Our Background

Since the introduction of the Social Value Act in 2012, the Procurement Opportunities in Social Housing programme (P.O.S.H.) has been bringing together housing associations and private sector suppliers through the London Jobs Fair.

The programme has helped link key decision makers from London’s most prominent housing and public sector organisations with new and potential suppliers, as well as strengthening the position of existing suppliers.

How We Work

Run as a partnership, the P.O.S.H programme has helped thousands of job seekers including those in social housing access training and employment, enabling local authorities to deliver social value to their communities.

For new suppliers, the programme has offered unique support to help navigate the complex requirements of the procurement process within the public sector. It gives valuable networking opportunities with procurement professionals, and demonstrates corporate commitment to building social value.

ProcureCo builds on the work of POSH and the London Jobs Fair. It offers an even greater focus for connection, communication and collaboration between the public and private sectors, with a dedicated format to benefit both procurement teams and suppliers.

Selling to the social housing and public sector can be highly complex. The 2012 Social Value Act calls for public sector organisations to consider how to add social, economic and environmental value to the communities they manage through the procurement process. Meeting these requirements in the tendering process can be a challenge for suppliers.

Private sector suppliers are also under their own obligations to demonstrate a contribution to social value and corporate social responsibility.

Procureco and Social Value

As a social enterprise and organiser of ProcureCo, 3D Change CIC reinvest profits back into the community. Attending ProcureCo not only directly supports that social value contribution, but also offers the unique opportunity to strengthen the position of suppliers to public sector procurement functions.

The event can help suppliers build new buying relationships, by meeting and networking with decision makers from an expanding list of housing association partners, along with existing suppliers and partners working at every level in the trade.

Highlighting Your Contribution to Social Value

Attendance at ProcureCo represents not only the day of the event itself, but participation in a much wider programme. The event is only the start of a journey towards strengthening supplier relations, increasing visibility and overall position within the public sector supply chain.

We ask all attendees to make a social value contribution. This can take any form, from a mentoring opportunity to a job vacancy to contributing towards a community project. Contributions will be added to a social value bank, resulting in increased visibility to our social housing and public sector partners.

John Wallace

Director of Procurement, Metropolitan Housing.

John began his career as a laboratory assistant before becoming a qualified master brewer. Having spent 10 years in brewing production, John moved onto various procurement roles in the brewing industry prior to spending 2 years in the food sector working for one of the country’s leading chilled food producers. In 2006, he joined the NHS, being involved in the growth and development of two regional collaborative procurement organisations before moving to Housing and joining Anchor Hanover Trust in 2013. John is currently Procurement Director at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

Antony Silk

Director of Procurement, Optivo.

In a career spanning private practice, local authority, housing co-ops and registered providers, Antony brings over thirty years of experience in the housing sector delivering services focused on customer empowerment, compliance and safety.

As Director of Procurement at Optivo, Antony is energised through creative solutions, the social value proposition and contracting through relationships.  As Board member of SEC, he is an avid supporter of developing future solutions and thinking for the sector.

Open and accessible, Antony is keen to learn what others know and welcomes you contacting him.