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19 February 2014 | Will Green
Two housing associations laid on a training day for residents to “dispel the myths regarding procurement professionals”.
At the event, organised by Spectrum Housing Group and Radian, residents were given an overview of purchasing and “why it is necessary, particularly in driving down costs and building strong client and supplier relationships”.
Yvonne Kemsley, group procurement manager at Spectrum, said: “By providing this training we looked to address any confusion that existed among residents regarding procurement’s role and intentions. We also wanted to highlight the risks and the benefits associated with procurement.”
Both organisations involve residents in procurement project teams, particularly in contracts that directly affect them such as grounds maintenance and cleaning services.
It is hoped that as a result of the training day, which covered the laws surrounding procurement and issues around supporting local suppliers, more people will volunteer to be part of project teams.
Resident Carol McCall said: “It was a really informative day and I will definitely be attending more sessions like this. I’ve come away with a good overview of procurement and my views have certainly changed. I now know how much it costs to process an invoice and why it doesn’t make sense to have a huge database of suppliers, rather than just a few that we are contracted to work with.”
Spectrum is aiming to make savings of £2.5 million over the next five years, while Radian is planning to build on the £1.2 million of savings it has made so far this year.