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Event Details

Spending Socially Symposium

Monday, 15th of June 2015 (10:00 – 16:00) @ ILAS NUI Galway

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy, The Community Knowledge Initiative and Employability Galway

In association with The Institute for Lifecourse and Society:

Spending Socially - Achieving Social Value Through Public Procurement

All Welcome

This event will bring together, for the first time in Ireland, a unique range of experts in the fields of public procurement and social economy. The aim is to explore the potential uses of social clauses in public contracts and to encourage a discussion on the social benefits that can be achieved through targeted government spending. This will support capacity building with respect to tendering processes, in particular for those interested in promoting social enterprises that focus on creating employment opportunities for marginalised groups.

SPEAKERS will include members from the Office for Government Procurement, the Stategic Investment Board, (NI), the NOW Project, (NI), and the 'Ready for Business' Organisation, (Scotland), and many more experts.

Together we will explore the procurement landscape in Ireland with a view to understanding how social enterprises could be supported to offer their services and bid for tenders.

The Conference report will be presented to Minister Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 25th June 2015.


Date: Monday, 15th June 2015

Time: 10am - 4pm (a buffet lunch will be served)

Venue: Institute for Lifecourse and Society, North Campus, NUI Galway