Trafford-based social housing procurement consortium, Procure Plus, has issued a contract notice inviting tenders for a merchant to supply goods and materials for the completion of responsive repairs, maintenance and planned works to social housing.
The framework agreement will allow registered housing providers and a selection of nominated contractors to agree a bespoke supply solution that is suited to their individual requirements.
Users will be able to buy a range of branded goods and materials from one merchant, whilst taking advantage of the supplier's buying power by purchasing products at a competitive price.
As well as supplying the goods at the true cost price, the supplier appointed to the framework will integrate with the Procure Plus systems and be obliged to participate in open book accounting, involving the structured management and sharing of costing information between Procure Plus, the supplier and the customers.
Clare Tetlow, senior procurement manager at Procure Plus, said: "At a time when budgets in the social housing sector are being tightened, it's important that the industry works collaboratively together and considers how it can make the purchasing of materials more efficient, cost effective and deliver added value.
"We've created this new framework to increase the supply scope, cater for the diverse range of provider needs, and importantly, keep costs down. It's a opportunity for interested suppliers from across the UK and Europe and our registered providers to work together to receive long term business benefits."
The framework will be accessed under licence by agreement with Procure Plus and suppliers will be able to bid from Tuesday 5 February 2013.
The contract notice follows a meet-the-buyer event held at Lancashire County Cricket Club in October, where suppliers were informed about the proposed framework agreement and how they could apply to participate in the procurement.
To register a company for the new framework agreement, click here.