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Value Match is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 10/May – 16/May

This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

Monday 10 May 2021: Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.  

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.

Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. As a remote based business, Value Match will continue connecting with our colleagues more over, we will

  • Mental Health Training as part of our Workplace Wellbeing course provided by Me Learning
  • Encourage going for a walk for 30 minutes a day
  • Our calls this week will include the backgrounds provided by mentalhealth.org.uk during the Mental Health Awareness Week.

Alex our Procurement Resourcing Consultant talks about her mental health experience:

“I have had GPD (Generalised Panic Disorder), PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression for about 20 years now.  Whilst I receive help with medication and therapy, I’ve also found being outdoors to be really helpful.  Nature, to me, is so important to my recovery because it gets me out of the house and helps with my physical health and is a great way to relieve my anxiety and lift my mood and during lockdown, and has helped me feel connected to something.

 

I’m really lucky to live on the doorstep of a forest and lake and go for walks 4 times a week.

Over the last year I have reduced my anxiety by watching the cygnets grow and the tadpoles turn to frogs.  I’ve even enjoyed sitting and watching people with their dogs, running into the water and making friends with the other dogs and hunting for “fairy” houses that locals have built and put into the trees in the forest.

My anxiety can turn to agoraphobia (the fear of leaving the house) and when this happens, I like to look out my back door and onto my garden.  This overlooks a horse’s field with some very friendly horses in who occasionally look for a little garden snack.

Ways in which nature can help you, can be found on the MIND website.

From their ideas I’ve decided to grow a vegetable patch in my back garden to really help me commit to getting out of the house and enjoying the outdoors.”

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

“During the week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health.

“We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
  • Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  •   Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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Earth Day – Offsetting our Carbon Emissions

Through our people and relationships we apply our procurement expertise to enhance the value created in our communities and environment and we embed these principles on a day to day basis. As we celebrate Earth Day once again, we look back at how our positive actions impact on the environment.

Offsetting our Carbon Emissions

Last year Value Match offset our carbon emissions as a team, to become more efficient towards our carbon output. As a remote based business, our team work from their home offices. We took our household energy consumption and put 25% of this calculation towards our work as well as our business milage both private and public transportation.  Once we decided on our goal, we began researching various organisations to partner with, we were recommended to an organisation called Carbon Footprint Ltd.

When we approached Carbon Footprint Ltd, they offered various packages to determine the carbon correctly and accurately we produced. We then used the calculator provided on Carbon Footprint’s website to arcuately calculate the carbon produced for each member of the team. When the data had been correctly calculated and audited by Carbon Footprint. Our carbon output was calculated at 12 tCO2e. We continued to offset our carbon emissions through verified carbon reduction projects and planting trees in the North West, UK.

This year is no different as we celebrate the environment and Earth Day. This year we have offset (insert at later) tCO2e and have offset our carbon emissions through verified carbon reduction projects and planting trees in the North West, UK.

Other ways we Value the Environment

Kiva

Value Match continue to support Kiva and to date have loaned $7,500 as a team. To all women-owned businesses that have a positive environmental and community impact.

Ecologi

Ecologi funds reforestation, conservation, investment in carbon reduction via renewable energy programmes and community projects to provide access to energy and water. Value Match support Ecologi to minimise our carbon footprint and have planted over 500 trees and 29.6t.

Discover how we embed our values in other projects or to discuss embedding social value into your procurement, contact us or take our CPD accredited course: Adding Social Value – How Procurement can Create Benefits for Society.

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Roles and Responsibilities of a Bid Team

Any organisation serious about winning tender needs to understand the importance of having a carefully assembled bid team. Having a successful bid team will place your organisation in the strongest position when it comes to retaining customers and securing business. To ensure the bid team has a chance of winning any tenders, its often a good idea to work out your bidding strategy. Often it can be left solely on one individual to pull all the various aspects of the bid together. This can be avoided by creating a Bid Team.

Inside all organisations its critical to have a mutual understanding of what exactly the bid team need to deliver. This is vital as the bid management process will bring together all the key stakeholders.

Who should be in the bid team?

The bid team need to be assembled with the bid in mind and the members of the team should bring something unique to the bid. Each Bid team doesn’t necessarily have to follow the same structure as bid can often be very specialist or very different fields.

This is a typical Bid Team:

Bid Manager: The Bid Manager will act essentially as project manager and is responsible for end-to-end processes; they have numerous roles and responsibilities when it comes the smoothness of how the team is run. They will choose the core team, informing the team on the understandings of the bids and when the deadline is. The Bid Manger is also granted access to previous bids, case studies and is expected to gather any certificate or insurance documents.

Core Team: The roles of the core team are to ensure the evaluation of the tender is completely understood. They need to break down the requirements of the tender and to craft a response strategy.

Support: Often a mix of external and internal resources, they may sometimes call from various places around your organisation. This will often be one of the bid managers roles to assemble the support.

Proof Reader/Copy Editor: The significance in submitting a clear, concise and error free tender is often what can make or break the chances of winning a bid. They bring a fresh pair of eyes to the tender and my spot errors that could’ve been overlooked. The proof reader will often add a professional polish to the polish on the bid which could be the difference between winning and losing.

The full stop on any successful and effective bid team is in the relationships amongst the team and how individuals are perceived and respected. The team always needs to be creating solutions never problems, this is were taking ownership of tasks and leadership are critical.

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

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

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What is Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement (green procurement) is the approach an organisation takes to incorporate corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles into their procurement process and decision making.

Sustainable procurement goes a step further that traditional procurement, in that it considers the value to the buyer and the value to the wider community. Sustainable Procurement also focuses on the environmental, economical and social impact the organisation has whilst keeping aligned with the price and quality.

Implementing Sustainable Procurement within your organisation integrates requirements, specifications and criteria that are consistent with environment and society. It’s not just about reducing pollution and using sustainable practises. It also takes into consideration the impact an organisation has on the economic development of the surrounding area, natural resources, greenhouse gases, climate change and overall environmental impact as well as social impact.

Why invest in Sustainable Procurement

Risk Reduction – There is always a degree of risk depending on the suppliers an organisation uses. The relationship between your organisation and the supplier can have a financial impact on your brand value if the supplier engages in bad practises.

By adopting Sustainable Procurement, you must ensure your organisation only works with suppliers that are committed to the same principles as you. This keeps your organisation within compliance with environmental regulations.

Cost Reduction – Saving money and reducing cost is a necessity for any organisation. Through utilising Sustainable Procurement, you will be able to reduce the total cost of ownership through reduced energy costs, reduced consumption, reduced overspecification, reduced environmental and social compliance costs.

Data from the World Economic forum shows sustainable procurement practises and can reduce procurement costs by 9 – 16%

Revenue Growth – Sustainable procurement means that your will focus on giving back to society and the environment, this can bring additional revenue in a variety of ways e.g. utilising eco-friendly products and services. Increased price for premium services and income from recycling projects.

The World Economic Forum found that through Sustainable Procurement practises provides business with a 15 – 30% measurable increase in brand equity which foster revenue growth. According to a study from Oxford University 90% of studies on the cost of capital show companies who use sustainable standards lowers the costs of capital for companies.

Sustainable Procurement Benefits

Future Proofing – Once an organisation takes time to develop strategies and policies around sustainable procurement. They are working to future proof themselves against potential issues in the supply chain, whilst having the opportunities to support emerging market.

Improved Risk Management – Using Sustainable Procurement can reduce the risks of environmental impact, adverse weather events, natural disasters. This could have negative impacts on the supply chain. Using suppliers that are focused on sustainable practises can reduce environmental risk.

Enhanced Customer Perception – If your customer enjoys what you’re doing, they will support your business and brand image. This will bring more customers and revenue.

Reduced Overhead Costs – Through focusing on sustainability whenever possible, using energy-saving products and services will lower utility bills.

Competitive Advantage – If you competitors aren’t using sustainable procurement, you have the competitive advantage. You will be saving money and reduce risk; it will also improve you customer perception and leaves you in a position to grow revenue and become an industry leader.

Create Markets for new Products and Services – Having a supplier that understands your company’s principles allows a relationship where the supplier can make suggestions on how to change products and services to improve your operations and accomplish goals.

Improved Regulatory Compliance – If you’re in an industry with strict environmental and social legislation or regulations, sustainable procurement has massive benefits to maintain compliance.

How to adopt Sustainable Procurement Practises

The first things that need to be is meet with stakeholders and agree upon the direction your business is going. Once this has been established you need to develop strategies and polices. When making procurement decisions always keep in mind the future of the organisation before making any sourcing decisions.

When it comes to products and services you need to source, finding the right supplier is critical. You need to find someone who agrees with your new principles and policies.

Organisations in both public and private sector can benefit from sustainable procurement and sustainable supply chain. These processes often take time to properly implement and see the benefits.

What are we doing to incorporate this in Value Match?

At Value Match we pride ourselves on the values we hold at the core of our organisation. Two key values are community and environment, these are both hugely influenced by sustainable procurement and social value.

We have done numerous things to ensure we have a positive impact on the community and environment. The first thing is our entire organisation is carbon net positive. We did this through a company called Carbon Footprint. We calculated the amount of carbon we were producing, and Carbon Footprint offset it.

Value Match are also heavily involved in a non-profit charity called Kiva. This charity allows organisations to lend money to people in areas where it is hard to gain access to a loan from the bank. These loans are often given to women as they are in countries that don’t see them are equal to men. It gives the people the chance to invest the money and start their own business to repay the loan.

Value Match have also recently been working with an organisation called Circular Computing which will replace laptops and offset all the carbon the laptop will be produced. This is a new and exciting way of replacing older laptops making sure it is also efficient.

These are a few ways in which Value Match are taking steps towards sustainable procurement for more tips and advice visit our library.

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Covid-19 effect on climate change

On December 2019, The World Health Organisation was notified of a breakout of coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, China. Since then, the world has drastically changed, flights are grounded, the hospitality industry shut down and factories closed. All this has caused the global carbon-dioxide emissions to fall to levels not seen since 2006.

Before the pandemic, scientists expected there to be little to no change in emissions during 2020/21. However, on April 7th 2020 global CO₂ emissions were 17% lower compared to the same time last year.

An optimistic view of the decrease of CO₂ emissions would be “it’s possible to reduce emissions. That’s just not the way that we want to do it” said Glen Peters, research director of the Centre for International Climate Research in Oslo.

However, a more realistic view, assuming a return to pre-pandemic levels of employment by 2035, a study has found that COVID-19 produces a steep 8.2% reduction in global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020, but this will drop to just 2% reduction in 2035.

In the long term, the COVID-19 pandemic has left us all with a lesson and chance for environmental action. We now have a baseline of what can be achieved digitally: remote work, education, shopping, and lack of travel. Thanks to the outbreak, some habits that are incidentally beneficial to the environment may last, since people will have experienced scarcity- for example, the reduction of travel, personal consumption, and food waste.

At Value Match we are an carbon net zero organisation, we offset all the carbon produce as a business. One of our core values is the Environment and we believe in enhancing our environment through the way we operate, championing environmental best practices and delivery through our service lines. Discover how we embed our values here.

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Embedding Social Value in your Business

Traditionally, profit has always been at the forefront and driving force of organisations, however, in the last decade there has been a change in our understanding of what value both private and public sector organisations should be offering.  This shift in perspective initially came from the Public Services (Social Value) Act (2012). The act aims to provide procurement professionals freedom to establish the types of value their procurements will provide benefit to for their local community.  Which in turn, initiated a shift in perspective for private organisations bidding into the public sector, meaning they had to place a bigger emphasis on how to drive social value through their offer.

Bidding into the public sector and specifically central government requires organisations to demonstrate social value, with a minimum weighting of 10% being applied to social value as part of bids, it’s even more important than ever to factor in social value to win business.

Take the time to understand your organisation values and identify the most appropriate actions you can take that support you purpose and add value to everything that you do.

Here are some ways in which you can embed social value within your organisation.

  1. Start simple, changing your organisation attitude to social value isn’t an overnight process. Start small and build, begin with recycling bins, have a walking / cycling initiative, or use public transport.
  2. Most corporate organisations have a ‘charity of the year’. Asking your staff to choose a charity will normalise the concept of supporting local charities and schemes.
  3. Various employee initiatives such as lunchtime cycling, recycling projects or helping local communities. If you ask your employee what they think is important to the local community it will help you embed yourselves into the surrounding community.
  4. Embedding social value into client’s contracts, as a organisation you should insist that partnering organisations should also practise social value.
  5. Practise what you preach, by leading from the top you set a standard that all you employees will follow.
  6. Finally ensure your partners and stakeholders also match your values. This is critical for your organisation to make a lasting impact on your local and global community.

At Value Match, our values run through everything we do.

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 use these values as a base line to embed social value in everything that we practice at Value Match this is how we demonstrate value:

  • The Value Match Foundation seeks to promote and support organisations to increase their financial sustainability through commercial activity, providing professional advice, resources, and training.
  • Contract for Change is a voluntary programme seeking to embed social value principles and enhance environmental outcomes. They support organisations in developing their procurement strategies, policies, and operating practices. Value Match have used our experience in the procurement field to aid Contract for change along with resources.
  • Kiva is not for profit organisation that helps bring loans to places where people are incapable of borrowing money. Value Match have chosen to support women owned business to promote equal opportunity. To date we have loaned £7500.
  • We have worked with Carbon Footprint to offset our carbon emissions, making Value Match carbon net positive.

To discover more ways that we embed social value in our organisation click here.

Learn how you can add social value to your organisation and bids to win more business with our social value courses, find out more here.

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Changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35)

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Welcoming Alex Moses to the Value Match team

We are very excited to announce Alex Moses to the team as Procurement Resourcing Consultant. Alex first found her interest in Procurement whilst working in the IT department of a large construction company. Alex decided to move to the North West to progress her career and expand her horizons. There, Alex contracted at various public and private sector organisations as a Procurement Manager, Buyer and Business Analyst.

During the pandemic, Alex moved back to the North East to begin a HE Access to Business course to pursue a degree in Business and Economics and find a career that not only aligned with her ethics of helping people but would further provide an opportunity to develop and grow within her career.

Alex will be looking to match talent with opportunity by ensuring we understand both our customers and candidates values and needs to increase success.

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Practitioner Led Procurement and Bid Management Training

Keeping up with the pace of change as organisations and their people navigate a new working world in the face of the current pandemic brings challenges for everyone: adjusting to new methods of work, independent thinking and rising to meet new demands. As procurement experts, Value Match are uniquely placed to help staff get to grips with the fundamentals of buying and developing a social value strategy. With social value rising in prominence and importance at the current time, an organisation’s ability to upskill its people and develop their knowledge creates a significant competitive advantage. Procurement has a critical role to play, and to emerge faster and stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, organisations should start upskilling their people – giving them the tools and confidence to learn and develop independently their knowledge of these key areas.

Valuing people is critically important – everyone wants to work for an organisation that has their best interests at heart and is investing in them and their careers. Training your people gives them encouragement that their skills won’t become obsolete, and shows you care about their futures. It also boosts morale, giving people a better outlook once armed with certificates of achievement that they have passed courses that have given them a clear focus on the importance of procurement, how it can create social good, and exploring the differences between the public and private sectors.

To unlock the potential in people and create sustainable growth for organisations that ultimately can benefit the wider community and local economies, organisations are transforming how they work, and people are transforming how they learn. At the forefront of the revolution in online learning has been Me Learning, a company that has already delivered training to over 800,000 people using best-in-class virtual courses developed over 14 years and in collaboration with over 600 private and public sector.

Value Match are proud to partner together in the spirit of cooperation that is needed in these times, and Me Learning have helped us ensure that the learning offered can be fun, engaging, and delivered at a pace that suits the learner, but also challenges them to pass courses to obtain certification to demonstrate their learning.

We are currently offering courses in procurement fundamentals, bidding fundamentals for companies that have offerings to the public sector at this critical time, and social value training. There has never been a more important time for organisations to face up to their responsibilities and invest in their people and in creating social good. Understanding also the need for cost efficiency, these courses, with more being rolled out so learners can continue to develop their learning journey, are cost-effective for organisations and can transform your organisation.

Learn more about how you can show a commitment in valuing your people by contacting Lindsay for information on the suite of training available for both public and private sector clients and how we can make it cost-effective for you and help you deliver more social good.

For further information, contact Lindsay Rosul

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

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How to Effectively Procure and Manage Contracts to Create Social Value – Online Training Course

Background

At Value Match we place social value at the core of what we do. This 60-minute course provides a fresh and innovative perspective on how to effectively procure and manage contracts to create social value.

This course is designed to inspire ideas of your own to effectively procure and manage contracts to create positive social value. It provides you with the concepts of how to utilise social value to benefit yourself, your organisation, your community, and the planet around you.

Whether you’re a seasoned procurement / bidding professional or a stakeholder involved in procurement for your organisation, this course will deliver an understanding of what social value is and how to integrate social value into your procurement.

Learning Outcomes

What is Social Value? And how does it integrate with procurement? – What does creating social benefits mean? This topic defines the concepts of Social Value, Social Benefit, Procurement and Contract Management.

Socially Purposed Procurement Cycle – A fresh and innovative approach to the creation of social benefits as part of a procurement by using a ‘Socially Purposed Procurement Cycle’. This topic considers the end-to-end process of the Cycle, explored over 4 stages – analyse needs, plan benefits, procure benefits and finally manage benefits. This topic examines in depth how to apply and manage the cycle to maximise the social benefit created alongside obtaining value for money.

Case Studies – Presenting a real case study showing how social benefits that can be created by using a Socially Purposed Commissioning Cycle.

Matching Capability with Knowledge

Our courses are CPD meaning the learning activity has reached the required Continuing 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 David Shields, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss any ideas further.

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** Please contact David Shields to discuss pricing options for multiple licences.

For further information, contact David Shields

T: 07920 768 370

E: David.Shields@value-match.co.uk
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