Small businesses invited to bid for maintenance contracts

Westward Housing Group, which manages more than 2,000 homes in North Devon and Torridge, is encouraging small local contractors to quote for contracts with 13 of the South West’s housing providers, who manage 90,000 properties, using an easy to use online Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

The DPS has been created by Westward and the procurement consortium Advantage SW on behalf of the region’s housing providers and will allow local companies to bid for grounds maintenance contracts and window and gutter cleaning. This is in an effort to support enterprise in Devon and Cornwall while delivering value and service to Westward customers.

The development of DPS aims to help to lower barriers that small contractors sometimes feel prohibit them when trying to work with public sector organisations. All that is required is to submit a simple questionnaire on the Advantage SW Tenders website.

Westward executive director of operations Nigel Barnard said: “We are encouraging local firms to register as these contracts are often small and very localised. We also aim to get good value for money for our customers and reduce the burden of bureaucracy on all involved.”

To apply for inclusion in the DPS, to register on the tendering portal. You will then be able to download, complete and return the DPS questionnaire.

•  Westward Housing Group is a leading provider of affordable housing and services in the South West. It provides 7,500 affordable, high quality homes and housing related services across Devon and Cornwall. Westward works in partnership with local authorities to meet the needs of local people in the greatest need of housing

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