Builders merchant clearing house and co-operative United Merchants has been awarded a new contract – “Supply of Materials & Managed Services” by Procurement for Housing (PfH).
This will be in force for 3 years, with an option to extend for a further year. The latest contract replaces the current Unimer & PfH agreement, and enables both specialisation of merchants, and increased scope of products available within the contract for Unimer members to supply to PfH members.
The new agreement was awarded to Unimer through an EU compliant tender process, where the supplier(s) with the best value offer was awarded the contract. Unimer has been awarded the framework contract to supply:
· Lot 1 – Plumbing & Heating Products
· Lot 2 – Building Materials
· Lot 3 – Electrical Products
· Lot 4 – Managed Stores Solutions
· Lot 5 – Aids & Adaptations
Suzanne Millward, marketing manager at Unimer says: “We believe that this new agreement will further increase business opportunities for Unimer members. It is clear to us that the national agreement terms and efficiencies in the materials supply chain we can deliver through our Unimer members are becoming increasingly more important to the social housing sector.”
The PfH members spend in excess of £1.2 million a week through PfH agreements, making the framework agreement very attractive to Unimer members.
“We believe that this agreement helps smaller and independent merchants to be included in the distribution of building materials for local economic development and it keeps them in the frame for further developments in the sector. We are extremely pleased to be involved with the PfH and all its members”, Millward says.