Social value and Procurement

We are committed to supporting Surrey's residents, local economy, and the community through the work we do.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 places an obligation on Surrey County Council (and all local authorities) to consider how what we procure will improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local area. We are looking to increase social value in all goods and services we buy and therefore preference will be given to suppliers who can demonstrate their commitment to social value. Examples of social value include:

  • Improving the environment
  • Supporting local community groups
  • Helping to develop the local economy by supporting employment and skills initiatives. For example, the employment and training of local people, careers-related activities in schools and colleges and the offer of work experience placements.

Here are some ways Surrey County Council promotes and supports the delivery of social value.

Surrey Marketplace

The County Council, working collaboratively with Minted Box (a Surrey-based web development company), has developed a portal called the Surrey Social Value Marketplace that connects local charities to local businesses, with the aim of resolving community needs and ultimately improving outcomes for residents. Please take a moment to sign up to use the Marketplace and start to post your requests or offers.

For more information, please contact

Supply to Surrey

An initiative to support the relationship between buyers and suppliers throughout the county. A range of buying organisations is signed up to this initiative and you can see details of all their contract opportunities.

As well as the centralised publication of local contract opportunities you can find information and guidance on the tendering process, business support and skills development

Go to Supply to Surrey.

World Wildlife Fund accreditation for responsible purchasing of timber

Surrey County Council is the second council in England to have been awarded the Golden Pledge by the World Wildlife Fund recognising our commitment to sustainable timber purchasing as part of their 'What Wood You Choose' campaign. The award was presented in 2014. Find out more on how we achieved this.

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