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£200M social housing work work up for grabs for SMEs

Procurement consortium Fusion21 is looking for contractors to work on projects worth an anticipated £200 million.

SMEs from around the UK are being invited to meet with the consortium throughout February for webinar events explaining how they can win work on its Property Retrofit framework, which includes projects to help Fusion21 members improve the energy efficiency of their social housing stock.

Fusion21 has over 100 members including Bristol City, Guildford Borough and St Helens councils as well as registered providers such as the Riverside Group, Affinity Sutton, Barnet Homes, Circle Housing, Metropolitan Housing and Cartrefi Conwy.

The programme will be carried out over the next four years and is split into 14 lots including works from external wall insulation to solar hot water systems.

A total of 17 specialist contractor groups are needed to complete the programme, including project managers, biomass heating specialists and electricians.

Webinar events will be hosted in partnership with Constructionline and span four sessions. The first for contractors in the North East and Yorkshire on the 13 February, London on the 20, with the West Midlands and Wales both on the 27.

Claire Makin, business development manager at Constructionline said: “This is an incredible opportunity for SMEs across Britain to work on such a high volume of work and build new client relationships.

“It’s great to see Fusion21 supporting small suppliers to help contribute to the local economies while regenerating the areas under the framework.”

Gordon Ronald, commercial director at Fusion21, said: “We’re keen to engage with suitably qualified contractors – particularly small businesses – and our partnership with Constructionline is the gateway to meeting with them.

“The webinar events will allow us to inform suppliers across the country of exactly what the Property Retrofit involves and how they can sign up to the procurement process.”

Suppliers do not have to be a Constructionline member to attend. To register interest, go to: http://www.constructionline.co.uk/static/events

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