Place Category: Employment
Fusion21 is a social economy business which promotes collaboration to save money and create jobs.
We improve lives and communities through our approach to procurement, employment and training.Working nationally the Fusion21 supply chain helps to deliver our clients capital and cyclical procurement works programmes, we create sustainable jobs for local people and also generate cashable savings.
Since 2002 when Fusion21 began, we have gained national recognition to our approach to collaborative procurement, training and employment.Delivering £25m of cashable efficiency savings, as well as many non-cashable benefits, creating 854 permanent jobs, generating an estimated financial benefit to Merseyside boroughs in excess of £30m, through regular paid work and reductions in benefit claims, winning the first ever Housing Corporation Gold Award for ‘Innovation In Procurement’ 2006 Winner of Women in Construction Awards 2008 ‘Best Training Scheme’ Winner of Women in Construction Awards 2009 ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ Winner of Homes and Communites Agency Awards 2010 ‘Investing In Skills’Winner of Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011 ‘ Boosting a Local Economy’Our aim is to help create the conditions where it is easier to deliver efficiency savings, to control costs, to create jobs, to train people and to share best practice.
We work by collaborating with clients, residents, contractors and suppliers delivering a wide range of planned maintenance programmes, skills training courses and commissioned consultancy projects.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated June 2017
1) Funding projects for the benefit of local communities
Fusion21 has funded a variety of projects that have benefitted our members and the communities we work within.
Basic detail is highlighted within the below supporting evidence provided:
2) Delivering social value
Over the last three years Fusion21 has directly funded, enabled, put conditions in place or worked in partnership to deliver a variety of social outcomes within our projects.
Examples of this include:
- Social Value in the Planning System
- Fusion21 supports local authorities, developers and contractors to implement target requirements – and secure training and employment opportunities through a series of interventions linked directly to public planning and procurement processes
- Social Value through Public Sector Procurement
By embedding our social value methodology (e.g. clauses and targets) to projects procured through our service offer, we ensure that apprenticeship, trainee and employment activities are created dependent on the value of the contract.
Social Value through Reducing Reoffending
As a deliverer of Construction Skills training (CITB & C&G) to HMP Liverpool and HMP Haverigg inmates -we help to equip offenders with construction skills and qualifications to improve their chances of securing employment and training opportunities upon release. As part of our approach, we self fund a ‘Through the Gates’ initiative to support recently released ex-offenders to obtain additional skills, qualifications, tools and/or materials needed to find employment.
Social Value through Training
Fusion21 delivers training from our head office in Knowsley including in-house CITB, Health and Safety and CSCS card training, responding to the needs of our members and contractors. Our training offer ensures contractors are compliant and we also support our housing association members to up-skill their residents – running courses that aim to remove barriers to employment.
Social Value Consultancy
Delivering on behalf of site contractor Balfour Beatty on their prestigious £80 million Barons Quay Development in Cheshire, Fusion21 provided social value consultancy and ensured a variety of KPIs were delivered for the community and local businesses.
In addition, Fusion21 has delivered two programmes – ‘Nurture and Grow’ and ‘Back on Track’ - for investment charity One Ark, part of the First Ark Group. These programmes supported local SME’s to grow their businesses whilst creating funded employment opportunities for local residents.
3) Social impact of activities
The chart below highlights the social impact generated for Fusion21 members and their communities: