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Four ways to tackle uncertainty in social housing procurement

Nov 15, 2018 2:10:49 PM / by Banner posted in Housing


How does a procurement professional working in social housing manage his or her way through less certain times?

Uncertainty has become a frequently used word in the last year or so. Although positive and negative projections have both been made for the UK’s future since the EU referendum, many people are united in saying they lack knowledge about the road ahead. In other words, uncertainty prevails.

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Three ways to mix social purpose and effective procurement

Nov 15, 2018 2:05:47 PM / by Banner posted in Housing


Social purpose, the idea that business should benefit society in some way, is an ethos often at the core of social housing provision.

The arrival of the Social Value Act (2013) backed this up, with the Government expecting people who commission public services to think about how they can secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits.

Although finding a social value outcome from procurement is still important to many social housing providers, this has been well and truly tested in recent years.

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Consolidating suppliers? Five soft factors social housing providers shouldn't ignore

Nov 14, 2018 10:20:07 AM / by Banner posted in Housing


Tackling the rent squeeze by narrowing down the supplier base is a solution for many social housing providers.  Helping to focus your buying power, the benefits of working with a preferred supplier base are numerous.

Doing this can help procurement to deliver impressive benefits to their employer, above and beyond pricing, including sustainability, innovation and risk reduction initiatives.

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