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Demand Side, BEST (Benefiting the Economy and Society Through) Procurement

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The areas of work which the demand side partners have been undertaking include:

  • Analysis of expenditure and opportunities to purchase outcomes relevant to public benefit and/or sustainable development
  • Research into the wider impacts of procurement decision making, including economic, social and environmental
  • Targeted work to include consideration of social impact within commissioning
  • Building internal bridges between departments and other parts of the public sector to enable a strategic approach to meeting more than one objective
  • Developing social enterprise and sustainable procurement-friendly policies and assessment toolkits
  • Supplier-facing initiatives with social enterprises giving them fair opportunity to access contracts

Demand side partners include: Nottingham City Council, Northamptonshire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, and the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.

Mutual Advantage provides expert advice and training to the partners and beyond. The partnership also includes the Procuring Sustainable Health project led by Forum for the Future and involving, in particular, NHS East Midlands, the East Midlands NHS Procurement Hub: re:source, and Nottingham City PCT among other NHS Trusts.

Target Groups

All social enterprises based in the East Midlands

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