JV North, comprising of 11 social housing association members covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Nottingham and Preston, have designed a new portal to offer contracts valued under £1 million to SMEs in the second stage of a four-year home building and refurbishment framework worth £180 million.
The new, specially designed portal, the Dynamic Purchasing System, is easy to use and applicants can join at any point of the four-year period covered by the framework. Once SMEs have been selected, JV North members will tender to the successful applicants as and when they have contracts up to the value of £1 million available. Members are expected to have a significant amount of refurbishment schemes valued under £1 million over the next four years, many of which will be perfectly suited to smaller contractors.
The new, simplified process has been designed to appeal to SMEs who can be put off by lengthy procurement procedures or who believe the projects are too big for them or would be taken by larger contractors. This also allows JV North members to support local economies by investing in regional businesses.
The list of potential suppliers for members to work with will be unlimited, with contracts divided into six types – new build, refurbishment, modular build, disabled adaptations, supported housing and fire safety. SME contractors can apply for any or all of the lots. The four-year plan is expected to commence in September of this year, and follows the recent announcement of twelve contractors and consultants chosen for the framework for schemes valued in excess of £1 million.