Monday, August 18, 2014

News: Efficiency North starts new era in Rotherham

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The consortium that leads on procurement for millions of pounds worth of construction services in the region has taken space in Rotherham as it evolves into a new company format.

Social housing providers joined together in 2006 to work collaboratively to generate long term sustainable efficiency savings in the construction and maintenance supply chain. Since then, Efficiency North has delivered over £100m of efficiencies for its members whilst maintaining a strong focus on its other core themes of employment and skills, economic regeneration, environment and sustainability.

The organisation has now been incorporated as a private company in public sector ownership, limited by guarantee, with no share capital. After eight years being located in Sheffield City Council, Efficiency North Limited will be moving to its own premises at Magna 34 Business Park, Templeborough.

The move is expected to enable the business to be more efficient in its operations and respond more quickly to membership demands and opportunities for service enhancement.

Lee Parkinson will continue to lead Efficiency North Limited as its chief executive officer and statutory processes are already underway to transfer existing staff into the new company. The Board of the company will continue to be chaired by Mick Werritt of St Leger Homes of Doncaster Limited with a shadow board consisting of legacy board members, however additional new board members will be recruited from the consortia's membership towards the end of the year.

Mick Werritt, director of property services at St Leger Homes, said: "Moving from a management committee model to a limited company is a significant step for the consortium and one that all of the board believe will bring about significant operating and service improvements to our membership.

"On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Sheffield City Council for their support over the years as the host for the consortium and we very much look forward to continuing the strong development curve that the management team of the consortium have achieved in recent years."

Lee Parkinson, CEO of Efficiency North Limited, added: "Making the transition from a management committee to a company has taken a significant amount of effort and has required the trust and support of the Board and the existing staff. I personally would like to thank all of them for their commitment to the consortium and its members and I very much look forward to leading the consortium into the next chapter of its history and developing our service offer for the benefit of our members and their communities further."

Representing over two thirds of social housing located within Yorkshire and the Humber with innovative and intelligent procurement frameworks, an engaging programme of best practice and knowledge sharing events and funding for community projects continues to take place.

Briefing workshops for the new multi-million pound installers framework is taking place this week. Contractors have the opportunity to tender for work on the framework by region and by lot size, depending on business resource and capability.

A variety of housing provider needs will be serviced by the framework. These include kitchen and bathroom installation, heating and ventilation, electrical installation, brickwork and masonry, renewable heating and ventilation, roofing, general building works, painting, estates improvements, external works, adaptations, solar photovoltaic installations, fire precaution works, and whole house improvement works.

The nearest event takes place at The Source at Meadowhall on August 19.

Efficiency North website

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