The biggest landlord group in the North East, Thirteen Group, has teamed up with the UK’s leading Timber and Builders Merchant, Travis Perkins Managed Services, to make £10 million of efficiency savings in the landlord’s operations.
A partnership scheme between the two organisations has created the country’s biggest managed stores facilities, which will significantly improve how materials for housing maintenance are used and the efficiency of procurement processes.
This will result in significant long term savings on current operations, while also consolidating jobs.
Three newly leased store facilities have been opened at Skippers Lane, Middlesbrough; Park View Industrial Estate, Hartlepool; and Ross Road, Stockton.
The Stockton store will also serve as a central distribution hub for the two other stores, which will allow for greater stock availability and flexibility.
Travis Perkins Managed Services are managing all three facilities as Thirteen Group’s new external delivery partner.
Thirteen already benefits from the bulk buying of building materials, but the Group expects to make savings of around £10 million over the lifetime of this new arrangement which will arise from more flexible and efficient operations of its stores facilities.
Travis Perkins Managed Services’ one-stop-shop solution is being delivered by a combination of dedicated Thirteen Group stores and by using the building merchant’s existing branch network.
Part of this process will see staff members from Thirteen transfer to Travis Perkins with two being promoted to managers from the new stores.
Russell Thompson, Group Director of Property Services at Thirteen Group, commented: Travis Perkins is one of the largest suppliers to the UK’s building and construction industry with a national network of more than 650 branches.
“This agreement gives us access to more than 100,000 product lines including building materials, plumbing and heating equipment, landscaping materials, timber and sheet materials, painting and decorating supplies, dry lining and insulation, doors and joinery. All of which is essential to the maintenance and upkeep of our property portfolio.”