Avrenim awarded a place on Crown Commercial Services “Facilities Management and Workplace Services Framework”
North West facilities management company, Avrenim, has joined a select group of businesses recognised by the Government for their quality of work. The Liverpool-based company is one of just 44 to be awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new Facilities Management and Workplace Service framework. CCS provides commercial and procurement services to the public sector. By using CCS agreements, customers can buy commonly used goods and services quickly and cost-effectively whilst complying with EU and UK procurement regulations. The new framework supports the principles of the Government’s Sourcing Playbook – this material contains rules, principles and guidance on how government departments should make decisions about outsourcing projects. The framework emphasises the need to heavily weight ‘quality’ in its contract award criteria, rather than lowest cost. This move emphasises the importance of social value and optimum pricing methodology for often complex requirements. As well as being required to attend regular, structured meetings with their customers, suppliers will submit quarterly returns to CCS showing how they are adhering to, as a minimum, baseline requirements for social value activities including modern slavery, carbon net zero, SMEs, under-represented groups, apprenticeships and prompt payments. Founded in 2018, Avrenim Group Facilities Management, provides consultancy and advice on projects and refurbishments to customers in Merseyside and the North West – specifically, those in healthcare, education, charities and local authorities. The company has recently announced a move to focus on supporting customers in transitioning to net zero, either through its maintenance activities, asset lifecycle or building refurbishment works. Simon Harris, Avrenim’s CEO, said: “Being included in the new CCS Facilities Management and Workplace Service framework is fantastic news for us, and a clear demonstration of the quality of our work.
“As our service delivery is based on the principles of quality, safety, value and transparency, it means those appointing Avrenim through this framework can do so with confidence.” Noreen Winhall, Commercial Director, Buildings at Crown Commercial Service said: “The Facilities Management and Workplace Services framework is a key part of our suite of buildings frameworks. “We can support our customers through the whole lifecycle of a major project – from inception through to facilities management and on to demolition, aggregating public-sector buying power to grow the UK economy. “The new framework has the Government’s latest policy priorities baked in, enabling better outcomes on key social value priorities like modern slavery, providing opportunities for SMEs and VCSEs, and carbon reduction.”