Grafton is committed to best practice in all trading areas. As a supply chain partner we work closely with our customers from the outset to understand their objectives and devise a solution tailored to their needs.
We will help our public sector clients meet the government’s improved efficiency targets and ensure that they enjoy the benefits of partnering through our Supply Chain Solutions. With Grafton, the supply chain process involves individuals who specialise in this area. We establish key performance indicators (KPIs) that are simple, clearly defined and easily measured. Constant review helps identify strengths and weakness and provides a platform for continuous improvement.
We have chosen those suppliers whose level of customer service matches our own. Our combined strengths ensure quality products, services and a high level of expertise from all members of the procurement team.
Grafton advocates that, central to a successful partnership, are a thorough understanding of each other’s business, structured account management, good communication and an open and honest approach to the working relationship.
Partnering with GMGB will reduce expenditure and timescales while increasing customer satisfaction and service quality.
Grafton, through its businesses such as Buildbase and Jacksons, has extensive partnering experience in the social housing field. It has won numerous contracts with housing associations, trusts and local authorities, and provides a diverse range of supply solutions from dedicated in-house stores facilities to supply-only agreements.
With a range of over 60,000 products Grafton is able to deliver value-added products and solutions to meet the needs of day-to-day reactive maintenance, as well as the demands of quick turnaround of void properties and the specification of decent homes materials.
Grafton has thorough experience of the OJEU process and supplying through a number of frameworks.
Weaver Vale Housing Trust chose Grafton as its new partner using the Buildbase brand to provide a more effective repairs service for customers in West Cheshire.
The partnership has seen the opening of a new dedicated stores facility at Northwich Buildbase in Wincham, which manages the supply of all materials to the trust’s property services teams.
By obtaining all materials directly from Buildbase, the trust’s 115 repairs and maintenance trade staff will save time and money sourcing materials, enabling them to provide an improved service to residents. The facility also employs three dedicated Buildbase stores personnel whose role is solely to assist trust staff.
Graham Roberts, director of Property Services at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “The trust is delighted to open its new on-site stores at Buildbase. The facility will enable us to provide our customers with a fast, high quality, and more cost efficient repairs and maintenance service.
“The new service will also benefit the commercial, public sector and private individual customers of our subsidiary building company, Weaver Horizons."
“Buildbase takes the burden out of the daily ordering of materials with multiple suppliers, particularly as we have moved many of our third party suppliers to Buildbase as they manage the order requests on our behalf to a core list arrangement.”
To assist the social housing sector and produce efficiencies Grafton is an approved framework supplier to Procurement for Housing. This enables social housing providers to access materials via a fully compliant OJEU framework.
Who are PfH
Procurement for Housing is the only national procurement organisation dedicated to the needs of the social housing sector. PfH is an essential business tool for social landlords. The consortium generates substantial savings by harnessing the collective purchasing power of housing organisations. By reducing procurement costs, organisations can reinvest resources in frontline services, decent homes and vibrant neighbourhoods. Grafton and PfH are currently delivering significant savings for housing organisations across the UK.
As Grafton is a framework supplier to Buying Solutions, there is no need to OJEU tender as the framework has already been tested to provide value for money.
Grafton works with Buying Solutions to provide a remit that extends across both central government and the wider public sector including local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence, utilities and not-for-profit organisations. It also extends to devolved administrations and the local government, health, education and emergency services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The partnership aims to maximise the value for money obtained by all government departments and other public bodies.
Buying Solutions is the largest of over 40 Professional Buying Organisations (PBOs) in the wider public sector. OGC sets procurement policy and best practice to help the UK public sector achieve value from its spending. Buying Solutions delivers procurement solutions for nationally sourced commodity goods and services to customers in both central civil government and the wider public sector.
Grafton is a framework supplier to Buying Solutions for building materials, heating and pipeline, electrical hardware, tools, personal protective equipment and plant hire. Grafton has a legal remit to trade with public services across the UK.
Buying Solutions is the smart choice for public sector procurement, enabling organisations to deliver improved value for money and efficiency. It facilitates the buying process in a vast and highly complex marketplace. The diverse customer base spans the biggest central government departments, NHS Trusts and local councils, through to the smallest schools.
B-Line rapid response and repairs is a division of Breyer Group Plc, delivering responsive repairs and maintenance to primarily occupied residential and public buildings for local authorities and RSL’s in the UK.
B-Line maintains more than 4,400 properties for Dartford Council delivering both reactive repairs and major improvement programmes. They selected Buildbase to provide a dedicated stores solution within the B-Line premises at Dartford, supplying a wide range of materials for the B-Line and Dartford Council Partnership while also managing the van stock for the B-Line fleet of operatives.
Neil Watts, commercial director of B-Line said: “After a rigorous selection process we chose Buildbase to be our preferred materials supply partner. We wanted to ensure our chosen supplier had an excellent track record in delivering stores solutions and materials to the public sector and contractors. Buildbase showed this through the number of public sector clients they have and the savings they have helped them achieve. Buildbase works very closely with us to ensure we deliver on our promises to our clients. Their materials distribution expertise compliments our own maintenance expertise to deliver a first class service to our clients.”
Because of Grafton’s years of experience in providing solutions to the social housing sector and dedicated partnering team, Buildbase was able to have the complete managed stores solution up and running in six weeks including the complete stores fit out, installing IT systems, stock profiling and van stock implementation.
The stores holds in stock a core range of over 800 products giving a 100% core stock availability, as well as being supported by the surrounding Grafton branch network giving B-Line operatives access to over 4500 product lines locally. A full range of KPIs has been implemented to ensure a constant measurement of performance, ensuring B-Line meets Dartford Council’s requirement.
Grafton Supply Chain Solutions understands the needs of the housebuilder to turn plots into homes as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
Using its specialists brands, Grafton can supply all the materials required for new build construction, from the groundworks and insulation, to the bathrooms and kitchens.
By rationalising supply chains and encouraging sub-contractor purchases, Grafton is able to assist in aggregating your buying power through a single company, offering multi-brand product expertise and driving down the construction cost.
The Civils & Lintels brand is the UK’s largest steel lintel distributor, servicing the construction market from 17 distribution centres, spanning the country. With a stock holding of over 50,000 steel lintels the business currently supplies 25 per cent of the UK’s construction market.
The specialist lintels service provides a one stop service for all your lintel requirements, including:
Some of the UK’s top housebuilders trust Grafton Supply Chain Solutions brands to deliver their material needs including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Bellway and Crest Nicholson.