Northern Ireland is the only region within the UK that does not hold legislation to compel commissioners to include a weighting for Social Value within procurement contracts.  In a time were budgets are overstretched and accountability for public spending is at an all-time high, the need for Social Value legislation is key to making the public pound go further.  

The Annual Social Value Conference will take place on Thusday 31st January 2019 at The Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey 8.30am – 1pm.  This years theme is “Social Value – How can it be properly implemented?

This year we are delighted to bring to you a range of speakers including Jonathan Bland, E3M and Julian Blake, Stone & King LLB to talk about their own experiences in being involved in public procurement contracts and innovation partnerships and how using current EU rules that Social Value can be implemented into current procurement contracts without a need for legislation.  Please read their bios below.Other speakers at this years conference include Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance will be attending and speaking on “The Importance of Social Enterprise in the wider Economy”.
 We will also be focusing on our own members and we will hear from Tara Mullan, Refuge Hot Chocolate in our Members Spotlight Section.Our conference is well known now for our Dragons Den Pitches, Again this year we are grateful to UCIT for their kind sponsorship of our Dragons Den event at our Confernce. We will hear from last years winner Jude Henderson, OutsideIN.
 Our Chair, John McMullan gives an overview on his recent visit to the Philippines to share best practice from Social Enterprise from Northern Ireland as Chair of Social Enterprise NI.
Who is this Conference aimed at?Social Value: How can it be properly implemented? This conference is aimed at the following:
·         Procurement Managers
·         Commissioners
·         Government Departments
·         Private & Public Sector Organisations
·         Social Enterprises who are keen to secure public tender contracts
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Mr Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International. 
 Jonathan, the founder of SBI, is an international expert on social enterprise with over 30 years of working in this field.  Since 1998 he has been a leader in the UK social enterprise movement bringing together a diverse range of people and organisations under the umbrella of social enterprise. First as Executive Director of Social Enterprise London and then as CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition (now Social Enterprise UK).  Jonathan helped the British Government to create a highly innovative policy framework for social enterprise and supported the development of some major programmes in the field of public service innovation, enterprise and employment. He campaigned successfully to win widespread cross-party political support for this type of business.  Julian Blake, Social Enterprise & Business; Charity; and Public Services.Julian has specialised, for over 30 years, in social enterprise, charity, responsible business and the integration of social purpose and sustainable operation, as a lawyer, extending into consultancy and public policy. He is especially engaged with the role of mature Social Enterprise in public service delivery and innovation and the development of integrated social economy ecosystems, incorporating the progressive disciplines of: Social Finance; Social Value; and Social Impact Measurement. He promotes the European Commission’s social business reform of Public Procurement and State Aid, challenging mythologies and misconceptions. He is a member of national advisory panels on social value and procurement. He advocates for community partnerships between: purpose-driven suppliers; commissioners; social investors and community organisations, as place-based initiatives, of which the social impact bond is one model. Since 2012, he has worked with E3M, a group of pioneering chief executives running mature social enterprises and an associated group of “Bold” commissioners. See . He also works in partnership with the public benefit consultancy Capacity: The Public Services Lab (
As you can see we have a packed agenda for this years Conference. and we would love to see as many people from our sector and from the Private and Public Sectors attending.

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Members – £50 per person
Non-Member – £75 per person
Marketplace Stand – £50 Per Stand (Includes x1 Delegate Place)
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