A word from Peter Bird, proprietor at Primary Business Support
"As we slowly emerge from the Coronavirus maze we are all finding that we have developed new ways of working that might have seemed alien to us just a few years ago.
We find ourselves in a new world with fresh challenges over price rises and political unease that will continue the difficulties of supply and demand that we have had for the past few years. We are here to work with social landlords to ensure that high quality services are delivered, particularly through service specification, contract procurement and good contract management"
Our recent work
We have been increasingly working in the social housing sector in the procurement of contracts along with the tangential requirements for well written specifications, S20 consultation and performance management.
We have also have been working with Housing Dynamics, Richard Medley’s company, in the review of the process for applications for funding of new developments in the Irish Republic. This involved a series of interviews with Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) looking at the various elements of applications in a review of existing arrangements. Through careful analysis and an understanding of the driving requirements we have made recommendations to the Housing Agency for improvements to the process We have worked with the Agency and AHBs in a pilot exercise, testing these proposals and the Agency is working towards the rollout in the coming months.
Another major piece of work has been working with Woking Borough Council as it brings its housing management services back in house, having outsourced them back in 2012. Our work has been associated with the asset management side of the business and we have supported WBC in the selection and appointment of its new responsive repairs, estate cleaning, disabled adaptations and electrical services contractors through compliant procurement processes. We continue to support them in the selection and appointment of further specialist contractors.
Work with smaller housing associations has included the production of a guidance manual for S20 consultations across all the permutations for works, long term agreements, above and below the procurement thresholds for public works. This includes flow charts, templates and good practice, whilst acknowledging the excellent resources available elsewhere.
Finally, we are developing into a consultancy to which others turn to discuss procurement, leaseholder consultation and technical specifications.
If you think we can help you to spend your money wisely and effectively do get in touch – we’re only a call away!
You contact us by telephone or email and we can meet through Teams or Zoom.
Peter Bird FCIH FCMI
About Primary Business Support
PBS is a small social housing consultancy able to offer you a personal service tailored to your needs. With over 25 years working for local authorities and housing associations and over nineteen years working as a social housing consultant I am able to provide you with bespoke consultancy and project management. A network of like-minded independent consultants also enables me to work collaboratively to extend the services that I can offer you.
Primary Business Support (PBS) has been an invaluable partner during our procurement project. They offered bespoke specifications, acted as a critical friend during the development of specifications, helped guide us through the Section 20 process, led the SSQ and Tender Evaluations and undertaken all of the statutory procurement administration.
We would not have been able to have procured so many complex contracts in the timescales we have, without the guidance and support of PBS.
In addition to the professional services provided, the attitude and approach to the project has been refreshing, with PBS understanding our requirements and working in a collaborative manner to assist us in achieving our goals.
Adam Browne, Housing Asset Manager, Woking Borough Council, February 2022 commenting on a project to procure a range of asset management contracts as Woking BC prepared to bring their housing management services in-house.
Thanks to our investment in technology we are able to continue to provide consultancy services during the current crisis through the use of conference calls, video calls, file sharing and, of course, telephone calls and email. We use email or Microsoft Teams for the exchange and sharing of documents and other files and use Teams or Zoom for on-line conferencing, depending on the client's preference.