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Welcome to Fusion21’s dedicated knowledge area in partnership with CIPS– sharing our procurement expertise on the topic: ‘Delivering Public Sector Efficiencies through a Framework Approach.’

As a national procurement organisation and social enterprise specialising in property, construction and the built environment, we’re here to help support your organisation to make a real impact in the public sector.

In this area you will gain access to a variety of articles, tips, guidance and resources which will help you to tackle the barriers and challenges frequently faced within public procurement. We will also be sharing advice about how you can manage risk and prepare for issues that appear on the procurement horizon.

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Best Practice

Best Practice

Case study: London Borough of Brent Transforms Library with Modular Construction

Fusion21’s Modular Framework offers a cost-effective way to deliver buildings and create more space for the 21st century. Read about how Fusion21 member London Borough of Brent has transformed its Ealing Road Library after just 12 weeks on site.

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Case study: Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Awards Domestic Lifts Contract to Temple Lifts

Fusion21’s Lifts Framework supports a variety of design, installation, servicing and refurbishment requirements and offers options for fully comprehensive or basic maintenance.

Read about why Fusion21 member Lincolnshire Housing Partnership has agreed a lift servicing contract after accessing our Lifts Framework.

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Case study: Progress Housing Group Commissions £400K Mechanical and Electrical Contract

 Read a case study about Fusion21 member, Progress Housing Group accessing our Compliance and Facilities Management Framework to carry out a ‘further competition’ for the service and maintenance of fire alarms; emergency lighting and CCTV.

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Case study: Guinness Partnership Awards Three Compliance Contracts

Fusion21 member The Guinness Partnership carries out compliance servicing across its housing stock. As with many other organisations, safety is top of the agenda at the moment.

Read a case study about Guinness awarding three national contracts for compliance services - Asbestos Surveying, Asbestos Abatement and Water Safety.

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Case study: High Peak Borough Council Commissions 95k Commercial Heating Works

Managed by Gas Safe Registered managers our Servicing, Maintenance and Installation of Heating Systems Framework achieves consistently high KPIs from all domestic service and maintenance contracts -with average LGSR compliance rate 99.8%.

Read about why High Peak Borough Council has accessed this framework to provide Buxton Opera House with renewed commercial heating and installation works.

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Article 

Case study: Fire Upgrade Works Delivered Across L&Q Housing Stock

This case study provides an insight into why Fusion21 member L&Q is currently undergoing £4million fire upgrade works across its housing stock after accessing our Whole house framework.

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Article 

PESTLE Analysis – Managing Challenges in Public Procurement

Undertaking a PESTLE analysis will identify external market factors that can influence your procurement activity, in addition to helping understand how these external forces affect your organisation. Using intelligence gathered from this analysis will help to inform your procurement strategy and support effective risk management.

Take a look at our PESTLE analysis which guides you through how to manage the current challenges facing public procurement.

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Resources 

Barriers to Best Practice Procurement – How Can These Be Overcome?

Did you know the UK’s public sector procurement spend is more than £240 billion each year?! This undoubtedly creates opportunities to deliver efficiencies and innovation – in addition to generating a positive impact on the economy and local communities by making the most of this buying power. However, barriers exist within public procurement that can prevent best practice taking place. Having identified some of these issues, this article advises how you how to overcome the hurdles in your way to deliver the best procurement outcomes and solutions for your business.

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Resources

Resources

Procuring Specialist Contracts: Putting Safety and Quality First

Putting the right fire safety measures and services in place saves lives and so it’s imperative that these contracts are procured correctly and to the highest standards. The latest blog from Sarah Rothwell, Head of Member Engagement at Fusion21 focuses on the topic of compliance and Fire Risk Assessments. 

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Article

Procurement Trends Report 2018

Our Procurement Trends Report 2018 is a major piece of research into the biggest issues currently affecting procurement professionals working in the UK housing sector. This survey reflects the views of 80 procurement professionals, whose organisations collectively own and manage more than one million homes and covers a variety of topics including an insight into the future direction of procurement in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Brexit.

Key themes featured also focus on the themes of value for money; The Public Services (Social Value) Act; recruitment and outsourcing.

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Article

Blog: Procurement Trends Report reveals greater scrutiny, and more appreciation, for housing’s procurement teams

Following the release of Fusion21’s Procurement Trends Report 2018, Sarah Rothwell, Head of Member Engagement at Fusion21 summarises the results of 80 procurement professionals in her latest blog post. 

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Blog: Putting Safety & Quality First

All buildings must meet correct fire safety standards and it’s vital that those who supply fire safety services focus on quality.

Read our blog which discusses Fusion21’s first national dynamic purchasing system for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works.

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Article

Customer voices are key to driving innovaton  

Leadership is crucial to procuring efficiently but customer voices need to be heard in order to drive innovation.

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Article

Community is key when driving social value in construction procurement 

Social value in procurement for housing should extend beyond skills and employability.

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Article

Brexit: The ‘Known Unknown’

Director of Business Services at Fusion21, Mark Chadwick, shares his latest blog about how to plan for a “known unknown” Brexit – and discusses the findings from Fusion21’s procurement whitepaper in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

This blog discusses the key issues and concerns that Brexit has brought to 45+ organisations across the UK.

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Public Procurement Whitepaper - How to Maximise Value for Money During Economic Uncertainty

As the 29 March 2019 deadline for Britain to leave the European Union edges closer, public procurement teams across the nation are trying to understand what Brexit is going to mean for them.

Focusing on the theme of ‘How to Maximise Value for Money During Economic Uncertainty’ we've created a whitepaper – in partnership with CIPS - which summarises the key findings and discussions from two public procurement events held in London and Manchester.

Read on to access keynote speaker presentations and gain insights into the subjects that are currently dominating the work agendas of 45 organisations based across the UK.

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Developing the commercial capability of your procurement team

Our infographic outlines the core ways in which you can develop the commercial capability of your procurement team – from investing in team development to building a strong leadership culture and creating cross category support. Print and use this resource to help you develop the versatility and expertise of your team, whilst increasing engagement organisation-wide. 

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Article

Why Investment in Soft Skills Can Significantly Increase Procurement Outcomes 

There are many avenues that can be explored to improve business performance and investing in soft skills is up there amongst the most valuable. Spending time developing and fine-tuning relationship management, negotiation and communication skills – in addition to improving our emotional intelligence – not only enhances personal development but will help to achieve increased procurement efficiencies and added social value outcomes. 

This article look at the importance of these soft skills, how they can be used and the benefits they can bring.

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Article

The Value of the Procurement Function: Series 1 - How We Make a Real Impact

The procurement function plays a significant role in delivering overarching organisational success and its value is being increasingly recognised across the global market place. This article highlights why procurement is such an important business asset.

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The Value of the Procurement Function: Series 2 - Generating Efficiencies through Framework Agreements

In the first article of the ‘Value of the Procurement Function’ series we outlined the significant role of procurement and how we can contribute to overall business success. This second article in the series outlines how this impact can be maximised by generating efficiencies through Framework Agreements.

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Making Savings and Addressing Strategic Challenges through Frameworks

Those in the driving seat of procurement decision making often consider the use of a Framework Agreement as a best value an efficient route to market.  This article drills down into the detail of these benefits.  We will explore how accessing Frameworks created by procurement service providers can save time and money whilst simultaneously addressing the strategic issues procurement professionals face.  his article look at the importance of these soft skills, how they can be used and the benefits they can bring.

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Events

Events

Public Procurement: How to Maximise Value for Money During Economic Uncertainty

 

Event Summary:
It’s a tough time to work in public procurement. As the uncertainty of Brexit looms, procurement teams remain under pressure to achieve value for money - whilst managing already stretched budgets.

So how can teams ensure they are getting the most bang for their buck - securing greater efficiency savings plus wider social outcomes?

This event will inform practitioners how to maximise outcomes from public procurement exercises focusing on:

  • Preparing for the uncertainty of Brexit; understanding the risk it poses to public procurement and its wider impact
  • How to achieve increased value for money including via a framework approach covering:  
    • Securing cost certainty, cost avoidance and efficiency savings
    • The challenges of keeping materials and labour costs down
    • Evaluating the wider impact of spend decisions
    • Social value generation
    • Advantages and outcomes of effective supply relationship management
    • The benefits of managing contractor performance
    • Monitoring the financial stability of your supply chain

 


About Fusion21

About Fusion21

Making a Real Impact in the Public and Social Sectors 

As a procurement organisation and social enterprise we provide procurement frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems for property, construction and the built environment - alongside social value services designed to help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing people across the UK.

If you are a public sector organisation which operates within the social housing, local authority, education, blue light and health sectors, you're eligible to join our 500+ members who have access to a range of national procurement services within our Compliance, Heating and Renewables and Construction categories - all of which are fully compliant with EU, UK and Scottish legislation.

It’s our job to make your job easier. Our team of technical experts are here to help you to secure a commercially efficient and quick route to market, whilst saving you time, and increasing productivity in the procurement process.

Working with a multi-skilled supply chain and pre-qualified accredited supply partners - Fusion21 members benefit from accessing greater efficiencies and value for money, in addition to added social value, and the option to select suppliers based on geographical regions.

What’s more, as a social enterprise every pound spent through our frameworks helps to make a difference within communities at a local level. 

As an Investors in People Gold company, we’re proud to consistently win awards for our achievements in procurement and social value.


Award Winning

Since our inception in 2002 we have:

  • Managed more than £1Billion member spend through our procurement frameworks 
  • Delivered £197 million savings through the procurement process
  • Created more than 5,500 jobs
  • Generated more than £78 million in community impact

 

At the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2016 we were awarded the title of ‘Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement’ – recognising our ability to enable social value through the procurement process and support the growth, stabilisation and development of communities.

In this same year we were delighted to win the ‘Driving Value for Money’ category at the Cabinet Office Social Value Awards.

We’ve only provided a snapshot of our services above, for more detail and information about Fusion21 visit our website: www.fusion21.co.uk

Call us on: 0845 308 2321 or 0151 481 3000 or email: info@fusion21.co.uk

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