Are your properties gas-ready for the winter?

With winter knocking on our doors, it’s vital for public organisations who own or manage properties,  to have their gas appliances serviced and safety checked to prepare them for the cold months. Winter weather highlights how much we rely on gas to keep us warm, cook our meals and provide hot water.

We realise the pressure landlords face having to comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998; therefore we offer an easy-to-access, effective and fully compliant route to procuring their gas requirements. Our framework for Heating Systems provides a flexible and thorough specification that would cover a range of works and services, and varying member organisation needs from a contract perspective.

In order to offer full flexibility of works and services to member organisations, and to reflect the make-up of the market place, the framework agreement offers 6 lots; 3 of which cover domestic requirements and 3 covering commercial requirements:

  • Lot 1: Servicing, Maintenance, Repair, Refurbishment and necessary ad-hoc replacements for Domestic Heating Systems
  • Lot 2: Installations of Domestic Heating Systems via capital investment scheme(s)
  • Lot 3: Consultancy and Auditing Services in relation to Domestic Heating Systems
  • Lot 4: Servicing, Maintenance, Repair, Refurbishment and necessary ad-hoc replacements for Commercial Heating Systems
  • Lot 5: Installation of Commercial Heating Systems via capital investment scheme(s)
  • Lot 6: Consultancy and Quality Audits in relation to Commercial Heating Systems

We have appointed 19 of the most renowned gas and heating providers to our framework securing top quality service for members utilising the framework. All 19 supply partners have been rigorously tested proving high quality performance and deep understanding and professionalism in their subject areas.

All of our framework agreements and fully EU and UK Directive compliant and deliver value for money and peace of mind. We offer flexible specifications to meet members’ specific requirements and we act as a first point of call, should members experience any difficulties while utilising their contracts.

If you would like to receive more information about this framework, please contact the Consortium Procurement team on 0191 511 1173 or email us at solutions@consortiumprourement.org.uk

procurement reference panel meetings

Next Procurement Reference Panel meetings in the Midlands and in the North 2018 & LinkedIn Groups

Consortium Procurement has facilitated a series of Procurement Reference Panel meetings over the last seven years. This informal network provides a quarterly forum for procurement professionals from our membership to meet, help shape our framework development plan; share best practice, discuss current and emerging procurement issues, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

The next meeting in the Midlands will be held on Monday 22nd January 2018 at Midland Heart  Ltd. offices, Bath Row, Birmingham 1 pm until 4 pm, refreshments available from 12:45.

The Northern Procurement Reference Panel meeting is to be held at Stockport Homes offices, Cornerstone; 2 Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3NQ on Tuesday 30th January from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. – refreshments will be available from 10:45 am.

There is no obligation to attend regularly and we contact the group in advance for agenda items to ensure the sessions are focused and topical each time.

We would like to remind you that this is an open group for all to attend and if you no longer want to take part or there is another person within your organisation who you believe it would be more suited to, please let us know and we will contact them.

The procurement reference panel meetings are proving to be quite popular and successful within our membership. In order to be able to share useful information, our findings and interesting pieces of content with our members, we have set up dedicated LinkedIn Groups called Consortium Procurement Midlands Procurement Reference Panel and Consortium Procurement Northern Procurement Reference Panel, which members are more than welcome to join.

For more information, please contact Nicola Benson on 0191 566 1033 or by email at nicola.benson@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

consortium procurement events

Events where you can find us this autumn

We have some exciting conferences and exhibitions in our plan for this autumn. Our team of experienced procurement professionals are always eager to meet with you to understand more about your procurement needs.

We will be at The International Technology Enabled Care Conference on the 16-17th October taking place at the ICC, Birmingham, to talk to you about all things technology enabled care, digital health and assisted living. Our Technology Enabled Care Services framework offers a variety of products and services to help transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them.

We will also be exhibiting at the Northern Housing Consortium Summit, taking place on 1st November at the Renaissance Hotel, Manchester. This year’s event promises to be a combination of thought-provoking sessions and practical workshops that will examine big data, predictive analytics, regeneration in the North, finding ways to meet new funding challenges for health, developing policy that works etc.

We have also reserved our stand for Procurex Wales, taking place in Cardiff on 9th November. The Procurex events are dedicated to supporting the delivery of public services by providing stakeholders with networking and collaboration opportunities as well as procurement discussions and debate.

If you are attending any of these events please pop along to our stand to see how we can help you.

For more information on our events and exhibitions and conferences we’ll be part of, please visit our dedicated page or email solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

social housing compliance forum

Social Housing Compliance Forum

We are pleased to announce that the North East Maintenance Forum and the Gas Safety Forum have merged to create the Social Housing Compliance Forum, which has also opened up to members outside of the North East.

The Social Housing Compliance Forum allows members to discuss a number of topics, all focused on the practical elements of maintenance delivery across their housing stocks. Agenda items can vary between general discussion and a presentation from a guest speaker on a particular development. The day is broken into slots dedicated to certain topics and members can attend or step out of any slot throughout the day to suit their needs. Examples of topics usually covered on the agenda are asbestos, legionella, gas, electric, lifts etc. This is not exhaustive and the forum provides members with the fantastic opportunity to exchange information as well as contact details and to discuss any pressing maintenance related topics that may be of concern within their organisation.

The next meeting of the Social Housing Compliance Forum will be announced soon.

If you would like to receive further information about the Forum or if you would like to attend, please contact Liam Gregson at liam.gregson@northern-consortium.org.uk.

allpay vat ruling

allpay ltd. VAT update – legal advice

Following our previous update regarding the current ruling by HMRC to reclassify the services offered by allpay under our Electronic Payment Services framework, we have sought legal advice as this is an extremely concerning situation for our members.

The initial advice received is that the “end user” is required to pay the VAT on eligible goods and services. We are aware that this will bring increasing pressure on members in already difficult times financially and will continue to work with allpay to understand the issues, progress on the on-going legal proceeding with HMRC and the impact this will have on our members.

Please contact allpay on vatenquiries@allpay.net for further details or solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.

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Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe nation

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017, taking place 18th – 24th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Our framework for Heating Systems assists our members in complying with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and in delivering safe accommodation to their customers, employees and the general public.

If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:

  • Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
  • All appliances and flues provided for tenants use have an annual safety check. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
  • Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register.
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.
  • A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years.

Before any gas work is carried out always check the engineers ID card and make sure the engineer is qualified for the work you need doing. Encourage your tenants to do the same.

For more information and to find and check an engineer go to www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

For further information on the Heating Systems framework, check out it’s dedicated section or email us at solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

adaptations product catalogue

5 reasons why you should call off from our Adaptations & Fixed Lifting Equipment product catalogue

Here are the top 5 reasons why our Adaptations & Fixed Lifting Equipment product catalogue could be right for you:

  • Variety of products to choose from
    It offers a variety of choice featuring over a thousand products for kitchen, bathroom and external adaptation installations.
  • Tender routes options
    It allows for both direct award and further competition call offs. This means that should you wish to directly contract with one of the suppliers on the new framework you will simply need to establish an overarching contract with the supplier and then you are free to order products directly with them (copying in Consortium Procurement for audit purposes). Alternatively,  should you wish to test the market against your own bespoke requirements, Consortium Procurement can facilitate a further competition with the framework suppliers to ensure best value for your organisation
  • Quality supply partners
    The appointed supply partners (Impey Showers Ltd, N&C Building Products, Nottingham Rehab Limited trading as NRS Healthcare) have been rigurously tested which guarantees you peace of mind and professional relationships.
  • Time efficiency
    We can ensure a quick turnaround to set up a contract with a supplier under the Adaptations & Fixed Lifting Equipment product catalogue due to the simplistic yet thorough way it’s been developed in.
  • Compliance
    All our framework agreements and product catalogues have been developed in accordance with the EU and UK legislation and regulations and are OJEU compliant.

Should you wish to understand more about this product catalogue, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0191 566 1173 or email us at solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk

allpay ltd. direct debit duplicate payments

allpay ltd. Direct Debit duplicate payments issue update

We have been made aware that  allpay ltd. who are a single supplier on our framework for Electronic Payments Services, recently experienced a system issue which resulted in double payments being taken from tenant accounts overnight (7th/8th September). The incident is isolated to payments taken on the 8th September only.

We can reassure members utilising the EPS framework, that the problem has been resolved and customer refunds have been instigated. All customers should have received a refund of the duplicated payment by the end of Tuesday 12th September. allpay ltd. confirmed that all duplicate Direct Debit payment refunds have left their account and have been credited in tenants’ accounts.

As a result of these system issues, allpay ltd. were only able to notify members of one Direct Debit payment in the relevant Payment Information File (PIF). Unfortunately, allpay ltd. cannot guarantee that this payment is related to either the failed payment or the successful payment. Therefore, allpay ltd. would recommend that members refrain from chasing these arrears until they provide full reconciliation data.

allpay ltd. announced affected customers will receive a written apology from themselves for the inconvenience the system issue caused and details on their refund.

Please contact enquiries@allpay.net if you require further details.

Should you have any issues following the 12th please let us know via solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk