March 2013 saw Blackburne House host Social Enterprise UK for a practical one day event for social enterprises and commissioners to help them gear up for the upcoming implementation of the Social Value Act.

The Social Value Act, which came into force in January 2013, calls for all public service commissioning to factor in social value. For the first time, all public bodies in England and Wales are required to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area. 

This conference was designed to improve understanding of the Social Value Act within local government, and help those affected by the Act get to grips with commissioning and measuring social value.

Delegates heard from civil servants, commissioners, social enterprise and public sector leaders and support bodies, who offered valuable insights into best practice when it comes to selling and commissioning social value.

Speakers on the day included Nick Hurd MPPeter Holbrook, the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK and Joe Anderson, Liverpool Mayor.

Blackburne House is available to hire for conferences and events of all sizes, contact 0151 708 3937 or contact us via email

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