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Conducted in April and May this year, Fusion21’s Procurement Trends Report, representing the views of 100 procurement professionals from 92 organisations in the housing, local authority, education, blue light and health sectors, finds that 39% of procurement managers, directors and supply chain officers prioritise skills and employment outcomes when seeking to achieve social value through their procurement activity. Meanwhile, 30% prioritise local economy benefits. And almost two-thirds (64%) of UK public procurement professionals say social value has become more important over the last 12 months. The realisation that delivering social value as a priority over lowest price – even when feeling under pressure to do so – is becoming more prevalent, but in reality, while 39% said quality was an “extremely important” consideration during procurement activity, a larger proportion (47%) identified cost savings as being the most significant. Read more from the findings here on pbctoday and here on InsideHousing.

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