sector that specialises in making the process of procuring social enterprises easier, safer and quicker.

 
 
 

PROBLEM

 

Public sector organisations spend up to £200 billion a year on goods and services. These organisations, like housing associations and local authorities, exist to help communities thrive and succeed. Social enterprises are well positioned to help with this, however current procurement systems for public sector contracting are hard for them to navigate resulting in the majority of this £200 billion going largely to private organisations that have little social impact. Spending cultures like this are keeping public sector supply chains lacking in social value. The government’s Social Value Act has provided the legislative backing to change this but current systems do not support it.

 
 
 

SOLUTION

 

This is where Supply Change comes in. We want to redirect this spending to social enterprises who have the potential to make some serious impact across the communities they operate in.
Current procurement tools are difficult to navigate and require suppliers to submit one application per contract. Barriers like this prevent social enterprises who lack the training and time. Public sector organisations lack knowledge of the abilities of social enterprises, resulting in little engagement. We want to build a new type of procurement platform to change this.

Our platform will match live contracts with vetted social enterprises, meaning spending doesn't only get the job done but has an impact on lives and communities that need it most. Social enterprises will be vetted when signing up to the platform, we will check essentials such as their previous work, size, insurances and accreditations with a safe automatic process that ensures each social enterprise is contract-ready. Our-sign up process is comprehensive and modelled on multiple contract specifications, meaning social suppliers will only have to complete this process once to apply for any contract. Over-all, for both buyers and suppliers, this platform will be friendly, accessible and tackle barriers which are currently preventing the potential social impact in public sector supply chains.

The will for this change is there, but the systems are not in place to help this happen. Our platform will be that system.

 
 
 

CAUSES

 
  • Communities

  • Social Welfare

 
 
 

WHO IS INVOLVED?

 
 

The Supply Change team:

Beth Pilgrim (Team Lead // Breast Cancer Now, Social Starters)

Verena Wimmer (Tech Lead// Deliveroo, Hustle)

Aoise Keogan-Nooshabadi (Operations Lead// Leeds City Council, Squire Patton Boggs)

 
 
 

HOW CAN I HELP?

 

CONTENT CREATION

  • Blogs

  • Interviews

  • Time: 3-5 hours a week

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Sales materials

  • Web content

  • Animation (not essential)

  • Time: 3-5 hours a week

IMPACT MEASUREMENT

  • Helping us build an impact measurement tool to measure the impact of our suppliers work

  • Some experience in impact measurement is helpful

  • Time: 3-5 hours a week

LEGAL

  • Key contracts and service agreements to base the use of our platform

  • Specialism in procurement, contract, employment

  • An interest in procurement/ social enterprise/ social tech would be nice but not essential

  • Time: 3-5 hours a week

 
 
 

STATUS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
TUESDAY 23 JULY, 23:59 BST

The work is to be completed by Monday 2nd September