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What social enterprises are working in construction?

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Here we share some of the services within construction supply chains that can be fulfilled by high-quality social enterprises and some examples of suppliers.


Not sure what a social enterprise is? Read 'So, what is a social enterprise?'


With such a large breadth of spend and close ties to the public sector, construction companies have both the ability and motivation to spend with social suppliers. When it comes to social suppliers, there is no shortage of choices of in-demand services.

Some of the services available

Signage

Site and office cleaning

Waste management

Property maintenance

Environmental services

Painting and decorating

Fencing

Catering

and much much more!

Deciding where to switch suppliers


When Supply Change conducts supplier research for clients such as Kier, Morgan Sindall and Eurovia, we propose categories of spend to focus efforts to switch to social suppliers. This is based on a combination of:

  • Specifications of a contract, such as size, timelines, location and social impact goals (e.g. engaging with local ex-offenders)

  • Analysis of previous spending

  • Number of social enterprise suppliers available in that spend category



Below are a few of the categories that often hold opportunities for construction companies to switch to social suppliers. For each category we've shared:

  • typical services that social suppliers can provide

  • number of suppliers in that category known to Supply Change

  • an example of one of our 100+ Trusted Suppliers

 

Property management services

Services include:

Cleaning

Security

Gardening and landscaping

Facilities management

Property maintenance

Removals

No. of known suppliers in this category:

Known suppliers

102

Supply Change Trusted Suppliers

32



Rising Stars

Rising Stars property services include construction-related cleaning, property cleaning, environmental cleaning, clearances and infection control. It is a recognised social enterprise award winner for its approach to the local community, the environment, partners and the people they serve.​


Check out Rising Stars on the Supply Change platform

Email beth@supplychange.co.uk if you're interested in accessing our platform

 

Construction related services

Services include:

Signage

Fencing

House-building

Waste management

Painting and decorating

Flooring

No. of known suppliers in this category:

Known suppliers

52

Supply Change Trusted Suppliers

12



Paint360

Paint360 offer an alternative to landfill or incineration of paint, helping to support the waste hierarchy and working towards zero to landfill. Paint360 re-engineer waste paint back into new paint which has been tested and developed in collaboration with the trade. Each litre contains a minimum of 65% recycled content.


Check out Paint360 on the Supply Change platform Email beth@supplychange.co.uk if you're interested in accessing our platform

 

100 and Growing

A guide to the UK’s biggest procurement platform of trusted social suppliers


In the guide

  • Why use social suppliers?

  • What kind of social suppliers are available?

  • How can Supply Change help me engage social suppliers?

Download the guide

 

Training and development

Services include:

Leadership training

Wellbeing training

Manual handling training

First aid training

Health and safety training

Security training

No. of known suppliers in this category:

Known suppliers

81

Supply Change Trusted Suppliers

20



McSence

McSence’s professional trainers offer a wide range of Construction, Health Safety & Social Care courses which can be delivered at your chosen venue or locally in their training suites. The business is owned by the local community and profits generated are reinvested in community groups, people in need and voluntary bodies.


Check out McSense on the Supply Change platform Email beth@supplychange.co.uk if you're interested in accessing our platform

 

Food, drink and catering

Services include:

Internal and external catering

Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages

Tea and coffee

Food products

Water products and services

Food and drink gifting

No. of known suppliers in this category:

115

Trusted Suppliers

15

known suppliers




Hope Enterprises

Hope Enterprises provide a range of services including commercial catering and catering training. It offers an excellent, high-quality buffet service suitable for any setting and contract catering for businesses, offices or residential settings.


Check out Hope Enterprises on the Supply Change platform Email beth@supplychange.co.uk if you're interested in accessing our platform

 

To get connected with social enterprise suppliers speak with beth@supplychange.co.uk or check out our services for buyers.

 

To get the latest events, resources and thinking around social impact and sustainability in business subscribe to The Social Procurement Round-Up.


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