Award Winning Leadership in Social Value


Release on 10/02/20

At the National Social Value Conference, Lorraine Cox from STAR Procurement was awarded a Highly Commended Award for Leadership in Social Value.  These national awards recognise excellence in Social Value in both the public and private sectors.

Lorraine has led significant and innovative changes to the way Social Value is embedded, recorded and delivered through procurement across the STAR Authorities.  STAR Procurement launched their campaign ‘Social Value is Everyone’s Business’ in March 2019 and started using the Social Value Portal in April 2019 and the National TOMs.

The Social Value Portal is a website tool that enables us to capture, evaluate and monitor social value through procurements and contracts.  Since the launch, the outcomes have far exceeded expectations:

-      55% of tenders awarded have been to Greater Manchester businesses

-      Of the £78m contract values through the Portal, £21.6m of committed social value has been secured, showing a return of 28%

-      37% of bidders are local to Greater Manchester

On winning her award Lorraine said, “I am delighted to be awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the National Social Value Conference.  Our amazing outcomes would not have been possible without the STAR Team, support from STAR Board and Joint Committee, and all our commissioners, stakeholders and local businesses, who have all embraced our new approach.  The award shows that what we are delivering locally is far exceeding what is being done elsewhere in the UK and we are pioneering an approach which has international interest from as far afield as Canada and Australia.

STAR are continuing to drive the Social Value agenda across the North of England by enhancing and bespoking our approach.  We will target local needs to deliver real local outcomes and to ensure we make tangible impact with a focus on climate change through our Procurement activity.


For more information please contact:

Name: Nichola Cooke

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Posted on Wednesday 12th February 2020