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New Framework: Passive Fire Protection

November 21st, 2018 by

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

 

This framework is now live and ready for call offs.

 

*Please click here for the full framework report*

 

SCOPE OF WORKS

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

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

 

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS & SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTORS

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

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

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

 

CALL-OFF OPTIONS

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

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

 

BENEFITS OF USING THE FRAMEWORK

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

 

ACCESS TO THE FRAMEWORK

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

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

 

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

 

 

Building Communities Awards 2019: DEADLINE EXTENSION

November 7th, 2018 by

The Building Communities Awards 2019

Sponsored by J Tomlinson

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Deadline Extension!

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

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

 


BRAND NEW CATEGORIES

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

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

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

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

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


DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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


TICKETS

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


 

SPONSORSHIP

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

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

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

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


 

CHARITY FUNDRAISING:  DONATIONS OF PRIZES URGENTLY NEEDED

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

All fundraising and ticket surplus will benefit:

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

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


 

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

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

Anchor Trust

October 29th, 2018 by
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The Anchor Group is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing, care and support to people over 55 years old.

www.anchor.org.uk

North Warwickshire Borough Council

October 29th, 2018 by
North Warwickshire

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

www.northwarks.gov.uk

Open days, factory tours and training

September 24th, 2018 by

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

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

🡆   Would you benefit from some hands on product training?

 

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

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

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

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

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Working with other consortia

September 24th, 2018 by

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

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

Principles behind what we are trying to do:

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

 

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

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

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


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

The categories for the DPS are:

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

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

 

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

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Supplier Engagement Days

September 24th, 2018 by

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Free Seminar: Social Housing Green Paper

September 24th, 2018 by

FREE SEMINAR

SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER: What it means for Asset Management

Delivered by legal experts Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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

Date
Wednesday 10th October 2018

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

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

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

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

 

Trowers Hamlin

How EEM has achieved GDPR compliancy

September 21st, 2018 by

GDPR Compliancy

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

The tasks undertaken so far are:

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

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

 

 

Framework and DPS News

September 21st, 2018 by

 

🡆 FRAMEWORKS: OUT TO TENDER

Passive Fire Protection (EEM0053)
This replaces our current Fire Door Set framework and covers all passive fire works including fire doors, compartmentalisation works and health checks.
The new framework will be ready to use from 12th November 2018.
Please note that we are no longer able to make awards through the previous framework.
Please contact alex@eem.org.uk if you would like more information.

Supply of Electrical Materials (EMC0010)
To supplement our existing electrical materials supply we are looking to appoint up to 4 additional suppliers. This framework will also cover the supply of LED Lighting materials.
The new framework will be ready to use from November 2018.


🡆 FRAMEWORKS: COMING SOON

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

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

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

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


🡆 Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS): Ready for Applications & Mini Tenders

Property Preservation Works (DPS0004)
This DPS for Property Preservation Works is now live and incorporates damp proofing works. Please click here for further details.


🡆 Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS):  Ready for Applications

Development Contractors (DPS0005)
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.
All EEM members automatically have access to this arrangement. Please contact info@eem.org.uk for more information.


🡆 Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS):  Coming Soon

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

 

 

 

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

September 20th, 2018 by

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 


 

EEM Donation helps to support people living with dementia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Entries now accepted for Building Communities Awards

September 20th, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Other sponsors confirmed so far are:

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

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

 

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

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

Examples of previous donations can be viewed here.

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

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

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


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

 

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

EEM Showcase: Wed 10 October 2018, Nottingham

September 20th, 2018 by

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All public sector organisations are invited to the EEM Showcase which is an exhibition providing a relaxed and friendly opportunity to network with around 80 of the contractors, manufacturers and suppliers available to utilise compliantly through EEM frameworks.

 
Date               Wednesday 10th October 2018
Time               Doors open between 9am to 4pm
Venue            Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2PX
Lunch            Complimentary buffet lunch and refreshments provided
Admission   Free entry for all public sector organisations.
                         Register for free at www.eemshowcase2018.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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EEM announced as winner of Community Impact Award

September 10th, 2018 by

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

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

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

In the submission, EEM explained how:

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

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

Click here to watch our reaction to winning!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Leeds City Council

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

www.leeds.gov.uk

DeMontfort University

August 31st, 2018 by
De Montfort

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

www.dmu.ac.uk

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

August 30th, 2018 by
kettering nhs

Kettering General Hospital aims to provide high-quality care to individuals, communities and the population they serve.

www.kgh.nhs.uk

Thirteen Group

August 23rd, 2018 by
Thirteen

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

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

www.thirteengroup.co.uk

Stonewater

August 17th, 2018 by
Stonewater

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

www.stonewaterhomes.co.uk

Rugby Borough Council

August 17th, 2018 by
Rugby

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

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

www.rugby.gov.uk

Redditch Borough Council

August 3rd, 2018 by
redditch

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

www.redditchbc.gov.uk

Lincolnshire Police

August 3rd, 2018 by
Lincolnshire police

Lincolnshire Police’s objectives are to:

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

www.lincs.police.uk

Supply Engagement Day: Welcoming contractors who are looking for opportunities

August 2nd, 2018 by

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Morning session

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

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

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

Afternoon session

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

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

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

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


Beckfoot Trust

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

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

www.beckfoottrust.org

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

July 26th, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Framework and DPS News

July 17th, 2018 by

Frameworks recently awarded

 

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

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

 

Frameworks out to tender

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Frameworks coming soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DPS - ready for applicants and mini tenders

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

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

 

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

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

 

DPS - ready for applicants

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

 

DPSs coming soon

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

 


 

Collaboration Development Contractor Framework

July 16th, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


For contractors wishing to join this DPS:  Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rushmoor Borough Council

July 3rd, 2018 by
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Rushmoor Borough Council’s main objectives include;

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

www.rushmoor.gov.uk

EEM shortlisted for two categories at the Derbyshire Business Awards

June 29th, 2018 by

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

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

 

Community Impact

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

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

 

Apprentice of the Year: Brogan Bullimore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 

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Advance

June 19th, 2018 by
Advance

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

www.advanceuk.org

Peabody

June 19th, 2018 by
Peabody

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

www.peabody.org.uk

Southern Health NHS Foundation

June 14th, 2018 by
Southern Health

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

www.southernhealth.nhs.uk

Leicestershire Police

June 13th, 2018 by
Leicestershire Police

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

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

leics.police.uk

 

Information for Showcase Exhibitors

June 7th, 2018 by

Information for Showcase exhibitors

Information for Showcase Exhibitors 2018

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The Problem with Common Toilet Seats…

May 24th, 2018 by

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

 

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

 

The following reviews are a handful of typical complaints;

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

 

Flexi-Fix Toilet Seats

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 Adjustable V Plate

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

 Collapsible Supports

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

 Grip Pad

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

 Versatile Fixing

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

 Suitable for Everyone  

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Irwell Valley Housing Association

May 23rd, 2018 by
Irwell

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

www.irwellvalleyha.co.uk

 

Lewisham Homes

May 16th, 2018 by
Lewisham

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

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

www.lewishamhomes.org.uk

Working with other Consortia

May 14th, 2018 by

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

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

Principles behind what we are trying to do:

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

Examples of where we are working together:

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

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Investing in IT to support the EEM membership

May 14th, 2018 by

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


 

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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.

 


 

Dacorum Borough Council

May 10th, 2018 by
Dacorum

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

• A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

• Building strong and vibrant communities

• Ensuring economic growth and prosperity

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

• Delivering an efficient and modern council

www.dacorum.gov.uk

EEM Launches New Modular Homes DPS

May 9th, 2018 by

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

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

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

Properties can be delivered to site:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details please click here.

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New Build Project – Robert Woodhead Ltd & North West Leicestershire District Council

May 9th, 2018 by

Tenants move into first new-build council homes for three decades

 The first council homes to be built in North West Leicestershire for 27 years have just been completed.

The two houses and four bungalows have been built on North West Leicestershire District Council-owned sites at Linford Crescent and Verdon Crescent in Coalville.

The council’s contractor, Robert Woodhead Ltd, has built the new homes which tenants are now moving into. All of the homes have been made available to residents on the council’s housing waiting list at an affordable rental cost. A further 11 new homes will be handed over to the council in June at Linford Crescent.

Of the first three tenants to move in, two have been waiting for a new home that can cater for their medical needs and another is moving from a larger two-bedroom council home, making it available for another family to move into.

Procurement consortium, EEM Ltd, supported NWLDC in setting up the relationship with Robert Woodhead Ltd and building the partnership that is delivering this building programme across the district.

Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, said: “Although our role is to get contracts signed, organise the paperwork and secure agreements at the start of these programmes, we take a great pride in seeing projects progress and in meeting the people that truly benefit once work is completed. Seeing tenants starting out in their new home is the real reward for our hard work.”

The new homes have been built on the sites of disused garages and an empty block of flats while another similar site was used to build a brand new community centre which has been handed over to the Linford and Verdon Tenants and Residents Association.

NWLDC’s building of council homes continues in earnest with a further seven homes in Staley Road and Smedley Avenue, Ashby, due for completion this summer. Planning permission was also granted in February for 24 council homes to be built on Ashby Road in Coalville at the site of the former police station.


Councillor Roger Bayliss, Portfolio Holder for Housing at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “This is a real landmark moment for the council as we increase our housing stock and provide much needed affordable homes for people in the district.
“We strongly believe in investing in our communities and making our district a place that people are proud to call home. Building council homes is a huge step towards achieving this and marks the start of an exciting time for NWLDC and our tenants.”

Michael Edwards has moved into a one-bedroom bungalow with his wife Susan. He said: “This is going to make such a huge difference to us – we needed to find somewhere that meets our needs and was all on one floor.
“I think it was long overdue for new council homes to be built and I think it’s great that NWLDC have started doing this again. A massive thank you from us as this really is life changing for us.”

Angela Bancroft is a tenant with health requirements that also made her a perfect fit for one of the new bungalows. She said: “This is going make such a difference to me and my health. I never dreamt in a million years that I’d be given this chance – it is a lifeline for me and I’m so grateful.
“Thank you to the council and all the staff that have helped me so much. I can’t wait to move in and get settled, it’s a huge relief and my health is going to benefit immediately.”

Craig Pygall, Construction Director for Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “It’s been fantastic to support NWLDC on its first council house building programme in a generation. We’ve been really pleased at the progress so far, and look forward to completing the scheme later this year. I wish the new tenants all the best, they’re really going to benefit from living in these energy efficient, secure and modern homes.”

 

 


 

Case Study: Kitchen Upgrades

May 9th, 2018 by

Kitchen Upgrades at the Patchills Centre

Client Brunts Charity
Contractor  Matthews & Tannert
Manufacturer  Rixonway Kitchens
Framework   EEM0057 – Kitchen and Bathroom Installations
Contract   JCT Measured Term 2016
Programme  Sep-Dec 2017 – 12 weeks
Value   £102,500


 

Introduction
The Patchills Centre is owned and managed by Brunts Charity and provides sheltered accomodation to the elderly in the form of 158 properties (25 flats and 133 bungalows).
It benefits from a large community centre from where site wardens are based that runs fitness classes, bingo and a lunch club.
The 17 year old kitchens within the flats were in desperate need of an upgrade.


Procurement
Brunts Charity approached EEM to assist with the procurement of a contractor to undertake these works. Matthews & Tannert were selected from the EEM framework for the installation of kitchens and bathrooms due to their locality and the suitability of works.
Rixonway Kitchens were selected to provide the units due to them being EEM’s compliantly procured manufacturer.


The Project
A total of 23 flats and a bungalow required kitchen upgrades within The Patchills complex.

Works Undertaken

Preparation
The kitchens were emptied of white goods and cooking appliances and re-connected elsewhere for use where possible. All existing kitchen units, worktops, sink, tiling and other wall coverings, flooring, skirting boards were stripped out. Walls received new plaster skim and new curtain battens were fitted.

Kitchen Installation
Rixonway kitchen units (Trieste Range) were installed (up to 8 units per kitchen) with soft close drawers. New kitchen work tops and supports were installed to pre-determined specifications. New sinks were installed as well as uPVC window cill board and new cooker restraint chains.

Floor Covering & Decoration
New vinyl flooring was fitted, as selected from the range by the tenant. Walls, ceilings & woodwork were decorated with two coats of emulsion paint, as selected by the tenant.

Electric Wiring

The kitchens were re-wired and tested upon completion with certificates issued.


Challenges

The flats were occupied by elderly tenants who required minimal disruption.
Communication was key, so all tenants were briefed in advance so they knew what to expect.
As the flats are occupied, white goods and other items were re-connected in the living rooms and other locations so they could still be utilised. Tenants were also able to access the communal kitchen area.
A quick turnaround was required to minimise disruption so a timeline of 7-10 days per 4-6 kitchens was established. Although there was a slight delay in some of the materials being delivered, Matthews & Tannert managed to work around the issues and still complete the project on time.
A co-ordination schedule was set up to allow skimmers, plasterers, electricians, kitchen fitters, tilers, flooring fitters and decorators to complete their works as efficiently as possible.
Certains works were sub-contracted so quality control needed to be closely monitored. Brunts Charity were pleased to see any issues were addressed and corrected promptly by Matthews & Tannert.


 

Results

The kitchens were successfully completed within the timeframe, before the busy Christmas period.
Brunts Charity consider this to be an investment into the well-being of the residents as well as the infrastructure of the complex. They recognise the positive impact these works have had on the morale and social well being of the tenants.
Brunts had not previously worked with Matthews & Tannert but following this successful project, more works have been awarded to the local contractor.


 

Feedback

“With a considerable investment, Brunts charity completely upgraded 23 flat kitchens and 1 bungalow taking into account the specific needs of our elderly resident, who were living on-site during renovation. It was imperative that the Patchills site project could bring together successful stakeholder engagement in order to achieve successful outcomes within a tight time-frame of three months.
“EEM Project Officer, Louisa Payne, ensured we were linked into a professional network of contractors and suppliers and the outcome was a project delivered to our complete satisfaction, with all expectations met.”
Paul Williams – Operations Manager, Brunts Charity

“Further to the pre start meeting with Brunts and Matthews & Tannert (M&T) Rixonway commenced and completed all surveys within 26 days.  M&T placed their call off order and deliveries were made on time throughout November/December.   The work  went very  well,  and  working  with  Matthews & Tannert ensured that the programme not only met but exceeded both the clients and residents expectations.
“Following the completion of the flats, as a demonstration of our support to the communities that we work within, Rixonway donated a kitchen to the communal area. The Trieste mid gloss kitchen with beech worktops and tapered D handles reflected the residents own kitchens.”
Kath Almond – Sales Development Manager, Rixonway Kitchens


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Ideal Boiler prices held for EEM Members for 2018

May 9th, 2018 by

We have some good news from Ideal Boilers to share:

 

Prices Held via EEM for 2018

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

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

 


 

The Ideal Touch RF Thermostat – Boiler Plus Ready

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

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

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

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

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

Retrofit options are also available.

 

 


 

Contractor Connect

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

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

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

 


 

Upcoming EEM Events

May 4th, 2018 by

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


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

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

Building Communities Awards 2019
Friday 15th February 2019

Flooring training for our data team

May 2nd, 2018 by

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Rowena at the big show

EEM welcomes new team members

May 2nd, 2018 by

To ensure consistent support to the rapidly expanding membership, the EEM team has grown and we have seen some changes of job titles as careers within the company progress.

We would like to welcome the latest members of the EEM team:

Kulraj Singh Johal   Data Administration Apprentice
“I joined the team in January 2018 when I embarked upon an apprenticeship programme through the East Midlands Chamber. I am now a Data Administration Apprentice working alongside Senior Data Analyst, Rowena Jones, undertaking benchmarking activities and spend reports for EEM members.”

Alex Branson Procurement Officer
“I was elated to become a member of the EEM team on 5th March 2018 as Procurement Officer, where I will be responsible for undertaking mini competitions and establishing frameworks that our members can procure from, ensuring they achieve best value and greater efficiencies. My background is a mix of procurement, finance and data analysis so I am confident that my experience and skill set will aid me in my new and rewarding role and future career with such a professional and dedicated team.”

Roxy Kern Projects and Procurement Apprentice
“I joined EEM in April 2018 and I am honoured and thrilled to be part of such a focused, hardworking and driven team. I have an extensive background in customer service and I am really looking forward to using these skills in my role as Projects and Procurement Apprentice.”

Rowena Jones has been promoted to Senior Data Analyst

Brogan Bullimore has completed her apprenticeship and become a permanent member of the EEM team as a Procurement Administrator.

 

To see photos of the EEM team and more about them please visit www.eem.org.uk/meet-the-team

 

 

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Harrow Council

May 2nd, 2018 by
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Harrow Council are ambitious as an organisation and ambitious for the London Borough of Harrow. The council’s top three priorities are about meeting future challenges and building a thriving, modern and inclusive borough.

The three priorities in the plan are:

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

www.harrow.gov.uk

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