We have built Bernicia to be a business that people want to work for and be part of. We are recognised and respected by our customers, colleagues, business partners and within the communities where we work as a superb organisation that gets the job done.
Why work for us
We employ almost 550 staff and are passionate about providing opportunities for people to develop. We believe everyone has potential, and through our award winning Move Ahead and Runway Programmes we support people to achieve extraordinary things. We have achieved Investors In People, Better Health at Work and Equality North East Gold accreditations. We have also been recognised as an Apprentice Top 100 Employer in the UK.
Our staff have a diverse range of skills and expertise which continues to make a real difference for our tenants, our stakeholders and to the wider communities where we operate.
Our trade subsidiaries, Kingston Property Services and Livingspaces provide estate agency, property and estate services to a further 16,000 homeowners.
We believe Bernicia is an exciting company to work for and that work should be a mutually rewarding experience, where you can realise your own ambitions. Joining Bernicia means joining an environment where everyone is passionate about delivering excellent customer service.
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Developing our talent
Everyone has potential and if that potential is unleashed they can achieve extraordinary things.
Our Talent Management Strategy will help us to have the right people with the right skills, giving our staff the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Bernicia Group procures a wide variety of goods, service and works to enable our organisation to build, rent, sell and manage homes, provide estate and facilities management and specialist care and support services to over 60,000 customers.
This section details information about our procurement process and what you need to do if you want to work with us.
Our Procurement Principles
The key principles of Bernicia’s procurement, within our procurement strategy are –
- Achieve value for money and be supported by the group value for money strategy.
- Be transparent, open and giving equal opportunities to participate and encourage competition from local suppliers.
- Meet our legal requirements and be compliant with internal procedures.
- Be in proportion to the contract value, reducing any administrative and monitoring resources.
- Maximise purchasing power.
- Create the most advantageous balance of quality and cost while eliminating any risk.
The procurement of goods, services and works for Bernicia Homes is regulated by the EU Procurement Directive 2014, Procurement Contract Regulations 2015 and the Groups Financial Regulations and Contract Procedure Rules.
Supplying to Bernicia Homes
Bernicia wants to work with suppliers, contractors and consultants who will ensure we get value for money by procuring high quality goods, services and works. In Procurement we work in ensuring we have appropriate measures in place to trade with the most reputable and industry compliant suppliers, contractors and consultants.
Bernicia Homes contracts are awarded through a competitive process, either quotation or tenders dependent on the value
Bernicia’s current procurement thresholds are –
- Expenditure between £3,000 – £15,000 (excluding vat) requires a minimum of 2 written quotations.
- Expenditure between £15,000 – £50,000 (excluding VAT) requires a minimum of 3 written quotations.
- Expenditure above £50,000 (excluding VAT) but less than relevant OJEU threshold for goods, services and works requires formal tenders.
- Expenditure equal to or exceeding the OJEU thresholds for goods, services and works requires formal tenders in accordance with OJEU procedures, with a call for competition advertised in the OJEU Journal.
For information on Bernicia’s latest tender opportunities please visit our procurement portal – www.housingprocurement.com.
This portal is shared with other registered providers which increases your access to opportunities by one single registration to the portal (select all organisations when you register).
The portal will provide you with access to all opportunities within Bernicia Homes. All of our quotations and tenders are issued through this portal.
As a registered supplier on the portal, you will be able to –
- Maintain your own company profile, indicating the opportunities you are interested in.
- View current and future tendering opportunities.
- Receive email notifications whenever opportunities matching your profile become available.
- Register an expression of interest in a published opportunity and request contract documentation to be sent.
- Submit quotations and tenders electronically.
If you would like the opportunity to quote or tender for Bernicia Homes, you should register free within the supplier area of www.housingprocurement.com. If you are already registered please log into the housing portal and update your company profile to include notifications from the Bernicia Group.
Opportunities that are advertised via the housing procurement portal will also be advertised in conjunction with Contracts Finder. Notices for opportunities above the appropriate EU thresholds will be also advertised in OJEU.
Tender and Selection Process
Our tender process ensures that all suppliers are treated consistently and fairly and we complete with the highest degrees of transparency, honesty and integrity.
Tenders are evaluated against a pre-determined set of criteria.
Within our selection process, we ensure suppliers, contractors and consultants have the financial, commercial and technical capability to meet out requirements.
We ensure corporate responsibility and recognise social value. We ensure there is a commitment to equal opportunities environmental and health and safety. All companies are required to comply with standards including Bribery Act 2010, Data Protection 1998 and Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We encourage all contractors and consultants to be members of Constructionline and have a Safety Scheme In Procurement in place. You can register with Constructionline at www.constructionline.co.uk.
For Contractors, Bernicia supports the use of the PAS91 questionnaire (a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire).This allows contractors to submit all your prequalification data at once for all procurements across common commodities. This saves time and reduces costs.
If you’re a small business, we make sure that the procurement process is competitive and transparent so that you’re not disadvantaged and precluded from tendering exercises.
Bernicia maintains an approved list of contractors and consultants for works and services. The approved list is contractors and consultants who are vetted to Bernicia’s standards and technical capability, including financial, health and safety and insurance assessments.
The approved list gives reassurances to Bernicia that a minimum standard has been met and saves contractors and consultants from having to re-apply for contracts that meet the standard. Bernicia Homes use Constructionline to support and maintain their approved list.
Being on our approved list does not guarantee any work and companies can also be removed from the list if performance or probity become an issue or concern. The list is reviewed on an annual basis and companies can be added or deleted as appropriate.
Terms and Conditions
The Bernicia group has a suite of contracts which cover supplies, service and minor works. These standard terms and conditions are to be incorporated into any contract for the purchase of services and / or goods by Bernicia Homes. We also use the JCT suite of contracts for works and maintenance contracts.
If you have any questions on the procurement activity of Bernicia please contact Marie Cairns 0191 2383812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Investment Fund
Do you have an idea for a community project that will enhance the lives of our residents and their communities? If so, Bernicia would like to hear about it! You can download a community grant application form here or for more information, please contact the Customer Engagement Team on 0344 800 3800 or email email@example.com