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What a year!

January 11th, 2018 by

2017 – wow what a year!

It has been a fantastic year of growth and change for EEM, as our total number of members to date rises to 110!

As we look ahead to another packed and busy 12 months, we thought it was worth reflecting briefly on 2017 and what the year has meant for the EEM team.

We’ve not only grown our membership by 23%, from 84 (as reported in our Annual Report 2016/17), to 110 today, we’ve also been working closely with our members to build fantastic projects and programmes of work through our frameworks. In fact the throughput in the frameworks is projected to increase by 47% to £110m, in this year’s (2017/18) final figures.

Just a few examples of the work we’re doing with members includes:

  •  We launched the first council house building programme in a generation for North West Leicestershire District Council. Robert Woodhead Ltd is building 24 new houses and bungalows on two sites in Coalville and Ashby De La Zouch, while offering a number of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • We began working with new member Derbyshire Police, which is investing in up to 70 of its police stations, to make them better places to work for their officers and those visiting the buildings
  • When Mears Group PLC heard how EEM operates, they invited senior team members to their head office, to confirm the benefits of procuring through EEM. The company, which works on more than million properties, has confirmed it will begin purchasing its materials through EEM frameworks from April 2018 (read more here)
  • Work continues to progress on Bolsover District Council’s New Bolsover Model Village and the B@Home Partnership, both programmes of work being delivered by Nottinghamshire family construction company, Robert Woodhead Ltd (more on the Model Village here)


As well as all the fantastic work going on between our Members and Contractors, we’re also celebrating ourselves, as the EEM team has expanded and moved its team to brand new offices in South Normanton. The move will enable the team to further grow, and give Members and Contractors the opportunity to use the available space and meeting rooms at very low rates.


Chief Executive, Pete Smith, said: “As we look back on another fantastic year, and look ahead to celebrating our fourth annual Building Communities Awards next month, it feels like another great start to the year. The team will be really busy again this year I’m sure, as the success of EEM’s frameworks continues to build.

 “We’re now working with a much wider range of organisations, and we hope to continually extend our offer, welcoming even more new members in 2018.”



Supply Chain Showcase

January 11th, 2018 by

In October 2017 we held another, well attended, Supply Chain Showcase to give our contractors the opportunity to show off the products and services they offer to Members through EEM’s frameworks.

 The event, which we now hold each year, also gives Members the opportunity to talk face-to-face with contractors, to learn more about the products and services, which could help them deliver upcoming projects.

 We’ve listened to all the feedback we had from visitors following the event, so we make the necessary changes to improve it for next year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer their thoughts, it really helps us to put on an even better event for 2018.

 Next year’s Supply Chain Showcase will take place on Wednesday 10th October 2018, again at Trent Vineyard.

 In response to feedback, the event will see a reduction in stands from 100 to 80, and lunch will be brought in to the main event room encouraging all to network.  We have changed the day to a Wednesday so that more parking spaces will be available, but we shall still encouraging visitors to use trams at the discounted rate or car share. There will be at least one guest speaker on the day, so we will be creating topical seminars in the morning which will be repeated in the afternoon. The main focus will remain on the supply chain, with an added touch of ‘education’ following feedback from Members.

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EEM has chosen Rainbows as its charity of the year

January 11th, 2018 by



By conducting a vote within members, this year EEM has chosen Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People as  its charity of the year, raising thousands of pounds to support this incredible East Midlands based charity.

Rainbows is a hospice specifically set up to support children and young people with life limiting illnesses. In addition they offer much needed support to the parents and siblings of these young people through the hardest times of their lives.

The hospice helps to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life and offer end of life care to all of the children who stay with them. They aim to brighten the short lives of the children and families and help to bring happiness and create special memories .

Rainbows receives less than 20% of its funding from Government Bodies and so rely on donations to keep them going.  The money raised by EEM this year will mean so much to this wonderful charity and will mean it can continue the invaluable work its staff do.

David Strudley, CEO of Rainbows, said: “We’re really grateful to EEM for choosing Rainbows as its Charity of the Year. All the money raised will go towards our vital work at the hospice helping children, young people and families going through the toughest of times. So we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at EEM for their support, they really are making huge difference.”

Rainbows has helped so many families since it opened its doors in 1994 and below is an example of just how valuable its support is.


Heidi’s story

 “When I met with other mums and saw other children, I knew my daughter was in some way different. Nobody else could see it but I could.”

In February, Heidi celebrated her 21st birthday, a day her parents never imagined would come. When she was 18-months-old, Heidi was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development. The condition, which affects around one in 12,000 girls born each year, results in profound and multiple physical and communication disabilities.

For the last two years Rainbows has given Heidi and her family a new lease of life. Mum Tina said: “Rainbows has been fantastic. It is a break for Heidi and a break for me. Rainbows gives her time out and a chance to experience new things. She absolutely loves music therapy as well as complementary therapy.

“Heidi really loves going to the hospice and I didn’t realise how isolated we were until going to Rainbows. I attend the Parent/Carer group and the coffee mornings and it has opened up a whole new world for me. I feel very accepted at Rainbows and I have never had that before. We are both getting so much out of it. To be part of Rainbows is just amazing.”

After her daughter’s diagnosis Tina, gave up her career as a hairdresser to look after Heidi, spending nine hours a day just on her routine. Most of that time was taken up feeding her. They could never go out anywhere as it was too difficult.

Heidi, who will never be able to walk or talk, doesn’t sleep well at nights as she gets pains in her joints and is often sick. For the last five years, Tina has slept in her room.

When she was 19, Heidi got very poorly. She was in hospital with various conditions, including Sepsis and after three weeks, parents Tina and David were told there was no hope for their daughter. “We were told she wasn’t responding to anything and everything was shutting down,” said Tina. “Heidi had never been to Rainbows but I said if it came to it, I wanted her to go there to die. I wanted her to be in a homely situation where people could come and visit her and not be in a clinical environment.

“At that time, she stayed in hospital and I was just numb. I had given in and I accepted what the doctor told me. It was like I was in a dream.

All of the family came to the hospital to say their goodbyes and it was though I was watching someone else in that situation. I kept thinking I was going to wake up.

“We did a memory box with handprints and some of her hair and filled it with photos to capture every memory.”

Then four days later, Heidi opened her eyes and very slowly smiled.

She then began to steadily improve. “Things then became different for Heidi,” said Tina. “She can’t eat now but we think that is a good thing as she doesn’t have to struggle anymore. Plus, instead of it taking up our whole day, we can now go out and it has opened a whole new chapter for us.

“I never like to look ahead, I just take each day as it comes. One day she could be well and the next she is at death’s door. Heidi is my best friend. We spend all day together and do so much together, it does actually feel weird when she is at Rainbows. Heidi is an amazing, happy person and I wouldn’t have her any other way.”


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We’re looking for a Procurement Officer!

January 11th, 2018 by


As EEM continues to expand, we need to grow our team and the following vacancy is being advertised.

£22,667 – £34,538      (fully qualified CIPS in the Public Sector starting salary £28,485)

Full time, 37 hours per week – Flexible hours offered

27 days annual holiday, pro-rata, plus statutory holidays


The Procurement Officer will support the Head of Operations to provide a cost efficient and effective procurement service for EEM Ltd Members. You will be expected to carry out EU compliant public procurements, supporting members’ requirements and focusing on outcomes.


Main purpose of job

  • To support the Head of Operations in the provision of a cost efficient and effective procurement service for the Members of EEM Ltd
  • To undertake EU compliant public procurements supporting the members requirements and focused on outcomes.
  • To create, post and manage EU tenders using the Delta e-sourcing solution or the EEM E-Procurement platform in an auditable and compliant manner.
  • To work with the membership to compile specifications and tender documentation to meet the vast majority of members requirements.
  • To assist with the evaluation and scoring of tender submissions.
  • To work with new and existing members to identify efficiency savings available through the use of EEM and their compliant Frameworks and Contracts.
  • To liaise with manufacturers, distributors and contractors prior to tender engagement and following ensuring compliance and consistency is maintained.
  • To support the correct application of Frameworks and Call Off Contracts by Members.
  • To evaluate spend analysis with existing and potential new members providing transparent advice on best practice.
  • To attend events and or meetings as necessary being a representative of EEM.
  • To substitute for other EEM Employees in time of absence of during busy periods.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the successful procurement of frameworks, contracts and Call off contracts meeting the requirements of the membership.
  • To use the e-procurement solution and Contracts Finder to manage all stages of the procurement including adherence to the reporting requirements of the 2015 procurement legislation.
  • To support the Head of Operations in pro-actively planning procurements supporting the wider EEM membership.
  • To undertake compliant Public procurement that is focused upon the requirements of the membership from cradle to grave.
  • To meet the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
  • To work / liaise with the EEM membership to establish their priorities, business profile and future spend activity.
  • To liaise with the EEM membership and Contractors to identify improvements and lessons learnt from the use of previous Contracts and Frameworks building any lessons learnt into all future tender activity.
  • To facilitate workshops with members related to procurement activities that support the majority.
  • Represent EEM or substitute for the Head of Operations at meetings with members, contractors, fellow consortia or the Homes and Communities Agency as necessary.
  • To analyse annual savings generated through the use of the EEM Frameworks and Contracts, generate reports for the member.
  • To undertake administration duties where other resources are unavailable, working with a small team where all shall be treated equally.
  • To act in compliance at all times with EEM’s policies and procedures and Health and Safety requirements.


The job description accurately reflects the requirements of the post at the time of writing. It does not fully describe all activities, and all staff are required to operate flexibly within the company’s structure. Other activities commensurate with this job description may from time to time be undertaken by the job holder.

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For more information, call Rebecca on 01246 395603 or email rebecca@eem.org.uk


We’ve moved!

January 11th, 2018 by

Many of you will have visited the EEM team at our offices in Annesley, where we’ve been based for the past six years.

As the team has continued to grow and expand, to serve the ever-expanding Membership, we’ve outgrown our serviced offices and have made the move to lease our very own building, just off Junction 28 of the M1 in South Normanton – just a few minutes drive away.

With our own building, and a whole second floor of meeting space, the new offices not only help us to grow, they also provide our Members and Contractors with rooms to rent, which can be used for meetings/events and even product showcases. We provide free hot drinks and can arrange buffet food where required.

With excellent parking, easy access directly off the M1 and a number of nearby amenities, make sure you think of us the next time you need a meeting space to rent. We will be charging very low rates, with Members receiving a 50% discount on all room hire.

For those who didn’t attend our Office Open Day in December, please contact the team on 01246 395610 for more information on renting the office space.


Our new office address is:

Unit 3 Maisies Way
South Normanton
DE55 2DS


If you require further information on room rental then please get in touch via


Willow room



EEM External New Building


Setting the Standard for Best Practice: Sustainable Building Services & Nottingham City Homes

January 11th, 2018 by

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Highlighted by an independent energy efficiency report as delivering ‘exemplary performance in installing energy efficiency measures’, EEM contractor, Sustainable Building Services (SBS) has been working with Nottingham City Homes, to deliver a solid wall insulation scheme to more than 1,100 private and social housing properties. This partnership has been created via the EEM framework for EWI, IWI, Render Systems and associated works (EEM0046)

SBS worked with system designer PermaRock Products and energy firm E.ON to deliver the measures successfully across the city.

The scheme was praised for the way it had been devised, briefed and procured through EEM, and for the added value resulting from close collaboration. The report says: NCHs detailed knowledge of the housing stock meant they could develop a clear brief, and allowed them to structure the procurement around archetypes. (This) meant contractors could provide a competitive price. The bid process was weighted towards quality, technical knowledge, best value and a commitment to ensuring that the works would deliver important social benefits.’

Close collaboration from the start set the tone for the whole project. All partners shared an office and took a team-based approach to problem solving. SBS and PermaRock also set up a dedicated training centre where over 400 operatives received project-specific instruction.

Over the course of the last EEM framework, SBS was responsible for installing solid wall insulation to more than 2,750 properties, consistently delivering on budget and ahead of schedule. At the Building Communities Awards 2017, the company took home the Innovation Award, and was named Contractor of the Year.

EEM recently published its tender evaluation results for its new four-year solid wall insulation framework. In it SBS was ranked highest for quality and price across all five sub-lots.

New Bolsover Model Village – first tenants back home!

January 11th, 2018 by

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Procured through EEM Ltd using the framework for the Sustainable Refurnishment of historic buildings (EEM0062), Phase One of the New Bolsover Model Village renovation project is now complete.

Handover took place in November and EEM Member, Bolsover District Council, now has  tenants settled in their newly renovated homes.

The £10million project being delivered by Robert Woodhead Ltd began in November 2016. Woodhead Improve and Woodhead Heritage, the company’s specialist arms, are carrying out essential repairs and restoring architectural features including windows and doors at the 194 Grade II listed properties. The properties will also see their original features restored such as new cast iron rain water goods and re-pointing of brickwork and chimneys. In addition all 138 Council-owned properties will receive repairs to their roofs and internal thermal insulation.

As part of the scheme, training and work experience opportunities have been made available to local young people, with up to eight apprenticeships offered, 10 positions for local trades people, a tenant liaison officer and admin officer.

New tenants, Gemma Kennedy and Sam Warwick, moved from one property on the estate to another one, which was completed at the end of October. The couple are delighted with their new home.

“I love the way the house still has its classic look outside but is total modern on the inside,” said Gemma. “It will be much easier to decorate now and the new windows are amazing because they are better to clean compared to the old ones which were draughty and let the dirt in.”

Sam added: “We can’t believe how warm it is. We can have the heating on lower and the house retains the heat much better than our previous home, also you can’t hear any outside noise due to the quality of the insulation.”

Work continues on the New Bolsover Model Village as more and more properties are completed every month.


Watch the video and find out more about the transformation project





Mears work with EEM to achieve more benefits for EEM members based on ‘shared values’

January 11th, 2018 by


This year will mark the start of an initiative between EEM and one of its member contractors, Mears Group PLC, which will increase the annual throughput on materials by at least £40m.

This initiative will benefit all EEM members, putting us in a stronger position during 2018/19 negotiations. The plan could be officially launched at one of Mears’ Thought Leadership Conferences in the new year, giving the round-table style event the chance to discuss material pricing and identifying the best ways for the initiative to work.

Previously sceptical about procurement consortia, Ian Watson, Mears’ Procurement Director, said it was meeting EEM Chief Executive, Pete Smith, that changed his mind.

“Frankly before meeting Pete, I was always at odds with other procurement consortia I’d met. I couldn’t understand how they were going to add value to our business. But Pete’s not-for-profit mantra, giving the surplus back to members for community gain, meant it was just a no-brainer for me.

“EEM’s transparent and simple approach; ensuring every member, however big or small, still benefits from the same savings, along with their focus on communities and giving back to end users, really aligns with our own values as a company. Neither us or EEM makes a profit on the materials we buy, ensuring every saving made is passed back to the communities we serve.

“As a company we are also very committed to communities, offering every one of our employees the option to take two free days a year to complete voluntary work in our local communities. Knowing how strongly EEM feels about giving back to these communities, we felt working with them was a very natural move.”

Mears, which works on more than a million properties across the country, provides a range of services to its customers, from repairs and maintenance, to estate services, planned maintenance, new build, home improvement and housing management services.

Pete Smith, EEM’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Mears Group. We do truly share the same values and know the importance of supporting the organisations we work for, providing ultimate benefits to the customers.

“I look forward to working with the Mears team to maximise the benefits for all of the EEM members as we move forward into 2018. It’s going to be a fantastic year.”

Investing in IT – and still handing out community donations!

January 11th, 2018 by

Investing in IT – and still handing out community donations!

To improve our day-to-day service for Members, we’re investing part of the surplus we make in our IT services this year.

We’ll be creating a dedicated procurement portal, which will be more intuitive and help Members access information about the frameworks, materials and suppliers, easily and effectively. We will also be investing in greater IT analysis, helping our teams to be better informed, and therefore able to support Members and Contractors, with even more knowledge and statistics.

By creating an EEM Procurement platform we can be more proactive in our procurement activity, by having a holistic view of what our members are planning for the future, which should help bring even greater efficiencies. At least one other Consortia is proposing to support EEM during the development, enabling their members to take advantage of standardised procurement documents.

Although we will be investing in our IT services, this will not affect the Community Donations figure, which is also taken from the company’s surplus. This year, we still plan to invest £144,000 in our Members’ community projects, as part of our annual donations scheme.

We will be updating you during the year on our progress with the new IT procurement portal, available to Members later in 2018.

The Building Communities Awards 2018 – it’s coming!

January 11th, 2018 by

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This year’s Building Communities Awards will be held on Friday 16th February 2018 at the East Midlands Conference Centre.


The event will be sponsored by Nationwide Windows and Doors and we’re really looking forward to hosting around 400 housing and construction professionals to recognise the significant contribution social housing providers, contractors and manufacturers make to our communities.

We would like to congratulate all of last year’s winners and wish this year’s nominees the best of luck.

The shortlist was announced on Friday 22nd December and this year’s finalists are listed below:

Collaborative Working

Sponsored by Vinshire Plumbing & Heating


  • Fortem & Metropolitan
  • J Tomlinson & Ashfield District Council
  • Matthews and Tannert & Mansfield District Council
  • Robert Woodhead & Bolsover District Council


Community & Social Value

Sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint


  • Acis Group
  • J Tomlinson
  • Knightstone Housing
  • Robert Woodhead


Team of the Year

Sponsored by T&S Heating


  • Gedling Homes
  • J Tomlinson
  • Swift Fire and Security


Health and Safety

Sponsored by Cawarden Co


  • Derby Homes
  • DMW Safety
  • J Tomlinson
  • Jefferies Contractors


Tenant of the Year 

Sponsored by J Tomlinson


  • Dennis Rees OBE    (Derby Homes)
  • Jean Clark    (Newark and Sherwood Homes)
  • Pam Wills    (Hinckley and Bosworth)
  • Stuart Belshaw    (NCHA)



Sponsored by Dodd Group


  • Fortem
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Rykneld Homes
  • Robert Woodhead


Board Member of the Year

Sponsored by Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd


  • Kirsty Glover    (Derby Homes)
  • Lynn Clayton    (Newark and Sherwood Homes)


Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Fortem


  • Abigail Munn    (Gedling Homes)
  • Holly Osborn    (Derby Homes)
  • Jake Eames   (Ventro Group)


Project of the Year 

Sponsored by Hamilton 


  • Housing Plus
  • J Tomlinson and Ashfield District Council
  • Keepmoat
  • Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd


Social Housing New Build

Sponsored by Baily Garner


  • Keepmoat
  • Bolsover District Council  & Robert Woodhead
  • Nottingham City Homes & Robert Woodhead
  • North Kesteven District Council


Contractor of the Year

Sponsored by Vaillant


  • Gedling Homes
  • Keepmoat
  • Vinshire Plumbing & Heating
  • Sure Maintenance


Social Housing Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Grafton


  • Acis Group
  • Derby Homes
  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Rykneld Homes


Throughout 2017 we were raising money for our chosen charity- Dementia UK – much of which was possible thanks to those who attended the Building Communities Awards. Thanks to all of your support and generosity at last year’s event, we were able to raise a huge £28,000 to help the charity recruit and train Admiral Nurses to support families coping with Dementia across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


This year we are hoping to match, or maybe even exceed, last year’s fundraising target for Rainbows Hospice, a fantastic charity set up to care for children and young adults with life limiting conditions and also support their families through the most difficult of times.


There are just a few tickets left for the Awards evening, if you want to join the other 400 guests attending, then please get in touch with Sophia as soon as possible on sophia@eem.org.uk or call 07496 493053. For more information on the night, or to view the menu, as well as the raffle and auction prizes, please visit the website: www.bc-awards.co.uk


We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our sponsors on the night:

  • Nationwide Windows and Doors
  • Johnstone’s Paint
  • T&S Heating
  • Cawarden Co
  • J Tomlinson
  • Dodd Group
  • Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
  • Fortem
  • Hamilton Contractors
  • Baily Garner LLP
  • Vaillant
  • Grafton
  • Hodgson Sayers
  • Jewson
  • Westville Group
  • Total Reclaims
  • YBS Insulation
  • Robert Woodhead
  • Avonside
  • Rixonway
  • Matthews & Tannert




Community donations at work!

January 11th, 2018 by

Community donations at work!

 EEM has once again exceeded expectations, with increased turnover during the financial year 2016/2017, resulting in an operating surplus of £144,000, despite keeping commission on materials at just 1%.

 Being a ‘not for profit’ organisation, our surplus has been shared between the Members using our frameworks, all relative to their activity across the year. Shared in the form of community donations, the surplus is given back to each member, under strict instructions to use it for supporting the communities it serves.

 We have been contacted by several of our members to let us know what the donations have been spent on, with some examples below:

 Gedling Homes- Part of the £5,960 donation has been spent on running a ‘Theatre break for two’ competition to raise further funds for Cancer Research. The winners receive an overnight stay in London and top tickets to a show of their choice.

 Westworks-Aster Group- The £513 handed over has been put towards a community project at a school for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. Icknield School, Andover received a full refurbishment and this donation has supported this fantastic project.

 A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd- A1 had £8,179 donated by EEM and this money will be used to help with a new build community centre in the local community.

Supplier focus – Amble Electrical

January 11th, 2018 by

Amble Electrical

 Amble is ‘switched on for service’ this year

Amble Electrical is one of the UK’s leading wholesalers and distributors of electrical supplies, and one of the electrical contractors on EEM’s framework for the supply of LED lighting over the counter (EEM0045).

Amble focuses on the demand from the end user and adapts to meet their needs, and the needs of electrical wholesalers. Its customers need quality electrical supplies, in good time,from a reliable supply chain – a target Amble always aims to achieve.

One of Amble’s strengths in the industry is its commitment to satisfying the demands of customers and offering a wide range of products and solutions from today’s leading manufacturers. This,paired with its staff’s dedication to delivering excellent customer service, is the winning combination when seeking out a new supplier.

The company motto – ‘switched on for service’ – is verified by the NQA, which acredited Amble’s efficiency and professionalism with a prestigious ISO 9001 certificate.

A recent example of their work…

Birmingham University recently made the switch to LED lighting in its Medical School. Amble supported the university by providing LED replacements for 500 fittings.

The fittings were made specifically to the university’s specification  andsupplied with a specially made bezel fitting to adapt to the existing fitting holes.

Not only did the LED lighting solution look fantastic, it delivered over 50% energy saving, reduced the maintenance factor with no need to change the LED lamps, and also provided a £23,600 saving on the fittings, against the specified product quotation.

For more information, please contact info@eem.org.uk.








South Kesteven District Council

January 9th, 2018 by
South Kesteven

South Kesteven District Council are committed to creating the environment to provide good housing for all across South Kesteven. The growth plans for the district anticipate the development of thousands of homes in Grantham at the North West Quadrant/Poplar Farm and the Southern Quadrant creating employment and skills development opportunities over a number of years and encouraging people to live and work in the district.


Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

January 2nd, 2018 by
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd is a social landlord with 6,300 homes across Gwynedd. Over the past six years they have invested £137 million in their properties to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).


St Leger Homes

December 14th, 2017 by
St Leger

St. Leger Homes aim to manage Doncaster’s 21,000 council homes efficiently and to provide their customers with the highest standards of service.

  • They work with their tenants and partners to regenerate their neighbourhoods and bring improvements for their customers.
  • They support their tenants and partners in challenging crime and anti-social behaviour, which can have such a damaging impact on the quality of life in their communities.


HM Land Registry

November 30th, 2017 by
HM Land Reg

HM Land Registry register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.



November 29th, 2017 by

Bromford’s social purpose is to inspire people to the best that they can be. They believe that everyone has potential and they provide a range of services to enable their customers to unlock their potential.


Building Communities Awards 2018 – Deadline Extension!

November 20th, 2017 by

There’s only a limited time left to submit your entries for the BC Awards 2018.

The new deadline for all entries is 10pm on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

The categories for the 2018 awards are:

  • Collaborative Working
  • Community & Social Value
  • Team of the Year
  • Health & Safety
  • Tenant of the Year
  • Training
  • Board Member of the Year**
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Social Housing New Build
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Registered Social Housing Provider**

**Open to EEM Member organisations only.


If you would like to enter one or more categories, please click here to download the Awards Application Pack.

Please send the completed pack along with your submission(s) to Sophia (Events & Communications Officer): sophia@eem.org.uk once completed.

For more information about the BC Awards, please visit the Awards website: www.bc-awards.co.uk.











The Gateshead Housing Company

November 14th, 2017 by
Gateshead Housing Company

The Gateshead Housing Company are a non-profit organisation responsible for the day-to-day management of almost 20,000 homes. They aim to provide quality homes and customer-focused services in Gateshead.


Ability Housing

November 13th, 2017 by

Ability Housing are a company limited by guarantee and registered at Companies House, a registered charity, and a registered provider with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA). At Ability, ‘to live more independently’ means customers having more choice and control over their lives, and having equal access to housing, mobility, health, employment and community involvement.


EEM BC Awards Applications

November 2nd, 2017 by
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There’s only a limited time remaining to submit your applications for the 2018 BC Awards taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Friday the 16th of February 2018.

The categories are:

  • Collaborative Working
  • Community & Social Value
  • Team of the Year
  • Health & Safety
  • Tenant of the Year
  • Training
  • Board Member of the Year*
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Social Housing New Build
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Registered Social Housing Provider* 

*Open to EEM Member organisations only.

If you would like to send an application for one or more of the categories, please refer to the BC Awards website for more information: www.bc-awards.co.uk/nominations.

If you would like to attend the event, discuss sponsorship opportunities or donate a raffle prize, please e-mail EEM’s Events & Communications Officer Sophia Cox: sophia@eem.org.uk.

EEM Materials Framework Now Ready to Use!

October 31st, 2017 by

The new EEM framework covering the Supply and Distribution of Materials (EEM0068) is now ready to use.

The successful contractors are;

  • Grafton Merchanting GB
  • Jewson
  • Wolseley
  • Bradfords

For more information in relation to the framework, please click here.


Warwick DC

October 19th, 2017 by
Warwick DC

Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire.

  • It is a major landlord in its own right, letting and managing over 5,000 properties at affordable rents.
  • It maintains a housing register for those requiring social housing in the district and for dealing with homelessness.
  • The council also works with other social landlords, normally housing associations, to ensure additional affordable housing is built, working closely with the planning department.
  • The Private Sector Housing Team is responsible for inspecting privately owned properties that are rented out.


EEM BC Awards 2018 – Entries Now Open!

October 17th, 2017 by

It’s time to start putting together your entries for the Building Communities Awards 2018! We’re inviting all those in the housing and construction industry to enter one or more of our new and improved categories for this year.

Have a look below to find out more about the categories and writing your entries. It’s free to enter and all submissions must be sent to us by 10pm on Monday 20th November 2017.

We will announce the shortlist on Friday 15th December 2017, and the awards ceremony will take place on Friday 16th February 2018.


The Event

Hosted by EEM Ltd, the annual black tie event expects to see nearly 400 housing and construction professionals this year at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Tickets are priced at £60+VAT (tables seat ten guests). As well as the awards ceremony itself, the event will include a drinks reception, three course dinner, charity auction and raffle. It will be followed by live entertainment, midnight snacks and for those staying over, or just staying out late, there will be a cashless casino set up in the De Vere Orchard Hotel next door.


Applying for an Award Category

To apply for a category, please complete the Awards Application Entry Pack. You can access and save the Pack template by clicking here. Please return your completed entry to sophia@eem.org.uk.


Writing your Entry

  • Entries should be submitted by email to sophia@eem.org.uk before 10pm on Monday 20th November 2017. EEM Ltd reserve the right to extend the deadline.
  • Late entries will be rejected unless circumstances are exceptional, in which case EEM Ltd will make the final decision about whether to accept the late entry.
  • Entries must include a 50 word summary, which will be used for PR purposes and therefore must not contain confidential information.
  • Entries will be no more than 1,000 words, which should not be covered in the supporting document. Entries (apart from the summary as stated above) will be treated as confidential by EEM Ltd and the judging panel.
  • Supporting materials can be submitted to help the judges evaluate your entry. Material could include reviews, media coverage and additional information about your entry, as well as any details on partner organisations which contributed.
  • Each entry can include up to five supporting photos and up to three videos (specifically relevant to the category and entry submission), supplied as web-accessible links.
  • At the time and date of submission, entrants agree that the information supplied is truthful and accurate.
  • All shortlisted organisations will be posted on both the EEM and Building Communities Awards websites on Friday 15th December.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries one organisation can make.
    • Please ensure you have secured the appropriate rights and clearances for all materials and images submitted. The Building Communities Awards or EEM Ltd will not be liable for any copyright, trademark, patent infringement held against entries.
    • Entrants must have the written permission of any third party involved in the entry, or with whom they have worked on the project, prior to its submission in these awards.
  • There is no entry fee, although at least one representative must be present at the awards ceremony on Friday 16th February 2018 for all shortlisted organisations.
  • All winners will receive one glass/acrylic award. If you would like a duplicate award manufacturing, please advise at the time of entry. Duplicates will be chargeable to the entrant.
  • A category may not be entered by the organisation providing sponsorship for that particular category.
  • All categories are awarded based on the decision of our independent panel of judges.
  • The decision of the judges is final and numerical scores only will be provided on request as feedback to any non-shortlisted entrant. Judges may not be approached by entrants for additional feedback.


The Categories

Collaborative Working Award (max 1,000 words)

For this award, judges will be looking to see shining examples of partnerships, which have resulted in successful programmes of work. Entrants must demonstrate how they have collaborated with others, taken a seamless approach, aligned values and shared best practice and risk. You should show how working together as one, you were able to innovate and find better ways of working, sharing skills to solve problems and taking on challenges head on. Use facts, figures and supporting information to show how effective your approach was, and the difference it made.


Community and Social Value Award (max 1,000 words)

This award will be presented to the organisation which shows the greatest understanding of the communities it has been working in, and delivered notable benefits for local people and the surrounding environment. Judges will be looking to see positive community impact, examples of the social value achieved, backed up with tangible facts and figures, outlining clearly what level of value has been added through a project.


Team of the Year Award (max 1,000 words)

Whether your team works together on site, delivers an ongoing service within an organisation, or even brings different people together on a project, such as a group of residents, judges will be looking for the team that works best together to achieve shared goals. It’s important to show what the team does best collaboratively, as well as making it clear what the individual contributions have been, and how people’s skills and attributes were crucial to its success. Identify how the team has overcome challenges, communicated efficiently and successfully, and achieved measurable results.


Health and Safety Award (max 1,000 words)

Open to all sectors of the construction industry, this award will be presented to the organisation which can demonstrate a real commitment to compliance with health and safety legislation. Judges will want to see how entrants have employed an innovative approach to implementing systems, while embedding health and safety requirements into a companywide policy, or a particular project. You must be able to show how your success was measured and recorded, demonstrating quantifiable improvements.


Training Award (max 1,000 words)

Judges will be looking to present this award to the organisation which shows how training and development sits at the heart of everything it does. Entrants can focus on all aspects of training and employee development, from apprenticeship schemes to work experience, community-driven initiatives and even targeted higher education programmes. The entry should show how an organisation works with external training providers, further and higher education establishments, as well as highlighting the innovative ways an organisation has delivered schemes successfully.


Social Housing New Build Award (max 1,000 words)

A new category for 2018, this award will be presented to a contractor, registered social housing provider (or both), which has delivered an outstanding new build project. Judges will be looking for quality in design, innovation in build delivery, not to mention the added value initiatives which delivering wider benefits to the communities surrounding new build sites. Entrants must evidence how the success of the project was measured, the impact it had on the end user, as well as the challenges overcome and lessons learnt to achieve best practice.


Tenant of the Year Award (max 1,000 words)

This award celebrates an individual tenant who has gone the extra mile to improve the lives of others. Judges will be looking for someone who carries out work in their own community, and the wider area, delivering projects to improve the local environment, or the day-to-day lives of their neighbours, or a specific group of fellow residents. The category also celebrates those individuals committed to working alongside their landlords to improve services to others.


Board Member of the Year Award (EEM Members Only) (max 1,000 words)

Open to EEM members only, this award will be presented to a Board Member who has shown outstanding service to their organisation through the giving go their time, talents and resources. New to the Building Communities Awards this year, this category will celebrate the Board Members who go above and beyond their expected role, giving their all to furthering the goals and objectives of the organisation they represent. Judges want to hear examples of how a Board Members has led the organisation towards further success, supporting and developing an overall business strategy.


Apprentice of the Year Award (max 1,000 words)

This award will be presented to an apprentice who has shown the most dedication to both their job and training, seizing opportunities to develop and working hard to achieve their qualifications. Judges are looking for an individual who has made a significant contribution to their employer, the team they work in, and the people they are working for. Entries must demonstrate how an apprentice has worked as part of a team, what they have done to further themselves and develop new skills, and how their aspirations for the future have helped motivate them to achieve more. Include examples of the challenges an individual has faced, what barriers to learning they may have experienced, and how they overcame them.


Project of the Year Award (max 1,000 words)

In under 1,000 words, judges are looking for entrants to show how effectively an organisation, or a team of partners, has delivered an outstanding project efficiently, within budget to an excellent standard. From innovative design, to a positive health and safety record and the quality of the finished product, entrants must be able to demonstrate the success of their project through statistics, figures and anecdotal evidence of particular initiatives, community schemes or innovations.


Contractor of the Year Award (max 1,000 words)

In looking for the Contractor of the Year, the judges will expect to see examples of those contractors who have exceeded required levels of health and safety, found ways to reduce construction costs, brought projects in before time, while demonstrating business performance improvement. Entrants must show examples of successful project delivery, overall business objectives which aim to achieve positive outcomes for clients, such as social value, and demonstrate how they have successfully overcome challenges.


Registered Social Housing Provider Award (EEM Members Only) (max 1,000 words)

For EEM members only, this award will be presented to a registered social housing provider, which demonstrates best practice in building communities across the region it serves. Judges will be looking for an organisation which embraces collaboration with its contractors and builds strong relationships with project partners, stakeholders and communities. An organisation, which not only employs a supply chain, but supports it and demonstrates an understanding of the importance of local labour, and supporting a local supply chain to deliver a wider impact on the regional economy. The entrant must show how it puts its customers first, through positive collaboration with its key partners.


If you have any questions in relation to the application process, sponsorship opportunities or reservations, please e-mail EEM’s Events & Communications officer, Sophia Cox: sophia@eem.org.uk.



Brighton & Hove City Council

September 25th, 2017 by
Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove City Council is the local authority of the city of Brighton and Hove which is a city in East Sussex, in South East England.


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