Following The Public Services (Social Value) Act coming into force in 2013, health, social care and public services providers are under increasing pressure to prove that they are creating social value.
With local authorities and commissioners being encouraged and incentivised to consider providers based on social value created, rather than on pure cost, this presents an opportunity for accredited social enterprises to stand out as proven creators of social value.
By becoming an accredited social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark, health and social care providers can prove they operate with the central aim of using income and profits to maximise their positive social impact. In the face of NHS transformations, the social enterprise business model offers a platform which enables providers to deliver more whilst strengthening the business and increasing social value.
Social Enterprise Mark accreditation is proof that a social enterprise is making a real difference, and is valuable in demonstrating social value to commissioners when bidding for public service contracts.