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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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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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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 159 public sector members.

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

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 25th June 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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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

 

 

 

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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Building Communities Awards 2019 – A review!

February 19th, 2019 by

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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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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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£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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 


 

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.

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