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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: Kettering Borough Council Awards Construction Works Contract 

Fusion21’s Construction Works Framework supports public sector organisations including housing, education and healthcare providers to deliver capital works programmes. Read about how Fusion21 member Kettering Borough Council accessed our Construction Works & Improvements Framework to undertake refurbishment & improvement works to domestic properties in the East Midlands.

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Case study: Richmond Housing Partnership Commissions £1.4m Painting Works

Fusion21’s Painting, Decorating & Associated Repairs Framework covers painting, decorating and repairs works and offers a holistic range of painting and decorating services including internal, external and associated works. Read about how Fusion21 member Richmond Housing Partnership will be enhancing a total of 8,400 new and existing properties in South West London after accessing this framework.  

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Case study: Eastbourne Borough Council Accesses Consultants Framework for Five-Year Park Redevelopment

Read a case study about Fusion21 member Eastbourne Council accessing our Consultants Framework for the redevelopment of Devonshire Park. 

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Case study: Swansea University Commission £4.9m Modular Building Contract

Fusion21’s Modular Buildings Framework offers a full turnkey solution to the public sector, providing an alternative to tradition construction methods and reducing build time by as much as 50%. Read about how Fusion21 member Swansea University accessed our Modular Buildings Framework to extend its campus facilities, with work being turned around in just 22 weeks. 

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Case study: Nottingham Residents Benefit from £3m Energy Efficiency Transformation

Read a case study about Fusion21 member Nottingham City Homes who accessed our Retrofit framework to connect four low-rise apartment blocks in Sneinton to the city’s District Heating network. 

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Fusion21 reasearch reveals social value's growing in importance amongst UK public procurement professionals

Almost two thirds (64%) of UK public procurement professionals say social value has become more important over the last 12 months, Fusion21's second annual Procurement Trends Report has found. 

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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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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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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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Related concepts

Be Prepared – EU Sustainability Legislation and its Impact

Sustainability remains a hot topic within the European Union (EU). In terms of media coverage it has arguably only been superseded by the ‘credit crunch’ and subsequent turmoil in the...

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Resources

Resources

Procurement Trends Report 2019 – Results Revealed

The Fusion21 Procurement Trends Report 2019 capture the views of 100 procurement professionals who represent 92 organisations in the housing, local authority, education, blue light and health sectors.

Conducted during April and May 2019 with participation from CIPS members, this major piece of research reveals the biggest issues currently affecting public procurement professionals and provides an insight into topics including recruitment, asset spending patterns, social value and cost versus quality.

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Public Procurement Whitepaper - Procurement Blockers

Our latest public procurement whitepaper explores procurement best practice and highlights the ‘blockers’ that public procurement professionals face in their day-jobs. Tackling topics including defining what value for money means and how its built into procurement strategies; how procurement is evolving; and the key skills needed to procure successfully – this whitepaper also discusses the innovation and continuous improvement initiatives our members are undertaking to ensure procurement makes a genuine impact on business performance.

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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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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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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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