Our Core Focus

Efficiency North’s activities focus around 4 core workstreams

Efficiency

  • How to measure, monitor and record efficiency savings across the Yorkshire and Humber region
  • Development and population of benchmarking models for key elements of the Social Housing Construction / Decent Homes / Repairs and Maintenance programme
  • Developing innovative and intelligent procurement solutions for Members’ Social Housing Construction / Decent Homes / Repairs and Maintenance programmes
  • Sharing specification best practice to improve cost performance
  • Sharing best practice in the development of whole life cycle costing approaches
  • Sharing best practice approaches to understanding cost and open book accounting arrangements with Contracting Partners
  • Capturing and sharing the output of outsourcing arrangements for specific services

Workforce Development

  • Mapping Employment and Training initiatives within Social Housing to improve understanding and application for Members
  • Benefits measured through the deployment of Employment and Training initiatives within Social Housing
  • Capturing best practice approaches to procurement and contract management that foster good approaches to Employment and Training in Social Housing
  • Identifying sources of funding that will resource Members’ Employment and Training initiatives
  • Sharing best practice approaches to Equality and Diversity

Community Investment

  • Increasing propensity for achieving greater investment consistency across geographical boundaries
  • Enabling procurement solutions with provision for local sourcing
  • Engaging and developing SMEs
  • Converting savings to fund local community projects through the EN:Able Community Investment Fund.

Environmental Sustainability

  • Creating a knowledge base on funding issues / access to grants
  • Collating research and providing a knowledge base of useful information / guidance / existing forums relating to the environmental agenda, including specification and use of sustainable products
  • Identifying scale of funding gaps in D2D decisions and creating opportunities for joint lobbying for additional support to close them
  • Reviewing and building upon existing work on improving waste recycling to benefit wider membership
  • Facilitating projects with members that aim to impact upon Climate Change issues