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24th February 2021

NEPO Highly Commended at National Social Value Awards

NEPO has been highly commended in the ‘Embedding Social Value in a Procurement Process’ category at the National Social Value Awards 2021.

The National Social Value Awards took place as part of the National Social Value Conference held 23 and 24 February 2021. The event celebrated innovation, leadership and best practice across the UK.

The highly commended award entry focussed on NEPO’s procurement of a water retail services solution for the UK public sector. Following a compliant process, NEPO appointed Durham-based Wave as the sole supplier of NEPO311 Water Retail Services. In addition to monetary savings, a robust SLA and ambitious water efficiency measures, NEPO and Wave’s partnership will deliver several far-reaching commitments to create real social value within the North East. These commitments are measurable against the National TOMs framework, ensuring that tangible additional value is achieved.

Nicola Shelley, Managing Director at NEPO, said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised in this highly regarded national award, especially given the outstanding competition that we faced.

The procurement of NEPO311 Water Retail Services was informed by insight from industry experts and contracting authorities, resulting in a water retail services solution that drives efficiencies and secures social value benefits.

NEPO is committed to ensuring that all procurement activity delivers value beyond the goods and services we buy. Our success at the National Social Value Awards is testament to the strength of this approach.”


Commencing from 1 April 2021, NEPO311 Water Retail Services is available for use by the UK public sector. Visit the NEPO website to find out more and request further information.