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Social Value Fest 22

Essex County Council’s Social Value Fest 22

Welcome to Social Value Fest 22!

If you wish to bid for local authority contracts, you can expect tenders to include questions about social value: how the way you deliver the contract impacts or benefits local jobs, businesses, communities and the environment.

Essex County Council’s second, social value festival is a free, 4-day learning event for any organisation that wants to learn about social value, bid for ECC contracts or benefit from the social value offers that suppliers make to our local communities.

Join us this summer, book your place here. All the sessions will run online, free of charge. 

This year’s event is packed full of practical advice on how to approach social value and climate matters and will provide many examples that you can adopt or use to inspire your own ideas. It is suitable for organisations of any size and type and you will have the opportunity to speak to our experts about social value and climate.

Schools, colleges, universities, SMEs and charities too can find out what ECC’s suppliers are committing and how to access their offers such as careers advice, business advice and staff volunteering time.

Social Value Fest Week

18 July Day 1: Social Value Fest 22 Launch: Social Value Update for bidders, suppliers and partners  11:15 – 13:15

  • Hear updates to the way ECC measures social value and climate questions
  • Practical workshop discussions

Keynote: Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK

19 July Day 2: A Focus on... Preparing Your Organisation for Bidding and Reporting 14:00-16:00

  • Practical advice on social value and climate questions and how to prepare and bid
  • How suppliers will report on their social value and climate commitments

Keynote: Campbell McDonald, Chief Executive Ownership at Work, (member of National Social Value Taskforce Steering Group and the Cabinet Office’s Small Business Panel)

20 July Day 3: A Focus on... Examples of Social Value 11:15 – 15:15

  • A day full of examples to adopt or to inspire your own social value activities
  • Including: Employment and skills schemes (apprenticeships and much more), Armed Forces Covenant and careers advice


  • Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Senior Policy Advisor, Public Sector Markets CBI
  • Richard Puleston, Director, Policy, Essex County Council

21 July Day 4: A Focus on....Climate: – what we need, how to start and how to bid 11:00 – 17:00

  • 2022 Climate ‘ECC TOMs’ - the new climate measures in the Essex County Council (ECC) set of social value metrics
  • Practical advice on Carbon Reductions Plans
  • Introducing our Climate Action Business Advice Packs – including guidance, advice and funding opportunities


  • David Brambley-Crawshaw, Policy Advisor Cabinet Office (Responsible for Carbon Reduction Plans policy)
  • Nathan Goode, Climate Working Group Lead, National Social Value Taskforce.
  • Leigh Broadhurst, Environment and Sustainable Development Lead, SUEZ
  • Bishop Roger, Climate Commissioner, Essex County Council

NB: times are indicative and subject to change.


Social Value Fest Fringe Events (by invitation only)

In addition to the main SV Fest 22 sessions, if you are work for a Public Sector organisation, we have the following event:

18 July Day 1: 14:15 – 16:30: Public Sector Knowledge Sharing for the Next Chapter of Social Value 

  • A practical knowledge-sharing session for public sector and anchor employees delivered by Essex Anchor Network and the Central Buying Consortium (CBC)

Keynote: Darren Knowd, Chair of the National SV Taskforce and LGA National Advisory Board

If you work in the public sector, and wish to join this session, please contact with ‘DAY 1 PUBLIC SECTOR’ in the subject line


19 July Day 2: 11:00 – 12:15: Essex County Council Staff Event – the Social Value Policy and You

Last updated: 16/09/2022