Efficiency East Midlands was formed in July 2010 when the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) approached Pete Smith (now EEM Chief Executive) who was working at Nottingham City Homes at the time. The idea behind EEM was that if organisations collaborated to procure in bulk, substantial savings could be made. With 35 years Public Sector experience, Pete set up Efficiency East Midlands, starting with just 5 founding members within the East Midlands region.
Now 8 years on EEM has 135 members who have an aggregated stock of over 1.5m properties across the whole of the UK.
EEM membership is free and members are not charged any fee to access any of the services that EEM provides. A small commission is built into the rates that EEM members pay for their goods and services and then the supplier will pass the commission to EEM, making the process extremely simple for EEM members; there are no complicated rebates.
We are now supporting the NHS and Regional Police as well as Housing Associations, Local Authorities, ALMOs, Universities and Academies. This mix brings about a membership that has vastly different stock numbers, governance arrangements, procurement strategies and investment profiles. The communities served are also quite different, ranging from major cities through to suburban and semi-rural environments.
As a not for profit company, any operating surplus is distributed to the members via a Community Donation scheme. The funds are allocated based upon each member’s spend through EEM frameworks. The Donations are given to the member strictly for the use of supporting the communities it serves and not to support budgets or work that the member should be doing as a right. Over the last 3 years almost £388,000 has been donated, with a further £170,000 due to be distributed in 2018. To read where the latest donations have been spent, please click here.
The EEM model
EEM has retained its lean and efficient model, with only 11 members of staff, including the employment of 3 apprentices through the East Midlands Chamber. Although EEM is a Ltd company, the staff are paid on local authority wages and the business very much runs like a public sector organisation.
EEM works so well because members work together to deliver sophisticated asset management solutions, driving both quality up and cost down. By planning and delivering their asset investment programmes collaboratively, EEM members secure cost savings and added value “non- cashable” benefits. We work directly with members, contractors and the supply chain to work more effectively and to co-ordinate a range of employment and training initiatives.
EEM’s vision is to develop a collaborative working approach that delivers the fullest possible range of organisational, financial and social benefits. Some of the EEM members are already individually taking advantage of the benefits derived from partnership working with their supply chain, but there is a clear vision to combine individual best practice to establish a platform that can increase the benefits for all member organisations and thereby deliver a framework of social benefits whereby the sum is much greater than the parts, benefiting the region as a whole.
“EEM, guided by its membership, will continuously promote and share good procurement practice and collaborative working with its supply chain with the specific aims of increasing the effectiveness of services to tenants and investing in the communities its members serve.”
EEM is a not for profit company – Company Number 7762614
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