national social value conference 2020

Time to Act


Join us on 29-30 January for the National Social Value Conference 2020 - Time to Act.

It’s been almost exactly 7 years since the Social Value Act was implemented in January 2013. Much has changed since then but still many organisations are still struggling to implement the requirements of the Act with over 55% of councils not having a social value policy. Central government is also behind the curve, although this seems to be about to change with the results of extensive consultation due in Autumn 2019 and a requirement for all central government departments to ‘account for social value’.

The good news is that real leadership is emerging across all sectors with the innovators delivering more value for their communities. This includes more local spend, more jobs for local people, better skills, less crime, healthier communities and more volunteering – better value for communities.

If you’re on the fence, it’s time to shake off your inertia; it’s Time to Act and make sure your communities do not lose out.

The National Social Value Conference 2020 will bring together professionals from across the public, private and third sectors to share what works (and what doesn’t), explore new ways of thinking and promote more collaboration and innovation to deliver more for our communities.

Over two days we will examine: How can the public sector be bolder? Is it possible for the private sector to do good? How do we unlock the energy of the voluntary sector? What works and what does not? How do we maximise social value?


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Early bird tickets are on sale until 15 November using the promo code: EARLYBIRD20*

*Promo code does not apply to SVUK member tickets

Key subjects to be tackled

  • Maximising Social Value through good practice procurement and innovation

  • Integrating Social Value into Central Government spending

  • Integrating Social value into Planning

  • Measuring social value

  • Linking Social Value with real estate investment

  • Unlocking social investment into our communities

  • TOMS Best Practice & Benchmarking

  • Social Value in the workplace – Decent work

  • Stakeholder involvement and sharing of power

  • Deep dive into valuation of social wellbeing

  • Mainstream finance and social impact

  • Developing more legislation around social impact and wellbeing

  • Brokering relationships between sectors to create more social value


Who is speaking and taking part?

All of our speakers are passionate about their subject and expert in their fields, looking to share their experiences and learn more. Our speakers include:

  • Head of Policy, CBI

  • Deputy General Secretary, TUC

  • Star Procurement

  • CEO, Durham County Council

  • Big Society Capital

  • Legal and General

  • UK Green Building Council

  • Head of Finance, Bristol City Council

  • Chairman, Sodexo

  • Willmott Dixon

  • Crown Commercial Services

  • Prologis UK

  • Countryside Properties PLC

  • Local Government Association

  • Capitals Coalition

  • Social Impact Investing Institute

  • Friday

  • Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

  • Supply Change

  • esela - The legal network for social impact

The conference will also see the release of the National TOMs 2020 and the presentation of the National Social Value Awards 2020.

Who should attend?

Councils Officers and Members will learn about good practice, what is working well and how can social value be maximised

Businesses that are looking to understand how to improve their social value offers and win more work, also to meet your customers to better understand their needs.

Planners and Developers who want to learn how to embed social value into the planning system and developers who are looking to do more

Investors and Community Leaders who are looking to tap into the social investment market to deliver greater impact and solve some of societies toughest challenges.

Social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations who are delivering social value to communities and want to collaborate with businesses and win public sector contracts


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Day One



Welcome & Keynote

It’s about a new way of thinking and new ways of working that promote good work, cross sector partnerships and innovation. It’s Time to Act to make sure communities do not miss out.



Panel discussion

The panel will explore the changing relationship between the public and private sector and promoting social innovation.



Morning deep dive sessions

The morning sessions will set the scene for the day, exploring the following themes:

  1. Maximising Social Value through good practice procurement: This session will include examples of good practice from around the country.

  2. Embedding Social Value into central government spending: This session will explore the unique challenges that central government is facing on embedding social value into procurement and explain the latest government thinking.

  3. Integrating Social Value into the planning process: What steps need to be taken in order to embed social value into the planning process, and are we seeing the emergence of a new ‘Merton Rule’ that will require all developers to submit social value proposals as a part of their planning application?

  4. Measuring Social Value with the National TOMs Framework: How are the TOMs being used to unlock better value and how can they be adapted to meet the challenges around promoting ‘good work’ and responding to a declared ‘climate emergency’



Afternoon deep dive sessions

The afternoon sessions will expand on the four themes in a workshop setting:

  1. Procurement and commissioning - Being Radical: Leading councils will debate whats next and should we get more radical to deliver more value.

  2. Social Value and Real Estate: Leading investors and developers will debate the linking between Social Value and asset performance; can new development deliver more value for communities whilst providing effective returns– the holy grail of Impact Investment.

  3. Unlocking Social Value investment into our communities: This session will include real life examples of how private money can work in collaboration with public sector to solve some of societies biggest challenges such as homelessness. We will hear from Impact Investors and local government, showcasing the best examples of what actually works.

  4. Benchmarking: Do we know what good looks like? Is it time for buyers to set out their expectations and can we benchmark what good looks like? This session will explore what benchmarks should be used and how they are being set across sectors. We will also hear from the UKs leading data provider who will present a league table of social value performance - where do you sit?


After-Lunch Key Note Speaker

We will hear the inspiring story from one of the founders, Fiona Clancy - the innovation (and determination) that sits behind the UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell car company, Riversimple.

conference dinner

To close out day one of the conference we will be hosting a buffet dinner for those who wish to join us - guest speaker to be announced soon. Tickets are available to purchase on the ticketing site.



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Day Two



Welcome & Keynote

Social value and impact are becoming part of mainstream thinking. The role of the corporation is being re-considered, pensions and mainstream investments are looking for social impact, and governments are strengthening public policies around wellbeing.



Panel discussion

The panel will explore how we are seeing a convergence and momentum around the world and across sectors in how to measure social value. What do practitioners need to do to take advantage of this opportunity?



Morning deep dive sessions

The morning sessions will be focused on passing on information and learning across the following themes:

  1. Measurement as part of sharing power: We will explore how critical it is to involve stakeholders in determining what outcomes should be measured and how this leads to greater accountability, more effective decision making and ultimately a sharing of power.

  2. Valuation to inform decision making: Speakers will share best practice in measuring aspects of social wellbeing. Exploring the pros and cons for monetisation.

  3. My money matters: an exploration of how mainstream financial institutions are responding to a change in public values. Discuss how our pension funds and other investments can be used to create positive impact on people and the planet?

  4. Social Value brokering: Use this space to make new partnerships across sectors. Learn how to connect and work with different types of organisations; social enterprises, cooperatives, VCSEs and corporates. We must all work closely together to maximise social value. 



Afternoon deep dive sessions

The afternoon sessions will expand on the four themes in a workshop setting:

  1. Social Value in the workplace: A deep dive into the topic of ‘Decent work’ as we explore how social value is created (or destroyed) through the treatment of employees.

  2. Impact data and technology: Exploration of how technology can be utilised to amplify voices of those with little or no power. How can we make impact data a common good but also a decentralised asset?

  3. Wellbeing, inequality and the law! Discussion about how social impact, wellbeing and social value can be enshrined in more legislation and the role that lawyers and citizens can play in strengthening such policies.

  4. Social Value brokerage and measurement surgery: More opportunities to network and meet new types of organisations. In addition, there will be a surgery where impact consultants are providing free expert advice.


Our Sponsors

Thank you to our National Social Value Conference 2020 sponsors.


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29-30 January 2020