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New EEM Board Member: Chris Lambert from North West Leicestershire DC

January 2nd, 2019 by

We are pleased to welcome Chris Lambert, Head of Housing and Property at North West Leicestershire District Council, to the EEM Board.

Chris says “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board of EEM, and am really looking forward to working with a great team to continue the growth and development of the organisation as a leading “not for profit” procurement consortium.  I hope my extensive experience in the social housing sector will allow me to actively support the work of EEM going forwards.”

We look forward to working with Chris going into 2019.










Building Communities Awards 2019 – The Shortlist!

December 17th, 2018 by

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🎵  So here it is… The Building Communities Awards Shortlist 2019!  


 We received a record number of entries this year making the decisions of our judges even more difficult than usual.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted.

The Building Communities Awards, sponsored by J Tomlinson, is a black-tie ceremony is taking place on Friday 15th February 2019 at the Athena in Leicester, 6:15pm for a prompt 7:00pm.

If you haven’t already booked your tickets, please do so ASAP as we have already sold 322 tickets and there are only a few tables left. Tickets are priced at £65+VAT and tables seat up to 10 guests. Please email sophia@eem.org.uk to book or for further information.

We are delighted to reveal the 2019 finalists:

Social Housing New Build Sponsored by Baydale Control Systems

  • Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA)
  • Gedling Homes & J Tomlinson Ltd
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • Bolsover District Council & Robert Woodhead Limited

Environmental Responsibility Sponsored by European Asbestos Services

  • Cornerstone (East Anglia) Limited
  • DMW Environmental Ltd
  • Nottingham City Homes

Collaborative Working Sponsored by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • J Tomlinson Ltd & Nottingham City Homes
  • United Living
  • Vinshire Plumbing and Heating

Distributor of the Year Sponsored by Marlowe Fire & Security

  • Bradfords Building Supplies
  • Edmundson Electrical
  • Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS)
  • Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS)

Employee Development Sponsored by Fortem

  • Derby Homes
  • DMW Environmental Ltd
  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Matthews & Tannert Ltd

Innovative Product Sponsored by Grafton Merchanting GB

  • Aico Ltd  Ei3028 Multi-Sensor Heat & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Potterton  IFOS – In Flue Outdoor Sensor
  • Vaillant & Derby Homes aroTHERM air source heat pump
  • Vent-Axia Lo-Carbon Revive

Tenant Participation Sponsored by Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA)
  • One Manchester
  • Trent & Dove Housing

Contractor of the Year Sponsored by Avonside Group

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Property Plus (Housing Plus Group)
  • J Tomlinson Ltd


Housing Provider of the Year Sponsored by Dodd Group

  • Golden Lane Housing
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • One Manchester
  • Rykneld Homes

Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Matthews & Tannert

  • Dannielle Baguley – J Tomlinson Ltd
  • Francesca Lausi – United Living
  • Ketan Pearce – Ashfield District Council
  • Siobhan O Hagan – Trent & Dove Housing

Project of the Year Sponsored by DMW Environmental

  • Bolsover District Council & Robert Woodhead Limited
  • Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd
  • Vinshire Plumbing and Heating

Community Impact Sponsored by T&S Heating

  • J Tomlinson
  • Trent & Dove Housing
  • Robert Woodhead Limited
  • Orbit


Thank you to our other sponsors Hodgson Sayers,   Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation,   Second Element,   Fortem,   Kier,   Aico,   Rixonway   and   United Living


For more information please visit www.bc-awards.co.uk


Well done everyone and better luck next year to all those who didn’t make the very competitive shortlist this time around.

The 2019 entries were judged by…

Julie Walters – Midlands Area Manager – National Federation of Builders

Steve Hale – Consultant/Director – SMH Housing Consultancy Ltd

Jenny Osbourne – Chief Executive – TPAS

Ian Bates – Sector Forum and Representation Manager – East Midlands Chamber

Pieter Eksteen – Business Training Programmes Manager – East Midlands Chamber

For more information please email sophia@eem.org.uk

Tender Opportunity: Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works

December 10th, 2018 by

EEM is looking for contractors to join the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Locksmith Services, UPVC Repairs and Glazing Works.


Interested contractors should register and apply at www.portal.geometrasystems.co.uk/dps

This DPS will be ready to use by EEM members from Monday 21st January 2019.

If you have any questions, please email brogan@eem.org. uk or call 01246 395601.


Contractors appointed to the DPS will be responsible for ensuring all works are performed in line with all relevant standards and regulations, to ensure high standards of safety and performance throughout the duration of any mini-tender. During the course of the DPS we will be looking for Contractors to carry out at least one sub-category of the following works:

Locksmithing Services
• Supply and Installation Master Key Systems
• Master Key System Repairs
• Emergency Locksmiths
• Key Cutting
• Installation, Repairs and Replacement of Locks

We envisage that the following mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
The contractors appointed to this DPS will be expected to hold industry standard accreditations we have stated a number of these within part B7.1 and 7.2.

Window and Door Repairs and Replacements
• UPVC Window Repairs
• Aluminium Window Repairs
• UPVC/Composite Door Repairs
• Hinges and Mechanism Repairs and Replacements
• Seal Replacement Works
• Window installations (one off works)

We foresee that the mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
The contractors appointed to this DPS will be expected to hold industry standard accreditations we have stated a number of these within Part B7.1 and 7.2.

Glazing Works
• Supply of single- and double-glazing units.
• Supply and Fit of Window Glazing Units
• Supply and Fit of Door Glazing Units
• Glazing Unit Repairs
• Emergency Boarding up Services

We envisage that the mini-tenders from this DPS will cover but are not limited to the above-mentioned works, these will also be subject to in and out of hours works.
All installation work is to be carried out by suitably trained operatives who are FENSA registered, and in accordance with the latest Glass and Glazing Federation best practise and
technical bulletins. All installations and works shall meet current British or European Standards and regulations and all materials shall meet current British or European Standards.
Installation costs must be inclusive of all initial survey and measuring visits.

Associated works
Where necessary, in order to complete the works, elements of surrounding areas may be affected; this may include but is not limited to, removing fixtures and fittings to window and door frames, UPVC and aluminium encasements, brickwork and render. Works will also include for the making good of any damaged or disturbed surfaces including refixing/replacement of any disturbed/damaged areas.


If you have any questions, please email brogan@eem.org. uk or call 01246 395601.










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*



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



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.



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.



  • 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



 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



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





Framework and DPS News

September 21st, 2018 by




Supply of Electrical Materials (EMC0010)
Currently in the standstill period – due to go live December 2018.

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 in December 2018.
Please contact amy@eem.org.uk if you would like more information.

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.

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
Estimated to go out to tender in Jan 2019 and to be ready to use in April 2019.
Currently redeveloping the specification to expand the scope and it will be lotted to reflect the varying project sizes and types that are currently going through the framework. EEM0057 Kitchen & Bathroom framework will be incorporated into this new framework. Please note that the existing framework will be in operation until June 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.

Decorating Materials (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.


🡆 Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS):  READY FOR APPLICATIONS

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


always fits


 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.


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.


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


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.

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

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.


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.



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.



“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



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


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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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.

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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