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Social Value

Members using our Procurement Services mean they are compliant with The Social Value Act. The Act requires local authorities and other commissioners of public services to consider how their services can benefit people living in the local community.

We collaborate with local government, social landlords, residents, local agencies, contractors and suppliers to deliver a wide range of programmes, skills training courses, commissioned consultancy projects and employment opportunities within local communities.

All Fusion21 members contribute to the creation of social value when they access any of our OJEU compliant Framework Arrangements.

See examples of our work and how we deliver social value to customers:

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Read about Thomas' apprenticeship on an iconic waterfront, thanks to partnership working to deliver social value.

             Thomas Taylor


Fusion21 is a full SEUK member and as part of its governance and policy arrangements, trades with likeminded businesses to support and enable the following social value programmes:

  • Tackling worklessness
  • Supporting apprenticeships and barriers to learning
  • Reducing reoffending
  • Improved digital inclusion
  • Tackling social inclusion
  • Help with community capacity building

How does this happen?

Fusion21 fee structure is free at cost of entry to members and is generated by procurement spend through members framework arrangements with Fusion21.

Fusion21 Framework agreements typically generate between 10 – 30 % efficiency savings against Members Budgets and/or Business Plans.

1% of the Fusion21 management fee is reinvested, in conjunction with the member, to generate social value outcomes.

Fusion21 Social Value teams will collaborate with members to deliver social outcomes. These outcomes are a “bespoke offer” which matches Fusion21 social objectives with the member’s strategy and business plan objectives.

What does the Fusion21 Social Value team do?

Our Social Value staff are part of our Procurement Services Team to ensure that we deliver Social Value programmes through members’ procurement spend via Fusion21 framework arrangements.

Most often our members will meet their social value representative at the pre-contract meeting. Ideally Members representatives from Community Regeneration, Financial Inclusion, Training and Employment or Neighbourhood Management teams attend the pre-contract meeting to scope out the members social value requirements.

Our Social Value teams procure, commission and manage Fusion21 members social value programmes and projects on a national basis.

How will the Fusion21 Social Value Dividend work for me?

The Social Value dividend can work in different ways and can be adapted to suit the requirements of our members. As long as the member’s objectives
“match” Fusion21s a wide range of routes can be taken to provide a “bespoke” offer of social value in your communities by enabling access to products and services provided by local businesses in:

  • Employment and Skills including apprenticeships, placements and traineeships.
  • Digital Inclusion.
  • Social and Financial Inclusion
  • Community Capacity Building including training and up skilling of member’s residents and/or upgrading of Community Facilities.

Fusion21 works with Partners nationally

Fusion21 work with a range of colleagues and organisations on a national basis, they include but are not limited to :

  • Colleges and Universities
  • JobCentre Plus
  • CITB
  • 4See Risk
  • Acadademy4Housing
  • Princes Trust

Our national network of partners allows us to mobilise quickly in the delivery of social value programmes and projects as well as providing a well established and trusted infrastructure for our local suppliers and service providers .

Whatever scheme we undertake, social value comes as part of the package. Fusion21 lives and breathes social value. It’s what we do and are proud of creating over 1300 jobs and, through our members, bringing benefits to local communities worth more than £30 million.

We monitor the impact of our social value delivery by the use of Regeneration and Local Economic Benefit Plans. These contain clear objectives, set targets and provide detailed progress reports and analysis.  

In addition, potential partners do not have to commission our frameworks to access our social value expertise, which forms part of a much wider offer of Community Regeneration Services.

Our successful track record in tackling social exclusion in disadvantaged areas and creating initiatives to enable growth in communities means we are expertly positioned to offer tailored advice and support for any Community Regeneration project of any scale.

Call us today on 0845 308 2321 to find out how we can help you with your social value requirements, schemes or ideas or email us at info@fusion21.co.uk with your ideas.

What is the future of Social Value?

Read a great summit report from Social Enterprise UK. 




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