Consortium described as ‘no-brainer’ for housing efficiencies


The Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) has been praised for generating efficiencies within the social housing sector at its seventh annual conference and exhibition in Worcester.

The comments, made by BBC home editor and housing champion Mark Easton, references the £35 million CHIC has saved its 40 members since its inception.

He said: “I’m a great believer in efficiency but the phrase procurement doesn’t get people excited. We must recognise when people do it well because irrespective of political change or Brexit, the country needs to commit to housing delivery.

“With the skills shortage and the impact of rent reduction now being felt, we need lower cost construction and more strategic behaviour. As CHIC is free to join, using such services seems to be a no-brainer and I’m interested to see how much further they can take these efficiencies.”

Over 200 delegates from housing associations and local authorities attended the event, which has become a popular fixture on the procurement circuit. Thirty-seven suppliers exhibited across CHIC’s range of frameworks, including planned, compliance, merchants, newbuild and legal.

Mr Easton also presented CHIC’s third annual Trainee of the Year award to Luke Mulliner, 21, of Novus Property Solutions. Luke has been a trainee for three years and was runner up in the 2016 awards. His work has been exclusively within social housing and he aims to become a quantity surveyor specialising in the sector.

“We are delighted with the supplier and member support shown this year” said John Fisher, managing director at CHIC. “This shows that CHIC’s members get savings and social value from what we do, so we can build more new homes and deliver services more efficiently and quickly.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Mark, who has long been an advocate of increasing the volume of house building and of offsite manufacturing. His interest and enthusiasm for the work we do shows us that we’re on the right track to solve the housing crisis.”

Slides from the conference workshops covering the CHIC services are available to download:

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Note to Editors:

  • The Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) was formed in 2010 and has 39 members nationally.
  • It currently manages over £35m of work per year. Their mission is to secure efficiencies and savings for their members’ asset management programmes – including all repairs, maintenance and newbuild activities – saving members over £18m since its inception.
  • CHIC is a member of Re:allies, a strategic collaboration between three housing consortia – Procure Plus, Efficiency North and Central Housing Investment Consortium.
  • Their function is to ‘share the cost of shopping’. It is also a means of achieving social value returns on investment, especially for smaller organisations, as volume buying through CHIC helps this.