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Background

As national procurement guidance increasingly encourages the use of socially responsible organisations in public sector construction, it’s more important than ever for us to make this process quick, simple and easy.

In response to this and demand from their Social Enterprise Working Group; a two-year collaboration between some of the UK’s leading construction and infrastructure contractors, SCAPE identified the need for a platform that would bring buyers and suppliers together, and enable stronger collaboration.

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  • Increasing buyer confidence:
    Shared industry knowledge
  • Building relationships with suppliers:
    Collaboration between buyers and suppliers
  • Maximising social value and sustainability outcomes:
    Boost social value across communities
  • Aligning to national procurement best practice:
    Drive compliance and governance

New buyers

To join The Social Partnership Portal please complete the contact form here or contact:
support@localsupplychain.co.uk

In order to ensure The Social Partnership Portal remains free for suppliers, there is a membership fee for buyers, click here to view.

Our founding members

Clegg Construction Lendlease Galliford Try SCF Mace Smas Worksafe Seddon Vinci Construction Midas Woodhead Construction Local Supply Chain Willmott Dixon Balfour Beatty Bam Lindum McLaughlin & Harvey SupplyChange Morgan Sindall Construction GF Tomlinson Sir Robert McAlpine SISK Wates Scape ISG Kier Constructionline Jeakins Weir
Elizabeth Taylor – Foundation Co-ordinator Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon are delighted to be a founder member of the Social Partnership Portal. Our journey supporting social enterprises has highlighted the need for connecting relevant social business with our people, customers and supply chain – this is exactly what this tool will do - enabling both increased spend and also facilitating valuable practical support too.

Elizabeth Taylor – Foundation Co-ordinator Willmott Dixon
Adam Sanford – SCF Operations Lead

Southern Construction Framework is thrilled to be a founder member of The Social Partnership Portal – it’s more important than ever that the public sector works actively to engage social suppliers across the industry to boost social value and sustainability outcomes. Social suppliers play an important part in positively impacting communities and SCF is delighted to be part of this collaboration across 20 plus founder members. 

Adam Sanford – SCF Operations Lead
Jamie McKechnie - Group procurement director, Kier

As a national company with a regional reach, Kier always strives to give back to the communities in which we work to leave a positive lasting legacy. The Social Partnership Portal by Scape is an ideal platform to help us do this, by helping us to source opportunities with social enterprises in areas across the country.

Kier has a proud history of working with local communities including social enterprises to further expand our sustainable procurement strategy.

Jamie McKechnie - Group procurement director, Kier
Alistair Weir - Managing Director Jeakins Weir

We are delighted to be part of The Social Partnership Portal and will actively support, use and promote it.
Social Enterprises play an important part in the local community and to be able to identify them quickly through this portal will assist us in our delivery of social value on all our projects.

Alistair Weir - Managing Director Jeakins Weir
Craig Stopper – Regional Construction Framework Manager GFT

GF Tomlinson are proud to be a founding member of the Social Partnership Portal. This platform will allow us to increase our engagement with social suppliers in our operating area, bringing additional benefits to the local communities in which we work.

Craig Stopper – Regional Construction Framework Manager GFT
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Introduction to Work Radar:

Work Radar was created by Local Supply Chain and Morgan Sindall Construction. Launched with support from the Department of Work and Pensions and many large contractors across the UK.

Our aim is to boost local economies and maximise social value by helping to support social enterprises, microbusinesses, and skilled tradespeople to gain work on large commercial construction projects.

Work Radar is free to join for social enterprises, microbusinesses, and skilled tradespeople across the UK and is supporting clients and main contractors to evidence social value across their construction projects.

Work Radar
  • 3 aims:
  • Help local people gain employment 
  • Deliver social value around construction projects 
  • Remove barriers to entry for microbusinesses