In this podcast, Kevin Hague speaks with Sarah Stone about the fundamentals of social value.
1:46 Why Sarah set up agency Samtaler and her career journey so far
5:10 Why being nice does make you money
5:40 Understanding social value and how to implement it
12:08 The benefits and importance of local recruitment
18:41 Why mapping the supply chain is key for positive social value
Sarah Stone is the Founder and Director of agency Samtaler. Sarah is a senior stakeholder engagement and communications specialist. She is a former Downing Street External Relations Adviser to David Cameron and was assistant to Steve Hilton, the architect of the Big Society.
Sarah is passionate about empowering communities. She founded and ran the world’s first public affairs company for community groups and grassroots campaigners, spending two years advising communities all over Scotland before moving on to found Samtaler. Since 2015 has been working in Scotland to help procurers and suppliers implement the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act.
Before entering politics she spent 10 years working as a senior events and marketing manager and has extensive events, marketing, governmental, policy and public affairs experience and a track record of delivering excellent results on variety of highly successful UK political campaigns.
She regularly consults for Ruth Davidson and advises both public and private sector clients including Local Authorities and multinational blue chip companies.
She works closely with third sector organisations solving social problems across all fields but her area of specialist interest is in creating social value for the military community through defence procurement. She has extensive expertise in the area of defence welfare and plays a senior role advising a number of military charities and social enterprises. She also actively works to champion and empower military spouses and is currently establishing a network of coworking spaces for non-serving members of the military community in military bases all over the UK.
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