06 October 2021

Midas backs new initiative to boost construction’s social supply chain

Midas Group has become a founding member of a new national initiative aimed at harnessing the power of construction projects as a force for good and maximising the social value they deliver.

The Social Partnership Portal is a digital platform aimed at connecting businesses in the construction sector with social enterprises and encouraging more opportunities for work and collaboration with socially and environmentally focussed organisations across the supply chain.

The portal was launched by leading public sector procurement authority SCAPE, powered by Local Supply Chain (LSC), and with the backing of 25 leading UK contractors and framework operators including SCF (Southern Construction Framework). It has been endorsed by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK).

Social value is a key principle of the UK government’s Construction Playbook – published last year to shape best practice in public sector construction. The Playbook includes significant emphasis on social value within procurement, including increased use of local and national social enterprises.

The Social Partnership Portal will enable industry buyers to easily source from and engage with an extensive network of socially focused and accredited suppliers. Designed to support organisations focused on social and environmental outcomes, the initiative will also provide improved access to contractors working across SCAPE’s suite of next-generation construction and consultancy frameworks, SCF and beyond. SCAPE’s net zero-ready frameworks are used by more than 1,200 public bodies and cumulatively represent £18bn in buying power.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive of Midas Group: “Midas is delighted to be a founding member of the Social Partnership Portal; enabling us to further expand our use of social enterprises, and to maximise social value delivery in the communities we live, work and build in.

“We look forward to working with many new social enterprises and supporting organisations’ individual and collective growth in this vital sector. Promoting Social Value is an important part of our Vision to deliver industry leading performance in the communities in which we operate.”

Mark Robinson, group chief executive of SCAPE, said: “As a voice for the public sector and its construction partners, we can give social enterprises a voice and ensure projects are delivered for the benefit of local communities across the UK.

“Since the pandemic, a greater emphasis has been placed on procurement to deliver, not just in terms of cost, but also the value a building can add to the community through the course of its life – from construction through to operation. By sourcing and engaging social suppliers across the built environment, contractors are able to clearly evidence how they are reinvesting in local communities and helping to create jobs, promote skills and support the ongoing recovery.

“Our ambition is for the Portal to become the go-to platform for social procurement in the built environment sector, bringing together socially-focused suppliers and contractors to champion the benefits of conscientious construction. It represents an important asset in our suite of tools designed to ensure we maximise the social benefits that can be achieved through construction.”

Suppliers and contractors can sign up to the platform and access the live benefits by visiting www.socialpartnershipportal.co.uk 

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