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 Living Spaces 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 paid forward to our community, where they can realise their own ambitions. Joining Bernicia means joining an environment where everyone is passionate about delivering excellent customer service.
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This section details information about our procurement process and what you need to do if you want to work with us.
The key principles of Bernicia’s procurement within our procurement strategy are:
The procurement of goods, services and works for Bernicia is regulated by the EU Procurement Directive 2014, Procurement Contract Regulations 2015 and the Groups Financial Regulations and Contract Procedure Rules.
Bernicia wants to work with suppliers, contractors and consultants who will make sure we get value for money by procuring high-quality goods, services and works. In procurement, we work to make sure we have appropriate measures in place to trade with the most reputable and industry-compliant suppliers, contractors and consultants.
Bernicia’s contracts are awarded through a competitive process, either quotation or tenders, dependent on the value.
Bernicia’s current procurement thresholds are:
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 give you access to all opportunities within Bernicia. All of our quotations and tenders are issued through this Portal.
As a registered supplier on the Portal, you’ll be able to:
If you’d like the opportunity to quote or tender for Bernicia, you should register for free within the supplier area of www.housingprocurement.com. If you’re already registered, please log into the Housing Portal and update your company profile to include notifications from Bernicia.
Opportunities that are advertised through the Housing Procurement Portal will also be advertised in conjunction with Contracts Finder. Notices for opportunities above the appropriate EU thresholds will also be advertised in OJEU.
Our tender process makes sure all suppliers are treated consistently and fairly and we compete with the highest degrees of transparency, honesty and integrity.
Tenders are evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria.
Within our selection process, we make sure suppliers, contractors and consultants have the financial, commercial and technical capability to meet our requirements.
We ensure corporate responsibility and recognise social value. We make sure there’s a commitment to equal opportunities, environmental and health and safety. All companies are required to comply with standards including Bribery Act 2010, General Data Protection Regulations 2018 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 lets contractors submit all your pre-qualification data at once for all procurements across common commodities. This saves time and reduces costs.
If you’re a small business, we make sure the procurement process is competitive and transparent, so 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 reapply for contracts that meet the standard. Bernicia uses 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.
Bernicia 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. 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 on 0191 238 3812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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