Re:allies holds 'Britain's Got Talent' for social housing products
National social housing procurement consortium, Re:allies, asked landlords and tenants to rate a showcase of products from suppliers hoping to be appointed to its materials and distribution framework worth over £290 million.
Set up as a mock home experience, the products on offer - from fires and surrounds to bathrooms and adapted kitchens - were available for people to test for ease of use and resilience during the day-long event at Lancashire Country Cricket Club’s The Point. More than 200 landlords and tenants were invited to score the range against pre-agreed criteria, including aesthetics, colour range, ease of maintenance and use.
The products, and their respective suppliers, will receive a score that will be used to help inform the final award decision in June 2014.
The event united social housing landlord members of both the Procure Plus and Efficiency North consortia, which make up the Re:allies group. Led by Procure Plus’ senior procurement manager, Clare Tetlow, on behalf of Re:allies, the day was supported by staff from both consortia.
Procure Plus business initiative manager Judy Ashcroft said: "It was a chance to promote the consortium’s social values activity, while demonstrating the value of improved engagement between the supply chain, housing providers and enterprises in their respective community."
Re:allies Partnership provides purchasing consortium facilities for social housing developments and registered providers across the UK.