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Social Audit Network December 2016

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SAN events

SAN is pleased to announce more Roadshows coming to your area…

Give 2 Gain will host SAN in Stockport on 17th March 2017. The Give2Gain Community is made up of local individuals; local organisations and not for profit businesses and for profit businesses. It has grown out of the Give2Gain Timebank, a local Stockport community Timebank, and maintains the timebank and the Connect Plus network in Stockport. Booking will be via Eventbrite and further details will be released shortly.


Other Road Show events have been confirmed for

  • Coventry
  • Liverpool
  • Bradford / Leeds

And SAN is hoping to run further events in north east England, Buckinghamshire and York.


Further details of our training programme is provided later on in this newsletter.

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SAN Blog

This month, Anne Lythgoe writes a guest blog, with a privileged view from inside the Greater Manchester devolution work, where ‘social value’ and impact is increasingly a part of the way to do business…


‘I believe that Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) can be a framework for accountability and reporting, which, if used to support public procurement, will enable devolution. Despite the current move towards greater control of purchasing by central government in Westminster, SAA can be a way to make devolution work.

Devolution is commonly understood to be the transfer of functions previously exercised by ministers and the national parliament to a subordinate elected body on a geographical basis.

In Greater Manchester (GM), we have been leading the way. Budgets for health and social care, planning and housing, business support and low carbon technologies have been entrusted to sub-regional level by Government.

Furthermore, ‘social value’ is now enshrined in GM-wide Procurement Policy, and the need to maximise spending power for the benefit of local people – to achieve a social, environmental and economic impact – is recognised as a major way to ‘sweat’ public, private and third sector investment for the common good.’


To carry on reading this blog, click at SAN’s wordpress site: 


Our SAN blogs are apparently ‘going down well’ in Australia. SAN Australia members have told us that Pro Bono News is publishing our latest blog piece in their “corporate edition” enews last Wednesday week (it comes out fortnightly) – you can see it at: .

There was an article in same edition along a similar line – see: Three Elements of Great Social Impact Reporting at which SAN members might also find interesting.


A further report from SAN’s newest international member follows later in this newsletter.

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International SAN

Over in Australia, Pro Bono News has also published a blog by Alan Greig of Mercury - Social Accounting in Australia – Re-Building Social Capital -  which you can see at:    .


Mercury and SAN Australia are asking people who are interested in this ‘movement’ now getting underway, to register that interest on the form you can access at:   


Alan Greig has told SAN UK that ‘If we can get the numbers, we are looking to start-up formal ‘practitioner training’ with the support of the Social Accounting Network in the UK – probably in early May next year – kicking off with a webinar on the topic in late February.’


There are many good reasons why SAA will add considerable value to the growth and performance of the social economy in Australia and Mercury sees itself as being at the forefront of this important social development.


SAN Australia - please visit the Mercury website  for more information and contact details.

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SAN training

Places are going fast for our Prove, Improve, Account two-day intensive workshops in social accounting and audit in Liverpool in January and further details can be found at or by emailing


Liverpool: 10th and 11th January 2017, at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB. Please book a place for this training at Eventbrite:


The two day Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop is aimed at people who wish to understand the Four Step social accounting process either in order to facilitate the process with social economy organisations or to use it within their own organisation. The cost will be £375 including a copy of the social accounting and audit guide & CD. (If you already have a manual & CD the cost is £350). The Workshop will go through the Four Step process in detail from the perspective of a facilitator/trainer.


Alan Kay will also be delivering a one-day Social Accounting and Audit workshop in Edinburgh on 28th February. The cost will be £190, including a copy of the SAN Guide Prove, Improve, Account and the venue for this course will be confirmed in the New Year, but will be in central Edinburgh. If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form (free of charge) at Eventbrite:

Once the venue is confirmed, we will ask you to confirm your booking and make payment.


SAN has also formed a new training partnership with Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) and is currently lining up dates with them.

The second Introduction to Social Accounting and Audit Masterclass will be held at GMCVO’s St Thomas Centre on Ardwick Green in Manchester, in February 2017.

Further details and the event registration form can be found from GMCVO at


The Social Enterprise Academy is planning to run Measuring Social Impact days in Scotland.  The dates for these introductory events in social impact measurement have been confirmed as:

  • 21st February 2017 in Bathgate;
  • 14th March 2017 in Aberdeen; and
  • 11th April 2017 in Edinburgh.

Click here for further information.

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Other news

Salford City Council has won the ‘Buy Social’ - Market Builder Award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2016!

This award recognises that Salford City Council has demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises. The criteria were:

•          able to articulate the steps taken to improve the buying environment for social enterprises

•          explain their key aims and objectives in trying to ‘buy social’ in their work

•          explain the technical and cultural challenges that had to be overcome and how they did that.

•          articulate any progress on spend / impact to date


Salford City Council is at the forefront of work to embed social responsibility into local government, and is widely viewed as one of the leading local authorities in its approach to promoting and implementing social value.

Well done to everyone involved.


For more information, go to or


Salford Council has launched a new Social Value and Sustainability Policy which sets out its aspirations around social value


The Council has also told SAN that it will publish its first set of social accounts using the SAN methodology, in the spring of 2017, and it hopes to be the first local authority in Greater Manchester (if not the whole of England) to report annually on the social impact that it creates!


Twine - easy impact management for community businesses

Power to Change wants community businesses to be able to measure their impact and improve – so it has created Twine, an easy impact measurement dashboard. Power to Change is looking for community businesses to trial it in the new year - the first 50 will get free access! Interested community businesses should register to take part in the trial.<>



The FairShares Association—a project backed by Social Enterprise Europe and created by students and lecturers at Sheffield Business School in the UK—has published a FairShares Model to help companies, co-operatives and associations prepare for the transition. It is a model of social enterprise development that has attracted both platform cooperators and EU funders who are keen build a more social economy.

What’s more, it has already been used to reconstitute a privately owned US company called Mass Mosaic as a multi-stakeholder platform coop called AnyShare Society.



NESTA has announced the five latest organisations to receive funding through the Arts Impact Fund, a £7 million fund to support arts and cultural organisations that can show a social, as well as artistic and financial, return. Together, their five new investees will receive £1.93 million of loan finance to support them to become more enterprising and resilient, whether by launching new ventures, developing their asset bases, or creating new revenue streams.


Nesta has also posted a new blog by Tom Symons and Dan Ebanks -


The blog explores how innovations in procurement can change the relationship between procurement and innovation, in turn allowing greater innovation in the delivery of services. It also describes a new approach - Firesouls’ Social Value Exchange, a platform that helps government suppliers win tenders by making a contribution to the community projects that are solving the most pressing local problems -



Third annual HACT social value conference in February 2017 looks to the next generation of social value across the business. Housing Associations are already leading the way in driving and demonstrating social value.  We are starting to collect better data to evidence the value of what we do and becoming increasingly confident in analysing results and using them to guide decisions and investment.

How do we take social value beyond community investment and into other parts of the business? HACT and the Northern Housing Consortium's 3rd Annual Social Value conference will focus on the next generation of social value. Demonstrating how our new- found confidence and techniques in social value can drive transformation across our businesses and communities.

With a combination of plenary sessions and practical and interactive mini masterclasses, sessions will be led by those leading the sector in applying social value in new ways across their business.

This one day conference is being held on the 1 February 2017 in Leeds and tickets are now on sale. We are currently offering an early bird rate of  £179/£199 NHC member/non member delegate rate. The full programme will be available soon. Find out more and book your tickets here.


Social Value UK - SVUK

Jeremy Nichols and Ben Carpenter of Social Value UK (SVUK) has also recently published new blogs...
It would be great to hear your thoughts and have you share them! 

Is your data good enough? by Jeremy Nicholls
Impact management is a state of mind! by Ben Carpenter

SVUK has also sent out a ‘save the date invite’ for Social Value Matters 2017. This conference will focus on the worlds’ challenges and how we can address these through amplifying stakeholder voices to inspire change and maximise social value. We will be sharing experiences of what’s worked, collaborating to form best practice and learning how we can more effectively lobby for policy changes.

Date: 10 & 11th April 2016
Time: Full days
Location: Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
More information:
Tickets: EARLY BIRD OFFER - £130 for members, £150 for non members.

SVUK has also published a new social value case study from Watford Borough Council on procuring for social value. It is available on the case studies page and for download here.

The SVUK training programme is available at



Social Enterprise UK - SEUK

Social Enterprise UK has announced the 2017 Social Value Summit

When? February 8th 2017

Where? Institution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, Embankment, London


Now in its 4th year, the Social Value Summit is the leading event in its field, attracting over 300 leaders from across the private, public and social sectors. It is organised by Social Enterprise UK & Interserve, supported by Business in the Community.


This year, the event will have three main themes:

-          Social value as a route to a more inclusive economy

-          The social value of infrastructure

-          Social value for business: productivity, markets and supply chains

For attendees, the Summit will deliver:

-          Leading expertise in the field of social value measurement & reporting

-          Up-to—the minute information and intelligence on good practice

-          Practical advice and take-aways on what to do in your organisation

-          Dialogue and debate on key issues from high quality speakers

-          Leaders from across sectors in attendance

-          Excellent networking


An outline agenda with workshop themes is below.






Cabinet Office / DCMS

The Advisory Panel to the Mission-led Business Review has today published its report into mission-led businesses across the UK.

The Panel was set-up earlier this year by Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP. Drawing on views gathered from the Call for Evidence and roundtables across the country, the report recommends that social purpose be embedded at the heart of modern business.

The report sets out ten recommendations for government and business to spur the growth of mission-led businesses over the next decade.

In addition:

  • The Minister for Civil Society has published an open letter to the Advisory Panel outlining current government initiatives in this area.
  • DCMS and Big Society Capital have published joint research estimating the number of mission-led businesses across the UK. 

Thank you for the role you have played in contributing to this work. We look forward to continuing to work with you and encourage you to share the report and its findings with your networks.

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Contacts and Coordinators

North East England

Julie Gowland

South East

Barbara Beaton

South Central England

Dave Furze

North West England

Liz Brooks Allen and Anne Lythgoe

West Midlands and East Midlands

Iftikar Karim (until June 2016) and Sean Smith

Yorkshire and Humber

Bernie Speight

South West England

Helen Vines

Northern Ireland

Peter MacCafferty