Grafton appointed as Buying Solutions’ supplier

Published:  19 October, 2009

DUBLIN: Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, it has been announced that Grafton has been awarded a framework agreement to provide building and plumbing materials to the public sector.

Grafton Group Supply Chain Solutions will play a key role in helping the public sector to buy materials that offer value for money and comply with statutory and legislative requirements.

Buying Solutions is the national procurement partner for UK public services. It was established in 2001 and is an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury. The primary role of Buying Solutions is to maximise the value for money obtained by government departments and other public bodies through the procurement and supply of goods and services. It is the largest professional buying organisation in the wider public sector.

Grafton brands join more than 600 suppliers who offer 500 000 products and services to the public sector through Buying Solutions. The diverse range of public customers spans the biggest central government departments, NHS Trusts and local councils down to the smallest schools.

“This is a very important win for us,” says Roy Mason, Grafton national partnering director. “To be appointed as a Buying Solutions’ supplier is a significant achievement and will open up many opportunities for new partnerships. It gives us the third party endorsement that we can provide ‘value for money and efficiency’ as a supplier to the public sector.”

Grafton is a framework supplier to Buying Solutions for building materials, heating and pipeline, electrical hardware, tools, personal protective equipment and plant hire, as supplied through the group’s specialist merchanting brands.

Grafton Group Supply Chain Solutions continues to win new contracts in both public and private sectors to provide cost-effective management of the materials supply chain. The business has a growing list of clients including housing associations, local authorities, construction companies, facilities and utilities companies and government bodies in the defence, health and education sectors.

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