Leading coatings brand Johnstone’s Trade has joined forces with award-winning social enterprise Fusion21 on one of its key frameworks.
The partnership means that Johnstone’s Trade is now the nominated supplier of coatings to Fusion21’s 60 members across the UK, when they access its External Painting and Repairs framework. These members include a wide range of registered social landlords, local authorities and NHS bodies.
Frameworks are a pre-completed route to market providing a vehicle to centralise procurement spend. Using frameworks enables organisations to avoid the high cost and possible time constraints of running their own procurement exercises.
Prior to confirming Johnstone’s Trade as the specified coatings manufacturer, Fusion21 evaluated a number of manufacturers’ products to ensure a range of coatings that suited its individual member requirements. This involved representatives from Fusion21 visiting Johnstone’s state-of-the-art facility in Birstall to look at the brand’s manufacturing processes and R&D capabilities to ensure product consistency and quality, as well as assessing product availability through its wide network of Johnstone’s Decorating Centres.
Johnstone’s long-held commitment to improving the communities in which it works was also a deciding factor in Fusion21 specifying Johnstone’s Trade. The brand regularly supports family fun days and contractor DIY taster sessions where they provide decorating tips and advice to residents.
Fusion21 promotes public procurement as a means to save money and create social outcomes, by helping clients to create employment and training opportunities. It offers
intelligent procurement services that deliver social value, streamline procurement
processes and generate efficiencies & cost savings for members.
Gareth Jones from Johnstone’s Trade said: “We are delighted to be entering this partnership with Fusion21, who have a rich history in framework programmes. Fusion21’s members will have access to quality, high performance coatings solutions as well as being able to take advantage of our outstanding service levels and commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate.”
Gordon Ronald, operations director at Fusion21, said: “Johnstone’s has competitive prices, quality products and a proven community involvement record which synchronises with our own social value objectives. Fusion21 have created more than 1300 jobs and brought benefits to local communities worth more than £30 million. We look forward to this partnership providing further value to our members and enhancing our social value delivery further.”
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