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Liverpool’s FRC Group shortlisted in NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards for 2016/17

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FRC Group, a social enterprise working to End Furniture Poverty, has been shortlisted for the Impact award in the NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards 2016/17.
Read more about: Liverpool’s FRC Group shortlisted in NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards for 2016/17
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Procurement after Brexit: Six priorities for social landlords

Since Britain (well, 52% of it) voted for Brexit, the political shockwaves have been fast and furious. We not only have a new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, but an altogether different Government.
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The importance of pest control

Pest control is a problem that often gets ignored due to budgetary restraints and other concerns affecting facilities managers. Unfortunately, the penalties of infestations can be worse than not dealing with the problem head on which is why pest control must be moved up the to do list for facilities management.
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Renewables on the rise

In 2015 the UK saw a 25% rise in renewable energy investments with more homes being powered by nature than ever before. Between 2008 and 2015, the percentage of electricity from renewables grew from around 5% to over 20%.
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An eventful conference

Last month we saw around 10,000 delegates through the doors of Manchester Central where PfH Live again co-located with CIHs annual conference. PfH offered delegates insights and opportunities on facing the many challenges faced by the sector.
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Call for working group to aid PfH develop new legionella framework

The responsibilities for social landlords to adhere to health and safety prevention for legionella isn’t new news. But are they getting the best value services?
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Balance sheet

Take a heavy-handed approach to the payment of service charges and you risk reputational damage, as well as losing the trust of your clients. Equally, chasing unpaid charges more leniently may appear half-hearted and ineffective.
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What the Brexit vote will mean for your energy strategy

Following this morning’s news that the UK has voted to leave the EU you might be feeling concerned about the impact this may have on your current and future energy contracts.
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Five housing procurement tips

New EU tendering rules that came into force in February last year were intended to cut red tape and create more opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) bidders. For social landlords, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide more procurement freedoms, but also the need for greater caution. Landlords can make changes to existing contracts and, in certain circumstances, extend without having to retender. There is also more flexibility allowed for housing providers within framework agreements.
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What Is Value in Procurement? — A University Lecturer’s View (Part 3)

How mature is Procurement? I have been leading a range of research projects over the past two years across a number of sectors, all looking at procurement maturity. It’s a topic that is getting a lot of international coverage, particularly at conferences and events. Despite some very interesting, challenging work going on throughout the globe, as a profession I still question whether we are asking the right questions about what procurement maturity really is.
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What Is Value in Procurement? — A University Lecturer’s View (Part 2a)

Jo Meehan is currently involved in research exploring procurement maturity in the social housing sector. This links with wider research she is doing on the value - in the delivery phase - of major contracts. Jo is particularly passionate about championing the cause of contract management; she is concerned about how many organisations are leaking money through a lack of buyer-side contract management, and her concerns pertain to both public and private sectors.
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New EU rules on frameworks: what you need to know by Andrew Lancaster

It’s now over a year since major changes to the EU public procurement rules came into force. Framework agreements were one area affected by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, changing how these ‘umbrella’ agreements are set up and operated. Andrew Lancaster Twelve months on, what lost opportunities and key mistakes are surfacing and how can public sector organisations make the most of the new rules on frameworks?
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Energy procurement: why the public sector should re-think its approach by Steve Malone

Despite the financial cutbacks seen across the public sector in recent years, procurement often remains a largely untapped source of efficiency savings for many organisations.
Read more about: Energy procurement: why the public sector should re-think its approach by Steve Malone
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Managing contracts: how HAs are leaking money

A common grumble amongst procurement professionals in the social housing sector is that they are not involved early enough in tenders.
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Are you sure you are compliant with new vehicle emissions legislation?

For many years industry has been working hard to drive down vehicle emissions. In terms of those relating to air quality, it has had to meet strict European targets for petrol and diesel cars.
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We have the ultimate lone worker protection solution…

Procurement for Housing's first ranked supplier Alertcom, is pleased to launch Alertcom ID - a new lightweight, high performance badge device supplied as part of a BS8484 accredited service to ensure the safety of your lone workers.
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Building your vehicles from the wheels up

PfH Members can now benefit from a brand new Vehicle Purchasing framework. This truly flexible solution enables you to build your vehicles exactly as you need them - literally from the chassis up.
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Optimise the energy efficiency and security of your properties with the new offering from PfH

Energy efficiency and security are two major factors to consider when procuring new windows and doors for social properties. With ‘Secure by Design’ Police Commissioner accredited products and high energy efficiencies with an impressive minimum WER rating of B, you can’t beat the new offering from Procurement for Housing.
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Daisy Connect crowned winners of the 02 Digital Excellence Award

We are proud to announce that our first ranked mobile communications supplier Daisy Connect has again won the O2 Digital Excellence Award for the second year running. Our Members can have full confidence in an industry award winning supplier on the PfH Telecommunications framework.
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7 small steps towards big savings in the housing sector

In today’s tough market, housing associations must focus on the efficiencies that they can influence to deliver cost savings. Gaining control of print and copy has been proven to create serious financial savings whilst cutting waste and reducing your carbon footprint. Arena's Sean McGuigan outlines 7 simple steps that can lead to significant savings.
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£6.5m rebates from our decorating vouchers framework

PfH’s decorating vouchers framework has achieved an outstanding result – generating more than £6.5m in rebates in the space of six years. The framework, which has been awarded to B&Q since its launch in 2009, saw the DIY giant give back £1,185,597 to 163 Members as a result of their £7.9m spend across the framework during the previous 12 months.
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Think before you link

To merge or not to merge? That is the question for many housing associations at the moment - but how many are really thinking through the implications before they commit? Over the last two years, myself and colleagues have increasingly found ourselves tasked with trying to bring some clarity to a landlord’s business following a merger.
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Rent reductions for social housing

Rent levels charged by housing associations for a range of social housing types will be reduced by one per cent for four years from April this year, as part of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
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Tailored product range for the housing sector from Office Depot

Office Depot has again produced a special edition of their office supplies, furniture and facilities catalogue, tailored to meet the specific needs of the housing sector - containing an extremely comprehensive range of products providing choice and value for money.
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How the use of smarter technology can pave the way to improved tenant service and business performance

In times when the anticipated repercussion of welfare reform on previously near certain revenues is shaking up housing associations, it is all the more important to understand which role technology can play in reducing operating costs. After all, changes to the way in which housing associations achieve better operating efficiencies could help to realise their continued commitment to delivering affordable housing and social value despite restricted resources. Jonathan Sharp, Sales & Marketing Director at Britannic Technologies, takes a closer look at applications integration and explains what it brings to the table for housing associations in search of cost-effective innovation.
Read more about: How the use of smarter technology can pave the way to improved tenant service and business performance

Modern Slavery Act 2015

What has your business done to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not happening in its operations or supply chain – and are you ready to publish your first legally-required Modern Slavery Act 2015 statement (MSA)?
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Vehicle Purchasing framework 2015

The numbers certainly add up with PfH if you have the capital and prefer to purchase your vehicles outright.
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PfH award Anglian Insulation Contract

Procurement for Housing (PfH) has appointed Anglian Building Products as a supplier to their Renewables and Energy Efficiency Works and Associated Consultancy Services framework. Following a successful tender submission, Anglian secured a place onto Lot 1D for Insulation Systems which covers External Wall, Cavity Wall, Roof & Loft Insulation.
Read more about: PfH award Anglian Insulation Contract

Five ways to manage your energy costs

Does it make you seethe to read about the £780m of 3rd quarter profits declared this week by oil giant BP?*
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Procurement frameworks – why they shouldn’t be dismissed

Framework agreements have been around for many years and are widely recognised as a reliable means to aggregate spend, speed up the procurement process and secure better value for those who use them.
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PfH Annual Report 2014

Each year PfH reports to its Members, suppliers and associated partners. The Annual Report outlines our achievements, financial position and strategies for the future.
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Leading installation company Campbell & Kennedy nominated for two Scottish Business Awards

PfH nominated supplier Campbell & Kennedy (C&K), headquartered in Glasgow, has been nominated in the Scottish Business Awards for People’s Postcode Lottery Green Business of the Year and Family Business of the Year.
Read more about: Leading installation company Campbell & Kennedy nominated for two Scottish Business Awards
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Finance team win the North West Finance Team of the year award

The Inprova Group finance team won the “Finance Team of the Year” at the North West Finance Awards last night.
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FiT to burst?

From January 2016 the government will cut the feed-in-tariff (FiT) for solar PV by 87%.
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Company car tax is changing

The Chancellor, in recent years, has used the budget to announce threshold changes, rates and allowances within the existing structure of the rules governing company car taxation. The Budget this year followed a similar pattern, with the announcement of a number of changes that will impact both companies and employees.
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Invest in renewables for a greener future

With so much uncertainty surrounding the energy markets, and the ambiguity around the varying targets set by government on renewable energy sources, it is more important than ever that we secure our future by investing in smarter renewable technologies for housing. Not only will this help the environment, but will ensure the supply of energy to local communities in times of shortage.
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Blog: Decoding energy bills

There has been a concerted effort in recent years by regulator Ofgem to encourage energy companies to simplify gas and electricity bills. Although this has predominantly focused on the domestic market and the confusion caused to households, the issue also applies to commercial customers. How many housing associations really understand their energy bills?
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PfH launch new telecare and telehealth framework

With a growing ageing population and many tenants requiring round the clock care, it is important for social landlords to ensure the best services for the communities they serve.
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Is diesel still king for company car fleets?

Fuel price volatility, reducing annual fleet mileage and improvements in the MPG of petrol-engined company cars means that it is essential that businesses don’t always assume diesel models are the most cost-effective choice.
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Teamwork gets Phoenix up and running

The new DLO, which is a wholly owned subsidiary, therefore needed a workforce that was on the road for the maximum possible time in a working week and able to deliver a huge range of repairs and maintenance services mainly from van stock.
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PfH & B&Q launch social value competition

PfH is running a competition sponsored by B&Q that will award a 1st place cash prize of £5,000 for a social value project.
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Giving Procurement a Voice

This year at PfH Live we set out to give procurement a voice. We heard from some great professionals with some great insights ranging from the section 20 consultation to the commercialisation of the procurement function, to how we can better prepare for an ageing population.
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Election 2015: Prime Minister and ministerial appointments

Following the General Election which saw the Conservative Party returned to Westminster for a further five years, David Cameron has finished pulling together his new Cabinet team.
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PfH launches Facilities Management Soft Services framework

PfH has launched a new Facilities Management Soft Services framework to offer its Members a wide range of services. The framework aims to help Members meet their varying requirements within a changing market.
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Procurement for Housing develops framework dedicated to helping asset managers deliver their strategic objectives.

PfH have developed the new framework, which encompasses a range of aspects of building & construction supplies, repairs & maintenance supply services and more, in order to help social landlords deliver their services whilst driving savings and value for money in a time of need.
Read more about: Procurement for Housing develops framework dedicated to helping asset managers deliver their strategic objectives.
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VPS awarded onto new framework for void properties

Vacant properties can be a costly and a wasted asset for housing providers particularly when homes are in such demand. Properties that are left empty can often be unsightly and attract crime and anti-social behaviour.
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‘Rollercoaster’ budget cuts mean landlords must find new ways to save

Despite being light on housing specifics, one thing was certain from yesterday’s Budget, things are set to get tougher for social landlords.
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PfH launches new Lone Worker Protection framework

From 2010 to 2014 Housing Association staff levels reduced by more than 44% due to budget cuts. This means that more Housing Association employees are likely to be working alone due to resource reduction and the increase in newly built properties.
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PfH Raising Money for Children In Need

The staff at PfH have all dressed up today to raise money for Children In Need!
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PfH Launches New Domestic & Commercial Appliances Framework

PfH has launched a new Domestic and Commercial Appliances framework in line with Member feedback to allow for greater choice. Energy efficiency and AAA standard sustainable products were at the top of the requirements list, as well as offering smaller appliances such as kettles and toasters, which have also been included in the offering.
Read more about: PfH Launches New Domestic & Commercial Appliances Framework
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PfH and Social Telecoms launch new savings calculator

PfH have teamed up with Social Telecoms to create a FREE savings calculator for PfH Members. The tool allows Members to input their current spend and will show like for like cost comparison based on Members own usage compared to PfH and Social Telecoms rates.
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Furniture Compliancy

Did you know that if you don’t have compliant furniture it could void your insurance? It’s true, it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that all furnishings comply with Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
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Is 'total value' a core part of your procurement strategy?

PfH is talking to the social housing sector to ask the most fundamental questions when it comes to value for money. Where are you now and where do you need to be? Achieving value for most organisations will mean a shift in culture so that the word ‘value’ is understood and used at all levels. There are so many different pressures on organisations to show how efficient or effective they are, that being able to view an overall defined picture can be daunting or sometimes seemingly impossible.
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HCA seeks to make changes to protect social housing assets

The Home and Communities Agency (HCA) has opened statutory consultation on changes to its regulatory framework. Following the near-collapse of Cosmopolitan Housing Association in 2012 which highlights system problems within the social housing sector, the HCA are consulting on changes to help the regulator protect social housing assets for the future.
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The National Minimum Wage is rising - how prepared are you?

The rate of the National Minimum Wage will rise as of the 1st October and it is said that the change will benefit one million people across the UK.
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New powers to ensure the eradication of invasive non-native species

The recent Infrastructure Bill, mentioned in a speech by the Queen in June, proposes powers coming in to force in order to tackle invasive non-native species like Japanese Knotweed. These weeds damage property and also threaten biodiversity and economic welfare.
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New Legal Services Framework coming soon!

PfH is supporting its Members by launching a Legal Services framework in response to the Part B Services changes indicated by the new EU Procurement Directives.
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Now is the time for Japanese Knotweed removal

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) and other invasive species damage properties making it difficult to refinance, sell or building new properties and can even reduce the value of the property or land. The annual cost of Japanese Knotweed to the British economy is estimated to be in the region of £166 million. The removal needs to be done in the summer, so act now as if left another season the spread and costs will only increase.
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PfH launches new Care & Support framework that will provide savings of up to 20%

The recent launch of the Care and Support Recruitment Services framework from PfH means that its Members can benefit from fixed agency commission rate and standardised commission rate calculation for care and support staff. This ensures that Members have complete clarity of costs and allows for ‘like for like’ comparisons between suppliers.
Read more about: PfH launches new Care & Support framework that will provide savings of up to 20%
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The Provision of Debt Enforcement Services

PfH plan to tender a new framework agreement for the provision of Debt Enforcement Services. As such, prior market engagement is ongoing with stakeholders including the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV), Local Authorities, The Ministry of Justice, the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) and HMRC.
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Don't get left behind......Revolutionise your mobile workforce

In Business, reducing costs while accelerating growth is a smart move. Citrix, ConvergeOne and PfH are acutely aware of Housing Associations reliance of mobile working. Citrix makes it possible to both reduce cost and accelerate growth by building an infrastructure capable of supporting a virtual workforce.
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PfH celebrates 10-year anniversary

Procurement for Housing is celebrating its 10th anniversary with news that it we save social landlords over £1m every single week.
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Please support our 10th anniversary run

Celebrating our 10th anniversary in true PfH style, we will be tackling not a 10km run, but a 100km run on 30th March to raise funds for our nominated charity ‘Warrington Youth Club’.
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Welfare cap brings cost management into even sharper focus

The welfare cap introduced in the 2014 budget will add even more pressure on social landlords to reduce costs and the question is already being asked – how is the sector going to be able to continue to deliver frontline services in light of the latest announcements?
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New Public Procurement Directives

Earlier this month we interviewed Clare Chamberlain, Senior Category Manager at PfH to find out more about the new Directives and how they will effect organisations in the Social Housing Sector.
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The impact of welfare reform on housing associations – Morgan Hunt explores the issues and what news skills are required

Whichever side of the Welfare Reform fence you’re on, one thing that most will agree with is that it’s going to get hotter, tougher and messier and looks set to consume a lot more airtime and media coverage.
Read more about: The impact of welfare reform on housing associations – Morgan Hunt explores the issues and what news skills are required
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Academic research highlights opportunities for social housing procurement

A new report urges social housing providers to invest in procurement and develop more commercial mind-sets.
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The battle for hearts and minds in social housing

In the social housing sector few landlords are allowing their procurement function to play a wider strategic role and are missing out on the benefits this can bring to the whole organisation.
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Take control of your print and copy costs

In today’s tough market, housing associations must focus on the efficiencies that they can influence to deliver cost savings. Gaining control of print and copy has been proven to create serious financial savings whilst cutting waste and reducing your carbon footprint. Here are some small steps that can make a big difference:
Read more about: Take control of your print and copy costs
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Procurement: more than just buying

Public sector procurement needs to become increasingly commercial in its approach. Better market intelligence and contract management are key to doing it smarter.
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New resources to understand Green Deal and ECO

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has launched a new toolkit of films, guidance to help navigate the Green Deal.
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HouseMark Procurement Clubs in 2014

The purpose of the clubs is to provide good practice support and advice to staff working on procurement in social housing organisations. The club format will be based on the precedent of the HouseMark performance improvement clubs which have run successfully for a number of years.
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Add another dimension - article published in Buildings and Industry magazine June 2016

Over 90 per cent of social landlords purchase their energy through fixed-price contracts. Magnus Walker believer a more flexible method would produce greater savings and reduce risk.
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The integration conundrum

The integration conundrum - procurement synergies are a key part of the value proposition of merger and acquisitions. But while an alarming number of such deals deliver no value to stakeholders.
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PfH Annual Report 2016

Each year PfH reports to its Members, suppliers and associated partners. The Annual Report outlines our achievements, financial position and strategies for the future.
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PfH Contract Management System

PfH are excited to announce we will soon be launching our contract management system!
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