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How Value Match support the Value Match Foundation

Value Match actively support the Value Match Foundation.  The Foundation’s mission is to create benefits for society and our planet, through the promotion of 6 values for individuals and organisations.  So that we can connect with each more meaningfully, on the basis of our shared values.  Through this, forming more effective relationships, which also create wider benefits for society.

Value Match Foundation and values

In business, these 6 values can be used to match socially purposed buyers with suppliers: the Foundation’s aim is to enable buyers to source all their requirements from suppliers that are pursuing a social mission.

The Foundation also supports charitable and socially purposed organisations through free web-based training and advice. 

Value Match support the Foundation via a 5% profit donation.

Via the Foundation, Value Match provides access to our library of procurement courses to charities and socially purposed organisations.  17% of users registered to our procurement courses are charitable and socially purposed organisations.

Our team are on hand to assist the Foundation through procurement and marketing activities.  Lindsay, Alison and Brian are active volunteers for the foundation and David is a trustee.

Discover Value Match’s four core values; Value People, Value Relationships, Sustainable Prosperity and Value the Environment and how we embed our values in the organisations we work with.

Want to learn more about values: check out the Value Match Foundation website.

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Free CPD Accredited Online Procurement Courses

Value Match Training has several free CPD accredited training courses available, our online courses are suitable for all procurement, bidding professionals and stakeholders involved in procurement.

Benefits of Remanufacturing

  • Recognise the need for change and understand the impact on our planet
  • Learn about the circular economy and product value retention business models
  • Understand what remanufacturing is and how it differs to refurbishment
  • Appreciate the sustainability and product benefits of remanufacturing
  • Learn how to overcome barriers relating to the procurement of remanufactured products
  • Examine evidence that demonstrates the significant benefits of remanufacturing

*Coming – Early November 2021*

Effectively Specifying for Remanufacturing 

 

·         Understand the general requirements that need to be included in the specification

·         Appreciate the benefits of ISO and British standards for remanufacturing

·         Recognise the ability to test products prior to and during a procurement testing

·         Understand the specific requirements that should be included in the specification

 

·         Learn how to use our Remanufactured Specification Template

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Inclusivity in the workplace

Value Match are a value-orientated organisation and hold social value at the core of our beliefs.  Our values are broken down to four core groups: Value People, Value Relationships, Sustainable Prosperity and Value the Environment.  Inclusivity in the workplace directly aligns with Value People and Value Relationships and as such at Value Match we ensure all our candidates, colleagues, customers, and partners are made to feel included and valued. 

Working in an inclusive work environment is critical in the modern day.  In any professional setting not feeling included has huge repercussions for the individual and the business.  To create an inclusive environment everyone must feel as though they are being treated with dignity and respect, where the talents and skills of different groups are valued.  This will increase moral, and productivity.

This is how to improve your inclusivity

  1. Take ownership of Inclusivity.

Be forthcoming about the potential changes that will be made to improve inclusivity.  These will need to be based on your companies needs and requirements.  The goals may involve promoting more female managers, establishing recruitment incentives for certain demographic groups or cultures, or including technology training for employees so they feel included, and their contributions are being noticed.

When you take responsibility for inclusivity it can work as a benchmark that employees can aim for.  It also means you’re able to measure the growth of inclusion allowing you to reach these goals.

  1. Incorporate Diversity

With the improvement of technology, we can be connected to each other in seconds on a global level.  Exposing ourselves to different cultures, people religion, personalities and collaborating will bring a better working environment.  Understanding different colleagues background, cultures, and beliefs will also help everyone feel more included.  .  

  1. Inclusivity Training

Conducting inclusivity training and investing in your team and employees demonstrates that your organisation is making a conscious effort towards making the workplace an inclusive environment. This could also involve diversity training and sensitivity training.

 

  1. Keep an Open Dialog.

To maintain inclusivity within the workplace you will need constant nurturing, dedication to embed an inclusive ethos at the core of your organisation.  Internal engagement surveys are perfect to analyse areas that need improvements and if employees are feeling engaged, included, and valued at work.  This data will allow you to pinpoint further areas that need improvement.  

 

By taking charge and seeking out feedback that is focused on  inclusion  demonstrates that you’re making a conscious effort to make improvements.  Focused feedback provides a diplomatic process for open dialogue and mobilises employees to work towards larger objectives.

Lead by example through articulating a clear vision by starting new initiatives, and inspiring employee’s commitment through data collection and positive feedback.  The most important thing is that all employees feel included within their working environment.  This will help your business to become more progressive and build on better moral.

Whilst we ourselves embed our values at the core of what we do, we also ensure we’re as inclusive as possible externally.  Due to our blind screening of CV’s we don’t include our candidate’s ethnicity or disabilities and we don’t ask about their sexual preferences or gender identities.  This ensures our candidates are screened based on their talent, removing the chance of unconscious bias.

Value People – We value People for their uniqueness, capability, capacity for change and for what they do.

Value Relationships – We value Relationships that are built on integrity, mutual support, trust, and a sense of purpose.

Sustainable Prosperity – We believe in creating sustainable prosperity through commercial interventions that supports responsible and inclusive growth for both individuals and organisations.

Value the Environment – We believe in enhancing our Environment through the way we operate, championing environmental best practices and delivery through our service lines.

We also have various projects that we are involved with such as KitAid, Kiva and a Carbon offsetting programme through Carbon Footprint.  These all just a few of the ways we ensure we are inclusive and demonstrate and embed our values.

We also work with Me Learning to provide courses based around diversity through our own Social Value courses, both our own courses and their Equality and Diversity courses will help you develop an understanding of the importance of diversity in the work place and can serve as a benchmark for you and your employees.

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CMA Guidance on Environmental Claims on Goods and Services

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A brief overview of Modern Slavery in the UK

When we think of modern slavery, we  don’t think of it being on our doorstep or within our supply chain’s.  However, it is likely that you have unwittingly witnessed people who are trapped in modern slavery or purchased through supply chains where modern slavery is a common occurrence.  As it’s not frequently talked about, spotting the signs and preventing modern slavery is critical in helping someone you suspect as being a victim to be supported and helped and as procurement professionals, ensuring we’re buying from ethical suppliers.

Each year the scale of modern slavery continues to rise…  In 2016 the global scale index says that there are 40.6 million people in slavery.  In the UK annual Modern Slavery Review it states “The number of NRM (National Referral Mechanisms) referrals provides a good indication of the scale of known victims in the UK but is not a good estimate of overall prevalence.  In 2019, 10,627 potential victims were referred to the NRM”.  Of course, the actual number will be considerably higher.

Modern Slavery takes many forms the most common is forced labour.  This is when someone is forced to work through either threat of violence, intimidation, or collection of debt.   For example, a landmark legal case was launched against the largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt, which is used to power new smartphones and laptops etc.  

People who are in vulnerable situations are more likely to be victims of modern slavery.  This is because they are more willing to take risk to provide for their family.  For example, taking a job they know little about in a different country or taking a loan from traffickers getting them into debt.  The traffickers then use this debt bondage to force the victims into back breaking labour which is often dangerous with long hours.  

How as procurement professionals can we do our bit to ensure modern slavery is tackled?  Since the “Tackling Modern Slavery in Government Supply Chains” guide for commercial and procurement professionals was realised in September 2019 we have seen both buyers and suppliers look to embed best practice into procurement to ensure we understand who we are doing business with, understand and identify any risks within supply chains and take appropriate action to address those risks with a particular emphasis on supporting the victims of modern slavery.  

Additional support can also be found by using the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool which is a risk identification and management tool. This tool has been designed to help public sector organisations work in partnership with suppliers to improve protections and reduce the risk of exploitation of workers in their supply chains. It also aims to help public sector organisations understand where there may be risks of modern slavery in the supply chains of goods and services they have procured.

Stop the Traffik Global and Shiva Foundation published a very practical guide for SME’s to help raise awareness of modern slavery and support proactive management and identify modern slavery and related issues.  Download the PDF for free from our library.

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Benefits of Remanufacturing

Background

Value Match have partnered with Circular ComputingTM to discover the world of remanufacturing, the various benefits it provides and how it can deliver a better tomorrow.  Our free online module will develop your understanding of the circular economy and where it fits in sustainable procurement practices.  This module is ideal for all stakeholders in IT, procurement professionals, social value professionals and those wanting to further their understanding of remanufacturing and the circular economy. 

During this 50 minute course, you’ll understand the multiple benefits of remanufacturing for our planet, people, and economies, how it differs from refurbishment and how to overcome potential barriers.

For each course completed, Circular Computing will plant 1 tree through their decarbonisation partners to support our journey to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the need for change and understand the impact on our planet
  • Learn about the circular economy and product value retention business models
  • Understand what remanufacturing is and how it differs to refurbishment
  • Appreciate the sustainability and product benefits of remanufacturing
  • Learn how to overcome barriers relating to the procurement of remanufactured products
  • Examine evidence that demonstrates the significant benefits of remanufacturing

Reviews

5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The content of the course is excellent.

“This is a unique course and by far the best available content on remanufacturing and circular economy linked to sustainable procurement practices. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in sustainable procurement.”

Matching Capability with Knowledge

Our courses are CPD accredited, meaning the learning activity has reached the required Continued Professional Development standards and benchmarks.  The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality.  The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements ensuring any learner can record their hours in contribution to their continued professional development.

If you have a specific training requirement, or think a specific topic area would be helpful to create a new training course please contact Lindsay Rosul, who would welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas further.

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

T: 07702 823 648
E: Lindsay.Rosul@value-match.co.uk

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Navigating the Bidding Process 1:1

Value Match are providing suppliers bidding into the public sector with the opportunity to meet with our procurement experts to gain insight into how to bid effectively.
 
Our 1:1 session’s will run on the last Thursday of every month with appointments now open for 30th September 2021.
You can choose what is covered in you slot! You can use the opportunity to ask our experts any questions you have about bidding Alternatively, we can discuss the foundations for any aspiring organisations that are looking to get started and actively find live opportunities, including:
  • Identifying opportunities
  • The bid decision process
  • Addressing feedback from buyers
  • Understanding social value and what it means for your business
Or, we can do a mix of both, lets focus on where will be of most value to you!
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Practitioner Led Procurement, Bid Management & Social Value Training

Background

The Value Match team has designed and delivered a broad range of procurement programmes, from large procurement transformations, building procurement operations, to delivering specific sourcing events or implementing eCommerce solutions. We have extensive experience in the public and private sectors and have managed major procurement change programmes nationally and globally.

One of the most challenging aspects of any procurement transformation programme is ensuring access to the right level of skills and capability to deliver.  Traditionally, procurement training has been provided by membership organisations, often within a linear developmental structure and costing thousands of pounds. Despite this, courses can still lack practical guidance for individuals on how to deliver their role more effectively. Value Match courses emphasise how learners can begin adding value from the moment that they complete the course.

Our Solution

Value Match Academy is designed to support individuals and organisations to improve the capabilities that they need to deliver for their roles, instantly. Courses can be accessed through our dedicated learning management system, ensuring the learner can access the course 24/7 and revisit learning points.

The courses are practitioner led, last no longer than 1 hour with the aim for the learner to be able to walk away and complete the tasks covered within the training more effectively than before.  We believe enhancing individual’s capability is fundamental to organisations delivering better outcomes, supports individual development and demonstrates an organisations investment in employees.

Our solution tests the learners understand by engaging them throughout the course and asking them to complete a short ‘quiz’ at the end of each course, following which, they are presented with a certificate of completion.

We currently have range of courses available through the Value Match Academy, we will be adding additional  courses throughout the year focused on providing the practical building blocks for individual’s or team’s professional development.

1. Procurement Fundamentals

Target audience: entry level procurement, bidding professionals, graduates and budget managers. Any stakeholders with involvement in procurement decisions or who would benefit from understanding the role that procurement plays in organisational strategy and operations.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the concepts of procuring goods, works and services.
  • What to consider when buying on behalf of an organisation.
  • Explore what can go wrong when procuring and the broad consequences.
  • Understanding the discipline of procurement.
  • Introduction to the procurement cycle and the new Central Government Social Value Model.
  • Introduction to the legal framework.

Duration:  30 – 40 mins

Price: £25.00 per user licence

2. Bidding Fundamentals

Target audience: entry level procurement and bidding professionals, graduates, or stakeholders with an involvement in bidding

Learning outcomes

  • Understand why we have to bid.
  • Explore the differences between public and private sector bidding.
  • Overview of the procurement cycle and the new Central Government Social Value Model.
  • How to identify potential opportunities
  • Understand the common processes that bids follow.
  • Learn how to plan your response.
  • Understand how public sector buyers evaluate your responses.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins

Price: £25.00 per user licence

3. Adding Social Value – How Procurement Can Create Benefits for Society

Target audience: all procurement / bidding professionals and stakeholders involved in procurement

Learning outcomes

  • Understand what social value is.
  • Have an awareness of the building blocks of social value.
  • Recognise different approaches to creating benefits for society.
  • Have an appreciation of the legal framework in place.
  • Understand where to start when looking to implement the methodology.
  • Understand the structure and emphasis added by a socially purposed procurement cycle.

Duration:  60 mins
Price: £35.00 per user licence

4. How to Effectively Procure and Manage Contracts to Create Social Value

Target audience: all procurement / bidding professionals and stakeholders involved in procurement

Learning outcomes

  • Understand what social value is and how it integrates with procurement.
  • Deepen your knowledge about the socially purposed procurement cycle.
  • Understand the detailed practical actions you need to take within the 4 stages of the socially purposed procurement cycle to procure and manage social benefits within your contracts.

Duration:  60 mins
Price: £35.00 per user licence

5. Preparing for a Procurement 

Target audience: entry level procurement, bidding professionals, graduates and budget managers. Any stakeholders with involvement in procurement decisions or who would benefit from understanding the role that procurement plays in organisational strategy and operations.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the procurement cycle, and how to prepare for a procurement by analysing your needs and understanding how to conduct market analysis.
  • Learn how to define the reason why you need a procurement and being able to map out your objectives.
  • Understanding how your requirements fit within the current market to ensure that your procurement is effective and achieves its objectives.

Duration:  60 mins
Price:  £35.00 per user licence

6. Effectively Engaging the Market

Target audience: entry level procurement and bidding professionals, graduates, or stakeholders with an involvement in bidding.

Learning outcomes

  • Revisit the four stages of a procurement cycle, including Analyse, which will be the main focus of this course.
  • Understand what market engagement is, and why it’s so useful prior to a procurement.
  • Discover the benefits of a market engagement for both the buyer and supplier.
  • Learn the most effective market engagement methods, depending on your requirements.

Duration:  60 mins
Price: £25.00 per user licence

7. Developing the Specification

Target audience: entry level procurement and bidding professionals, graduates, or stakeholders with an involvement in bidding.

Learning outcomes

  • An overview of the four stages of the procurement cycle, including plan.
  • Discover the procurement specification and why it’s important and how to start and prepare a specification.
  • Understand the factors to take into account when developing a specification.
  • Requirements to confirm the specification is ready and what you should do if it is missing a key component.

Duration:  60 mins
Price: £25.00 per user licence

8. Preparing Tender Document

Target audience: entry level procurement and bidding professionals, graduates, or stakeholders with an involvement in bidding.

Learning outcomes

  • Focusing on the subsequent activities undertaken during the Plan stage.
  • Learn what the tender process is, the objectives and the differences between public and private tenders.
  • Why you need to evaluate the process and how it can be tested and why it should be documented.
  • Appreciate why reviewing the tender documentation is critical and who should review and approve them.

Duration:  60 mins
Price: £25.00 per user licence

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

T: 07702 823 648
E: Lindsay.Rosul@value-match.co.uk

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Preparing Tender Documentation

Background

Following on from our Preparing for a Procurement, Effectively Engaging the Market, and Developing the Specification courses that focus on the Analyse and initial elements of the Plan stage of the procurement cycle, our Preparing Tender Documentation course concludes the Plan stage and explains what to include within the documentation, and the best way to present the information to the market.

Learning Outcomes

Procurement Cycle – Revisit the four stages of the procurement cycle, with this course focusing on the subsequent activities undertaken during the Plan stage.

Tender Process – Learn what the tender process is, what its objectives are, and the differences between public and private tenders.

Tender Documentation – Discover what needs to be included in the tender documentation and how best to compile the information.

Evaluation Process – Understand why the evaluation process is critical, how it can be tested, and why it should be documented.

Review and approval process – Appreciate why tender documentation should be reviewed, and who should review and approve them.

Free Downloadable Resources – Several freely downloadable resources available that will help maximise your procurement approach.

Matching Capability with Knowledge

Our courses are CPD certified, which means that the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmark. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements, ensuring any learner can record their hours in contribution to their continued professional development.

If you have a specific training requirement, or think a specific topic area would be helpful to create a new training course, please contact Lindsay Rosul who would welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas further.

Click here to purchase individual licences

** Please contact Lindsay Rosul to discuss pricing options for multiple licences.

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

T: 07702 823 648
E: Lindsay.Rosul@value-match.co.uk

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Developing the Specification

Background

Our Developing the Specification course supports entry-level procurement professionals and stakeholders engaged within the process to discover how to use the knowledge and insight they have gained during the consultation period to develop a specification.  Using the skills learnt you will be able to create a specification that is fit for purpose and takes critical factors into account such as social value and climate impact.

The course builds upon your learning from our Preparing for a Procurement and Effectively Engaging the Market course which enabled you to successfully plan for your procurement.

Learning Outcomes

Procurement Cycle – In this topic you will be given an overview of the four stages of the procurement cycle, including Plan.  Understand how to plan your procurement based on your organisation needs.

Specification Overview – What is a procurement specification? Why is it important? And how do you start to prepare one?

Specification considerations – Understand the factors to take into account when developing a specification.

Specification approval – Once you have completed your specification, what is needed to confirm that it is ready?  What should you do if it is missing key components?
Free Resources – Several freely downloadable resources available that will help maximise your procurement approach.

Matching Capability with Knowledge

Our courses are CPD certified, which means that the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmark. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements ensuring any learner can record their hours in contribution to their continued professional development.

If you have a specific training requirement, or think a specific topic area would be helpful to create a new training course, please contact Lindsay Rosul who would welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas further.

Click here to purchase individual licences

** Please contact Lindsay Rosul to discuss pricing options for multiple licences.

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

T: 07702 823 648
E: Lindsay.Rosul@value-match.co.uk