Partners

Procurement is about spending money wisely.

Getting great value for money is a continuous process of balancing ‘what we want’ with ‘how much we're happy to pay for it’.

We know delivering great performance comes at a cost. The challenge is reducing waste and its cost where we can; not cutting our high standards or allowing services to drop.

We have an ambitious new target to save £1million for 2016/17 across the business. We can do it by thinking lean and focusing on what really matters to our residents.

Tendering opportunities

We treat suppliers fairly with equal access to all tendering opportunities.  We advertise all our tenders on the My Tenders website and Contracts Finder.

Our Suppliers and Contractors

Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery is on the rise in the UK. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of reported cases increased by a massive 47%. We have a key role to play by making sure our supply chain is clean and transparent. 

We have no acts of modern day slavery within our organisation, read our Modern Slavery Statement here to find out more.

Modern Slavery Act Code of Conduct (for our Suppliers)

Whilst working for, or on behalf of AmicusHorizon, an approved supplier must adhere to some rules. Read our Modern Slavery Act Code of Conduct here for more information.

Visit the websites below for more information on ways to reduce Modern Slavery visit:

Working with suppliers

We welcome new suppliers to help us deliver an excellent service to our residents.  We’re keen to develop strong partnerships that have the same approach and attitude to a range of things like health and safety, equality and customer service.  

Being fair, equality and procurement

We want to make sure our procurement activities are properly undertaken, achieve best value and take place in a clear and transparent manner.

We're bound by the Equality Duty. Anyone working with us must also comply with the duty. It's a responsibility we're not able to delegate - and explains why we'll work closely with you in meeting the requirements.

In becoming one of our approved suppliers, you're committing to support our approach to equality and inclusion. Read our Suppliers Code of Conduct for more information or email our Procurement Team at procurement@amicushorizon.org.uk

We commit to:

  •  Having due regard for all equality issues on all new project procurement plans
  •  Making sure all existing suppliers have an equality and inclusion statement or policy
  •  Assessing equality and inclusion throughout the tendering process
  •  Annually reviewing main suppliers to see how they're tackling any imbalances.       


What health and safety requirements do we need?

Suppliers working in residents homes must have a recognised health and safety accreditation.  We use Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) to monitor our suppliers.

SSIP is an umbrella organisation for health and safety certificates.

Visit their website www.ssip.org.uk for more information.
 

Why do we need to sign a Code of Conduct?

We've very high standards for service delivery and these are explained in our Supplier Code of Conduct. You'll have signed a document agreeing to adopt the code when completing your tender/supplier application.

The Code of Conduct gives specific guidance around the following:

• Data Protection
• Health and Safety on site
• Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk
• Dealing with Complaints.

We regularly survey our residents to check the Code is upheld.

What is safeguarding and why are suppliers responsible for it?

Everyone is responsible for safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk of abuse. All our staff, volunteers and contractors have responsibility for safeguarding. We ask you to be vigilant and recognise the crucial role you play in this.

Contractors providing front-line services need to make sure their staff:
  • Are suitable to provide front-line services
  • Comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Follow AmicusHorizon's reporting procedures when they have concerns about anyone in or around our homes
  • Co-operate fully with any investigations into received allegations.

More details can be found in our Safeguarding Policy.

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South East Consortium

South East Consortium (SEC) is a non profit organisation with a mission to:

‘Deliver efficiencies through joint procurement, training, best practice and knowledge sharing’.

SEC members (including AmicusHorizon) collectively manage over 140,000 homes. 

Established in 2005 to achieve savings through procurement, SEC is more than a procurement consortium. It’s services include:

• Providing OJEU compliant frameworks
• Sustainability services
• Tailored training
• Performance and cost benchmarking
• Best practice exchange.

If you're a resident and want to find out how you can get involved, please contact SEC at www.southeastconsortium.org.uk

 



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