The Public Sector measure many of their contract values in terms of price and not impact; to date procurement has settled on best price calculated on lowest price linked to quality.
NOW THEY CATCHUP TOOLS ARE IN PLACE.
Lets start by dispelling the a myth and recognise localism isn't just about proximity, the impact and benefits in the local community are critical to the overall value of your response. What sort of things can you include?
are just some of the features a good response can cover.
Often we look at what we do in terms of the actual sector or discipline and fail to acknowledge the wider community benefit.
Here's an example:
A Community Café developed a low cost meals programme for their regulars (the main reason was to create a sustainable price for food purchasing - this approach created a guaranteed purchasing threshold). The impact of this simple scheme:
Employing locally, local suppliers, local beneficiaries, health and well-being in the local community created stronger community bonds and led to more activity, creating a cycle and cascading a model of social improvement through the economy.
Use all the tools in your bag; understand the impact and benefit of what you provide at the various stages of impact, look at the ripple effect because as you understand and provide evidence for supporting the claims your credibility improves, the add value and best value calculations in scoring are enhanced.
Localism and the Social Value of projects is built into the evaluation process - Social Enterprises need to exploit it.
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