Crown Commercial Service

Helping housing associations save time and money on procurement

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly housing newsletter, which is dedicated to supporting housing associations across the UK save time and money on their procurement activities. This is now the fourth edition of our newsletter – I hope you’re finding them useful but I would love to get your feedback on how we can make future editions more valuable for you and your organisation. Why not email me at siobhan.o’keeffe@crowncommercial.gov.uk and tell me what you like and dislike about this edition and what you want to hear more about in the future?

With the summer holidays drawing to a close and many of us having returned from annual leave, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you about my role as Business Delivery Manager here at CCS and explain a little about how I can help you and your organisation. Alongside my colleagues Nick Caton, Head of Wider Public Sector and Shanie Armitage, Customer Delivery Manager, I am here to be your voice in CCS. I want to help ensure that our frameworks and services meet your requirements and that you get the support you need to access our deals and get the best value for your common goods and services.

Over the past few months we’ve been out and about meeting with a large number of housing associations throughout the UK, hearing about your experience of using our frameworks and keeping you up to date with our latest deals. We’ve been discussing requirements as diverse as vehicle conversion to facilities management (for which we’re hosting a stakeholder event on 20 September that we welcome you to attend) and getting your views on how we develop our future category strategies. We’ve also been running live demonstrations of our new online purchasing platform – its click and buy design promises a future of simpler and easier procurement for housing associations.

Looking ahead, I’ll be attending the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) housing conference later in the month, where I hope to meet more of you in person.

Do you have a requirement you’d like to discuss? View our brochure for housing associations or get in touch.