John Rabin, commercial director, allpay explains: “Consortium Procurement (CP) is a not-for-profit membership body with a portfolio of over 400 members across the whole of the UK. As the commercial arm of the Northern Housing Consortium, CP offers a range of services to its members through a fully OJEU compliant framework, removing the need to go out to tender for contracts. This saves time, resources and budget, as it gives them access to a pre-agreed pricing matrix. We currently have 130 clients utilising the framework and allpay has had a relationship with the CP since 2010, having successfully renewed on their previous framework in 2015.”
Mark Salmon, procurement manager, Hightown Housing Association comments: “We have worked with allpay for payment services through the CP framework for at least ten years now. As a housing association, we have around 6.5K properties so buying through the framework gives us the buying power of a much larger organisation. In addition, time saved on the procurement process itself is highly beneficial to us. CP go through a detailed tender process before accepting organisations on the framework, so we know they already have all the correct accreditations, policies and processes in place. This streamlines the whole purchasing process so it becomes as cost effective and efficient as possible.”
Paul Smith, account executive, Consortium Procurement said: “Through our compliant and trusted procurement route, collectively, we are able to save our members around £10m each year. We can support government sector organisations though the procurement process in a number of ways including; administering the tender process using the Delta E-sourcing platform; liaising with suppliers; writing contracts and managing the signature process and measuring supplier performance.
“The strong working relationships that we have built and maintained with our members and suppliers over years continue to flourish in geographical locations such as London, Wales and Scotland. Following a rigorous and detailed tender, we now welcome allpay Ltd back to the CP Electronic Payment Services Framework for six lots: Lot 1 (Fully Managed Service), Lot 2 (Customer Payment Cards), Lot 3 (Barcode Payments), Lot 4 (Credit & Debit Card Payments), Lot 5 (Direct Debits) and Lot 7 (Management Information Platform) as the sole supplier for each of these lots.