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EEM March for Men raises £885 for Prostate Cancer UK

July 10th, 2019 by

On Sunday 23rd June, Rebecca and Brogan from EEM braved the 5k ‘March for Men’ with their families to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, one of the charities EEM members nominated for us to support in 2019.

Thank you to everyone who donated via the Justgiving page to raise an amazing total of £885! This donation follows on from the £22,000 raised for Prostate Cancer UK at the Building Communities Awards 2019.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Their top priority is funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men. They are investing millions to find better treatments and better tests that can spot fast-growing cancers early, and could be used in a screening programme to save thousands of lives.

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Domestic and Commercial White Goods – Supply and Installation

July 10th, 2019 by

EEM Ltd is now looking for Suppliers and Installers of White Goods ready for the launch of our brand new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) will be available for use by EEM members from 5th August 2019.

Interested contractors should register and apply at www.portal.geometrasystems.co.uk/dps

 

During the course of the DPS we will be looking for Suppliers to carry out at least one sub-category of the following work streams:

Domestic White Goods
Domestic appliances in terms of this DPS is, an in-home appliance used for routine housekeeping tasks such as cooking, washing laundry, or food preservation. This category will be used by Members that provide fully furnished New Build properties or who offer furniture/appliance packages to tenants when taking out a new tenancy or following large scale refurbishment projects.

• Supply Only
• Supply and Installation
• Service and Maintenance
• Recycling Services
• Delivery

Commercial and Semi-Commercial White Goods
For the purposes of this DPS, commercial appliances are considered as machines that are used in non-domestic environments; such as catering facilities, working areas or communal washing. Semi-commercial goods as alternative solutions that are stronger, faster and have a higher durability than standard domestic appliances. This category will be used by Members who provide appliances to sheltered schemes, extra care schemes, communal facilities and commercial property such as office accommodation, leisure centres, university buildings, hospitals etc.

• Supply Only
• Supply and Installation
• Service and Maintenance
• Recycling Services
• Dosing and Detergents
• Delivery

 

The tender documents also detail the specification under the following headers

Management of the Works

  • Service Management

Customer Care

  • Customer Care
  • Delivery and Access (Domestic Occupied Properties)
  • Project Liaison
  • Safeguarding

General Requirements

  • Access and Identity Cards
  • Site Rules
  • Licences, Permits and Trade Organisations
  • Accident Reporting
  • Health & Safety
  • Asbestos
  • General Data Protection Regulations
  • Out of Hours

Contractual Requirements

  • Contract Conditions
  • Pricing

Experience, Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Required Accreditations for Suppliers
  • Regulations and Standards

Service Level Requirements

  • General Service Requirements
  • DPS Management Service Levels
  • Performance Monitoring

 

If you have any questions about applying to be be a supplier or you are interesting in using this DPS, please email brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395601.

 

 

 

 

Ongo Homes

July 4th, 2019 by
Ongo

Ongo are the largest housing provider in North Lincolnshire and neighbouring areas, offering quality, affordable homes for rent and sale.

www.ongo.co.uk

Hillcrest School & Sixth Form Centre

July 4th, 2019 by
Hillcrest

Hillcrest aim to provide each student with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in both academic and social terms.

hillcrest.bham.sch.uk

Multipanel is reducing refurbishment and maintenance costs for social housing providers

June 20th, 2019 by

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Housing associations face many challenges including regulatory frameworks, the need for more housing stock, faster construction and maintenance, tight budgets as well as a duty to accommodate those requiring increased accessibility. Multipanel wall panels, flooring and ceilings improve speed of build and help reduce maintenance and vacancy downtime, whilst saving costs in time and materials.

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Benefits of Multipanel for housing managers

  • Wall panels are up to three times quicker to install than traditional tiles
  • Reduced costs both in materials and installation times
  • Multipanel walls, floors and ceilings fitted in 24 hours, rather than 3-5 days when using tiles
  • Multipanel panels can be fitted straight onto timber framework or over existing tiles and no need to wait for specialist trades on-site
  • Perfect for refurbishment of voids
  • No need for grout and simple to clean
  • Are supplied on a just-in-time basis to suit refurbishment programmes
  • FSC accredited and Made in Britain.

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Adding value

Like the majority new build projects within Bolsover Council properties, Multipanel waterproof wall panels have been specified for the bathroom fit-outs. “This is because the panels are very easy to install” says site manager, Paul Pygall, “Housing Managers like them because they are easy to clean and virtually maintenance free. Specifiers love them because they can choose from a wide range of colours and textures to suit different types of project.”

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Forward thinking

According to the Centre for Better Ageing1, 96% of us will continue to live in mainstream housing in later life. We therefore need to be thinking of the ways in which we maintain, adapt and create homes to make them suitable for inclusive living – homes that are just as appealing to say, an able-bodied person and his family, as they would be to an older person with declining mobility. With no grout and minimal joints, Multipanel is more hygienic and easier to clear for less mobile tenants.

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Let’s talk

To book an appointment with the Multipanel social housing specialists either at Housing 2019 in Manchester on 25th – 27th June (stand C27), or separately, please email michael.dobson@multipanel.co.uk

To find out more about how to purchase Multipanel products through EEM, please email rowena@eem.org.uk or kulraj@eem.org.uk

 

 References

  1. Centre for Better Ageing https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/news/100-year-life-importance-housing

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About Grant Westfield

With a history of innovation spanning 135 years, Grant Westfield is at the forefront in manufacturing Multipanel waterproof wall panels, ceilings and flooring that enable housing professionals to create great looking, practical, waterproof interiors — ones that tenants will enjoy and appreciate. Easy installation & maintenance make our products a clear choice in the social housing sector.

 

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Staffordshire County Council

June 18th, 2019 by
Staffordshire CC

Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders with Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.

www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Moulton School & Science College

June 18th, 2019 by
Moulton

Moulton School and Science College is a popular and successful school serving Moulton and the surrounding villages to the north of Northampton.

With 1400 students, including 220 in the Sixth Form, the school is well placed to ensure continued success for each Moulton student, and for the local community which it serves. Graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2013 and 2017, the school has a tradition of strong academic achievement, set within a context of care and support for each individual, and for the development of the whole child. It is this holistic approach to education, which creates a very special atmosphere and culture within the school, and ensure the school’s continued popularity within the local area.

www.moultonschool.co.uk

E-Act

June 18th, 2019 by
E Act

E-ACT is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Their primary regulator is the Department for Education.

E-ACT believe in creating environments where pupils thrive and an outstanding level of education is taught.

www.e-act.org.uk

EEM appoints new Deputy Chief Executive

June 11th, 2019 by

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Dermody-Simmons as our Deputy Chief Executive, with immediate effect.

The decision comes after a panel of EEM board members conducted a rigorous interview process and recommended her appointment last week. The newly-created role is needed as our Chief Executive, Pete Smith, reduces his working hours with full retirement planned for April 2021.

Rebecca brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role having worked in procurement roles for nearly 20 years. In 2014, she joined the EEM team as Procurement and Operations Manager and was promoted to Head of Operations in 2016. Prior to working at EEM, Rebecca worked at Nottingham City Homes for almost 15 years, initially as an Apprentice Purchasing Officer and most recently as their Procurement Manager. It was at NCH where she achieved the highest level of CIPS qualification, obtaining the highest mark in the country for her age group.

Rebecca is a successful and well-regarded professional who has been instrumental in enabling our company’s growth and success in recent years. Rebecca’s unique insights, proven leadership and deep understanding of public sector will enable her to support Pete and the Board to lead the business successfully into the next phase of our development.

Rebecca says “This is a very exciting time for EEM and I am proud to have been given the opportunity to play an enhanced role within the organisation. EEM has grown significantly in the time I have been here and I look forward to continuing to adapt the business to the ever-changing needs of our membership. I look forward to taking the next step in my development and inspiring the whole team to be the best we can be.”

Pete Smith, EEM Chief Executive added “Rebecca is an absolute cornerstone of EEM and so I’m delighted that she has accepted this new role which is very much deserved and testament to her talent and contributions. We are very fortunate to be able to appoint someone of Rebecca’s calibre.”

Planned changes to the EEM team

This is a time of great change within EEM, which reflects the rapid growth and variation of the membership. Over the next 2 years, we plan to employ an additional 7 members of staff. New roles will include a Head of Procurement, Head of Operations, Support Services Manager, additional Projects and Data Officers and two apprentices.

We are pleased to say Louisa Payne has recently been promoted to Operations Manager from a Projects Officer and Roxy Kern has just successfully completed her apprenticeship to be a Projects Officer. We are proud that we have now seen 3 members of staff complete their apprenticeships to become permanent members of the EEM team.

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Vivid

June 10th, 2019 by
Vivd

Vivid aim to build 800-1,200 good quality affordable homes every year by 2020. As manifested in their strapline “More homes, bright futures”, Vivid seek to invest in the wellbeing of their customers, staff and society.

www.vividhomes.co.uk

Fire Safety Case Study: ABCA Systems / Metropolitan

May 30th, 2019 by

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ABCA are actively looking to engage with EEM members on the active fire safety framework to expand their customer base and ensure the residents of the members are safe in their homes. ABCA can work Nationwide from their 4 strategically placed offices in Newcastle, Manchester, Cambridge and London with a team of 85 engineers supported by a strong and knowledgeable management team.

 

Metropolitan Case Study

Introduction

In 2018 ABCA Systems became the number one fire safety systems national contractor for EEM, a non-profit organisation offering efficiency savings for the public sector, whose current Members include Councils, ALMO’s, Housing Associations, Hospitals, Universities and Emergency Services. As taken from their website “EEM’s priority is to support all Members in their common goal – to provide efficiently delivered and high-quality products and services to the communities they serve.”

Metropolitan Thames Valley is one of the largest housing associations in the UK and a current member of EEM, providing housing at different levels of affordability for 1000’s of people living in London, the South East, the East Midlands and the East of England.

In 2018 Metropolitan were looking for a new fire safety systems contractor to provide maintenance for a range of systems in their properties, in the Midlands and London. They were also looking for a contractor to oversee the ambitious fire alarm system remedials project, whereby over 700 sites were to have their complete fire alarm system upgraded or downgraded based on internally conducted Fire Risk Assessments.

 

Due to ABCA’s experience in successfully managing similarly sized contracts and the recommendation of EEM, ABCA were selected to oversee both the maintenance contract and the fire alarm system remedial project.

 

Maintenance Contract

The maintenance contract started in September 2018, with initial attendances from one of ABCA’s multi-skilled engineers to carry out Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) checks at over 1,300 sites spread throughout the country. It was agreed in the contract for a PPM to be carried out on each of the following systems:

  • Fire Alarm
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Smoke Ventilation
  • Lightning Protection
  • Dry Risers
  • Fire Extinguishers & Blankets

These PPM’s involve detailed testing of the systems, with any faults fixed on site if possible and if not, their details are recorded and sent through to ABCA. ABCA engineers are then booked in for re-attendance with any necessary parts and equipment to repair the faults found and ensure all systems are working correctly.

ABCA were also engaged to perform the statutory non-technical checks which are carried out weekly at 790 sites and monthly at 1079 sites spread throughout the UK. These ensure that all the systems covered in the PPM’s continue to work correctly and allow ABCA to catch any faults or possible faults as early as possible.

 

Fire Alarm System Remedials Project

Upon the awarding of the contract ABCA set up a specialist Install team, headed by our Installs Department Manager, to oversee the smooth running of the project.

Each of the 720 sites involved in the project required an initial survey by a specialist fire alarm system engineer, these surveys were systematically arranged by our Install Co-ordinators. The sites varied greatly in terms of size and scope, with each being carefully considered by our surveyors to ensure the proposed system met British Standards. In a number of instances this was not the case,

Following the initial surveys, the systems were designed wirelessly, to minimise maintenance costs and installation time, to the specifications supplied by Metropolitan Thames Valley. Before the required equipment, parts and labour was arranged in preparation for the actual installation. The installations have been carried out on a region by region basis, ensuring the completion of the project as efficiently as possible.

The contract involved an ABCA surveying each property to ascertain what property type the building was and subsequently designing, installing, commissioning and setting up monitoring for the site as appropriate.

The sites were upgraded using AICO 3000 series products with their Smart link bases and house coding facility for the Grade D systems along with Hyfire wireless fire alarm systems for the Grade A system to ensure minimal disturbance to the residents of the properties.

 

Corrective Repairs

Due to the success of the maintenance contract and the ongoing fire alarm remedials project, in February 2019 Metropolitan extended the boundaries of their contract with ABCA, to include corrective call outs for any faults found by tenants or staff. These call outs involve an ABCA engineer attending any of Metropolitans sites within four hours of a works order being received.

The call outs can be used for all the Fire Safety Systems covered by the maintenance contract and will be fixed on site if possible. If not, the details of the required equipment, parts and labour will be sent to ABCA whereby an urgent quote for the repair work will be issued within 24 hours. These timescale expectations are in place to ensure all systems are fully functional as soon as possible.

ABCA have also handled a number of special requests from Metropolitan Thames Valley during the running of the contract. The housing association run various properties to support disabled tenants who can require specialist electrical systems equipment. Hard of Hearing fire alarm systems have been designed, supplied and installed at multiple properties depending on the requirements of the tenants to ensure their safety in the event of a fire.

 

Get in touch

Any EEM member wishing to utilise the EEM framework for Fire & Intruder Alarms and Fire Protection Equipment (EEM0067) should contact louisa@eem.org.uk or roxy@eem.org.uk for the full specification and pricing.

 

 

Tender Opportunity – Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

May 23rd, 2019 by
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TENDER OPPORTUNITY

EEM is launching a framework for Vehicle Charging Infrastructure which will be accessible to all of our 165 public sector members.

Apply now at https://lnkd.in/gpmtek8!

CLOSING DATE: Friday 19th July 2019

 

This will be split into 5 lots:

1) Consultancy Services

2) Supply Only

3) Supply, Installation and Maintenance

4) Back Office Solutions Only

5) All of the above

 

If you have any questions, please email  or alex@eem.org.uk.

BS 5389 Part 6 2019 update – Tickets for the afternoon session now available!

May 23rd, 2019 by

Due to the tremendous response received for the BS 5839 Part 6 2019 update – What does it mean to you? update CPD session taking place at the EEM offices and hosted by Aico on Wednesday the 5th of June, we have now added an afternoon session taking place from 1pm – 4pm (in addition to the morning session).

If you would like to register to attend the afternoon session, please click here. You are also welcome to join the buffet lunch which will commence from 12pm.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Paul.Cartwright@aico.co.uk or info@eem.org.uk.

Tickets for the afternoon session are limited so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

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Security specialists install free CCTV and alarms for Rhubarb Farm after recent burglaries

May 21st, 2019 by

Security specialists install free CCTV and alarm systems for Rhubarb Farm after recent burglaries

Doncaster based company R&S Security Specialists Ltd has installed high tech surveillance equipment free of charge for horticultural social enterprise Rhubarb Farm to improve their security after two recent burglaries.

R&S Security promptly conducted a full site survey which concluded that a top of the range CCTV system with five security cameras should be promptly installed. The Farm management team now has a 22’’ CCTV monitor installed in the office and the team can view the cameras in real time at any point during the day or night with the system alerting them of any movement on site.

In conjunction with the CCTV system, R&S have installed the very best wireless alarm system on the market, all with smart phone connectivity so they are able to control the alarm system remotely. The installation took place on Thursday 18th April 2019, just in time for the Easter break.

Rhubarb Farm uses a therapeutic organic horticulture model for developing skills, confidence and employability, and for improving health and well-being. Volunteers come from a range of backgrounds such as the unemployed, recovering drug and alcohol misusers, ex-offenders, people with learning disabilities or ill health and even older isolated people and people with dementia.


Richard Sanders, Managing Director at R&S Security, said “It was a pleasure and a privilege to offer our service for this worthwhile organisation. With our supply partner Smith Bros and Mast Digital we were able to provide the latest state of the art security system to protect the Farm. We are also going to offer the Farm ongoing yearly maintenance for free to help them maintain the site security over the next 3 years. In addition we also fitted the very latest Texecom Ricochet security system with Smart phone integration – thank you again to Smith Bros & Texecom for their kind contribution. We also would like to thank the Rhubarb Farm management team and volunteers for their extremely worthwhile help and support to the wider community that need the help they can provide – they are making a huge difference to people’s lives and something R & S Security are proud to be involved with.”


 

Jennie Street, Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm said “R&S Security Specialist’s incredible generosity has been an amazing boost for the Farm.  It will give us peace of mind about our site.  We always struggle financially to keep going, so support like this is absolutely invaluable – we could never have afforded this ourselves, but have longed for a security system for a long time.  A massive Thank You R&S Security for your amazing gift”.


 

How did this project come about?

During the most recent burglary, along with power tools and gardening equipment, a Berlingo vehicle was stolen from the site, which was used for collecting volunteers and bringing them to the farm. Rhubarb Farm also had access to a minibus borrowed from another company, but it was not always available which made things difficult.

With a stroke of luck, only a few days after the theft, Rhubarb Farm were surprised with a new 17-seater minibus at the Building Communities Awards which is an event hosted by not-for-profit procurement consortium EEM Ltd to celebrate achievements in the housing and construction industry.


 

Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM said “Being able to provide Rhubarb Farm with a much-needed minibus to allow them to collect more volunteers and arrange day trips was fantastic. The fact that Smith Bros and R&S wanted to support the enterprise even further with the provision of a new security system is a testament to the impact that Rhubarb Farm makes on everyone who visits. I would like to thank everyone involved in this project.”


 

Electrical distributor Smith Bros. (Caer Conan) Wholesale Ltd donated towards the bus and after meeting the staff and volunteers at the official handover event, their kind-hearted Sales Manager Pete Finch immediately asked R&S if they were able to help with security on site.

Pete said “When we saw the fantastic work the staff at Rhubarb Farm were achieving and the success they were having helping the community – Smith Bros wanted to help and support the charity as much as possible. With our supply partners and amazing customers we knew between us we could make a real difference to the charity. When I called R & S Security and told them about the work at the Farm and what they needed – without a moment’s hesitation they agreed to help – thank you to Richard, Scott and Amanda and their staff  for supporting – what a great company they are. We have also contacted FireAngel – who very kindly are also going to offer Rhubarb Farm their companies support – thank you to Lizzie at FireAngel. Smith Bros have been privileged to have helped Rhubarb Farm and we will always be in the background to support the charity in the future.”

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Corby Borough Council

May 14th, 2019 by
Corby

Corby is a town and Borough in the county of Northamptonshire.

www.corby.gov.uk

New Framework: Facilities Management

May 13th, 2019 by

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We are pleased to announce that we have launched a brand new framework for Facilities Management with an excellent range of suitably experienced contractors to meet your needs.

For the full specification please call 01246 395602 or email roxy@eem.org.uk or louisa@eem.org.uk who will be happy to help.


Framework reference: EEM0069

Duration: 25th Feb 2019 to 24th Feb 2023
It is compliant for call-off contracts to run 2 years after the end date

Contract Notice: Click here
The framework has been split into three lots (Hard, Soft and Total) and these are the successful contractors for each (in ranking order):

 

Lot 1  SOFT FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Grounds Maintenance, Tree Surgery, Gritting and Clearance Service, Cleaning Services, Building Cleaning, External Cleaning, Deep Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Internal and External Window Cleaning, Pest Control, Security Services, Manned Guarding, Patrols – Fixed Guarding, Patrols – Mobile and Reactive Guarding, Key Holding, Lock Up / Open Up of Affected Property, CCTV Monitoring, Condition Surveys, Compliance Plans, Risk and Statutory Inspections.

East Midlands
Clugston Group Ltd
Hi-spec Facilities Support Company

West Midlands
Laker BMS Ltd
Clugston Group Ltd
Hi-spec Facilities Support Company PLC
SSG Support Services Group Ltd

London and the South East
Laker BMS Ltd
Hi-spec Facilities Support Company PLC
SSG Support Services Group Ltd

National Coverage
Norse Commercial Services

 

Lot 2  HARD FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Mechanical and Electrical, Air Conditioning, Air Handling and Heat Recovery Units, Ventilation, Heat Pump and Air Cooled Condensing Units, Lifts, High Voltage and Switchgear Maintenance, Heating and Plumbing, Legionella Monitoring & Control, Expansion/Pressure Vessel & Pumped Water, Booster Sets, Electrical Testing services, Lightning Protection, Re-Lamping, Building Fabric Maintenance and Signage, Fire Detection & Fire Fighting Systems Maintenance, Security Access & Intruder Systems Maintenance, CCTV Systems Service and Maintenance, Statutory Inspections, Handyman Service, Locksmith Service

East Midlands
J Tomlinson
Dodd Group
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Clugston Group Ltd
Bellrock Property and Facilities Management
FES FM Ltd

West Midlands
J Tomlinson
Dodd Group
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Laker BMS Ltd
Clugston Group Ltd
Bellrock Property and Facilities Management

London and the South East
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Laker BMS Ltd
Bellrock Property and Facilities Management

South West
Bellrock Property and Facilities Management

National Coverage
Norse Commercial Services

 

Lot 3  TOTAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
All of the above services listed in lots 1 and 2.

East Midlands
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Clugston Group Ltd

West Midlands
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Laker BMS Ltd
Clugston Group Ltd

London and the South East
Bouygues E&S FM UK Limited
Laker BMS Ltd

National Coverage
ENGIE
Eric Wright FM Limited
Mears Limited
Norse Commercial Services

 

How do I access this framework?
Call-offs from this framework must be by mini-competition rather than direct selection due to the variation in member requirements. Prices obtained in the tender process are indicative figures only.

For the full specification please get in touch with roxy@eem.org.uk or louisa@eem.org.uk who will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

JOB VACANCY: Head of Procurement

May 13th, 2019 by

Job Vacancy

HEAD OF PROCUREMENT

Salary  £44,631 to £46,982 plus Local Government cost of living increases

Contract Permanent contract subject to 3 month probation

Hours Monday to Friday 37 hour flexible working week around the core hours of 9am and 3pm

Annual Leave 27 days rising to 32 after 5 years and 33 after 10 years service

Pension 5% matched pension

Healthcare Healthcare package with access to an exclusive discounts site

 

Due to the continued growth of EEM, we are looking to appoint a new Head of Procurement. If you are an experienced public sector procurement professional then this is a fantastic opportunity to work in the heart of the industry in a thriving and expanding consortium with social value at its heart.

If you think you have what it takes to come and lead our Procurement Team click here to find out more https://bit.ly/2Hgolyi

 

 

 

Two Counties Trust

May 8th, 2019 by
Two counties

Two Counties Trust aim to raise the educational standards and better the life chances of students within the MAT through working in partnership to challenge and support all schools to continually improve.

www.twocountiestrust.co.uk

L&Q Homes

April 24th, 2019 by
L&Q

L&Q is a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses. The L&Q Group houses around 250,000 people in more than 95,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East.

www.lqgroup.org.uk

Mid Devon District Council

April 24th, 2019 by
Mid Devon

Mid Devon is a local government district in Devon, England. Its council is based in Tiverton.

Northamptonshire County Council

April 24th, 2019 by
northampton county council

Northamptonshire archaically known as the County of Northampton, is a county in the East Midlands of England.

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

Wakefield & District Housing

April 24th, 2019 by
wakefield

Wakefield and District Housing Limited manage more than 31,000 homes across Wakefield and invest in new build homes, including commercial properties to rent and solutions for elderly care.

www.wdh.co.uk

Constructing Excellence – Housing Summit

March 12th, 2019 by

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10th April 2019
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, Coventry Rd, Birmingham B26 3QW

The Constructing Excellence Midlands Housing Summit will look at the challenges and opportunities for the housing sector across the Midlands. The speakers will cover innovative solutions to the housing crisis.

AGENDA:

  • 08.30 – Tea/coffee & registration
  • 09.00 – Welcome & Introduction: Andrew Carpenter, CE Midlands
  • 09.40 – Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Baker, Deputy Director, Housing Strategy, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • 10.10 – The business benefits for an affordable housing provider of using BIM – Richard Whittaker, WM Housing/BIM4Housing
  • 10.30 – Innovative solutions from a private housing developer – Oliver Novakovic, Barratt Developments plc
  • 10.50 – Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) – Alan Clucas, Laing O’Rourke
  • 11.10 – Q & A
  • 11.20 – Tea/coffee & networking
  • 11.50 – Development Finance Guide – unlocking funding for SME Developers – John Gillen, NatWest Bank
  • 12.10 – Legal Guide to Offsite – Alan Tate, Michelmores LLP
  • 12.30 – Offsite housing for social landlords – John Skivington, LHC
  • 12.50 – Q & A
  • 13.00 – Lunch & Networking
  • 14.00 – Innovative offsite timber solutions – James Nicholls, Accord Group/LoCal Homes
  • 14.20 – Structural timber solutions – Andrew Goodwin, B & K Structures
  • 14.40 – Q & A
  • 14.50 – Summary of the day Andrew Carpenter

COST TO ATTEND:

  • £50 + VAT for National & Regional Members of Constructing Excellence
  • £75 + VAT for CE Club members
  • £90 + VAT for non-members

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE!

For more information or to speak to the team please call 01743 290001 or email info@cemidlands.org

Minibus donated to horticultural social enterprise Rhubarb Farm

March 12th, 2019 by

Around 80 people lined the streets of the entrance to Rhubarb Farm on Monday 11th March to welcome a new 17 seater minibus donated by EEM with the help of fundraising which took place at the Building Communities Awards and additional donations from 21 generous contractors and material suppliers. The icing on the cake was the personalised registration plates, R400 BRB, donated by Edmundson Electrical.

 

Rhubarb Farm is a horticultural-based environmental social enterprise, based in Langwith, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, providing a service to the unemployed, recovering drug and alcohol misusers, ex-offenders, young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), excluded school students, people with learning disabilities, people with mental and physical ill health, ex service personnel, and people with dementia. They use a therapeutic organic horticulture model for developing skills, confidence and employability, and for improving health and well-being.

 

On Friday 15th February, EEM hosted the fifth annual Building Communities Awards where a sum of £22,000 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK and the remainder of the funds was put towards surprising Rhubarb Farm with this urgently needed minibus.

 

Previously they had occasionally borrowed a minibus from another company, but it was difficult to plan trips due to limited availability.

 

Jennie Street, Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm said “This minibus will really enable us to support more people, and make our logistics much easier.  We will be able to do trips and involve more people as we can use it when we want.” 

“We are all still bowled over by Pete pulling off the plan to get us a minibus, and I’m really still pinching myself that this generosity from so many people was done for the Farm.  We are used to scraping by on very little, and this beautiful bus has been such a boost to everyone.

“We don’t know how to thank EEM and all 22 companies, local authorities and housing associations (their members) whom they procure materials for.

“It was incredible and restored our faith in human nature.”

 

Two days before the Building Communities Awards, Rhubarb Farm were burgled – the office window was smashed, a cash box taken and their Berlingo vehicle stolen from the site, so the minibus couldn’t have come at a better time. To tackle the security issue, EEM electrical materials supplier Smith Bros are working on obtaining a new CCTV system for the farm for free.

 

Other organisations from the EEM supply chain are starting to step forward to support the farm further, such as donations of paint from PPG Architectural Coatings and United Living have agreed to supply pallets to the farm when they need them.

 

Thank you to the following organisations who donated towards the bus:

  • Matthews and Tannert
  • Robert Woodhead
  • Buildbase
  • T&S Heating
  • Vaillant
  • Nationwide Windows & Doors
  • Smith Bros
  • nmcn
  • Cawarden Co
  • J Tomlinson
  • Vinshire Plumbing & Heating
  • Wildgoose Construction
  • Avonside Group
  • Ventro
  • City Plumbing Supplies
  • Neil Shacklock Plumbing & Heating Contractors
  • Edmundson Electrical
  • JM Hill
  • Plumbase
  • Henry Boot
  • Thomas Bow

Special thanks to Bayliss Print (www.baylissprint.co.uk) who provided the minibus stickers for free and to Stag Communications for their support with images and video.

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Hendre Limited

March 12th, 2019 by
hendre and hafod

Hendre Limited is the parent body of a group of organisations that deliver housing, care and support and professional services.

www.hendre.org.uk

Brunel University

February 27th, 2019 by
brunel

In 2016, Brunel celebrated 50 years as a university.  However, their history can be traced back much further to 1798 through our predecessor colleges of Borough Road College, Maria Grey College, Shoreditch College and the West London Institute of Higher Education and as well as through Acton Technical College then Brunel College. Their rise since 1966 has been impressive and their reputation grows year on year.  Now a university of 12,746 students – 3,309 students engaged in postgraduate and research study – their special approach is to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

www.brunel.ac.uk

Richmond Housing Partnership

February 20th, 2019 by
rhp

RHP is a Housing Partnership located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south-west London, England.

www.rhp.org.uk

Maynard Co-operative Housing Association

February 20th, 2019 by
Maynard CHA
Open to all, Maynard Co-operative Housing Association are a voluntary organisation and they reinvest their profits in improving their homes and services.

As a community-based co-op, MCHA are run entirely by and for their tenant members.  Tenant members own and manage their housing collectively – so they are effectively their own landlord. This gives them a high level of control over their homes and their neighbourhood.

www.maynardcoop.org.uk

Ross Walk Housing Co-operative

February 20th, 2019 by
Ross walk

Ross Walk Housing Co-operative is a housing association run by its tenant members in the vibrant heart of Leicester.

www.rosswalkcoop.org.uk

Soho Housing

February 20th, 2019 by
Soho

Soho Housing was set up in the early 1970s by people living in Soho to improve local housing conditions and to ensure that its existing homes were not destroyed by redevelopment. They hoped that, by providing homes in the area at prices local residents could afford, the existing community could be retained and strengthened. More than 40 years later, they are still a financially robust organisation, with plans to continue developing new homes.

www.sohoha.org.uk

Environment Agency

February 20th, 2019 by
enviro ag

The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body, established in 1995 and sponsored by the United Kingdom government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England.

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

Building Communities Awards 2019 – A review!

February 19th, 2019 by

BCA19 Logo with J Tom

On Friday 15th February 2019 we held our 5th annual Building Communities Awards (sponsored by J Tomlinson), this year at the Athena in Leicester. The black tie event was attended by 440 housing and construction professionals who enjoyed a drinks reception, a delicious 3 course meal, the presentation of awards to 12 worthy winners, a charity auction and raffle, late-night kebabs and veggie sausage cobs, a cashless casino and a DJ session from 12am to 3am! It really was a party!

 

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in making the Building Communities Awards 2019 the biggest and best event EEM has ever held.

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists, especially those who were selected as runners up and winners by our independent judges. The complete list of winners is here.

 

An incredible £22,000 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK and another £12,000 was raised for Rhubarb Farm, which we upgraded into a huge surprise for them; a 17 seater minibus which they desperately needed. You can watch the grand reveal video here and you can watch their reaction speech here Videos created by Stag Communications.  Prostate Cancer UK are extremely grateful for the donation they received and Jennie from Rhubarb Farm says the mini-bus reveal was one of the biggest surprises she’s ever had and they are totally blown away by everybody’s support.

 

Thank you to the sponsors who chipped in to help us buy the minibus for Rhubarb Farm: Matthews and Tannert, Robert Woodhead, Buildbase, T&S Heating, Vaillant, Nationwide Windows & Doors, Smith Bros, nmcn, Cawarden Co, Bayliss Print, J Tomlinson, Vinshire, Wildgoose Construction, Avonside Group, Ventro, CPS, Neil Shacklocks, Edmundson Electrical, J M Hill, Plumbase. Henry Boot and Thomas Bow.

 

The link to the photos is here. Please feel free to use these for your websites and social media, using the hashtag #BCAwards19. Please just let me know the photo reference number if you would like it in higher resolution.

 

Thanks again to everyone who supported the night in the form of entries, sponsorship, ticket sales, donations of auction and raffle prizes and of course raffle ticket sales and auction bids.

 

Thank you to all who donated auction and raffle prizes: Stelrad, Plumbase, Sentinel Performance Solutions, Grafton Supply Chain Solutions, Nationwide Windows & Doors, Bell Group, PPG Architectural Coatings, Athena Leicester, Rixonway, Edmundson Electrical, Smith Bros, nmcn, Jewson, Armstrong York, Bristan, Robert Woodhead, JWL Architectural Ironmongers, Rexel, Ideal Boilers, Mira, Nuaire, Sure Group, Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, ABCA Systems, Orbis, Vent-Axia, Neil Shacklocks, Bamford Doors, Worcester Bosch and T&S Heating.

 

Thank you again to our 2019 sponsors:

Headline Sponsor                  J Tomlinson

Social Housing New Build         Baydale Control Systems
Environmental Responsibility European Asbestos Services
Collaborative Working               ADEY Professional Heating Solutions
Distributor of the Year               Marlowe Fire & Security
Employee Development             Fortem
Innovative Product                      Grafton Merchanting GB
Tenant Participation                   Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
Contractor of the Year                Avonside Group
Housing Provider of the Year  Dodd Group
Apprentice of the Year               Matthews & Tannert
Community Impact                     T&S Heating
Project of the Year                       DMW Environmental                         

Brochures                Hodgson Sayers
DJ                                Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation
Glass Awards          Second Element
Table Sponsor         Fortem
Drinks Reception  Kier Group plc
Late night snacks  Robert Woodhead Ltd
Wine on tables       Aico
Host                           Rixonway
Casino                       United Living

 

Cross Keys Homes

January 30th, 2019 by
Cross keys

Cross Keys Homes are the largest social housing landlord in Peterborough, managing more than 11,000 properties and housing around 14% of the city’s population. They’re also growing and moving into new areas, including Huntingdonshire, Milton Keynes, and Bedfordshire.

www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

January 30th, 2019 by
Barnsley

Barnsley is a town in South Yorkshire, England, located halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town centre lies on the west bank of the Dearne Valley.

www.barnsley.gov.uk

 

Extracare Charitable Trust

January 30th, 2019 by
ExtraCare

Extracare Charity Trust currently have more than 3,800 homes within their Housing Schemes and Villages at different locations. These are available to older people in their local area for affordable rent, shared ownership and leasehold sale.

www.extracare.org.uk

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

January 23rd, 2019 by
2gether

2gether provide specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. They are an innovative and forward-thinking organisation, with a real commitment to providing a high-quality service. They were also the first trust in the country to be awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for acute inpatient services, crisis services and psychiatric intensive care services.

www.2gether.nhs.uk

St Albans City & District Council

January 21st, 2019 by
St albans

St Albans City and District is a local authority district in Hertfordshire in the East of England region.

www.stalbans.gov.uk

Royal Holloway University of London

January 21st, 2019 by
Royal Holloway University London

A top 25 UK university, Royal Holloway is pioneering, steeped in history and culture, yet constantly evolving and adapting to the demands of modern higher education.

www.royalholloway.ac.uk

Selwood Housing Group

January 10th, 2019 by
Selwood housing group

Selwood Housing is a not-for-profit housing association with over 6,400 homes for rent at affordable prices in Wiltshire, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

www.selwoodhousing.com

New EEM Board Member: Chris Lambert from North West Leicestershire DC

January 2nd, 2019 by

We are pleased to welcome Chris Lambert, Head of Housing and Property at North West Leicestershire District Council, to the EEM Board.

Chris says “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board of EEM, and am really looking forward to working with a great team to continue the growth and development of the organisation as a leading “not for profit” procurement consortium.  I hope my extensive experience in the social housing sector will allow me to actively support the work of EEM going forwards.”

We look forward to working with Chris going into 2019.

 

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Pioneer Group

December 20th, 2018 by
pioneer

The Pioneer Group is a partnership of people and organisations who have come together to enable people and communities to be the best they can be. They use their years of collective regeneration expertise to help people and communities flourish in an ever-changing social and economic landscape. Working closely with other local partners, service providers and stakeholders, they deliver community-driven, bespoke traditional and non-traditional housing solutions, and essential support services such as youth, family support, health and employment.

www.pioneergroup.org.uk

Building Communities Awards 2019 – The Shortlist!

December 17th, 2018 by

BCA19 Logo with J Tom

 

 

🎵  So here it is… The Building Communities Awards Shortlist 2019!  

 

 We received a record number of entries this year making the decisions of our judges even more difficult than usual.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted.

The Building Communities Awards, sponsored by J Tomlinson, is a black-tie ceremony is taking place on Friday 15th February 2019 at the Athena in Leicester, 6:15pm for a prompt 7:00pm.

If you haven’t already booked your tickets, please do so ASAP as we have already sold 322 tickets and there are only a few tables left. Tickets are priced at £65+VAT and tables seat up to 10 guests. Please email sophia@eem.org.uk to book or for further information.

We are delighted to reveal the 2019 finalists:

Social Housing New Build Sponsored by Baydale Control Systems

  • Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA)
  • Gedling Homes & J Tomlinson Ltd
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • Bolsover District Council & Robert Woodhead Limited

Environmental Responsibility Sponsored by European Asbestos Services

  • Cornerstone (East Anglia) Limited
  • DMW Environmental Ltd
  • Nottingham City Homes

Collaborative Working Sponsored by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • J Tomlinson Ltd & Nottingham City Homes
  • United Living
  • Vinshire Plumbing and Heating

Distributor of the Year Sponsored by Marlowe Fire & Security

  • Bradfords Building Supplies
  • Edmundson Electrical
  • Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS)
  • Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS)

Employee Development Sponsored by Fortem

  • Derby Homes
  • DMW Environmental Ltd
  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Matthews & Tannert Ltd

Innovative Product Sponsored by Grafton Merchanting GB

  • Aico Ltd  Ei3028 Multi-Sensor Heat & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Potterton  IFOS – In Flue Outdoor Sensor
  • Vaillant & Derby Homes aroTHERM air source heat pump
  • Vent-Axia Lo-Carbon Revive

Tenant Participation Sponsored by Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA)
  • One Manchester
  • Trent & Dove Housing

Contractor of the Year Sponsored by Avonside Group

  • ENGIE
  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Property Plus (Housing Plus Group)
  • J Tomlinson Ltd

 

Housing Provider of the Year Sponsored by Dodd Group

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • One Manchester
  • Rykneld Homes

Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Matthews & Tannert

  • Dannielle Baguley – J Tomlinson Ltd
  • Francesca Lausi – United Living
  • Ketan Pearce – Ashfield District Council
  • Siobhan O Hagan – Trent & Dove Housing

Project of the Year Sponsored by DMW Environmental

  • Bolsover District Council & Robert Woodhead Limited
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
  • Vinshire Plumbing and Heating

Community Impact Sponsored by T&S Heating

  • J Tomlinson
  • Trent & Dove Housing
  • Robert Woodhead Limited
  • Orbit

 

Thank you to our other sponsors Hodgson Sayers,   Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation,   Second Element,   Fortem,   Kier,   Aico,   Rixonway   and   United Living

 

For more information please visit www.bc-awards.co.uk

 

Well done everyone and better luck next year to all those who didn’t make the very competitive shortlist this time around.

The 2019 entries were judged by…

Julie Walters – Midlands Area Manager – National Federation of Builders

Steve Hale – Consultant/Director – SMH Housing Consultancy Ltd

Jenny Osbourne – Chief Executive – TPAS

Ian Bates – Sector Forum and Representation Manager – East Midlands Chamber

Pieter Eksteen – Business Training Programmes Manager – East Midlands Chamber

For more information please email sophia@eem.org.uk

Tender Opportunity: Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works

December 10th, 2018 by

EEM is looking for contractors to join the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works.

 

Interested contractors should register and apply at www.portal.geometrasystems.co.uk/dps

This DPS will be ready to use by EEM members from Monday 21st January 2019.

If you have any questions, please email brogan@eem.org. uk or call 01246 395601.

 

Contractors appointed to the DPS will be responsible for ensuring all works are performed in line with all relevant standards and regulations, to ensure high standards of safety and performance throughout the duration of any mini-tender. During the course of the DPS we will be looking for Contractors to carry out at least one sub-category of the following works:

Locksmithing Services
• Supply and Installation Master Key Systems
• Master Key System Repairs
• Emergency Locksmiths
• Key Cutting
• Installation, Repairs and Replacement of Locks

We envisage that the following mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
The contractors appointed to this DPS will be expected to hold industry standard accreditations we have stated a number of these within part B7.1 and 7.2.

Window and Door Repairs and Replacements
• UPVC Window Repairs
• Aluminium Window Repairs
• UPVC/Composite Door Repairs
• Hinges and Mechanism Repairs and Replacements
• Seal Replacement Works
• Window installations (one off works)

We foresee that the mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
The contractors appointed to this DPS will be expected to hold industry standard accreditations we have stated a number of these within Part B7.1 and 7.2.

Glazing Works
• Supply of single- and double-glazing units.
• Supply and Fit of Window Glazing Units
• Supply and Fit of Door Glazing Units
• Glazing Unit Repairs
• Emergency Boarding up Services

We envisage that the mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
All installation work is to be carried out by suitably trained operatives who are FENSA registered, and in accordance with the latest Glass and Glazing Federation best practise and
technical bulletins. All installations and works shall meet current British or European Standards and regulations and all materials shall meet current British or European Standards.
Installation costs must be inclusive of all initial survey and measuring visits.

Associated works
Where necessary, in order to complete the works, elements of surrounding areas may be affected; this may include but is not limited to, removing fixtures and fittings to window and door frames, UPVC and aluminium encasements, brickwork and render. Works will also include for the making good of any damaged or disturbed surfaces including refixing/replacement of any disturbed/damaged areas.

 

If you have any questions, please email brogan@eem.org. uk or call 01246 395601.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notting Hill Genesis

December 5th, 2018 by
Notting Hill Genesis

Notting Hill Genesis are one of the largest housing associations in London and the south-east, providing homes for around 170,000 people in some 55,000 properties across the capital and a further 9,000 in the home counties and East Anglia. They were formed in April 2018 from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association.

www.nhggroup.org.uk

Paradigm Housing

November 30th, 2018 by
paradigm housing

Paradigm is one of the South East’s leading housing providers. They manage over 14,000 homes across 33 different local authorities.

www.paradigmhousing.co.uk

Pathway Housing Solutions

November 30th, 2018 by
Pathway

Pathway are a not for profit organisation, working across the East Midlands. They generate solutions for those in housing need, to ensure that no individual or family is adversely affected by homelessness, poor quality or unaffordable housing.

pathwayhousingsolutions.org.uk

New Framework: Passive Fire Protection

November 21st, 2018 by

EEM has created a framework for Passive Fire Protection in order for members to appoint appropriately registered, fully independent specialists to carry out Passive Fire Protection works.

 

This framework is now live and ready for call offs.

 

*Please click here for the full framework report*

 

SCOPE OF WORKS

The main elements of worked covered by this framework will be:

  • Passive Fire Protection strategy and advice
  • Supply and fit of fire door sets
  • Escape route surveys
  • Compartmentation projects
  • CDM Duties
  • Expert Witness Advice

 

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS & SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTORS

Due to the wide spread locations of EEM Members, the Framework has been split into the following Lots.

Lot 1              East Midlands (Harmony Fire Ltd, Novus Property Solutions and Neo Property Solutions Limited)
Lot 2             West Midlands (Harmony Fire Ltd, Novus Property Solutions and Neo Property Solutions Limited)
Lot 3             South West (Harmony Fire Ltd and Novus Property Solutions)
Lot 4             National Coverage (AirFire Control Ltd, Ventro Ltd and CLC Contractors Limited)

Further information on how to utilise the lotting structure can be obtained from the EEM Team.

 

CALL-OFF OPTIONS

This framework is available for either a direct call-off or mini competition. For a direct call-off we can make contact with your preferred Contractor and arrange for you to meet with them to discuss the opportunity.

If you wanted to re-open the competition (mini competition), then we would send out the initial expression of interest to all applicable Contractors and then you have the choice to either manage the tender process yourself or we can manage it for you.

 

BENEFITS OF USING THE FRAMEWORK

  • Compliancy – This Framework is fully compliant with UK Procurement Regulations and the EU Procurement Directive. We’ve undertaken the procurement work so you don’t have to.
  • Quick & Simple to use – There’s no need to run a full EU tender and EEM will manage the process on your behalf where required
  • Approved Contractors – All Contractors have already been assessed during the framework tender process for their experience, financial stability, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity and working practices
  • Ongoing Support – Members will have ongoing support during the call off contract from both the EEM Procurement Team and Projects Officer. We can attend kick start meetings, review meetings and assist with the completion of the contract documentation.
  • Competitive Pricing – All pricing is fixed for the first agreed period of the Framework and where possible fixed from April to March each year to give certainty within each financial year period. EEM will manage and negotiate all price increases to ensure fair application across our Members

 

ACCESS TO THE FRAMEWORK

 Existing EEM Members can log in to our secure Members Area and download the following documentation:

  • Framework Report
  • Framework Specification
  • Pricing Schedule Template
  • Signed Framework Agreements

 

For more information, please contact Louisa@eem.org.uk or Roxy@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395602

 

 

Building Communities Awards 2019: DEADLINE EXTENSION

November 7th, 2018 by

The Building Communities Awards 2019

Sponsored by J Tomlinson

BCA19 Logo with J Tom

Deadline Extension!

Due to numerous requests, we are extending the deadline for entries in the Building Communities Awards 2019.

You now have until *Friday 16th November 2018* to submit your nominations.

 


BRAND NEW CATEGORIES

The BC Awards 2019 sees the introduction of several new categories. Please click here for an overview of the key points that entrants should cover and terms and conditions.

  • Housing Provider of the Year   Sponsored by Dodd Group
  • Tenant Participation   Sponsored by Sustainable Building Services (UK)
  • Employee Development   Sponsored by Fortem
  • Apprentice of the Year   Sponsored by Matthews & Tannert
  • Community Impact   Sponsored by T&S Heating
  • Social Housing New Build   Sponsored by Baydale Control Systems
  • Environmental Responsibility   Sponsored by European Asbestos Services
  • Collaborative Working   Sponsored by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions
  • Project of the Year   Sponsored by DMW Safety
  • Distributor of the Year   Sponsored by Marlowe Fire & Security
  • Innovative Product   Sponsored by Grafton Merchanting
  • Contractor of the Year   Sponsored by Avonside Group

The awards are free to enter and are open to the entire public sector housing and construction industry, not just the EEM membership and supply chain.

The Building Communities Awards are hosted by EEM Ltd to recognise the professionalism, excellence and innovation sitting at the heart of the region’s construction and housing community.

The BC Awards 2019 is moving to a new venue – the Athena in Leicester – and is set to be the biggest and best EEM event to date.


DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Entry deadline:
 10pm on Friday 16th November 2018 <<New deadline
Shortlist announced: Monday 17th December 2018
Ceremony: Friday 15th February 2019, Athena in Leicester


TICKETS

Tickets to this black-tie event are priced at £65+VAT each and tables seat up to 10 guests. Please email sophia@eem.org.uk to reserve your seats. The ticket price includes a drinks reception, the awards ceremony, charity auction and raffle and evening entertainment followed by a cashless casino.


 

SPONSORSHIP

We are delighted to announce our headline sponsor for 2019 is J Tomlinson

J Tomlinson is a company built on strong foundations, with a substantial heritage and a wealth of experience in delivering integrated building solutions, from design and build through to refurbishment and repair.

Thank you to our other sponsors Baydale Control Systems, European Asbestos Services, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Marlowe Fire & Security, Fortem, Grafton, Sustainable Building Services (UK), Avonside Group, Dodd Group, Matthews & Tannert, DMW Safety, T&S Heating, Hodgson Sayers, Robert Woodhead and Rixonway Kitchens.

There are still a limited amount of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from £1,000 to £1,500.
Please email sophia@eem.org.uk if you would like to be made aware of what is still available.


 

CHARITY FUNDRAISING:  DONATIONS OF PRIZES URGENTLY NEEDED

If you are able to donate a raffle or auction prize for our charity fundraising, please email sophia@eem.org.uk.
Examples of previous donations can be viewed here.

All fundraising and ticket surplus will benefit:

Rhubarb Farm 
An horticultural-based environmental social enterprise, based in Langwith, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, providing a service to the unemployed, recovering drug and alcohol misusers, ex-offenders, young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), excluded school students, people with learning disabilities, people with mental and physical ill health, ex service personnel, and people with dementia. Rhubarb Farm use the therapeutic organic horticulture model for developing skills, confidence and employability, and for improving health and well-being.

Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, Protate Cancer UK hope to stop prostate cancer being a killer.


 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish good luck to all 2019 entrants!

For more information about any of the above, contact sophia@eem.org.uk

Anchor Trust

October 29th, 2018 by
anchor trust

The Anchor Group is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing, care and support to people over 55 years old.

www.anchor.org.uk

North Warwickshire Borough Council

October 29th, 2018 by
North Warwickshire

North Warwickshire is a local government district and borough in Warwickshire, England. The key priorities of the Borough Council are to keep the rural nature of the Borough and to ensure that when entering North Warwickshire, it is clearly defined as being rural, with a high-quality environment. The Council also seeks to tackle the key issues that the Borough faces of health, skills, and access to services and facilities, including affordable housing.

www.northwarks.gov.uk

Open days, factory tours and training

September 24th, 2018 by

🡆   Is there a particular manufacturer’s factory you’d like to visit?

🡆   Is there a procurement, asset management, construction or maintenance subject which you’d like to learn more about?

🡆   Would you benefit from some hands on product training?

 

Since moving into our new premises in Dec 2017 we have held several successful seminars and working groups for the EEM membership as well as factory tours all over the UK.

Our most well attended seminar is our Procurement and Construction Law Update session which is delivered by legal experts Trowers & Hamlins LLP. We envisage to arrange the next session for January

We’re now looking for the input of our membership in order to decide what sort of free events would be most beneficial in the next year.

Please email sophia@eem.org.uk if you have any ideas – we’d love to hear from you.

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Working with other consortia

September 24th, 2018 by

Did you know that EEM now has access to additional frameworks through our Collaboration consortia?

We have now established a formal collaboration between ourselves, Westworks, South East Consortium and Advantage South West. This means that we can now utilise each other’s frameworks and will continue to work together to align our processes and practices where we can to provide the best possible service to our combined membership.

Principles behind what we are trying to do:

  • Use the strengths of each consortia to create robust procurements
  • Share best practice to save time and costs for each consortia and ultimately our Members
  • Remove duplication for Suppliers and Contractors when tendering
  • Allow organisations to seamlessly use framework from across the consortia that best fit their requirements and geographical locations.

 

By being part of the Collaboration, we can now access a range of services that have not traditionally formed part of EEM’s suite of frameworks. These services include:

  • Legal Services
  • Consultancy Services including quantity surveying, stock condition surveys, EPC’s, fire risk assessments and heating consultancy.
  • Total Office Solutions including office supplies, paper, ICT supplies and office furniture

Use of these frameworks will still be managed through the EEM Team as normal but working with the Collaboration is enabling us to further expand our offering and support to Members.


In addition to the above we have also joined with our partner consortia to launch a new Development and Construction DPS. In all, our collective membership currently have over 2 million properties; from housing to commercial to corporate and are constructing new property at an unprecedented rate and as Consortia we need to ensure we are providing a route to market for these projects.

The categories for the DPS are:

  1. Design and build of housing and non-housing developments with 1 to 10 units and projects with value up to £1.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each up to £1.5m
  1. Design and build of housing and non-housing developments with 11 to 40 units and projects with value up to £4.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each from £1.5m to £4.5m
  1. Design and build of housing and non-housing developments with over 40 units and projects with value over £4.5m
  1. Construction and major refurbishment/remodelling of property schemes may include, but are not limited to, the following types of work:
    New build/extension and adaptation schemes within the care environment
    • New build/extension and adaptation schemes for commercial/industrial projects
    • Major and minor adaptations of existing buildings
    • Office refurbishment
    • Refurbishments
    • Regeneration works
    • Structural works

Unlike a framework, a DPS remains open to new suppliers after the initial procurement round. This means that potential suppliers are not “locked out” of the arrangement for four years and also it allows smaller businesses access to works that larger suppliers would struggle to deliver. So, if you are currently working with a Contractor who think might be interested and suitable for one the above categories please get in touch.

 

We are also working on other initiatives within the Collaboration so watch this space for more updates later in the year.

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Supplier Engagement Days

September 24th, 2018 by

Over the next 2 years we have over 20 frameworks to renew, ideas for at least another 5 DPS arrangements and preparation for the renewal of all our materials agreements which expire in 2021. With this in mind we are keen to engage with as many contractors as possible to promote the benefits of securing a place on our framework and dispel any concerns or negativity towards working with consortia and tendering processes.

 

To help us achieve this we held our first Supplier Engagement Day on Wednesday 26th September at our offices which was a huge success with 23 contractors attending to come and talk to us. The day was focussed towards engaging with contractors of all sizes who are wishing to find out more about working with EEM and upcoming opportunities. It was only open to contractors we have not previously worked with.

The EEM Procurement Team were on hand during the day for one to one chats about the opportunities we have coming up, to explain how EEM operates and how we lot our frameworks and to talk contractors through our tendering portal and standard documents. There was also a presentation running throughout the day, FAQ sheets and information about EEM and our tender process for contractors to take away.

Going forward we plan to replicate the supplier engagement day on a monthly basis whereby potential contractors and suppliers will be able to make appointments to meet one of the EEM Procurement Team. Although not yet finalised we may also roll these sessions out to other locations to attract contractors across a range geographical locations so that our frameworks are suitable for our wider membership and geographical spread. We hope to engage with as many potential new contractors as possible.

 

Please see for our procurement activity planned for the next 2 years.

TitleGo live dateExpected Tender Date
EEM0053 – Passive Fire ProtectionNov 2018Out to Tender
EEM0069 – Facilities ManagementDec 2018Out to Tender
DPS0003 – UPVC Repairs, Locksmith Services & GlazingDec 2018Nov 2018
EEM0005 – Decorating MaterialsApr 2019Dec 2018
EEM0064 – Electric Vehicle Charge InfrastructureApr 2019Dec 2018
EEM0056 – Property Improvement WorksJun 2019Jan 2019
EEM0007 – Water TreatmentJul 2019Apr 2019
EEM0057 – Kitchen & Bathrooms
(To be combined with EEM0056)
Aug 2019Jan 2019
EEM0011 – Drainage clearance and CCTV inspectionOct 2019Jun 2019
EEM0033 – Lift ConsultancyFeb 2020Oct 2019
EEM0009 – Electrical Repairs, Rewires & Domestic Periodic ChecksMar 2020Nov 2019
EEM0028 – Re-roofing ServiceMar 2020Nov 2019
EEM0024(1) – Asbestos SurveysApr 2020Dec 2019
EEM0024(2) – Asbestos RemovalApr 2020Dec 2019
EEM0023 – PPE & Site Equipment SuppliesApr 2020Dec 2019
EEM0027 – Out of Hours repair serviceJul 2020Mar 2020
EEM0017 – Roofing Repairs and Asphalt Flooring
(May combine with EEM0028)
Jul 2020Nov 2019
or Mar 2020
EEM0036 – Demolition ServicesAug 2020Apr 2020
EEM0026 – Heating and Hot Water SystemsSep 2020May 2020
EEM0015 – Portable Appliance TestingSep 2020Jun 2020
EEM0025 – Printing, Fulfilment and MailingSep 2020May 2020
EEM0019 – Void Property Cleansing
(May combine with current Void Security EEM0042)
Sep 2020Apr 2020
EEM0022 – Small Plant, Fasteners & FixingsSep 2020Jun 2020

 

If you have any questions, please contact info@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610

 

 

 

 

Free Seminar: Social Housing Green Paper

September 24th, 2018 by

FREE SEMINAR

SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER: What it means for Asset Management

Delivered by legal experts Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Description
The government has promised that proposed reforms of social housing will “re-balance” tenant-landlord relationships and pave the way for stronger communities. Discover the impact this will have on asset management.

Date
Wednesday 10th October 2018

Time
This 45 minute seminar will take place at 10:30am and will be repeated at 1pm.

Location
Taking place at the EEM Showcase at Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Nottingham

Registration
P
lease register at www.eemshowcase2018.eventbrite.co.uk to attend the event / seminar

Who’s invited?
All EEM members and other social housing providers are welcome.

 

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How EEM has achieved GDPR compliancy

September 21st, 2018 by

GDPR Compliancy

Since the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation in May, we have been busy ensuring that everything we do is compliant with the regulation covering both our own operations and also the processing of data through our frameworks and call off contracts.

The tasks undertaken so far are:

  • Trained Rowena Jones (EEM’s Senior Data Analyst)
  • The majority of our Contractors and Suppliers have now signed a GDPR variation to their existing framework agreements
  • Updated our tender documents and future framework agreements to reflect the changes
  • Produced appendices for the standard form of contracts we use to include for GDPR clauses
  • Audit of our Pricebook, Website logins and contact list to ensure we are only holding information for and contacting people we have a lawful basis to do so
  • Written a privacy notice with the link now on the website
  • Reviewed sources of data we have, why and what we do with it
  • Written a GDPR policy
  • Produced a statement to go on all our forms where we are asking for personal data to explain why we need it, the lawful basis and how people can request for removal
  • All staff have completed (and passed!) a GDPR awareness e-learning course
  • Everything we have put in place has been shared with the consortia we work in collaboration with

GDPR is now a standard agenda item at our Team meeting and any concerns or questions raised by EEM team members are raised to Rowena with the decision and action to be taken logged for future reference. This ensures we are taking a consistent approach to how we handle and process any data and it is constantly under review so we can be pro-active to address any issues that arise in relation to GDPR.

 

 

Framework and DPS News

September 21st, 2018 by

 

 


🡆 FRAMEWORKS: COMING SOON

Supply of Electrical Materials (EMC0010)
Currently in the standstill period – due to go live December 2018.

Facilities Management (EEM0069)
This will be a brand new framework for EEM. It will cover all Hard and Soft services such as mechanical and electrical, building maintenance, grounds maintenance and cleaning.
The new framework will be ready to call off in December 2018.
Please contact amy@eem.org.uk if you would like more information.

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EEM0064)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in January 2019 and to be ready to use in April 2019.

Property Improvement Works (EEM0056)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email amy@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in Jan 2019 and to be ready to use in April 2019.
Currently redeveloping the specification to expand the scope and it will be lotted to reflect the varying project sizes and types that are currently going through the framework. EEM0057 Kitchen & Bathroom framework will be incorporated into this new framework. Please note that the existing framework will be in operation until June 2019.

Water Treatment (EEM0007)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in April 2019 and to be ready to use in July 2019.

Decorating Materials (EEM0007)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in April 2019 and to be ready to use in July 2019.

 


🡆 Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS):  READY FOR APPLICATIONS

Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works (DPS0003)
Ready
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email brogan@eem.org.uk


 

 

 

 

£170,000 of Community Donations handed out to EEM members

September 20th, 2018 by

We are proud to announce that we are in the final stages of distributing £170,000 to 80 EEM members via our Community Donation scheme.

This include 33 members who are receiving a donation for the first time which means that we have nearly doubled the number of organisations in receipt of a donation compared with last year.

As a not-for profit organisation, we choose to distribute our operating surplus via this scheme to directly benefit the communities our members serve with donations ranging from £120 right up to £21,658.

 

Over the last 5 years we have distributed £627,941 via our Community Donation scheme as well as a further £91,500 raised for charities through fundraising at our annual Building Communities Awards.

 

The distribution of our community donations formed a large part of our submission for the Community Impact award at the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards in September 2018 which we were extremely proud to have won. Click here to read more and watch our reaction video.

Community donations are calculated based upon the income received for that member. The donations are strictly for the use of supporting the communities members serve and not to support budgets or work that the member should be doing as a right. We had some fantastic examples of where last years donations were spent and have already received updates from members on their intentions for this year’s money. We love hearing about who has benefited so please get in touch if you are receipt of a donation.

Click here to see if your organisation has received a donation this year.

 


 

EEM Donation helps to support people living with dementia

On 15 September 2018, NCHA invited EEM to the opening of a fantastic new facility at Holmfield Day Centre, a purpose-built day centre dedicated to supporting people living with dementia and their families.

The NCHA Community Donation of £2,732 contributed towards their ‘reminiscence village’ which has been designed to provide a passage back in time, to a place that will be easily recognised by those living with dementia. Our Events & Communication Officer (Sophia Cox) attended the open day to represent EEM and we were really pleased to be presented with a certificate in recognition of our contribution.

Sophia said “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the opening of the reminiscence village. When I was there I spoke to users of the facility who regularly travel over an hour to the Day Centre as they just don’t have anything nearby to them which provides a full day out in a safe and fun environment for their parent who lives with dementia. There was a great atmosphere at the opening and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

The reminiscence village is a collaboration between Holmfield Day Centre and neighbouring George Hythe House Care Home, both owned by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA). Click here to read more.

For more examples of how EEM Community Donations have been spent please click here.

Pictured below: The opening of the ‘reminiscence village’ where NCHA chose to spend their Community Donation of £2,732

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Entries now accepted for Building Communities Awards

September 20th, 2018 by

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We are excited to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 5th annual Building Communities Awards

The Building Communities Awards are hosted by EEM Ltd to recognise the professionalism, excellence and innovation sitting at the heart of the region’s construction and housing community.

The BC Awards 2019 is moving to a new venue – the Athena in Leicester – and is set to be the biggest and best EEM event to date.
BRAND NEW CATEGORIES
The BC Awards 2019 sees the introduction of several new categories.

Please click here for an overview of the key points that entrants should cover.

▸ Housing Provider of the Year
▸ Tenant Participation
▸ Employee Development
▸ Apprentice of the Year 
▸ Community Impact 
▸ Social Housing New Build 
▸ Environmental Responsibility
▸ Collaborative Working 
▸ Project of the Year 
▸ Distributor of the Year
▸ Innovative Product
▸ Contractor of the Year 

 

DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Entries accepted: Now!
Entry deadline: 10pm on Friday 9th November 2018
Shortlist announced: Monday 17th December 2018
Ceremony: Friday 15th February 2019, Athena in Leicester

The awards are free to enter and are open to the entire public sector housing and construction industry, not just the EEM membership and supply chain.

 

TICKETS
Tickets are priced at £65+VAT each and tables seat up to 10 guests. Please email sophia@eem.org.uk to reserve your seats. The ticket price includes a drinks reception, the awards ceremony, charity auction and raffle and evening entertainment followed by a cashless casino.

 

SPONSORSHIP
We are delighted to announce our headline sponsor for 2019 is J Tomlinson.

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Other sponsors confirmed so far are:

Baydale Control SystemsEuropean Asbestos ServicesMarlowe Fire & Security
FortemGraftonSustainable Building Services
Avonside Group ServicesDodd GroupMatthews & Tannert
 T&S Heating Hodgson Sayers Fortem
 Robert Woodhead Rixonway 
   

There are still a limited amount of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from £1,000 to £1,500. Please email sophia@eem.org.uk if you would like to find out what is still available.

 

CHARITY FUNDRAISING: DONATIONS OF PRIZES URGENTLY NEEDED
We’re proud that all running surplus from the Building Communities Awards along with the fundraising efforts from the auctions and raffles are presented to charity at the end of the evening.

If you are able to donate a raffle or auction prize, please email sophia@eem.org.uk.

Examples of previous donations can be viewed here.

After putting it out to vote to the EEM membership, two charities have been selected to support at the #BCAwards19

Rhubarb Farm: An horticultural-based environmental social enterprise, based in Langwith, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, providing a service to the unemployed, recovering drug and alcohol misusers, ex-offenders, young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), excluded school students, people with learning disabilities, people with mental and physical ill health, ex service personnel, and people with dementia. Rhubarb Farm use the therapeutic organic horticulture model for developing skills, confidence and employability, and for improving health and well-being.

Prostate Cancer UK: Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, Protate Cancer UK hope to stop prostate cancer being a killer.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish good luck to all 2019 entrants!

 

For more information about any of the above, contact sophia@eem.org.uk

EEM Showcase: Wed 10 October 2018, Nottingham

September 20th, 2018 by

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All public sector organisations are invited to the EEM Showcase which is an exhibition providing a relaxed and friendly opportunity to network with around 80 of the contractors, manufacturers and suppliers available to utilise compliantly through EEM frameworks.
Date               Wednesday 10th October 2018
Time               Doors open between 9am to 4pm
Venue            Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2PX
Lunch            Complimentary buffet lunch and refreshments provided
Admission   Free entry for all public sector organisations.
                         Register for free at www.eemshowcase2018.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

FREE Seminar: Social Housing Green Paper  What it means for Asset Management

Delivered by legal experts Trowers & Hamlins LLP, this 45 minute seminar will take place at 10:30am and will be repeated at 1pm. The government has promised that proposed reforms of social housing will “re-balance” tenant-landlord relationships and pave the way for stronger communities. Discover the impact this will have on asset management.

 

Register for free at www.eemshowcase2018.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

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EEM announced as winner of Community Impact Award

September 10th, 2018 by

EEM Ltd has been announced as the winner of the Community Impact award at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards 2018.

The Derbyshire Business Awards are an opportunity for businesses to come together and celebrate the success happening in the county.  The black tie event took place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Friday 7th September 2018 and was well attended by many local businesses.

For each category, five finalists were chosen by a diverse group of experienced judges, all from local businesses, and from that group of finalists, from which one entry was selected as the overall winner.

In the submission, EEM explained how:

  • Our not-for-profit model allows for all operating surplus to be given away to members in the form of Community Donations with £528,000 given away through this scheme so far. Read about how these donations have been spent here.
  • EEM has established the Building Communities Awards which recognises achievements within the housing and construction industry. All running cost surplus and fundraising that takes place at event is donated to a nominated charity. In the last few years we are proud to have raised £91,500 for a range of charities.
  • We have shown social responsibility by employing 3 apprentices through the East Midlands Chamber, taking the total number of staff to 11. One of these placements has led to a permanent position and the other 2 are also likely to be given the opportunity for a further career within the business.
  • We provide opportunities for smaller, local contractors by splitting many of our frameworks into regional lots.
  • We understand smaller businesses may not have the capacity to undertake repetitive and lengthy applications every time they want to apply for one of our tenders so we have established a system where they can store the details we require so they only have to do certain parts of the application once.
  • Several successful partnerships set up by EEM between housing providers and contractors have led to added values initiatives such as a street clean ups and charity walks.
  • The EEM model enables all our members to raise the standards of social housing as they have access to some of the lowest rates in the country for repairs and maintenance materials and services.
  • Our model means that our smallest member, a charity with only 150 properties, has access to the same material and service prices as our largest member with over 65,000 properties; something they would never be able to achieve alone. These savings mean that our smaller members, particularly charities, can focus their savings on extra initiatives to support their tenants’ needs.

We are delighted to have been selected as the winner of the Community Impact award and we look forward to many more years of having a positive impact on the communities that our members serve.

Click here to watch our reaction to winning!

 

Our very own Brogan Bullimore was also announced as a finalist for the Apprentice of the Year category. 

We put Brogan forward for the Apprentice of the Year 2018 because she’s exceeded the supportive role expected of her and shown incredible enthusiasm and talent enabling her to lead several successful projects.

Brogan has become a valuable asset who has enabled us to move forward to more modern procurement methods to support our membership without affecting the current level of service. The impressive thing about Brogan’s development is that it’s self-driven due to her outstanding initiative and positive attitude and her dedication to the development of herself and the business. It’s been wonderful to see her become confident in her own capabilities. With her only experience in retail, we were all impressed with how quickly she understood the entire business within a very short time of joining the company. It didn’t take long for Brogan to be able to clearly explain complex procurement methods to others with great accuracy.

Brogan is a shining example to all our apprentices of what they can achieve if they are willing to work as hard as she has.

 

For more information on the Derbyshire Business Awards, please visit their website here.

 

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Leeds City Council

September 4th, 2018 by
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Leeds City Council is dedicated to providing housing of the right quality, type, tenure and affordability in the right places, minimising homelessness through a greater focus on prevention and providing the right housing options to support older and vulnerable residents to remain active and independent.

www.leeds.gov.uk

DeMontfort University

August 31st, 2018 by
De Montfort

DeMontfort University are a scholarly community committed to the public good and underpinned by an unrivalled ability to challenge convention and create impact.

www.dmu.ac.uk

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

August 30th, 2018 by
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Kettering General Hospital aims to provide high-quality care to individuals, communities and the population they serve.

www.kgh.nhs.uk

Thirteen Group

August 23rd, 2018 by
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Thirteen Group’s reason for being is to provide good quality homes and support for those in housing need. They provide support for anyone who needs a little help: help to get on the housing ladder, help to pay the rent, help to keep their home in good repair.

Thirteen Group’s care and support services offer help for vulnerable people facing a range of challenges. They offer a range of housing support services including money advice, extra care schemes to help people live independently for longer, adaptations to homes, help with anti-social behaviour and more.

www.thirteengroup.co.uk

Stonewater

August 17th, 2018 by
Stonewater

Stonewater is a social housing provider, with a mission to deliver good quality affordable homes to people who need them most. They manage around 31,500 homes in England for over 65,000 customers, including affordable properties for general rent, shared ownership and sale, alongside specialist accommodation such as retirement and supported living schemes for older and vulnerable people, young people’s foyers and women’s refuges.

www.stonewaterhomes.co.uk

Rugby Borough Council

August 17th, 2018 by
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The Borough of Rugby is a local government district with borough status in eastern Warwickshire, England. The council’s aims are to;

  • Provide excellent, value for money services and sustainable growth
  • Achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2020
  • Enable their residents to live healthy, independent lives

www.rugby.gov.uk

Redditch Borough Council

August 3rd, 2018 by
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Redditch Borough Council is committed to providing residents with effective and efficient services that not only meet their needs but understand them too. Part of their 2017/2020 Plan involves furthering their understanding of community housing needs, using the Local Plan to drive development, and enabling people to be able to stay in their homes and communities.

www.redditchbc.gov.uk

Lincolnshire Police

August 3rd, 2018 by
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Lincolnshire Police’s objectives are to:

  • Reduce crime
  • Provide a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire
  • Provide police and services that are there when you need them.

www.lincs.police.uk

Supply Engagement Day: Welcoming contractors who are looking for opportunities

August 2nd, 2018 by

We’re excited to announce our first Supplier Engagement Day which has been launched to engage with contractors of all sizes who are wishing to find out more about working with EEM.


About this event
There will be an opportunity to meet with our Procurement Team to discuss future Frameworks and DPS opportunities, to understand how EEM operate and to familiarise yourselves with our tendering portal and standard documents.

In the next 18 months, EEM will be renewing Frameworks and DPSs for the following areas of works:

– General maintenance for property improvement works
– Kitchen & bathroom installations
– Water treatment works
– Drainage works
– Electrical repairs

This event is aimed towards contractors of all sizes in any location who are able to undertake one or more of the above areas of work and are interesting in offering their services to EEM members.

Our Supplier Engagement Day is focussed towards engaging with new contractors, therefore contractors who currently hold a place on any of our frameworks will not be permitted to attend.

To register your interest, please visit www.supplierengagementday.eventbrite.co.uk


Agenda
We will be running two identical small group sessions; one session will take place in the morning and one in the afternoon. If the event is successful, we will be looking to hold a larger event in the near future for both existing and new contractors.

Morning session

9:00am Arrival with refreshments
9:15am Welcome and housekeeping
9:30am EEM Engagement Session

  • The benefits of EEM Ltd to public sector organisations
  • How our Frameworks work, including the tender process and our portal.
  • EEM Framework opportunities.
  • How the DPS works, including the tender process and our portal
  • EEM DPS opportunities

An opportunity to ask the EEM team questions within the group, followed by a chance to speak to the team one to one if you wish.
12:00pm Finish

Afternoon session

13:00 Arrival with refreshments
13:15 Welcome and housekeeping
13:30 EEM Engagement Session

  • The benefits of EEM Ltd to public sector organisations
  • How our Frameworks work, including the tender process and our portal.
  • EEM Framework opportunities.
  • How the DPS works, including the tender process and our portal
  • EEM DPS opportunities

An opportunity to ask the EEM team questions within the group, followed by a chance to speak to the team one to one if you wish.
16:00 Finish

To register your interest, please visit www.supplierengagementday.eventbrite.co.uk


Beckfoot Trust

July 30th, 2018 by
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Beckfoot Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust established in 2013.

Their aim is to create a group of remarkable schools in Bradford delivering outcomes for learners that will place each school within the top 20% of similar schools nationally for progress made.

www.beckfoottrust.org

Woodhead MD steps into Chairman role after 39 years at the helm

July 26th, 2018 by

Woodhead Group has today announced its Managing Director of almost 40 years, David Woodhead, will be stepping into the role of Chairman, paving the way for a new management structure to ensure sustainability and resilience. He will be succeeded by an established leadership team, which has been developing for the past seven years. 

The family-run business announced the move to its employees this morning, laying out its succession plan and vision for the future of the company.

Glenn Slater (Business Development Director) takes up the new role of Chief Visionary Officer, working alongside Teresa Westwood (HR Director), who has been appointed Managing Director.

Existing Directors, Hilary Cheshire, and Craig Pygall, will continue in their roles as Finance Director and Director accountable for operations and commercial respectively. They are joined on the board by:

– Leo Woodhead, who joined the family business two years ago after returning from ten years working in Australia. He will take up the role of Business Development Director

– Tom Woodhead, who has been working on the strategic leadership team for the past four years, and will now be taking up the role of Business Services Director.

David, who qualified as a Building Surveyor with Leicester Polytechnic and left Nottinghamshire to work in London, joined the company as Managing Director in 1979 when his father and company founder, Robert (Bob) Woodhead, passed away suddenly at the age of 60.

Leading the business through five decades of change and growth, recessions and booms, David has always focussed on building a sustainable company, with the ability to grow and develop through investing in its people. In the past 39 years, he has taken the business from turning over £279,000 in 1980, to last year showing a turnover of £52.5m

David said: “I came into the business very suddenly, at a difficult time for our family, and for the company. My father had grown his business from a humble workshop in 1946, to this growing company, which he incorporated as Robert Woodhead Ltd in 1978. 

“The decision to step back has not been taken overnight, it has been very much in the planning for several years. We will remain a family-owned company, with our head office in Edwinstowe where it all began, and still with three members of our family on the Board of Directors. I have every confidence in the Strategic Leadership Team that is now in place and in particular Teresa and Glenn’s ability to lead that team having both worked at a senior level in the business for over 10 years.

“I’m very proud to look at the business today and see what we have created. I know the coming years will see Woodhead Group continue to be a resilient business, socially responsible, with a strong vision and values, continuing to not just develop, build, manage and maintain, but create a better experience for all those we work with.”

As  Teresa and Glenn start their new roles, Glenn Slater as Chief Visionary Officer, will focus on developing future strategy and vision, building strong long-term relationships and championing the core values.

Glenn said of his appointment: “I have been privileged to work with Woodhead for a number of years now, having started my career here in 1995 and I am honoured to have been appointed to this new role. I look forward to working with our strategic leadership team on building effective strategy for sustainable growth, while ensuring the business never loses its unique sense of social responsibility and commitment to its people, our customers and the environment we work in. When you look back over Woodhead’s adventures over the past 72 years, it excites me even more to look ahead to the future of this business.”

Teresa Westwood will direct the implementation of Woodhead’s strategies through a robust business plan, ensuring their efficient delivery and successful outcomes. She added: “We have really big shoes to step into, but we have been working hard as a team over the past seven years to develop ourselves personally, build on our strengths as a group, and focus on how to get the best out of our employees. We have a strong leadership team here at Woodhead Group, who I am really looking forward to working with to take the company into the future.”

“We will continue to develop, build, manage and maintain, as we always have done, focussing on the areas where we have always shown strength, ensuring we continue to strive for the best. Our plans to further establish our regional presence across the Midlands and South Yorkshire will continue to be at the forefront of our activity, as we move into the next era of Woodhead Group.”

Woodhead Group are appointed to three EEM frameworks: Main Management Contractor for New Build Development, Sustainable Refurbishment and Out of Hours repair service.

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Pictured above: The new management team
Pictured below: David Woodhead

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Framework and DPS News

July 17th, 2018 by

Frameworks recently awarded

 

Scaffolding (EEM0051)
This framework went live in July 2018
Click here for details

Stairlifts (EEM0050)
This framework went live in July 2018
Click here for details

 

Frameworks out to tender

None

Frameworks coming soon

Supply of Electrical Materials
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
Please check back for further details.

Facilities Management (EEM0069)
This framework will be going out to tender in August 2018 and will be available for use in October 2018.
To be notified when this is ready, please email amy@eem.org.uk

Passive Fire Protection (EEM0053)
Please note EEM has an existing framework for fire door sets which is still available for use. Fire door sets will be incorporated into this new framework.
This framework will be open for tender from 10th August and ready to use in October 2018.

Ironmongery (EEM0055)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk

Electrical Vehicle Charge Points (EEM0064)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in January 2019 and to be ready to use in April 2019.

Water Treatment (EEM0007)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk
Estimated to go out to tender in April 2019 and to be ready to use in July 2019.

 

DPS - ready for applicants and mini tenders

Training Services (DPS0001)
Training Providers:
 This DPS is now live and accepting applications from training providers. Click here to find out how to apply.

EEM Members: This DPS is ready for EEM members to initiate a mini-competition process.
Please contact brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610 for assistance.

 

Modular Homes (DPS0002)
Manufacturers: This DPS is now live and accepting applications from manufacturers. Click here to find out how to apply.

EEM Members: This DPS is ready for EEM members to initiate a mini-competition process.
Click here for details or contact brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610 to find out more

 

DPS - ready for applicants

Damp Proofing and Associated Works (DPS0004)
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This DPS is open for applicants and will be usable by EEM members from 20th August 2018.

 

DPSs coming soon

Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works (DPS0003)
In preparation.

 


 

Collaboration Development Contractor Framework

July 16th, 2018 by

Fellow procurement consortium Westworks has recently undertaken the re-procurement of their hugely successful Development Contractor Framework. Westworks has procured this arrangement on behalf of the “Collaboration” consortia partners namely; EEM, Westworks, Advantage South West and South East Consortium.

This means that all EEM members have access to this procurement.

Because of the large area covered by the Collaboration and the need to attract more SME providers as well as the larger organisations, this procurement is running as a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

This means that rather than the framework being tendered, awarded and then closed for four years, we are able to keep access for contractors open via a Request to Participate (RTP) system, which is in effect a PQQ to get onto an “approved list”. In practice this means that there is no pricing exercise to undergo during the initial tender and any subsequent RTP.

However, because the way in which mini-competitions are run through the current framework based on similar principles, the process is largely unchanged in so much that there is an ITT stage for any call-offs that are project specific and require pricing etc. at that stage rather than at the “OJEU” stage.

Westworks have a system of Expression of Interest (EoI) and where necessary a reduction in the number of bidders by a sifting brief which is a project-specific questionnaire. Westworks do this so that the number of participants is manageable and to be very mindful of the amount of work required by bid teams to complete an ITT. Participants also have the opportunity to decline mini-comps.


The DPS covers four main categories:
1. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 1 to 10 units and projects with value up to £1.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each up to £1.5m
2. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 11 to 40 units and projects with value up to £4.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each over £1.5m to £4.5m
3. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with over 40 units and projects with value over £4.5m
4. Major refurbishment/remodelling of property including commercial / corporate property


The geographical coverage of this arrangement is established by tenderers stating which post codes they can serve and then those who successfully secure a place on the DPS will be invited to participate in any opportunity that comes up in that area within the categories that they have been awarded.

The DPS means also that arrangements can run for more than the prescribed four years allowed under a framework and also longer-term partnerships between contractors and clients is possible.


For contractors wishing to join this DPS:  Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rushmoor Borough Council

July 3rd, 2018 by
rushmoor

Rushmoor Borough Council’s main objectives include;

  • Sustaining a thriving economy and boosting local business
  • Supporting and empowering their communities and meeting local needs
  • Continually developing and maintaining a cleaner, greener and more cultural Rushmoor

www.rushmoor.gov.uk

EEM shortlisted for two categories at the Derbyshire Business Awards

June 29th, 2018 by

EEM has been shortlisted for TWO categories at the Derbyshire Business Awards 2018.

The annual Chamber Business Awards were created purely by business, for business to celebrate and showcase the successes that have taken place in the East Midlands business community over the past year.

 

Community Impact

We entered these awards to celebrate our achievements in supporting our members’ communities:

  • Over the last 4 years we have distributed almost £460,000 to our membership via our Community Donation scheme.
  • Over the last 4 years we have raised £91,500 for various charities
  • We are a small team of 11 people yet we have employed 3 apprentices.
  • We encourage small businesses to apply for works by simplifying our tender process and establishing geographical lots.
  • We offer the same rates for materials and services to all of our members, which is fantastic for our smaller members, including charitable housing providers.

 

Apprentice of the Year: Brogan Bullimore

We nominated Brogan for the Apprentice of the Year category because she’s exceeded the supportive role expected of her during her apprenticeship and has shown incredible enthusiasm and talent enabling her to lead several successful projects.

Brogan has become a valuable asset who has enabled us to move forward to more modern procurement methods to support our membership without affecting the current level of service.

The impressive thing about Brogan’s development is that it’s self-driven due to her outstanding initiative and positive attitude and her dedication to the development of herself and the business. It’s been wonderful to see her become confident in her own capabilities.

With her only experience in retail, we were all impressed with how quickly she understood the entire business within a very short time of joining the company. It didn’t take long for Brogan to be able to clearly explain complex procurement methods to others with great accuracy.

Her presence has enhanced the already positive morale in the office as everybody enjoys working with such a fun, friendly, professional and enthusiastic member of the team.

Brogan is a shining example to all our apprentices of what they can achieve if they are willing to work as hard as she has.

We are very proud of Brogan and wish her luck in the finals.

 


 

We would also like to congratulate all the other companies who have also been shortlisted.

The winners of the awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 7 September at Pride Park Stadium in Derby.

 

brogan nominated for apprentice of the year

 

 

 

eem nominated for community impact linkedin


 

Advance

June 19th, 2018 by
Advance

Advance’s vision is to transform the lives of people with a disability or mental health condition by providing the best quality housing, support and employment services. They want to enable our customers to live the lives they choose, achieve their personal goals, feel valued and know their voices are heard.

www.advanceuk.org

Peabody

June 19th, 2018 by
Peabody

Peabody draws on over 150 years of history and expertise. Their aim is to help people make the most of their lives by providing good quality affordable homes, working with communities and promoting wellbeing.

www.peabody.org.uk

Southern Health NHS Foundation

June 14th, 2018 by
Southern Health

Southern Health aim to provide high quality, safe services which improve the health, wellbeing and independence of the people they serve.

www.southernhealth.nhs.uk

Leicestershire Police

June 13th, 2018 by
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police provides a policing service to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 24-hours a day, 365-days of the year.

The area they are responsible for covers over 2,500 square kilometres (over 965 square miles) and has a population of nearly one million. There is a rich diversity of communities all with their own policing needs.

leics.police.uk

 

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The Problem with Common Toilet Seats…

May 24th, 2018 by

We have all encountered the problem of having a loose toilet seat…

 

Normal seats work themselves loose over time and slip on the toilet pan.
A second issue is not having sufficient hinge adjustment to allow enough forwards and backwards alignment of the seat.

 

The following reviews are a handful of typical complaints;

⨵   Poor quality hinges, the seat slides around. Had to be replaced with an alternative product.
⨵   Poor fittings didn’t fit.
   Moved so much had to get another toilet seat.
   Doesn’t fit a standard toilet at the fixings are very close together. Disappointing.
   Does not fit my toilet keep slipping side ways. Had to take it off and go back to the plastic seat.

 

Flexi-Fix Toilet Seats

Croydex has developed a revolutionary hinge system which ensures the perfect fit and prevents slipping without compromising on style.

The versatile Flexi Fix Toilet Seat fixing system can be fitted onto many different types of toilet seats to offer more choice for the consumer.

 Wide range of materials and finishes as well as different size and shapes.

 Many different features are available including soft close and quick release toilet seats.

The Flexi Fix Toilet Seats can be adjusted to suit fixing hole centres from 110mm to 200mm. This is far greater than the 145mm to 165mm specified in the European Standard EN33.

 

always fits

 

 Adjustable V Plate

The innovative grip pad technology and pioneering patented V plate hinges provide maximum adjustment to fit the fixing holes of any standard toilet making the seats easy to fix, suitable for a wide range of toilet pans and, most importantly, completely secure. The incredible 60cm forward and backward range of adjustability ensures the seat can be fitted to the correct final position.

 Collapsible Supports

Collapsible supports hold the hinges off the toilet pan while you align the seat. Once the protective film has been removed and the position finalised, the seat can be fixed into place by applying a little pressure. The supports collapse and the Grip Pads adhere the hinge to the toilet pan for a secure fit which will not come loose or slip.

 Grip Pad

The grip pad technology is a pressure sensitive adhesive, meaning that it cures under pressure so the seal will strengthen over time. Because the Grip Pad cures over time it is easy to re-position the hinges during initial installation if slight adjustment is required. The seat can then be secured in place from above or below using the fixings supplied. At the end of the product’s life cycle, the hinges can be removed without leaving any residue on the toilet pan.

 Versatile Fixing

Not many people understand that there are two different toilet pan types; back to wall pans and standard pans. Most toilet seats aren’t suitable for both so we have designed our versatile hinge system
to be fitted from above and below the toilet pan, further increasing the fitting options.

 Suitable for Everyone  

The goal behind this design is to ensure our customers can purchase a toilet seat knowing that it will Always Fit and Never Slips.
Anyone who has fitted a toilet seat knows it can be very diffcult. We wanted to add our patented system without complicating the process of installing. Our combination of collapsible supports and Grip Pad technology make the installation quick and easy.

 

Croydex is entering the Flexi-Fix™ toilet seat for the Red Dot Award (Product Design)

This range of seats is available to purchase at competitive EEM rates via the plumbing distributor PTS.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS RANGE, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE.

If you have any questions, or require any more information on the product, please don’t hesitate to call or email rowena@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395604

 

grip pad

 

Croydex

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irwell Valley Housing Association

May 23rd, 2018 by
Irwell

Irwell Valley’s main objective is to create the conditions in which customers and colleagues can enjoy living or working and realise their full potential. Their vision for 2017-2020 includes building more homes in the North West.

www.irwellvalleyha.co.uk

 

Lewisham Homes

May 16th, 2018 by
Lewisham

Lewisham Homes is an enterprising, not-for-profit organisation, set up to improve housing in the borough.

As well as managing 19,000 homes on behalf of Lewisham Council, they operate their own maintenance company, build new homes and find valuable ways to invest in the local community.

www.lewishamhomes.org.uk

Working with other Consortia

May 14th, 2018 by

Last year we set about working more closely with like-minded consortia to share frameworks and best practice.

We have now moved this on to a formal collaboration between ourselves, Westworks, South East Consortium and Advantage South West. This means that we can now utilise each other’s frameworks and will continue to work together to align our processes and practices where we can to provide the best possible service to our combined membership.

Principles behind what we are trying to do:

  • Using the strengths of each consortia to create robust procurements
  • Sharing best practice to save time and costs for each consortia and ultimately our Members
  • Removing duplication for Suppliers and Contractors when tendering
  • Allowing organisations to seamlessly use framework from across the consortia that best fit their requirements and geographical locations.

Examples of where we are working together:

  • We now have 18 Members from our partner consortia utilising EEM frameworks
  • 3 EEM Members are now calling off from the Westworks Internal and External Decorating framework
  • We have just signed our first Member up to the South East Consortium Consultants Framework
  • EEM staff attended a Section 20 training course at Westworks
  • Working to align our documents where we can
  • Working to agree a standard Selection Questionnaire across all consortia procurements and eventually share the new Supplier Portal
  • We will be joining Westworks in the re-tendering of their Development Framework
  • Sharing policies and ideas for ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Investing in IT to support the EEM membership

May 14th, 2018 by

We have some exciting news regarding our investments into IT to further support the EEM membership.


 

New systems2

 


 

What is a Dynamic Purchasing System and what are the benefits?

May 11th, 2018 by

What is a Dynamic Purchasing System?

 A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is similar to an electronic framework agreement, except new suppliers can join at any time. This solution can save time and money by being a quick and easy way to access goods, services and works through an OJEU compliant route.

A DPS works in two stages; in the first stage EEM will issue a call for competition in OJEU and Contracts Finder, expressing their intention to establish a DPS.

All suitable applicants, who meet the selection criteria and avoid exclusion, are admitted onto the DPS. Depending on the size and structure of the DPS, it may be divided into categories in such cases, suppliers are admitted to a relevant category or categories. There is no legal limit on the number of suppliers in a DPS.


Why is a DPS beneficial for EEM members?

Once the Dynamic Purchasing System has been set up, the Members can use it to award specific contracts. This is done by inviting all suppliers in the relevant category to tender. The minimum timescale for the return of tenders is 10 working days.

EEM will manage the full DPS draw down process on behalf of members saving you time and costs in running your own tender process. This is a free of charge service.


Why is a DPS good for suppliers and contractors?

Suppliers can both join and leave DPS arrangements whenever they choose.

A DPS can benefit smaller suppliers, as applicants do not need to submit indicative tenders with their request to join and they reduce the red tape that might deter smaller firms from tendering for larger framework procurements.

There is no maximum lifecycle for a DPS meaning Suppliers do not have to keep going through lengthy procurements every 4 years with no guarantee of being successful. Whilst we are establishing our DPS processes we have decided that they will be re-procured every 5 years to maintain market competitiveness and relevance to members’ needs. They will be refreshed annually to ensure all the applicants still meet the minimum requirements.


EEM Training Services DPS

Our Training Services DPS is now up and running. Each application to join the DPS has been reviewed by EEM to ensure the minimum criteria for entry onto the DPS is met. Successful training providers are set up to deliver training via a variety of methods including online, at a Members premises or within their own training facilities.

The DPS has been split into the following categories:

  1. Leadership and Management
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Core Skills (assertiveness, minute taking, time management etc)
  4. Customer Service
  5. Equality and Diversity
  6. IT Skills
  7. Specialist Training (gas safe, water regulations, electrical etc)
  8. Plant and Equipment Use

We now have 20 providers waiting for their first opportunity so please get in touch if you have any training requirements we may be able to help with.

As this is our first DPS, the delivery of the training has been set up for our East Midlands based Members only. Further DPS lists will be set up in the future for our Members that fall outside of the East Midlands area.


EEM Modular Homes DPS

In May 2018, we launched our Modular Homes DPS. This DPS will cover the manufacture and installation of a range of consistently high-quality, energy efficient modular homes. Homes can be clad in a wide range of traditional and contemporary external finishes to meet the requirements of the Member and surrounding area and offer a range of rooflines.

Properties will be delivered to site:

  • Fully insulated – external and internal/party walls, floors and roofs
  • Internal partitions erected
  • Windows and Doors fitted
  • All internal wall, floor and ceiling finishes
  • Fully installed kitchen and bathroom(s)
  • Fully completed electrics, plumbing, heating and ventilation

The DPS will be available to use from the 25th June 2018 and run for 5 years.

 

We are looking at procuring new DPS categories. If you wish for EEM to procure a category for your organisation which you feel would also benefit our membership, please get in touch.

 


 

Dacorum Borough Council

May 10th, 2018 by
Dacorum

The Borough of Dacorum is a local government district in Hertfordshire, England that includes the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and the western part of Kings Langley. Dacorum Borough Council’s main objectives are;

• A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

• Building strong and vibrant communities

• Ensuring economic growth and prosperity

• Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need

• Delivering an efficient and modern council

www.dacorum.gov.uk

EEM Launches New Modular Homes DPS

May 9th, 2018 by

EEM has created a list of approved manufacturers who can deliver a range of consistently high-quality, energy efficient modular homes.

This DPS is now available for manufacturers to join and EEM members can call off from it from 25th June 2018. The DPS will run until 30th  June 2023.

Homes are able to be clad in a wide range of traditional and contemporary external finishes to meet the requirements of the EEM member.

Properties can be delivered to site:

  • Fully insulated – external and internal/party walls, floors and roofs
  • Internal partitions erected
  • Windows and Doors fitted
  • All internal wall, floor and ceiling finishes
  • Fully installed kitchen and bathroom(s)
  • Fully completed electrics, plumbing, heating and ventilation

Further upgrades to the standard specifications may be requested during the life of the DPS these may include, but are not limited to, the following features:

  • Solar PV
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Efficient electrical heating, hot water and cooking solutions for sites without a main gas supply

Where these are requested within the specification, they can be installed within the factory and delivered as part of the completed unit.

Upon joining this DPS, manufacturers are required to provide full details of their standard technical specifications with their application.

If you are a manufacturer wishing to join this DPS please contact Procurement Administrator Brogan Bullimore on brogan@eem.org.uk or 01246 395601.

For more details please click here.

Modular

Ideal Boiler prices held for EEM Members for 2018

May 9th, 2018 by

We have some good news from Ideal Boilers to share:

 

Prices Held via EEM for 2018

Ideal Boilers are delighted to announce a price freeze on our products in 2018 for the 120+ EEM members.

Our award winning products like the Logic range are available in combi, system and heat variations with a wide range of outputs, compact cupboard fit, easy to see pressure gauge and low lift weight backed by flexible warranty options. We believe in maximising the opportunity for clients to use our products in the field joining the 2,000,000 already installed in the UK.

 


 

The Ideal Touch RF Thermostat – Boiler Plus Ready

The Ideal Touch RF Thermostat is designed with both end users and installers in mind.

Developed at Ideal Boilers’ R&D Centre of Excellence and Innovation, Touch is easy to install and simple to use making it the perfect choice for installers and end users.

Touch can be installed in under 5 minutes via a ‘click and connect’ method. Installers simply click the transceiver into the boiler and the control automatically pairs. No hardwiring is required meaning that no electrician is needed- Touch can be fitted as part of a new heating system by the installer.

A fully interactive colour touch screen means that heating programmes can be quickly and easily set, including holiday schedules. Ease of use means improved control over heating and therefore improved efficiency and regulated gas bills.

With the incoming Boiler Plus standards, installing a Touch with an Ideal Boiler will satisfy the new regulation due to it’s load compensation features.

Retrofit options are also available.

 

 


 

Contractor Connect

Ideal Boilers make life simple for our Social Housing partners by offering a feature filled, easy to use online portal which allows the user to manage their boiler stock.

Contractor Connect saves time and money by allowing the user to register their boiler installations for warranty and notify Gas Safe for free in one step.

The detailed history database means previous registration details can be to hand wherever and whenever they are needed; the portal also supports water sample testing.

 


 

Upcoming EEM Events

May 4th, 2018 by

HeatRHight / Northstar Solar Seminar
Organised by PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies
How to access funding for heat pumps and solar PV
Date Thursday 17th May 2018 and repeated  Friday 18th May 2018
Time 10am to 2:30pm
Location EEM Office (DE55 2DS)
Who?  This event is aimed at anyone within public sector organisations who is connected with fuel poverty with tenants.
For more details www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk


CSR Summit breakfast meeting
Organised by Groundworks Greater Nottingham
Breakfast meeting focusing on supporting people into education, employment and/or employment training.
Date Tuesday 5th June 2018
Time 7:30am to 9:30am
Location Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery
Who? Contractors wishing to boost their social value input
More details coming soon
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New legislation: Boiler Plus
Organised by Honeywell Controls
Explore the new Boiler Plus legislation and see the full range of Boiler Plus compliant Honeywell products to ensure easy compliancy. 
Wednesday 6th June
www.boilerplus.eventbrite.co.uk
Waiting to get name of event and whether to invite contractors
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CIH Breakfast meeting – Woodhead, Bassetlaw & EEM
Wednesday 27th June
www.generationhomes.eventbrite.co.uk
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Aico – Presentation, New Product Launch and training
Wednesday 4th July
www.aico.eventbrite.co.uk
Waiting for more detailed description
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Trowers Procurement and Construction Law update
Wednesday 18th July
www.procurementupdate.eventbrite.co.uk
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Mira Factory Tour
Tuesday 24th July (TBC)
www.kohlermira.eventbrite.co.uk
Waiting for date to be confirmed

Latcham Open Day
Wednesday 12th September
www.latcham.eventbrite.co.uk
Waiting for a few more details
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Summer Holidays
16 Jul – 5 Sept
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EEM Showcase
Wed 10 October 2018
9:00 – 16:00
www.eemshowcase2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Building Communities Awards 2019
Friday 15th February 2019

Flooring training for our data team

May 2nd, 2018 by

On March 15th our data team attended The Big Show organised by Alvin Morris where they were given the opportunity to take part in some practical training.

Alvin Morris is a distributor which is able to provide Tarkett flooring which is the EEM appointed flooring manufacturer. Tarkett flooring rates are available to EEM members, just email rowena@eem.org.uk

 

Senior Data Analyst, Rowena Jones, is pictured below and said “It was a hands on experience where I joined two pieces of flooring together to make a robust and waterproof seal.  First I used a tool to groove the seam between the two bits of flooring to be joined, then inserted the weld rod into the welding gun and with a steady pace & pressure applied the weld rod along the groove.  The final step was to trim the excess weld with a blade (special tool) to leave a flat seamless join!”

 

Understanding how flooring is laid and the differences between brands helps the data team to support EEM members with their flooring requirements.

 

Rowena at the big show

Harrow Council

May 2nd, 2018 by
Harrow-1

Harrow Council are ambitious as an organisation and ambitious for the London Borough of Harrow. The council’s top three priorities are about meeting future challenges and building a thriving, modern and inclusive borough.

The three priorities in the plan are:

  • Build a Better Harrow
  • Be more business-like and business friendly
  • Protect the most vulnerable and support families.

www.harrow.gov.uk

Framework and Tender News

May 1st, 2018 by

Frameworks recently awarded

Passenger Lift Installation, Modernisation and Refurbishment Works (EEM0041)
This framework went live in January 2018
Click here for details

Windows and Doors – Installation (EEM0014)
This framework went live in January 2018
Click here for details

Fire & Intruder Alarms (EEM0067)
This framework went live in April 2018
Click here for details

Aids & Adaptations Works (EEM0029)
This framework went live in April 2018
Click here for details

 

Frameworks out to tender

Scaffolding – Supply including erecting and dismantling (EEM0051)
Currently out to tender. Closing date 4th June 2pm. Click here to view the contract notice.
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This renewed framework will be available for use in July 2018.

Stairlifts, Hoists and Disabled Access Equipment (EEM0050)
Currently out to tender. Closing date 11th June.  and will be usable in July 2018. Click here to view the PIN notice.
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.

 

Frameworks coming soon

Supply of Electrical Materials
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This framework will be going out to tender in May and will be available for use in July 2018.

Facilities Management (EEM0069)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email amy@eem.org.uk
This framework will be going out to tender in June and will be available for use in August 2018.

Ironmongery (EEM0055)
Member consultation stage.
If you would like to be involved in the creation of this framework to ensure it meets your requirements please email alex@eem.org.uk

 

DPS - ready for applicants and mini tenders


Training Services 
(DPS0001)

Training Providers:
This DPS is now live and accepting applications from training providers. Click here to find out how to apply.

EEM Members: This DPS is ready for EEM members to initiate a mini-competition process.
Please contact brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610 for assistance.

 

DPS - ready for applicants


Modular Homes (DPS0002)

Manufacturers: This DPS is now live and accepting applications from manufacturers. Click here to find out how to apply.

EEM Members: This DPS will be ready for EEM members to use on 25th Jun 2018.
Click here for details or contact brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610 to find out more

 

DPSs coming soon


Passive Fire Protection
 (DPS0003)

Please note EEM has an existing framework for fire door sets which is still available for use. Fire door sets will be incorporated into this new framework.
This DPS will be open for applications at the end of May 2018 and will be usable in July 2018.

Damp Proofing and Associated Works (DPS0004)
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This DPS will be open for applications in Jun 2018 and will be usable in July 2018.


 

 

Free seminars for EEM members and supply chain

April 24th, 2018 by

Organisations who are part of the EEM membership (public sector organisations) or supply chain are invited to join us for the below seminars.

Places are limited, so please register your attendance early using the links provided to avoid disappointment.


HeatRHight and Northstar Solar
How to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV

Hosted by
PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies)

Who’s invited?
EEM Members: This event is aimed towards Chief Executives, Financial Directors, Renewable Managers, Asset Managers and anyone connected with fuel poverty with tenants within public sector organisations.

Content
This seminar explains how to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV. Click here for the full agenda

Date, time and location
The event is being held at the EEM offices and will run from 10am to 2.30pm on Thursday 17th May 2018 and repeated at the same time on Friday 18th May 2018. 
EEM Ltd, Unit 3 Maisies Way, South Normanton, Alfreton, Derbyshire, De55 2DS

Registration and further details
www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk


 

HeatRHight and Northstar Solar
How to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV

Hosted by
PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies)

Who’s invited?
EEM Members: This event is aimed towards Chief Executives, Financial Directors, Renewable Managers, Asset Managers and anyone connected with fuel poverty with tenants within public sector organisations.

Content
This seminar explains how to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV. Click here for the full agenda

Date, time and location
The event is being held at the EEM offices and will run from 10am to 2.30pm on Thursday 17th May 2018 and repeated at the same time on Friday 18th May 2018. 
EEM Ltd, Unit 3 Maisies Way, South Normanton, Alfreton, Derbyshire, De55 2DS

Registration and further details
www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk

 


 

 

HeatRHight and Northstar Solar
How to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV

Hosted by
PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies)

Who’s invited?
EEM Members: This event is aimed towards Chief Executives, Financial Directors, Renewable Managers, Asset Managers and anyone connected with fuel poverty with tenants within public sector organisations.

Content
This seminar explains how to gain access to funding for Heat Pumps and Solar PV. Click here for the full agenda

Date, time and location
The event is being held at the EEM offices and will run from 10am to 2.30pm on Thursday 17th May 2018 and repeated at the same time on Friday 18th May 2018. 
EEM Ltd, Unit 3 Maisies Way, South Normanton, Alfreton, Derbyshire, De55 2DS

Registration and further details
www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk

New Charter Building Company Ltd

April 10th, 2018 by
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New Charter Building Company Ltd is part of Jigsaw Homes Group Ltd, a new group of housing associations with more than 33,000 properties across the North West and East Midlands. The new organisation seeks to address the housing crisis by investing in a mix of quality homes across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire, including properties for affordable rent, shared ownership, Rent to Buy, for sale and private rent.

www.newcharterbuildingcompany.co.uk

EEM present £33,000 cheque to Rainbows Children’s Hospice

March 27th, 2018 by

In February 2018, EEM hosted the 4th annual Building Communities Awards at the East Midlands Conference Centre where £33,000 was raised for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

On 21 March, members of EEM staff had the privilege of visiting Rainbows to take a tour of the facilities, meet some of the staff and handover the money raised.

Without the support of the EEM network in the form of sponsorship, ticket sales, the donation of auction lots and raffle prizes and additional cash donations we would not have been able to achieve such a wonderful donation for Rainbows. A huge thank you to our headline sponsor, Nationwide Windows & Doors.

David Strudley, CEO of Rainbows said “What an amazing achievement to cap a truly brilliant evening! EEM set a target of £30,000 but raised a staggering £33,000.
“On behalf of the children and families, as well as the staff of Rainbows, heartfelt thanks for a magnificent event and a wonderful example of unstinting support. Thank you”

If anyone has any suggestions for the EEM charity of the year 2019, please email sophia@eem.org.uk

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EEM Privacy Notice

March 22nd, 2018 by

EEM Privacy Notice

EEM (“we”) promise to respect any personal data that you share with us, or that we get from other organisations we work in partnership with and keep it safe.  We aim to be clear when we collect your data and not do anything with it that you wouldn’t reasonably expect.

Our marketing communications include information about our existing & upcoming frameworks; events that we will be holding; and news about our ongoing work.  If you do not wish to receive these communications; or change your preferred channel(s) (e-mail, phone or post) then please contact sophia@eem.org.uk.

We take care and consideration when using your personal data to ensure that it is necessary and relevant.

This policy covers:

  • Where we collect information about you from
  • What personal data we collect and how we use it
  • How we keep your personal data safe and who has access to it
  • How your information is kept up to date
  • Your right to know what we know about you and make changes

 

Where we collect information about you from

We collect information in the following ways:

  • When you communicate with us directly
  • When you sign up for one of our events
  • Sometimes you may give this to an organisation working for us (Eventbrite) but we are always responsible for your data.
  • From information available publicly – such as LinkedIn; other social media sites where settings have given permission for information to be available; Companies House or information that has been published in articles / newspapers.

 

What personal data we collect and how we use it

We will usually collect the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your contact details (e-mail Postal Address)
  • Your job title

We will usually use this to:

  • Provide you with updates about our services, frameworks/contracts and event information
  • Understand how we can improve our services or information
  • Keep a record of your relationship with us
  • Make sure we know how you wish to be contacted

We do not share personal details with third parties, but if we run an event in partnership with another named organisation/s then your details may need to be shared.  What will happen to your data will be made clear when you register for an event.

 

How we keep your data safe and who has access to it

We have controls in place to ensure we protect your details:

  • Our network is protected and routinely monitored
  • We have a secure office and staff are trained to not leave information and computers insecure
  • We review who has access to the information we hold so your data is only accessible by the appropriate staff
  • We will only disclose your details where we are required to do so by the police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors

How we keep your information up to date

On a routine basis we will ensure that we review the information we hold and that it is still current, correct and accurate.  However at any time we welcome you to contact us to let us know if your details change.

 

Your right to know what we know about you and make changes

You have a right to ask us to stop processing your data if it is no longer necessary for the purpose that you provided it to us for.  All you need to do is ask and we will stop.

You have a right to ask for a copy of the information that we hold about you at no cost.  If we provide you with information and there are discrepancies then please let us know and we will correct it.

If you would like to access your information – please send an e-mail to sophia@eem.org.uk.

 

Oxford City Council

March 5th, 2018 by
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Oxford City Council are the strategic housing authority for the city and, with over 7,500 homes, a major landlord. They use their powers to improve the quality of both housing conditions and management in the private rented sector.

www.oxford.gov.uk

Loughborough University

February 20th, 2018 by
Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a public research university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire. The University offers academic excellence in a broad range of disciplines, from sport and exercise science to engineering, business and the arts, and was recently awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

www.lboro.ac.uk

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