The Greater South East Net Zero Hub (GSENZH) is a consortium of local authorities in the Southeast of England delivering a programme of energy efficiency improvements for homes across its region. Part of this programme of works has been procured through Procure Plus Holdings (PPH), and as such the region is benefiting from the added social value which PPH brings. Both PPH and the GSENZH authorities had a clear, shared goal to “…ensure local people benefit from the employment opportunities this creates…” (Local Energy East Strategy).
All PPH procurement through their frameworks requires delivery of social value within the client’s localities. PPH use their influence and resources to support and deliver programmes which focus on improving employment opportunities for local people who are considered to have the greatest barriers to entering the world of work.
PPH is focused on ensuring people move into sustainable, quality employment and one of the ways it does this is by providing funding support to organisations which support people into employment. This employment must be contracted for a minimum of six months, and usually permanent, and for at least 30 hours per week. In total on this project, fifty local people have been supported into work.
We came to Procure Plus Holdings Ltd looking for a procurement solution for our Sustainable Warmth programme, an initiative that delivers cost-saving improvements to the homes of people often most in need in order to alleviate fuel poverty whilst also reducing their carbon footprint. The approach that Procure Plus has taken with the social value element for our procurement has allowed us not only to deliver community benefits through our projects but also via the procurement process too.