St Vincent's Housing Association

A founding member of Procurement For All, St Vincent’s housing association releases almost £2 million pounds of work through the consortium’s frameworks each year and estimates that it has saved £6 million thanks to the service over the last ten years.

As the housing sector faces Government cuts, St Vincent’s sees procurement as a key driver in its efficiency savings.

Vinny Thornton, Head of Asset Management at St Vincent’s, said: “Procurement For All allows us to offer value for money to our customers. It is services like these that we will rely on more and more as we look to make the savings required in the face of rent cuts.

“As an organisation we will need to find significant savings over the next four years.”

As its preferred procurement route, St Vincent’s has drawn down from the consortium’s reactive repairs, cyclical painting and decorating, water hygiene and gas maintenance frameworks in the past.

One of the largest contracts it released through the frameworks was for gas maintenance.

The £2 million, four-year contract was awarded to Sure Group after a mini-competition run by Procurement For All.

Due to the nature of the contract, Procurement For All, Sure Group and St Vincent’s needed to work closely to ensure its success, provide continuity of services and allow the landlord to meet targets on safety.

Procurement For All prides itself on making sure contracts run smoothly and in a way that is beneficial to all, giving very clear briefs from the beginning and ensuring long and lasting relationships between contractors and the client.

Vinny added: “Sure Group has delivered above and beyond on the contract and the open dialogue between both sides during the initial mobilisation helped to ensure this success.

“Procurement For All provides a transparent service and will always work with us to ensure we get the most out of the process in terms of savings and a great working relationship with the contractor.”

Sure Group worked hard to ensure 100 per cent CP12 gas safety certificate compliance across the landlord’s stock.

Keith Armstrong, Managing Director at Procurement For All, said: “We work closely with contractors and housing providers throughout the process from an initial project brief through to the mini-competition and beyond.

“Our members’ savings are our success. As well as providing partnership working, we have delivered savings of 13% across the consortium over our ten-year history.”