Business Support

Growth Hub Training & Events

We run a number of free workshops on a range of topics, at different venues around the county and throughout the year.

Here are the details of the latest events for your diary:

Social value Advisory Sessions – Repeat

Date: Monday, 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th February, 2022
Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Delivered online through Zoom

Workshop details:

As of 1st January 2021 all central government departments were required to embed Social Value weighting within tender criteria, for any purchases over OJEU. This means that if you want to do work with the public sector, you’ll be asked what social value you’re going to deliver as part of your contract.  And then you’ll be measured on this delivery.

There’s nothing fluffy about Social Value.  It might be about doing ‘good stuff’, but there’s a clear methodology to applying it within contract delivery, and at a minimum weighting of 10% (and in some cases 20-30%) it’s becoming something that can make or break you winning a contract.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub in partnership with Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster are running a series of four advice sessions covering:

  1. What is Social Value? We’ll look at legislation, methodology, terminology, what Social Value is and what it isn’t.
  2. What’s the Social Value Model? We’ll look at the methodology from government in detail and understand what it means for business.
  3. What are Indicators? We’ll look at the practical ‘doing’ and share ideas that you can apply in your business.
  4. How to design an In-tender Social Value Response. No you can’t just skip to this session, you need to understand the rest of it. Yes. Really.

By the end of the course you’ll understand how public procurers are thinking. You’ll understand what they are asking for and why. You’ll be able to design a Social Value Delivery Plan for any of your contracts, and write your own policy for that matter. You’ll understand how indicators work if anyone ever throws the TOMs at you.  You’ll feel competent and confident in responding to anything asked of you by commissioners, and most importantly you can impress your colleagues by referring to procurement policies by their reference number.

You will need to attend all four sessions, with places limited to one per business. There are places available to any B2B business either already contracting with the public sector, or seeking to do business with the public sector in the near future.


Eligibility criteria do apply and we can only offer one place per business. To find out more or to book onto any of the above courses please email or