Fleet and Building Materials investment for Bournville residents

3 May 2023

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) is based on the legacy of George Cadbury and the accommodation provided for workers of the world-famous Cadbury’s chocolate factory. Today, Bournville is a values-led charitable trust working to create and sustain communities where people can thrive. The communities consist of shops, agricultural land & buildings, and more than 4,000 residential properties in Birmingham and Telford, making BVT a unique organisation in it’s structure.

Having previously approached the market for a fleet replacement, BVT were met with various challenges such as limited product availability and pricing uncertainty. The trust decided to reapproach the market and identified TPPL as a potential partner to work with on the project following a recommendation made on a procurement webinar.

After a good honest conversation with TPPL and a positive reference, BVT appointed them to support with the re-procurement of the group’s fleet of vehicles, which consists of 61 light commercial vehicles ranging from standard panel vans to more complex arborist vehicles over a range of sizes and specifications. The requirement included for the racking and adaptions required for the vehicles to serve as functional applications for the trust’s dedicated workforce.

TPPL completed a complex multi-supply process consisting of 4 individual tenders to ensure value for money was achieved on several elements of the requirement, including finance and fleet management, vehicle supply, racking and adaptions including livery.

Retrospective to the fleet procurement, TPPL were also appointed to help BVT reprocure their building materials merchant store requirements, which had been out of contract since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trust required a 5-year building materials contract spending approximately £1 million per annum, therefore a significant procurement and one which valued the category expertise and considered approach to market provided by TPPL. The fleet and building materials investment was part of a wider £20 Million investment into its services to ensure that it provides great socially-rented homes for it’s customers.

Neil Ashford, Director of Maintenance Services commented ‘What we found refreshing about TPPL was the knowledge of the fleet industry with good contacts resulting in a satisfactory outcome on a complex multi-tender process. On Building Materials Phil Williams at TPPL demonstrated great industry knowledge, was down to earth and provided no-nonsense impartial advice’

Key outcomes achieved for BVT:

  • Fit for purpose products utilising TPPL expertise
  • Surety on vehicle pricing
  • Value for money outcome
  • Reduced resource from BVT to reprocure and mobilise
  • TPPL Supported implementation resulting in seamless mobilisation
  • Key investments for BVT residents