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Second Procurement Reference Panel Meeting in the Midlands

The Consortium has facilitated a series of Procurement Reference Panel meetings over the last six years. This informal network provides a quarterly forum for procurement professionals from our membership to meet, help shape our framework development plan; share best practice, discuss current and emerging procurement issues, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Following the success of the Procurement Reference Panel meeting we held in Telford in March, we are planning to organise another meeting to be held on the 6th June. We would like to encourage our membership based in/around the Midlands area which would like to participate in our next meeting to let us know as soon as possible.

There is no obligation to attend regularly and we contact the group in advance for agenda items to ensure the sessions are focused and topical each time.

The last meeting’s agenda covered a range of topics, including:

 

  • Should Housing Associations still be contracting authorities / Are Housing Associations contracting authorities? And subject to the Public Contract regulations?
  • Procurement risks associated with Brexit – The HCA expect housing associations to be able to demonstrate that they have considered this
  • Current projects best practice – members of the panel advised on their current procurement projects with the aim of sharing any best practice, issues or general updates they think the group would find useful.
  • Social Value in procurement and Social Value Toolkit

 

There are only 20 spaces available for the session which is being held on Tuesday, 6th June 2017 at Walsall Housing Group offices (100 Hatherton Street, Walsall, WS1 1AB)

Please forward this information on to any colleagues within your organisation who may be interested in attending.

For more information please contact Nicola Benson on 0191 566 1000 or by email at Nicola.benson@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

Join us at our Drinks Reception at CIH Conference 2017

We are delighted to invite you to our drinks reception which we will be hosting on our stand C40 (the Village) at the CIH Conference and Exhibition 2017.

The drinks reception, which has now become a traditional way of finishing the first day of the biggest housing event in Europe, will start at 4pm on Tuesday, 27th June. All members, partners and friends of the Consortium are welcome to attend and make the most out of this fantastic networking opportunity. Every year for the last six years, the Village has provided a great ‘hub’ to attract large numbers of our members as well as other professionals from the housing world who attend the CIH conference every year.

The drinks reception is well-attended by exhibitors within the Village, other oranisations exhibiting at the conference, members of the Consortium as well as external delegates.

The team would like to thank Retinue Solutions who will be sponsoring this year’s reception.

For further details, please email lynda.redshaw@northern-consortium.org.uk or ring 0191 566 1017

Visit the Village at this year’s CIH Conference and Exhibition

We are pleased to invite members to visit us at our Consortium Procurement Village at this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester (27th – 29th June 2017). The event, held in Manchester Central has been a huge success with exhibitors, visitors and delegates.

 

For the past six years, Consortium Procurement has taken an exhibition stand large enough to accommodate 24 framework partners, and found that it provided an excellent networking platform, and was also extremely positive in generating leads and contacts for Consortium Procurement.   Due to the tremendous success of the Village we have worked again with the event organisers Ocean Media to design what we believe is an unparalleled marketing opportunity for our framework partners and members visiting us for 2017.

The Village provides a great ‘hub’ to attract large numbers of our members who attend the CIH conference every year so why not come along and benefit from this fantastic networking opportunity.

If you would like to receive more information about the Village 2017, please email lynda.redshaw@northern-consortium.org.uk or ring 0191 566 1017

Get your Tenants Online in an Easy and Affordable Way

We have always worked hard to ensure we provide useful services and affordable solutions to our membership to help them cope with the ever-evolving needs of the sector they operate in.

Digital inclusion has become a real need in recent years and we are happy to offer some fantastic opportunities for our members to get their tenants online and therefore help them receive the knowledge and experience they need to live better lives.

We have put an offer in place to allow tenants to get the training, hardware and broadband access they need to be able to get online, address some of the barriers and to access a wide range of products and services. We offer the following courses and services:

  • 6-12 week basic group courses
  • One-to-one in-home tuition
  • Digital champion workshop for staff/volunteers
  • E-learning modules
  • Vital digital (full time telephone and live-chat support line)
  • Equipment
  • Equipment and handling fee
  • Engagement support
  • Evaluation

We have also negotiated exclusive, super-efficient broadband deals in a bid to help our members tackle digital exclusion amongst their tenants in the most effective and financially advantageous way. The latest deals that we have available are:

  • Fast Broadband (introductory offer) – £18.75 a month includes line rental
  • Faster Fibre Broadband (introductory offer) – £25.00 a month includes line rental
  • TV with Fast Broadband – £22.95 a month includes line rental
  • TV Plus with Fast Broadband – £28.50 a month includes line rental

If you would like to receive more information on both offers, please contact us on 0191 566 1000 or email us at solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk