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Buy Social - what you need to know

Member Events
Date: 25th February 2021 | Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm


CEF has partnered with the Strategic Investment Board to deliver this seminar which is designed to give a detailed knowledge of the Buy Social Approach for Construction for contractors who are delivering construction contracts for public bodies.  


Buy Social is a way to maximise the benefits from public procurement in terms of personal well-being, social cohesion and inclusion, equal opportunities and sustainable development and is the policy of the Northern Ireland Executive.  In 2015 the Procurement Board agreed the Strategic Review of Social Clauses and the Buy Social Construction model for implementation from April 2016.  From this date onwards, the Buy Social requirements are to be used in procurement above £2m for buildings contracts and above £4m for civil engineering contracts.

This seminar will cover:

  • The policy framework for Buy Social
  • Buy Social Construction model
  • Criteria for New Entrant Trainee eligibility
  • Reporting on delivery against Buy Social targets.
  • Support available for contractors.
  • Future developments

Speaker - Esther Barnes, Social Value Advisor, Strategic Investment Board:  Esther works closely with Government Departments and the Construction Industry to deliver the Buy Social Approach for Construction.  Having worked for several years within the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland team within SIB, Esther also runs the Executive’s Delivery Tracking System and publishes the quarterly Construction Procurement Pipeline for Northern Ireland to the industry. 



  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group
  • JP Corry
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks
  • Willis Towers Watson