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Responsible Business and the Tendering Process

Gather is delighted to showcase a series of case studies from the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network highlighting some of the innovative and exciting initiatives being taken forward by the Network.

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust (RLBUHT): Tendering for a New Facilities Contract 

In April 2016, RLBUHT started a new facilities management contract, which includes cleaning, portering and catering. The tender writing was supported by colleagues from the Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network including Liverpool Food People, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), University of Liverpool, LJMU, Liverpool Hope University, and the Soil Association. This included:

  • Support from the CCG, providing guidance on social value and the use of social value within the tender.
  • Support from Liverpool Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator, who collated best practice and facilitated meetings with other support bodies, such as the Soil Association.
  • The three local universities all provided their food & drink policies/strategies, as guidance for the Trust to produce their own.

The tender included excerpts from the CCG Social Value Strategy, ensuring that the Trust was asking for the same outcomes as those required by our commissioners.

Key Outcomes

The catering element of the tender incorporated national best practice, including the Soil Association’s Catering Mark and the (then) new Balanced Scorecard for public sector food procurement. Due to the early inclusion of the Scorecard, the Trust became one of only two national case studies for Defra’s public sector food procurement steering group.

There was national interest in the outcomes of the tender and the Head of Sustainability and Liverpool Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator have since spoken at conferences in Edinburgh, Bremen, Liverpool, Cheshire, London and Copenhagen.

The focus on sustainable food has led to further work, including the writing of a food and drink strategy. The local universities provide examples of their own strategies/policies to support this.

There has also been further collaboration since this initial work, including joint projects on food waste and the Sustainable Fish Cities sign-up.

For more information please contact Ian Stenton, Head of Sustainability, RLBUHT,

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