Consortium Procurement exploring Personal Protective Equipment framework

Health and Safety is a very important aspect of our working lives: “It is a requirement of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 that employers may make appropriate PPE clothing and equipment available to employees exposed to health and safety hazards”.

To enhance our product portfolio and improve our services to members, the Northern Housing Consortium/Consortium Procurement is considering creating a procurement framework based upon the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include clothing and corporate wear. It is anticipated that this will provide all members with a choice of one-stop-shop(s) within their own geographic area, for the provision of all PPE to include protection for eyes, ears, head, feet, body, wet, dry, and corporate clothing as well as first aid, “slips trips and falls” and respiratory equipment.

It would be a valuable contribution if we can ask our members (notably those involved in procurement) to advise of your possible interest in accessing such a framework and to send us an estimate of your total expenditure on such product – it is likely that financial accounting teams could identify annual expenditure against relative suppliers which when totalled will give the detail which we need for our exercise; please forward to mark.cant@consortiumprocurement.org.uk. Alternatively if you would like an informal discussion please contact Mark Cant on 0191 566 1033.

New kitchen framework launched by LHC

LHC, a collaborative partner of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), has launched its new pre-tendered kitchen framework for public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Manufacture, Supply and Delivery of Kitchen Cabinets, Worktops, and Associated Products framework provides organisations with a comprehensive range of options to suit all quality and budget requirements.

The four ranges include entry level options and a range of units designed for properties where tenants have disabilities.

All products meet British and European Standards and have received the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) Gold Award certification.

The new OJEU compliant arrangement can be used in conjunction with LHC’s Whole House Refurbishment framework where the installation of kitchens is required through a framework.

Six companies have been appointed to the framework with at least four available in each of LHC’s 14 areas across Great Britain.

John Skivington, Director, commented: “The manufacture and supply of kitchen units has been one of LHC’s most successful arrangements over the last 40 years, evolving with each edition to take into account the changing needs of the market. In this latest edition – K5 – the quality specifications and price structures have been designed to meet the broad range of requirements of social landlords.

“The framework is complemented by LHC’s technical support and customer service resource available to all users. We believe this framework will be a very popular choice.”

To find out more about the NHC frameworks available visit www.northern-consortium.org.uk/livesolutions.

Is asbestos management a problem for you?

Did you know that asbestos was used extensively as a building material right up until the 1980s? This means that many properties still contain asbestos, which can cause a real problem for local authorities and housing providers.

With this in mind Consortium Procurement developed a framework agreement with 13 quality UKAS provided suppliers appointed across the UK to deliver asbestos management and removal services.

Since its launch over 25 organisations have benefited and accessed the framework and £4 million has been spent – delivering savings of 15% to customers.

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you manage your asbestos please contact the Business Development Team on 0191 566 1000 or solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

Tenants’ insurance framework provides a lifeline for Your Homes Newcastle residents

It’s not until we need to claim on our insurance that we really appreciate it.

This was the case for many Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) tenants, when disaster struck in 2012 resulting in hundreds of flooded houses.

Uninsured, the impact and cost to tenants would have been great. But, thanks to the team at YHN, many tenants were able to replace the contents of their home as they were covered by Simple Household Contents Insurance, a framework provided by Consortium Procurement – part of the Northern Housing Consortium.

Maureen Grainger, Income Manager at Your Homes Newcastle, said: “That year really brought it home to us how important this framework is. We’ve been customers for years and had never seen flooding like it before.

“Many of our tenants had to claim that year and ordinarily that would have meant an increase in premiums. However, due to the buying power behind being part of Consortium Procurement, the costs were offset against the other 80 members who access the framework – so the risk was spread.”

The tenants’ contents insurance framework offers a flexible insurance policy for your tenants: there’s no excess, and flexible payment options are available – including ways to pay for those who don’t have a bank account.

To find out more about how the tenants’ content insurance framework can help you, contact a member of the Consortium Procurement team on 0191 566 1000, emailsolutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk or visit www.consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

LHC launches PVC-U framework for new four year period

LHC, a collaborative partner of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), has launched the latest version of its popular PVC-U windows and doors replacement framework for local authorities, housing associations, schools, community buildings, and other public sector bodies.

In its ninth iteration, the PVC-U Window and Door Products (U9) supply and installation framework has been refreshed to take changing market requirements into account. Ten companies have been appointed across 14 areas in England, Wales, and Scotland.

Offering a range of styles using high performance profile, colours, and patterns, all products are CE Marked and conform to the appropriate British Standards. Enhanced security options, in line with PAS 24 and Secured by Design, are also available.

Companies appointed to the framework through LHC’s stringent, OJEU compliant tender process, have demonstrated experience of working in public sector properties. All companies offer a full survey and installation service including programming and resident liaison.

John Skivington, Director of LHC, commented: “We are pleased to be launching the latest PVC-U Window and Door Products framework which we know is extremely popular with our customers.

“We again have a versatile range of companies that meet our rigorous tendering process that focuses on compliancy, quality, efficiency and sustainability. We expect this framework to be extremely popular again.

“The framework also ensures that we continue to deliver a full portfolio of window and door framework arrangements, including timber and aluminum, providing customers with a one-stop-shop for their refurbishment requirements.”

See more at: http://www.lhc.gov.uk/News/August14/PVCU-Window_Doors_Framework/#sthash.uIDwDgZL.dpuf

To find out more about the NHC frameworks visit www.northern-consortium.org.uk/livesolutions.

Passenger Lifts framework

Lot 1: Installation and Refurbishment
Lot 2: Maintenance, Servicing and Repair
Lot 3: Consultancy

This is due to be published via OJEU at the end of August for PQQ expressions of interest.

We are looking for large, medium and small organisations from all of the UK to bid to become part of this framework. We know that having local suppliers on a framework is a key objective for most housing associations and local authorities therefore we need your help to advertise this opportunity to your local supply chain.

We will be updating our website throughout the process, if you could please direct your supply chain to our Consortium Procurement website page they will find the most up-to-date information and instruction on how to bid.

We will be using the Delta e-sourcing portal to run the tender exercise and we would encourage all interested suppliers to register on this system. If you would like to discuss the framework in detail please contact Louise Chase atlouise.chase@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

Consortium Procurement and LHC launch improved frameworks

The partnership between Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) and LHC continues to drive commercial benefits for members and has added two new collaborative frameworks to its portfolio.

The joint venture is pleased to announce the launch of its updated kitchens and vacant property frameworks.

Replacing the previous kitchen supply framework, the new Manufacture, Supply and Delivery of Kitchen Cabinets and Worktops and Associated Products framework has been launched in 12 areas across England and Wales. The framework will allow NHC members to have access to a range of products that meet a variety of different requirements.

The Vacant Property Protection and Associated Services framework has been developed to include a number of new services including pre-let cleaning, garden maintenance, and deep cleaning. The framework also includes inspection and clearance services and protection methods such as screens, fencing, alarm systems and CCTV.

Clive Feeney, divisional manager for LHC, said: “We are pleased to announce these two new frameworks, which are truly collaborative and have been delivered following engagement with the membership of both organisations. These frameworks reflect the strategic objective of the partnership to deliver social benefits and value for money to members.

“Unique to the market, these frameworks respond to the commercial and compliance requirements of housing providers, delivering value in an ever changing social and regulatory landscape.”

For further information or to arrange an appointment to discuss these frameworks in more detail please contact solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

Bid now for Cirrus and CarelineUK’s LEGO stadium

Cirrus and CarelineUK were delighted to exhibit at the Consortium Procurement Village at the recent Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) event on 24-26 June at Manchester Central. Those who were able to visit us may have seen this LEGO stadium displayed on our stand.

The LEGO stadium

The LEGO stadium

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In support of our charity partner the Fire Fighters’ Charity – the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel, and their families – we are looking to hold a silent auction of the stadium.

How do I take part?

To take part in the silent auction, you will need to submit your bid to elaine.holley@cirruscom.co.uk, clearly detailing the bid amount, your name and a contact telephone number. The highest successful bidder will then be contacted within a week of the closing date.

Please remember that this is for charity and that the stadium is worth over £150!

Terms and conditions apply and are available on request. Contact elaine.holley@cirruscom.co.uk for further information.