Daventry firms invited to join forces with housing association


Businesses are being invited to get into pole position for new work by joining forces with an award-winning housing provider at a special procurement event.

Futures Housing Group, which manages 9,000 homes throughout the East Midlands including Daventry and District Housing, is inviting 120 new small and medium companies and existing suppliers to learn more about how the housing association operates and to learn about new contract opportunities.

The “Procuring Our Futures” event will be held at Donington Park Racing Circuit on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 and will feature real-life case studies of businesses which have benefited from partnerships with Futures over the years.

John Thornhill, procurement manager at Futures, said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming new and old faces to our event which is designed to promote our commitment to working well with partners to achieve the best results for us, our tenants and our partners.

“We have a proven track record of working well with suppliers and sharing best practice to help us grow as a business and ensure our tenants get the best possible quality of service.

“We wanted to share those successes and get across the message that forging close relationships is beneficial to everyone. The conference is as much an opportunity for local businesses to network and learn from each other as it is to showcase our success.”

Futures’ approach to working with suppliers has helped it save £3 million over the last five years – as well as helping businesses boom.

More than 75 per cent of Futures Housing Group’s spend on contractors is with SME companies within 25 miles and more than 40 apprentices have been taken on as a result of those contracts.

The event will feature keynote speeches by Martin Sherman, Futures’ strategic director of assets and the Royal Bank of Scotland to talk about a new quicker way of processing invoices and paying suppliers.

Attendees were also able to use F1 simulators at the venue and can even have a go on a Scalextric set!

Attendees will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. To register an interest, email procurementteam@futureshg.co.uk or call John Thornhill, procurement manager, on 0845 094 8361.