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Event will demonstrate social value strategies.

A QUESTION Time-style panel event is being held for SMEs keen to find out about social value strategies.

Hosted by employment and training specialists Ingeus UK, the Social Value in Business event will give the audience chance to submit questions to a panel of organisations who have successfully embraced the Social Value Act 2013.

The act requires public authorities to consider wider social and environmental benefits when putting work out to tender, rather than focusing exclusively on price and quality.

Panel speakers include Bob Paton, chairman of the North East LEP and managing director of Accenture, Darush Dodds, added value manager at Esh Group, Simon Hanson, North East development manager at Federation of Small Businesses and Hannah Underwood, CEO at The Key.

Each panel member will have five minutes to outline how social value benefits their organisation, before the floor is open to questions.

Mandi O'Shea, head of skills projects at Ingeus said: "The idea for the event came in response to feedback from businesses who told us they were unsure about the benefits of social value, and how to put it into practice."

The free ticket-only event, takes place at Dance City in Newcastle on Thursday, June 4. To book a place at the Social Value in Business event contact

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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