The four-year framework covers the three main areas of a social landlord’s remit- investment works, responsive repair & maintenance and specialist services which includes scaffolding, flooring, glazing and fencing.

24 North East companies have secured places on the OJEU compliant framework, including Esh Construction Ltd, Hodgson Sayers Ltd, Gentoo Tolent Limited, R Bland Limited, John Flowers Ltd and Rothwell Plumbing Services NE.

The framework, launched earlier this month, was developed in conjunction with NE Procurement members to ensure it aligned with the needs of those who will be using it and attracted quality contracting organisations both regionally and nationally, and is available for social landlords and wider public sector organisations to use.

Chief executive of NE Procurement, Rod Brasington, said: “We spent a lot of time working with our partners when creating the framework to ensure it created innovative procurement options, whilst still being straightforward to implement and use.

“The framework tender process was thorough and has resulted in quality contractors, who all have a track record for high-quality delivery, securing places on the framework.”

This contract marks a new approach to procurement delivery for organisation, who are setting themselves apart from other consortia by offering collaborative, strategic procurement solutions devised in partnership with landlords to maximise the effective delivery of projects through their supply chain partners.

Going forward, the organisation will use this prototype as a model for how future frameworks should be created. They will be looking to work in close partnership with supply chain partners and wider public sector organisations to create similar solutions that generate cost savings, process efficiencies and deliver social value opportunities in a simple, fair and transparent way.

Rod added: “Feedback so far has shown that there’s a real appetite for this kind of strategic procurement and I’m looking forward to working with our partners in the future to create significant efficiencies from which the communities of the North East will benefit.”

The launch event was supported by Newcastle Furniture Service, part of Your Homes Newcastle, who offer furniture rental solutions to social landlords across the country.

To find out more about NE Procurement, how they can help you, or if you’re a public sector organisation or social landlord interested in using their contractor framework, please email info@neprocurement.com or visit neprocurement.org.uk