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Supplier Focus No.16: Sovini Trade Supplies
14th November 2019
Sovini Trade Supplies is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.


Now in its fifth iteration, the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework provides quick, flexible access to the full range of building materials required by consortium members in full compliance with the relevant public procurement legislation.

Sovini Trade Supplies have offered the following insight:
"Sovini Trade Supplies provides a supply chain solution and managed store service for clients across the UK.

As the most Inspiring Supplier 2019 and Northern Housing's Supplier of the Year 2018..."

To see the full feature and to find out more about Sovini Trade Supplies, click here.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
New Procurement Thresholds
11th November 2019
The European Commission has announced the new public procurement threshold values which will apply to contracts advertised from 1st January 2020.


The updated values are (excluding VAT):
• Works Contracts: £4,733,252
• Supplies Contracts (sub-central authorities): £189,330
• Services Contracts (sub-central authorities): £189,330
• Light Touch Regime: £663,540

Contracting authorities will need to ensure the new values are circulated to staff and updated in company policy documentation.
Homes UK Conference – We’ll see you there!
6th November 2019
Cirrus is excited to have the opportunity to exhibit at the Homes UK conference in London later this month.

We’re looking forward to catching up with existing clients and suppliers and of course seeing some new faces at the conference.

We’ll be available at stand H320C on Wednesday 27th November and Thursday 28th November, please feel free to wander over to us to have a chat about all things procurement and discuss our frameworks and consultancy services.

If you would like to arrange a meeting in advance please contact Claire Paton on 07828 143935 or alternatively email her at cpaton@cirruspurchasing.co.uk.

For more information on the event please visit the Homes website.

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Supplier Focus No.15: Huws Gray
8th October 2019
Huws Gray is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.


Now in its fifth iteration, the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework provides quick, flexible access to the full range of building materials required by consortium members in full compliance with the relevant public procurement legislation.

Huws Gray have offered the following insight:
"Established in Anglesey, North Wales in 1990 Huws Gray currently employs over 1,600 people at 110 different locations throughout North and Mid Wales, the North West, the Midlands, Yorkshire and now covering East Anglia with our Ridgeons acquisition; we are the largest independent merchant in the UK..."

To see the full feature and to find out more about Huws Gray, click here.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
New member of the Cirrus Purchasing team
24th September 2019
We are excited to announce we have welcomed a new member to the Cirrus Purchasing team. Ella Walmsley joins us as Trainee Procurement Consultant.

Holding a first class honours degree in Politics and International Relations and multiple customer service and performance awards, Ella brings key client engagement skills, research experience and category expertise to her new role.

Ella is excited to develop her skills in consultancy whilst maintaining a people-centric and business orientated focus.

You can contact Ella on 07947 922179 or alternatively email her at ewalmsley@cirruspurchasing.co.uk.
Supplier Focus No.14: Symphony
10th September 2019
Symphony is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Kitchen Materials Supply Framework.

The framework covers the full range of kitchen and related materials required by Consortium members.

Symphony have offered the following insight:
"Symphony is the UK’s largest privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, fitted bedroom and fitted bathroom furniture. Our customers include housing developers and social housing providers..."

To see the full feature and to find out more about Symphony, click here.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
The new Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework is now live
9th August 2019
We are delighted to announce that the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework 5 is now live and available for use by all contracting authorities across England, Scotland and Wales.


This latest iteration provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 15 leading suppliers and will run side by side with our current highly successful Materials Framework 4 which expires in May 2020.

Following feedback from Consortium members and suppliers, we have introduced a Highways and civil materials lot and a Tool and plant hire lot to the framework.

We would like to welcome all new suppliers to the framework; we look forward to working with you.

The framework covers the full range of materials required by consortium members, split across the following lots:

• Lot 1: General building materials, including paint and tools
• Lot 2: Plumbing and heating materials, including gas spares and renewables
• Lot 3: Electrical materials
• Lot 4: Highways and civil materials
• Lot 5: Managed stores
• Lot 6: Tool and plant hire

The framework is fully compliant with ...[more]

Cirrus are recruiting!
5th August 2019
Are you looking to begin your career in consultancy?


Cirrus Purchasing are seeking a motivated, natural problem solver to join us as a Trainee Procurement Consultant.

Working nationally, the role is the entry point into your consultancy career, and will include significant skills development and career progression.

Please note, this opportunity is now closed.
Supplier Focus No.13: Lorien
1st August 2019
Lorien and Onezeero is the latest supplier to be featured from the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework and have been awarded a position on Lot 5: IT staff.

The latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.

Lorien have offered the following insight:
"For over 40 years, we’ve been helping our customers to achieve and maintain a distinct competitive advantage through their people. We are one of the UK’s largest technology recruiters and solutions providers, working across a wide variety of sectors.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Supplier Focus No.12: Niyaa People
13th June 2019
Niyaa People is the latest supplier to be featured from the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework.

The latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.

Niyaa People have offered the following insight:
"Niyaa People are an independent specialist recruitment consultancy founded in 2008 within a small, shared office space with only 2 desks.

Fast forward 11 years and we now have a team of over 35 fantastic people in Birmingham city centre with the shared vision and ambition to become the leading recruitment partner for the Built Environment for both the Public and Private Sectors..."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework: Tender opportunity available
10th June 2019
Following the highly successful Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework, we are pleased to announce that we are currently tendering for a new Materials Framework to replace the current arrangement which expires May 2020.


The new framework will cover the supply of goods and services associated with building repairs & maintenance and refurbishment required by consortium members. The framework will be available for use by all contracting authorities across England, Wales and Scotland.

There are 5 lots covering the following categories of materials and services:

• Lot 1: General building materials
• Lot 2: Plumbing and heating materials
• Lot 3: Electrical materials
• Lot 4: Highways and civil materials
• Lot 5: Managed stores
• Lot 6: Tool and plant hire

Suppliers can express their interest in the opportunity and view the tender documents from the following link: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/cirruspurchasing/aspx/Home.

The deadline for tender submissions is 12 noon, Monday 8th July 2019.

Call-off contracts can continue to be awarded under the current framework until May 2020 and will remain fully compliant with the Public Contracts Regulations for their full duration.
Cirrus Purchasing’s commitment to reducing climate change
4th June 2019
For the ninth consecutive year, Cirrus Purchasing remains a completely carbon negative company. Minimising the environmental impact of our business activities and reducing climate change is a key aspect of our business objectives. This is why at the end of every financial year we take pride in offsetting our carbon emissions. Following our company-wide carbon assessment through carbonfootprint.com, we have offset the environmental impact beyond our calculated carbon emissions.


Since 2010 we have planted over 150 trees through our verified carbon reduction programme. We continue to make a positive contribution to improving the local environment in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, helping to provide wildlife habitats and employment opportunities for the local community. Further information about the programme can be found here.

Our 2018/19 certificate is available here.

Supplier Focus No.11: The McLean Partnership
22nd May 2019
The McLean Partnership is the latest supplier to be featured from the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework and have been awarded a position on Lot 12: Executive Directors.


The latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.

The McLean Partnership have offered the following insight:
"The McLean Partnership is excited to be awarded a place on Cirrus Purchasing’s framework for Board & Executive hiring.

We are an advisory firm with deep experience in strengthening and diversifying the boards and senior leadership teams of Contracting Authorities across a broad range of geographies and sectors. This has included Chair, Non-Executive Director, Group ExCo and Functional Leadership appointments within Housing, Local & Central Government, Health, N4P as well as Special Purpose Vehicle and Public-Private Partnership entities..."

To see the full feature and to find out more about The McLean Partnership, click here.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Supplier Focus No.10: BDS Recruitment
17th April 2019
BDS Recruitment is the second supplier to be featured from the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework and have been awarded a position on lots:

• Lot 1: Administration staff
• Lot 2: Contact centre staff
• Lot 3: Ancillary staff
• Lot 4: Trade operatives across all trades
• Lot 6: Finance staff
• Lot 7: Human Resources staff
• Lot 8: Asset Management staff
• Lot 9: Housing Services staff
• Lot 10: Development staff
• Lot 11: Professional Services staff

The latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.


BDS Recruitment have offered the following insight:
"BDS is an established, family run recruitment consultancy providing expert and tailored recruitment services on a nationwide level on a permanent, interim and temporary basis.

Specialising across the housing, public sector, charitable and care and support industries, we work with small and large companies offering high profile recruitment services personalised to each individual organisation’s needs. Our in-depth knowledge and sector expertise, along with our unique approach ensures that we work specifically to our client’s briefs, timescales and budgets...."

Fond Farewell to Mike Barnett
29th March 2019
Today we are saying a fond farewell to Mike Barnett who is leaving Cirrus Purchasing after 9 years with the company. Mike has been a valued and well respected team member since he joined us as a university graduate in 2010. Since then he has progressed to Director of Consultancy within the Cirrus management team.

Simon Reed, founder of Cirrus, said:

“Mike has always been a pleasure to work with. I’d like to thank Mike on behalf of myself, Claire and the team for his hard work and commitment over the years, we all wish him every success for the future.”
Supplier Focus No.9: Spinwell Global
28th March 2019
Spinwell Global is the first supplier to be featured from the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework and have been awarded a position on Lot 11: Professional Services staff.

The latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.


Spinwell Global have offered the following insight:

"Providing a proper workflow and process to any project is the keystone to the life and success of our daily work and a project being efficient is one of the most important parts of keeping a business running smoothly.

Using the market place workflow created by Cirrus Purchasing and Spinwell Global’s experience in working a variety of UK resource models is an easy way to help your industry body, company or project to be successful from the outset..."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
New Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework Now Available
12th March 2019
We are excited to announce that the new Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework is now live and available for use by all contracting authorities across England, Wales and Scotland.


This latest iteration replaces our highly successful first agency framework and provides contracting authorities quick and easy access to a selection of 40 leading recruitment agencies.

The framework covers the full range of roles required by consortium members, split across the following lots:

• Lot 1: Administration staff
• Lot 2: Contact centre staff
• Lot 3: Ancillary staff
• Lot 4: Trade operatives across all trades
• Lot 5: IT staff
• Lot 6: Finance staff
• Lot 7: Human Resources staff
• Lot 8: Asset Management staff
• Lot 9: Housing Services staff
• Lot 10: Development staff
• Lot 11: Professional Services staff
• Lot 12: Executive Directors, board members and technical roles
• Lot 13: Master vendor

The framework is fully compliant with all applicable public procurement legislation and is free for contracting authorities to access, with no consortium joining, or ongoing management fees.

For additional information and the framework registration form, please click here or alternatively Contact Us.
Procurement Policy Note: Preparing for the UK Leaving the EU
11th March 2019
The UK Cabinet Office has published a new Procurement Policy Note to assist contracting authorities in preparation of the UK leaving the EU. The note details the actions to be taken by all contracting authorities in the event of either a deal or no-deal Brexit.

While the note states ‘In either a deal or no deal scenario, the public procurement regime (the procurement procedures, financial thresholds, etc.) will remain broadly unchanged’, contracting authorities should take the time to review the notice and subsequent FAQ’s to ensure they are ready for 29th March 2019.

For advice and support on how to prepare, please contact Claire Paton via: cpaton@cirruspurchasing.co.uk or 07828 143935.

Click here for the full Procurement Policy Note.
Supplier Focus No.8: Bradfords Building Supplies
8th March 2019
Bradfords logo Bradfords Building Supplies is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Bradfords have offered the following insight:

"Bradfords is one of the largest South West based independent Builders Merchants and Plumbing Specialists, supplying materials to the trade for over 200 years, trading from 45 branches throughout the South West, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.The Partnership Team, however, are not restricted to the South West and would welcome a discussion with any housing provider about their specific, tailored requirements..."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Government to pay Eurotunnel £33m over ‘secretive’ Brexit ferry contract
4th March 2019
The UK Government is set to pay a £33m settlement to Eurotunnel, after they launched a procurement challenge over the contract to supply ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


The Government’s troubles began in December last year when they made the decision to award a £100m ferry service contract to three companies without following an open and transparent procurement procedure.

After the award was announced, the criticism heightened. One of the successful companies, Seaborne Freight, did not own any ships and had never operated this kind of service before. The contract was subsequently scrapped after its financial backer pulled out.
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UK Housing Awards 2019 Finalist
11th February 2019
We are delighted to announce that Cirrus have been selected as a finalist for Professional Services Partner of the Year at the UK Housing Awards 2019.

We have been recognised in this category for our social housing client satisfaction rates, as well as helping our clients implement more cost-effective and efficient procurement processes.

Thank you to the UK Housing Awards for our delicious finalist’s cake; it was a really nice touch.


Congratulations and good luck to all of the other finalists including many of our clients, we look forward to seeing you on the night of the awards ceremony in London this May!
Richmond Cabinet Company appoints administrators
17th January 2019
As you may already be aware, Richmond Cabinet Company fell into administration at the end of last year, appointing administrators on the 20th December 2018.

Richmond is currently a supplier on the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Having spoken to Richmond on this issue, they have informed us they will be continuing operations going forward. The business has undertaken a refinance and a Group restructure in order to avoid disrupting customer deliveries and will continue to honour customer warranties and contracts.

Please contact Claire Paton via 07828 143935 or cpaton@cirruspurchasing.co.uk should you have any questions regarding any current or future contracts awarded to Richmond under the Cirrus Materials Framework.
Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework: Tender available for completion
9th January 2019
Following the success of the Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour and Recruitment Services Framework, we are pleased to announce that we are currently tendering for a new Agency Framework to replace the current arrangement which expires in March 2019.

The new framework will cover the full range of roles required by consortium members and be available for use by all contracting authorities across England, Wales and Scotland.

The framework is split across the following lots:

• Lot 1: Administration staff
• Lot 2: Contact centre staff
• Lot 3: Ancillary staff
• Lot 4: Trade operatives across all trades
• Lot 5: IT staff
• Lot 6: Finance staff
• Lot 7: Human Resources staff
• Lot 8: Asset Management staff
• Lot 9: Housing Services staff
• Lot 10: Development staff
• Lot 11: Professional Services staff
• Lot 12: Executive Directors, board members and technical roles
• Lot 13: Master vendor

Suppliers can express their interest in the opportunity and view the tender documents from the following link: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/cirruspurchasing/aspx/Home.

The deadline for tender submissions is 12 noon, Thursday 7th February 2019.

Call-off contracts can continue to be awarded under the current framework until 9th March 2019 and will remain fully compliant with the Public Contracts Regulations for their full duration.

Supplier Focus No.7: Ionic
3rd January 2019
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.


Ionic is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour & Recruitment Framework. Ionic are recruitment specialists in construction, social housing and maintenance.

Ionic have offered the following insight:

Ionic is a specialist construction and social housing recruitment business. We provide permanent, contract and temporary recruitment to organisations seeking individuals who are able to design, deliver and maintain all aspects of your projects.

To see the full feature and to find out more about Ionic, click here.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.

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Happy New Year 2019
2nd January 2019
After another successful year, we are taking time to reflect on the successes of Cirrus in 2018 and looking forward to an exciting 2019!


We'd like to thank our clients who continue to help shape our business; we really appreciate your support and hope that our existing and new partnerships reach new heights in 2019.

To see the full feature, please click here.
Supplier Focus No.6: Edmundson Electrical
4th December 2018
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.


Edmundson Electrical is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Edmundson Electrical operates a dedicated service from 350+ locations across the group, has 1,000+ delivery vehicles and offers a wide range of ‘branded’ products.

Edmundson Electrical have offered the following insight:

• "We operate a policy of same day availability!
• Same day delivery on all stocked items with no minimum delivery charge!
• Over 350 branches serving the country from Stornoway to Redruth, with a nationwide stock acquirable on a next day basis. Each outlet is comprehensively stocked and run by friendly, experienced, and motivated staff.
• All members of staff are committed to ongoing product training. We attend numerous courses, often run by our key suppliers, coupled with our own in-house seminars.
• We offer a high level of off and on-site technical support from sourcing specials to energy saving surveys to visits with our close network of key suppliers."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Sector Risk Profile: The Importance of a Robust Procurement Policy
3rd December 2018
Procurement policy and strategy documents are key business documents which can often be overlooked in an organisation. As with other policy documentation such as health and safety policies, financial regulations and data protection policies, procurement policy documents can be valuable tools to guide employees and support your organisation’s long term aims and objectives.

A robust suite of procurement documents will not only address regulatory and internal requirements, but also help to ensure your organisation is achieving Value for Money.



The most recent Sector Risk Profile published by the Regulator of Social Housing suggests that weak procurement policies can be detrimental to an organisation’s reputation, stating:

“While it is essential that boards manage and control risks such as health and safety and fraud, it is also important that they understand the reputational damage...[more]

Supplier Focus No.5: Barker Ross
22nd October 2018
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.


Barker Ross is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Agency Framework. Barker Ross is a multi-sector recruiter, specialising in the Construction, Health & Social Care and Industrial sectors.

Barker Ross have offered the following insight:
“In 1988 the Barker Ross Group started a multi-sector recruitment business with the aim of training and supporting their people to enable them to be the best they could be.

By providing an environment that is respectful, trusting and with support at its very heart, combined with training, developing and mentoring we have built an organisation that takes its clients requirements and consistently seek to surpass their expectations. "

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Supplier Focus No.4: SmartSourcing
12th November 2018
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.


SmartSourcing is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Agency Framework. SmartSourcing is a highly successful SME supplier delivering high quality temporary, fixed-term and permanent recruitment services.

SmartSourcing have offered the following insight:
“SmartSourcing offers responsive, flexible access to the best resources through the Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour and Recruitment Framework, Lot 4 - IT Staff. Through our professional, service lead approach we work closely with clients to fully understand your roles and culture to ensure the best possible candidates are sourced."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Supplier Focus No.3: Rexel
27th September 2018
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.



Rexel is the latest supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework. Rexel is an electrical distributor with a 250 branch network across the UK offering everything from lighting and circuit protection to electrical wiring, industrial controls and safety and work wear. They also offer power tools and site equipment.

Rexel describe their Social Housing service offering:
“We really understand that the safety and comfort of your residents is your key priority. Making sure that you can get what you need, when you need it, so that you are delivering the best service and improving lives. Alongside our market leading own brand we also work with your specification manufacturers to meet your day-to-day core electrical requirements and also add real value with innovative products, services and solutions."

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
‘No deal’ Brexit: Accessing public sector contracts
18th September 2018
Last week the government issued a series of papers to provide guidance in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement in place (a ‘no deal’ Brexit). While they stress this is unlikely, the notices provide information to allow the UK to prepare for a 'no deal' Brexit scenario.

The papers covered various topics such as mobile roaming, driving in the EU and data protection. Along with these, a paper was also published to provide advice on accessing public sector contracts.

Should we reach 29th March 2019 without a Brexit deal; a UK specific e-notification service will be made available to replace the current requirement to advertise on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) via Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). Contracting authorities will need to make provisions to post notices on the new UK e-notification platform rather than OJEU/TED. The paper indicates that the new service will be available from the day the UK exits the EU and will be free of charge for all users.

The requirement to advertise on Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI would remain.

Many contracting authorities currently use third parties to publish their notices via tender portals or similar. The government advises that testing is currently underway to ensure these services can continue post Brexit, with the relevant notices being published to the UK e-notification service.

Following a 'no deal', suppliers are able to continue to use OJEU/TED to access opportunities from the EU if they wish to do so, however if they wish to access contract opportunities within the UK they will also need to utilise the new e-notification service.
Supplier Focus No.2: Building Careers
4th September 2018
The Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature showcases the range of specialist services and benefits on offer to Consortium members from suppliers under our frameworks.

Building Careers UK is the first supplier to be featured from the Cirrus Consortium Agency Labour Framework. As a Part B service framework, members have significantly more flexibility and freedom over selection and award than under the updated 2015 Public Contracts Regulations.

Building Careers offer permanent and temporary staffing solutions to both the public and private sector, including bespoke packages for SMEs to large scale key account managed services for some of the UK’s top 10 construction companies.

Working in partnership with a diverse customer base of candidates and clients Building Careers has successfully grown into one of the UK's leading specialist construction and property recruiters.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
Is your organisation prepared for the additional eProcurement requirements?
4th September 2018


In less than two months, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 #102 (the public procurement legislation) impose additional eProcurement rules on contracting authorities.

From 18th October 2018, all elements of communication and information exchange conducted during the procurement process must be carried out electronically for above EU threshold procedures. This includes the requirement for tender submissions to be received through an online system that meets certain technical requirements. These requirements are imposed to ensure the security of responses and the integrity of the tender process.

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New addition to the Cirrus Purchasing team
20th August 2018
We are pleased to welcome Lucy Jackson to the team as Operations Coordinator here at Cirrus Purchasing.

Lucy graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism in 2016 and went on to work in Hospitality and Sales in New Zealand for a year. More recently Lucy’s role in Marketing and Communications in the housing sector has equipped her with skills in social media, which she hopes to bring to the role to further develop our LinkedIn presence.

Lucy is responsible for all back office business administration within Cirrus, as well as supplier-side administration for Cirrus Consortium frameworks. She will also provide support services for the consultancy team.

You can contact Lucy on 07983 532407 or alternatively email her at ljackson@cirruspurchasing.co.uk.
Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus
1st August 2018
We are proud to announce the launch of our new Cirrus Consortium Supplier Focus feature!

The initiative showcases the range of services and added value benefits available to Consortium members from suppliers under the Cirrus Consortium frameworks. The feature will be regularly updated with a different participating supplier on our website and LinkedIn pages.


Magnet is our first featured supplier. With 180 branches and a comprehensive distribution coverage across the UK, Magnet offers the full range of kitchen materials and services that may be required by contracting authorities. This includes supply of flat-pack and readymade kitchen units, adapted kitchen items, delivery of materials direct to site and a kitchen design service. Magnet is available through the Cirrus Kitchens framework and also holds a position on the Kitchens lot of the Cirrus Materials framework.

For further information on the Cirrus Consortium frameworks, or the suppliers available under each framework, please contact us.
CIH Housing 2018 - free prize draw winner
28th June 2018
We have really enjoyed exhibiting at CIH Housing 2018. Thank you to everyone who visited our stand. It has been great meeting up with existing clients and making new contacts.

Congratulations to Graham Kneale at Magenta Living who has won our free prize draw for a day's worth of free procurement consultancy.

If you were unable to attend the exhibition but would like to find out more about our services, please contact a member of the Cirrus consultancy team or visit our services page.
CIH Housing 2018 - Two weeks to go
12th June 2018
There are only two weeks to go until CIH Housing 2018!

We will be exhibiting on stand F38 at the event in Manchester Central, taking place 26th-28th June.

The Cirrus team will be available to discuss how our consultancy services can support your organisation and answer any procurement queries you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you would like to arrange a meeting please contact Claire Paton via cpaton@cirruspurchasing.co.uk or 07828 143935.

For more information on the event, please visit cihhousing.com

We've done it again, carbon negative
24th May 2018
Minimising the environmental impact of our business activities is very important to us - it's one of our core social values.

Our commitment to reducing climate change continues to be achieved as we remain a carbon negative company for an eighth consecutive year. Following our annual company-wide carbon assessment through carbonfootprint.com, we have offset the environmental impact beyond our calculated carbon emissions.

In the 8 years Cirrus has been carbon negative, we are proud to announce we have planted over 140 trees through our verified carbon reduction programme. We continue to make a positive contribution to improving the local environment in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, helping to provide wildlife habitats and employment opportunities for the local community. Further information about the programme can be found here.

Our 2017/18 certificate is available here.

As well as carbon offsetting, we promote initiatives to reduce carbon emissions within our business practices. This includes teleworking where appropriate to reduce commuting mileage, targeting 75% of business travel to be by public transport and prudent use of heating and lighting controls in the working environment.

The Apprenticeship Levy – One Year On
9th April 2018
It has been a year since the Apprenticeship Levy came into force throughout the United Kingdom. Since 6th April 2017 businesses with an annual payroll over £3 million have contributed 0.5% of their wage bill into an apprenticeship fund each month, offset by an annual allowance of £15,000.

The Levy has been introduced to help the Government reach its target of creating 3 million quality apprenticeships by 2020. In addition, employers with a wage bill less than £3 million will contribute just 10% towards the cost of training an apprentice, with the Government ‘co-investing’ the remaining 90% (up to a funding band maximum).

Organisations subject to the Levy are reminded that the money paid in, along with a 10% supplement from the Government, must be used within 24 months. Therefore, it should be viewed as a “use it or lose it” fund.

Whilst businesses have been paying the Levy, using the funding has not been as straightforward as expected. ...[more]

Reminder to publish payment performance data online
3rd April 2018
Contracting authorities are reminded of the requirement to publish their payment performance data online for the most recent financial year.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 #102 (the public procurement legislation) identify that the following must be published:

1. The percentage of undisputed invoices paid within 30 days,

2. The amount of interest paid to suppliers due to late payment and

3. The total amount of interest the organisation was liable to pay (whether or not paid and whether under any statutory or other requirement) due to late payment

Contracting authorities are required to publish this data to demonstrate their compliance with the obligation to pay invoices within 30 days as outlined under regulation 113 of the regulations.

The data outlined in points 1 to 3 should be made freely available via the internet and maintained until replaced by the following year's set of statistics. Contracting authorities can meet this requirement by posting the performance data on their website.

Sector Scorecard is launched for housing associations
19th March 2018
Following a successful pilot last year, the Sector Scorecard has now been launched for housing associations.

The initiative aims to provide a suite of metrics to enable housing associations of all sizes to benchmark their performance and assess the value for money that they deliver.

"It demonstrates the sector's accountability to its tenants and stakeholders, and includes measurements ranging from the number of new homes built to customer satisfaction." (sectorscorecard.com)

An independent advisory group has been created to govern the Scorecard with representatives from housing associations, the National Housing Federation and Chartered Institute of Housing.

For details on how to take part and benchmark your organisation's performance, please visit the Sector Scorecard website, available here.

New Value for Money standard and Code of Practice published
12th March 2018
TFollowing our previous news article highlighting the consultation exercise for the proposals (October 2017), the regulator of Social Housing has now published the new Value for Money (VFM) standard.

The revised VFM standard and supporting code of practice applies to all private registered providers of social housing in England and takes effect from 1st April 2018.

Providers will no longer need to produce a narrative VFM self-assessment, but will be required to report their performance against seven sector-wide metrics within their annual accounts and also report their performance against individually focused targets.

The new VFM standard, code of practice and consultation analysis are included within a decision statement, available here. The VFM metrics are detailed within a technical note available here.

Providers may wish to review their strategic objectives and existing reporting procedures to incorporate the requirements of the new VFM standard.
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