19 August 2014
Telereal Trillium are delighted to be selected as a finalist in the ’Buy Social’ – Market Builder category for the 2014 Social Enterprise UK Awards.
The Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. The Market Builder category is designed to identify social enterprises, public sector bodies and private sector organisations that have demonstrably made efforts within their own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.
Commenting on the shortlist, Telereal Trillium head of supply chain management Alex Castle said: “We are delighted to be recognised as a contender for this award, acknowledging our commitment and contribution to the growth and inclusion of social enterprises and SMEs in the property and government sectors.”
“We have always aimed at making ethical procurement choices as part of our everyday decision making. However over recent years we have actively focused on supporting wider supplier diversity by increasing our involvement in both of these sectors, as well as promoting the benefits of increasing supplier diversity with our clients.”
Telereal Trillium expanded its involvement in the social enterprise and SME sectors in 2012 as part of an overall aim to grow diversity within its supply chain. An early supporter of the Social Enterprise Mark’s ‘50in250’ campaign in 2012/13 - designed to help corporations buy from certified social enterprises, Telereal Trillium also formed part of the City Action steering group to look at improving access of the social enterprise sector to large corporates and most recently, partook in the development and launch of the Buy Social Directory.
Telereal Trillium has further shared the benefits of increasing supplier diversity with its clients. Alex Castle added: “As a key Government contractor, we have worked with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to raise the percentage of contract expenditure directed to SMEs, and we are very pleased with the result, having increased spend in this area over the last three years from 16% to 22%, at the 2013/2014 financial year end.”
The Social Enterprise Awards have been running for 16 years and aim to celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s social enterprises - businesses which are regenerating communities and changing lives. There were a record number of entries for this year’s awards.
The full shortlist is available on the Social Enterprise UK website.