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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

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.

 

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 


 

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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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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Framework and Tender News

May 1st, 2018 by

Frameworks recently awarded

Passenger Lift Installation, Modernisation and Refurbishment Works (EEM0041)
This framework went live in January 2018
Click here for details

Windows and Doors – Installation (EEM0014)
This framework went live in January 2018
Click here for details

Fire & Intruder Alarms (EEM0067)
This framework went live in April 2018
Click here for details

Aids & Adaptations Works (EEM0029)
This framework went live in April 2018
Click here for details

 

Frameworks out to tender

Scaffolding – Supply including erecting and dismantling (EEM0051)
Currently out to tender. Closing date 4th June 2pm. Click here to view the contract notice.
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This renewed framework will be available for use in July 2018.

Stairlifts, Hoists and Disabled Access Equipment (EEM0050)
Currently out to tender. Closing date 11th June.  and will be usable in July 2018. Click here to view the PIN notice.
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.

 

Frameworks coming soon

Supply of Electrical Materials
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This framework will be going out to tender in May and will be available for use in July 2018.

Facilities Management (EEM0069)
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
This framework will be going out to tender in June and will be available for use in August 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

 

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.

 

DPS - ready for applicants


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 will be ready for EEM members to use on 25th Jun 2018.
Click here for details or contact brogan@eem.org.uk or call 01246 395610 to find out more

 

DPSs coming soon


Passive Fire Protection
 (DPS0003)

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 DPS will be open for applications at the end of May 2018 and will be usable in July 2018.

Damp Proofing and Associated Works (DPS0004)
Please note the existing framework is still available for use.
This DPS will be open for applications in Jun 2018 and will be usable in July 2018.


 

 

Free Seminar for EEM Members: Funding for heat pumps and solar PV

April 25th, 2018 by

HeatRHight and Northstar Solar


EEM’s appointed plumbing materials distributor, PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies), is providing this free-of-charge educational event to all EEM members. 

This event is aimed towards Chief Executives, Financial Directors, Renewable Managers, Asset Managers and anyone connected with fuel poverty with tenants.


The event is being held at the EEM offices and will run on Thursday 17th May 2018 and repeated on Friday 18th May 2018.

 

To register your attendance, please visit:

www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk

 


Each day will run as follows:


10:00am

Arrival – Refreshments

10:30am 
An introduction to procurement consortium EEM with Chief Executive, Pete Smith

10:45am

HeatRHIght
The HeatRHIght scheme helps Registered Providers obtain an up-front cash payment towards the purchase of heat pumps

  • Registered Providers of social housing trade their future seven years of Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) earnings for a capital contribution today
  • Usually provides between 40% to 100% of install costs of retrofit heat pump projects.

11:45am 
Contractor / End user case study

12noon
Buffet Lunch (please email sophia@eem.org.uk with any special dietary requirements)

12:45pm 

North Star
The North Star proposition finances the installation and supply of a solar PV, battery, sensor and thermostat package. This solution helps Registered Providers and Housing Local Authorities by delivering energy savings and wider benefits for social tenants, whilst receiving a long term income stream, and providing an insight into how they can manage their property estate more effectively and efficiently.

Two options:

  • Financing of capital works via the assignment of FiT revenues and PayAsYouSave(PAYS) structure; or
  • Financing of capital works via the assignment of FiT revenues and a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement).

1:45pm
EEM Closing

2:00pm 
Q&As

2.30pm 
Finish


 

To register your attendance, please visit:

www.heatpumps-solar-funding.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Any questions, please email sophia@eem.org.uk


 

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

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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.”

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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”

 

Photos
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.

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a year!

January 11th, 2018 by

2017 – wow what a year!

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

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

We’ve not only grown our membership by 23%, from 84 (as reported in our Annual Report 2016/17), to 110 today, we’ve also been working closely with our members to build fantastic projects and programmes of work through our frameworks. In fact the throughput in the frameworks is projected to 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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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
Alfreton
DE55 2DS

 


If you require further information on room rental then please get in touch via
sophia@eem.org.uk

 

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

January 11th, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Bolsover Model Village – first tenants back home!

January 11th, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Watch the video and find out more about the transformation project

 

 

 

 

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

January 11th, 2018 by

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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.

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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