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Procure Plus tops materials benchmark review for best value

A market place benchmark review undertaken by Cumbria Housing Partners has placed Procure Plus as best value materials provider for the housing associations which form the Cumbria Housing Partners consortium.

Cumbria Housing Partners is the only local procurement group for social housing landlords in Cumbria. Helping member landlords save time and money by buying materials and contractors for repair and maintenance work on their homes.  Working together and using our combined buying power, we make savings for our members that can be reinvested to improve the lives and futures of people living in our communities.

For 10 years Procure Plus has been working through a materials framework with Cumbria Housing Partners to provide components used in planned maintenance work on properties. These include doors, windows, bathrooms and kitchens.

Demonstrating Value For Money

David Hall, Procurement Manager for Cumbria Housing Partners, says “With an annual spend of over £1.27 million on components; it is important that we continually demonstrate ‘Value for Money’ to our members and their tenants.  The benchmark exercise enabled us to explore the market place to determine the most competitive provider to meet our members’ needs before the end of the current arrangements.

We compared a ‘basket of products’ from the hundreds of products we buy annually to assess the suitability of each potential framework provider. Our decision for preferred framework provider was based upon the most economically advantageous offer, taking into account product range, distribution, service provision and price.

It is excellent news for our members that our current provider has demonstrated they offer the best value for money.  We are delighted that Procure Plus continues to provide market leading solutions and look forward to continuing to provide great service and outstanding value for money to the CHP members in the future”

Gwen Beeken, Managing Director for Procure Plus Holdings commented, “We welcome the result of the independent benchmarking.  At PPH we work continuously to improve our systems and procedures to ensure we provide the optimum value for all the frameworks we operate and are the preferred route for our supply chain, securing the best value.  It’s an excellent result to find that after 10 years working with Cumbria Housing Partners that we remain first for value”