The Council and democracy Social Value

What we are doing ?

We work with and encourage our suppliers to change the way they work to deliver social and environmental value. The direct and indirect impacts have included increased job creation and spend in local areas, as well as increased engagement with community initiatives. Highlights of this work include:

Key findings (2019/20):

  • In 2019/20 Manchester City Council spent £511 million with its top 300 suppliers.
  • Roughly 62.9% of these contracts were with small and medium-sized enterprises
  • The proportion of spend with Manchester-based organisations has increased from 51.5% in 2008/09 to 62.9% in 2019/20
  • This represents an increase in spend in the Manchester economy of £143m.

In addition to the direct benefits, the core findings from the 2019/20 social value survey of the top 300 suppliers to Manchester City Council, revealed that they created:

  • 55% of organisations actively provided support to the voluntary and community sectors;
  • An estimated 576 apprenticeships in Manchester
  • An estimated 2,251 jobs in Manchester;
  • An estimated 55,385 hours of support to the voluntary and community sector
  • Nearly £143 million was put back into the Manchester economy from suppliers

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