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Over 50 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have now been appointed to a consortium’s social home building framework.

In total, 51 contractors have been selected since JV North launched a specific procurement lot for SMEs 18 months ago.

Appointed companies can bid for development schemes valued at under £1 million.

Work offered by JV North’s 22 housing association members is divided into six areas: new build, refurbishment, modular build, disabled adaptations, supported housing and fire safety.

Sean Stafford, who is a Director at Saffer Cooper which manages JV North’s development programme, said: “We are really pleased with the quality of the SMEs who have been appointed to the framework for schemes under £1 million.

“SMEs can continue to apply to join the framework until 2021 and we encourage them to do so via the Dynamic Purchasing System, which simplifies the procurement process.

“The ease of applying is very attractive for SMEs who can be put off applying for frameworks because they feel they don’t have the capacity to manage lengthy procurement exercises or think the work is too big for them and will be taken by larger contractors.”

JV North Chairman, Wayne Gales, who is also Chief Executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “The growing number of SMEs on the framework makes the tendering of important smaller schemes more competitive.

“In a challenging funding environment, this improves affordability and offers greater value for money.

“Using SMEs improves our members’ communities too creating more local jobs, training and apprenticeships in addition to boosting regional economies.”

JV North is building over 4,760 homes in the 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme with members and Homes England investing more than half a billion pounds.

SMEs can apply to join JV North’s framework by following this link: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/jvnorth/aspx/Home