2017 - Our year in review

Alan Heron, Director of Procurement


2017 - Our year in review

In 2017 we went from strength to strength, adopting innovative procurement methods, launching even more solutions, welcoming new suppliers and achieving our key membership target.

All year we supported our members in finding high quality suppliers, enabling them to get their projects off the ground quickly. Here we take a look back at some of the highlights.

We grew

Our membership base more than trebled, and in Q4 alone we awarded over £50m in procurement contracts.

We believe this growth is a direct result of our simple and flexible approach to procurement, which enables our members to save on procurement costs and valuable employee time. 

We innovated

We adopted the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), a UK first, as an alternative to the more traditional framework solution.

Since then we’ve also launched a second DPS in the form of Property Works, and in 2018 are planning to launch several others to give our members greater value, choice, flexibility and control.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5…6 new procurement solutions

As our membership base grew, so too did our portfolio of procurement solutions including:

We championed SMEs

The DPS model encourages greater participation from SME suppliers due to its continuous enrolment facility. It allows members to select smaller, localised suppliers, to fit with their individual strategic objectives.

We helped bridge the skills gap

Our team followed each development in the Brexit negotiations closely throughout the year, evaluating what it may mean for the procurement sector and the impact on access to skilled labour in the UK.

In March we launched our Property Works DPS in readiness to meet these challenges.

Property Works offers a choice of contractors from a wide-ranging supply chain, enabling our members to combat the hurdles associated with ongoing repairs and maintenance to their property stock.

We were a big hit

June and July saw our successful attendance at two of the largest industry events in the exhibition calendar - CIH Housing 2017 in Manchester and the LGA conference and exhibition in Birmingham.

At both events we had a number of activities taking place both on and off stand which proved to be a big hit with many delegates looking for innovative ways to reduce their costs, whilst maintaining OJEU compliance and access to quality suppliers.

We gave back

As well as making life simpler for our members, we were committed to ensuring our business had a positive social impact. As part of this continued commitment we raised funds for one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, Children in Need. As a result of the fantastic support from our new members and current suppliers we raised over £10,000!

Looking ahead

Over the course of 2018 we remain committed to providing expert advice and support to our existing members, and welcome new ones who are looking to reduce the time and hassle involved in finding high quality suppliers.

We’ve already got some exciting developments in the pipeline over the coming months so watch this space!

Member benefits

Our members get access to our wide range of innovative and flexible frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems, reducing the time, cost and hassle involved in finding high quality suppliers to get their projects off the ground.

All our services are fully EU compliant, so our members save time and money on procurement activities whilst meeting all their legal requirements. 

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