The newly established Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA) held its first Founder Partner Meeting at the beginning of July in Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. The WPA team, including the Director and Head of WPA Operations, welcomed the newly appointed Founder Partners and two representatives from CHC. The Founder Partners comprise a group of the most influential public sector housing organisations in Wales. The influential members will help guide the WPA to deliver its purpose: to serve organisations that buy products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings.
During their first meeting the Founder partners discussed, amongst many other topics, the possibility of off-site housing helping to solve the housing crisis, development of upcoming frameworks and methods in which SME’s can be supported within the local community.
During the next Founder Partner meeting, members will elect the first Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the committee.
- Bron Afon
- Wales and West
- Caerphilly County Borough Council
- Flintshire County Council
- Merthyr Valleys Homes
Neil Barker, Head of WPA Operations commented ‘WPA is set to change the landscape of procurement in Wales, bringing significant benefits to buyers and the communities they serve. Our Founder Partners will help guide the direction and development of WPA to ensure we deliver high quality procurement services to help improve communities across Wales’
WPA & LHC – A centre of excellence for procurement
The WPA is backed by LHC, one of the leading and most respected procurement organisations in the UK. The WPA results from discussions with LHC members in Wales who saw the huge potential of having a centre of excellence for procurement – focused on construction and refurbishment – which exclusively addresses Welsh needs, standards and aspirations.