Procure Plus, a not-for-profit regeneration company, is a consortia of social housing providers with stock in the North West. It is the largest consortium which, with other social housing consortia, works cooperatively under the brand name of Re:allies.

Re:allies was established earlier this year as a strategic collaboration of social housing consortia with the aim of sharing best practice and leveraging the sourcing of supplies. Jointly, the members of Re:allies are responsible for the repair and upkeep of over 800,000 properties primarily across the North of England on behalf of social housing landlords, who are located across the whole of the UK.

The four-year fleet framework agreement was negotiated by Procure Plus, on behalf of Re:allies, and it brings the public and private sectors together to collectively lease or purchase vehicles and access a wide range of vehicle-related services at the most advantageous prices for everyone in the supply chain, including landlords, contractors and suppliers.

ALD Automotive is one of four vehicle suppliers to win a place on the framework agreement and has also been approved to provide vehicle servicing, maintenance and repairs and vehicle defleet services. The selected contract hire and fleet management companies will provide everything from basic lease to fully maintained and managed vehicles.

The fleet agreement gives organisations access to discounts from Ford, Renault and Volkswagen on cars and Citroen, Ford and Renault on light commercial vehicles.  However, other manufacturers are available through the framework.

ALD completed the first deliveries under the framework, comprising a total of 144 vehicles, which were supplied to three housing associations in the North West of England, which are members of the Procure Plus consortium - Stockport Homes, Parkway Green Housing Trust and Moorlands Housing, a member of Harvest Housing Group. There are already a further 123 orders in the pipeline with more anticipated to follow. More than 230 of the vehicles either delivered or on order are light commercial vehicles, mainly panel vans, with the balance company cars.

Mark Hudson, from Stockport Homes, said: 'Vehicles are essential to our business as we have a mobile repairs workforce that needs to respond quickly and efficiently, often at short notice. The lease contract has not only delivered savings of 20% but just as importantly has also brought significant improvements in the quality of the product. The feedback from the operatives has been very good indeed and we are sure this new fleet will help deliver an even better service to our customers.'