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Social value key as £12million repairs tender goes live

Sovereign Housing Association is today announcing a new tender for responsive repairs to support its in-house property services team.

The new repairs framework represents a major investment, with the tender worth £3million every year over the course of the four-year contract.

The framework covers the provision of responsive maintenance, repairs, installations and work to empty homes, as well as more specialist responsive services. Once in place, Sovereign’s in-house team will have a bank of approved contractors, ready to call upon when needed to help it continue to provide a quality service for customers.

The 61,000-home housing association will use the framework across eight separate regions, drawing in multiple preferred suppliers for each, and now widening the tendering process to include sole traders. 

Applicants will have the opportunity to impress with their pledges to social value.

Through its Project Match programme, Sovereign will maximise opportunities to deliver social value in its communities by asking suppliers which community project they are able to fulfil from a predetermined list.

Tender offers will then be scored on a whole host of criteria related to quality, cost and social value. This includes commitments to health and safety, efforts to measure and monitor environmental impact and measures to improve Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

Entries which display these greater social value commitments will receive a more positive weighting and overall score.  

Rebecca Morgan, Head of Client Services at Sovereign said: “We take our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibilities seriously, which means we’re constantly thinking of ways to increase our social value throughout the supply chain.

“Key to this is working with a diverse range of suppliers, who share our values and are representative of the communities we serve.”

Information about the tender can be found here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 30 November 2022.