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1 September 2013 | Will Green
Social housing landlords in Scotland are hoping to generate extra savings while supporting local SMEs through a new procurement consortium.
Procurement for Housing (PfH) Scotland plans to launch in September with a membership of 31 social landlords who manage 40 per cent of the housing stock in Scotland and spend £580 million on goods and services each year.
PfH Scotland is a spin off from UK-wide Procurement for Housing and “answers the call from Scottish social landlords for a greater strategic focus on procurement as they grapple with the impact of welfare reforms and tightening budgets”.
A spokesman said: “In talking to sector stakeholders in Scotland PfH found there’s a growing appetite among procurement professionals to explore new approaches to driving efficiency and value and supporting Scottish businesses, labour and skills. Social landlords stated that collaboration was not used enough and that current procurement resources were stretched.
“By engaging small and medium-sized businesses, PfH Scotland is working to maximise the impact social landlords can have on their local economies.”
Procurement for Housing has 864 members across the UK and claims to have saved more than £38 million for the social housing sector since it launched in 2004.
Andrew Carlin, commercial director at PfH, said: “Landlords in Scotland are under enormous financial pressure at present. We can bring an in-depth knowledge of the sector and its supply chains gleaned from managing the direct and indirect spend of hundreds of landlords for almost a decade.”