We’ve given businesses valuable insight into how to win a slice of £40m-worth of contracts with us at a special conference at historic Donington Park.
Futures Housing Group, which manages around 10,000 properties across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire, held a special conference for more than 100 existing and potentially new business partners in their large supply chain.
John Thornhill, Head of Procurement at Futures, said: “All in all 36 potential new suppliers attended to listen to our message of how we will be attracting smaller businesses to our new-look supply chain.
“We wanted to let them know that it’s not all about who’s the cheapest or who has the biggest client-base – winning a contract with us is about demonstrating that you can do the job to a high standard, work with us to improve what we do and provide value for money.”
Several speakers from across Futures Housing Group and its existing partners covered topics such as how to complete a tender application, navigating complex European bureaucracy and how smaller businesses have grown and developed through working with Futures Housing Group.
Over 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.
One such business is Elite Developments, which has grown from being a small business to a multi-disciplined company with a turnover of around £6 million.
Nick Rhodes, Managing Director of Elite Group, said: “(The business) has gone from two employees – me and my apprentice – to about 50 which is where we are today.
“I would certainly recommend looking for tender opportunities with Futures, they have been an absolutely fundamental part of Elite’s growth, no doubt.”
In addition to the talks and tips there was a chance for delegates to network and have a go on a touring car simulator to see who had the best racing skills.
Attendees also helped raise £130 for charity by taking a time-trial challenge on a 60 foot Scalextric track, organised by North Yorkshire Lotus Owners Club, with all proceeds going to Martin House Children’s Hospice in West Yorkshire.
A Lotus Evora 400 was also on display for delegates to look at to fit in with the motor racing theme of the day.
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Procurement & Contracts Manager
Futures Housing Group
Asher Lane, Ripley
0845 094 8346