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EEM present £33,000 cheque to Rainbows Children’s Hospice

March 27th, 2018 by

In February 2018, EEM hosted the 4th annual Building Communities Awards at the East Midlands Conference Centre where £33,000 was raised for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

On 21 March, members of EEM staff had the privilege of visiting Rainbows to take a tour of the facilities, meet some of the staff and handover the money raised.

Without the support of the EEM network in the form of sponsorship, ticket sales, the donation of auction lots and raffle prizes and additional cash donations we would not have been able to achieve such a wonderful donation for Rainbows. A huge thank you to our headline sponsor, Nationwide Windows & Doors.

David Strudley, CEO of Rainbows said “What an amazing achievement to cap a truly brilliant evening! EEM set a target of £30,000 but raised a staggering £33,000.
“On behalf of the children and families, as well as the staff of Rainbows, heartfelt thanks for a magnificent event and a wonderful example of unstinting support. Thank you”

If anyone has any suggestions for the EEM charity of the year 2019, please email sophia@eem.org.uk


Case Study: Family homes replace unused wasteland in Tibshelf

March 22nd, 2018 by

Twelve families have taken up residence in the latest homes to be built as part of Bolsover’s first council house building programme in a generation.


The B@Home Partnership, set up by Bolsover District Council, contractor Woodhead Living and procurement consortium EEM Ltd, has so far seen 33 homes built across the district.


The latest 12 two bedroom family homes on Derwent Drive in Tibshelf, are providing much-needed family housing to local people. The energy efficient properties are built with a ‘fabric first’ approach, which means each home is well insulated, secure, warm, modern and built to last.


Bolsover District Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s always a pleasure to meet up with the families who will benefit from our new housing stock.


“We are proud of our achievements so far and delighted to be building quality homes for our communities and thanks to our contractor, Robert Woodhead Ltd, we are setting a high standard for the future of our District.”


Throughout the project, Woodhead Living’s site team has engaged as much as possible with the local community. From working with Tibshelf School to offer ten pupils work experience places, to taking on a local lad through a Traineeship programme, and offering him a full-time apprenticeship, to taking a group of school pupils on site visits, the project has enabled Woodhead to get involved with local construction workers of the future.


Tibshelf School students also built 20 bird boxes and tables, which have been installed around the site to encourage local wildlife to return to the development.


Woodhead has also worked with 19 local sub contractors, keeping 95% of its business from within 40 miles of the site, and buying 81% of its materials from within a 20 mile radius.


Woodhead Living Project Manager, Michael Faflik, said: “This site has transformed, and these energy efficient homes will make a huge difference to the families moving in. We’ve done as much as we can throughout the build to involve local subcontractors, engage with the local community and share our experience of the construction industry with young people living nearby.”



Building Communities Awards 2018 – What a result!

February 20th, 2018 by

Thank you…

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in making the Building Communities Awards 2018 the biggest and best event EEM has ever held.

Without the support of the EEM network in the form of sponsorship, ticket sales, the donation of auction lots and raffle prizes and additional cash donations we would not have been able to achieve such a wonderful donation for our chosen charity. A huge thank you to our headline sponsor, Nationwide Windows & Doors.


A total of £33,000 was raised for Rainbows Hospice


David Strudley, CEO of Rainbows said “What an amazing achievement to cap a truly brilliant evening! EEM set a target of £30,000 but raised a staggering £33,000.
“On behalf of the children and families, as well as the staff of Rainbows, heartfelt thanks for a magnificent event and a wonderful example of unstinting support. Thank you”


We are delighted to be able to share the professional photos with you, taken by Dan Matthams danmatthamsphotography@outlook.com.
Please click here to view them on our Facebook page and feel free to download any of them to use on social media and websites. The hashtag for the event is #BCAwards18


Next year
The Building Communities Awards 2019 will be held at the Athena in Leicester on Friday 15th February 2019. If you would like to recommend an act for the entertainment, an alternative host or anything else, please contact Sophia.


…and congratulations!


Well done to everyone who was shortlisted this year and especially to all runner ups and winners. The shortlist is announced below.



Health & Safety Award
Sponsored by Cawarden Co 
Winner         J Tomlinson
Runner Up   Derby Homes
Finalist          DMW Safety
Finalist          Jefferies Contractors


Team of the Year Award
Sponsored by T&S Heating 
Winner         GH Response
Runner Up   Swift Fire & Security
Finalist          J Tomlinson


Contractor of the Year Award
Sponsored by Vaillant
Winner         ENGIE
Runner Up   Gedling Homes
Finalist          Vinshire Plumbing & Heating
Finalist          Sure Maintenance


Board Member of the Year Award
Sponsored by Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
Winner         Kirsty Glover – Nominated by Derby Homes
Runner Up   Lynn Clayton – Nominated by Newark and Sherwood Homes


Community & Social Value Award
Sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint
Winner         Knightstone Housing
Runner Up   J Tomlinson
Finalist          Robert Woodhead
Finalist          Acis


Training Award
Sponsored by Dodd Group
Winner         Rykneld Homes
Runner Up   Robert Woodhead
Finalist          Fortem
Finalist          Nottingham City Homes


Tenant of the Year Award
Sponsored by J Tomlinson
Winner         Dennis Rees OBE – Nominated by Derby Homes
Runner Up   Stuart Belshaw – Nominated by NCHA
Finalist          Pam Wills – Nominated by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
Finalist          Jean Clark – Nominated by Newark and Sherwood Homes


Collaborative Working Award
Sponsored by Vinshire Plumbing & Heating
Winner         J Tomlinson with Ashfield District Council
Runner Up   Matthews & Tannert with Mansfield District Council
Finalist          Fortem with Metropolitan
Finalist          Robert Woodhead with Bolsover District Council


Apprentice of the Year Award
Sponsored by Fortem
Winner         Abigail Munn – Nominated by Gedling Homes
Runner Up   Holly Osborn – Nominated by Derby Homes
Finalist          Jake Eames – Nominated by Ventro Group


Project of the Year Award
Sponsored by Hamilton Contractors
Winner         Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
Runner Up   ENGIE
Finalist          Housing Plus
Finalist          J Tomlinson and Ashfield District Council


Social Housing New Build of the Year Award
Sponsored by Baily Garner LLP
Winner         ENGIE
Runner Up   Bolsover District Council and Robert Woodhead
Finalist          Nottingham City Homes and Robert Woodhead
Finalist          North Kesteven District Council


Social Housing Provider of the Year Award
Sponsored by Grafton
Winner         Derby Homes
Runner Up   Rykneld Homes
Finalist          Golden Lane Housing
Finalist          Acis Group


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














EEM Framework for CCTV Maintenance Services is Now Ready to Use!

January 24th, 2018 by

The EEM Framework covering the installation, inspection, maintenance and repairs and the programmed servicing of CCTV systems (EEM0037 – Lot 3) is now ready to use. This is a nationally awarded Framework.

Congratulations to our newly awarded contractors;

EEM0037(3) - CCTV

For more information in relation to this Framework, please contact one of the team by e-mailing info@eem.org.uk.

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 double to £116m, 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 a 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.”


Rainbows pic



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.


Meeting Rooms to Hire

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

SBS logos

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.

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.








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.


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