We are proud to announce that Bloom has achieved Level One of the Social Value Certificate, awarded by Social Value International, the international network for social impact and social value.
Bloom were awarded the Social Value Certificate following an extensive examination; we were successful in evidencing that our business systems and processes will help us to measure, manage and maximise social value.
The Social Value Certificate is a journey that consists of three levels that will take Bloom on the pathway to maximising social value in the way operate. Having achieved Level One, we are now committed to working towards achieving levels Two and Three.
At Bloom we place strong emphasis on our commitment to social values. We are actively working towards embedding our social value specification and evaluation approach within our procurement projects. Our mission is to work towards ensuring social value is an integral part of the evaluation process when customers appoint suppliers. To aid this, we encourage suppliers tendering for projects to demonstrate how they will add social value and support local objectives.
To date, 70% of our projects have been delivered by SMEs; this has enabled our customers to drive significant growth back into local economies. In addition to this, we actively support several charities including our nominated charity – Crisis Skylight Centre.
Our focus for the year ahead is to deliver further social value into procurement projects by continuing to build our supplier community, ensuring voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) suppliers are fairly represented.
Bloom’s Social Value programme has already made great strides. Success stories include Knowsley Disability Concern and the Furniture Resource Group. We are now commissioning training from the Furniture Resource Group to help VCSEs increase their commercial income streams and Knowsley Disability Concern, via ‘Your Payroll’ have now been appointed as Bloom’s own payroll provider.
Bloom are delighted to join Social Value UK and we are looking forward to working towards achieving levels Two and Three of the Social Value Certificate.
It is fantastic to be part of this pioneering network, working alongside similar-minded organisations, to help us achieve our mission of opening up procurement to bring together a community of buyers and suppliers; ensuring that social value is an integral part of the procurement process.