Following Gas Safety Week 2016 which reinforced the importance of gas appliances being checked by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer – our Gas Framework Manager Keith Rodgers explains how Fusion21 manages compliance on our Gas and Heating Framework, and supports Fusion21 members with our technical expertise.
Check out Keith’s Q & A below:
Q: What are the benefits of using Fusion21’s national Servicing, Maintenance and Installation of Heating Systems and Gas Consultancy services framework?
A: Our renewed framework covers a variety of planned and reactive work on both domestic and commercial heating installations - offering more choice and a greater selection of suppliers across each region, including many SME’s.
A distinct benefit is the option to run a further competition or direct award to suppliers or contractors who are not number one ranked - providing there is a legitimate reason to do so. Several Fusion21 members have already utilised the direct award route to ease the transition into a new contract, whilst gaining significant efficiencies.
Q: How does Fusion21 manage and ensure high levels of compliance are reached with Fusion21’s members and supply chain?
A: Each month our supply partners provide us with KPI’s around service and maintenance contracts, these KPIs allow our members to gauge how their contract is performing on a monthly basis. Our average LGSR compliance over 25 contracts for August 2016 was 99.92%, with 14 contracts at 100% compliance.
Q: Fusion21’s procurement team are technical experts within their framework area - what levels of expertise do members receive when accessing our Gas and Heating Framework?
A: Fusion21’s gas team has more than 50 year’s industry knowledge - from both a practical and management perspective, and our Gas and Heating framework is ran by Gas Safe Registered managers.
As a team we work with Fusion21 members to offer specialist advice and guidance, whilst helping to achieve high levels of compliance.
I have personally spent more than 34 years working in the gas, plumbing and heating industry. I’m also a member of the AGSM (Association of Gas Safety Managers), which enables me to study NVQ Level 4 in Gas Safety Management in Social Housing.
Q: How have Fusion21 members influenced the development of Fusion21’s Gas and Heating framework?
A: Following member feedback, we have removed the rebate element from our new Planned Supply, Install and Distribution framework. As a result, our members pay the net cost at point of sale - creating efficiencies within finance departments, whilst helping members to achieve accurate target costs.