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Business Intelligence On Demand

We were concerned that some clients were still checking tender emails each day from sources other than Housingnet. You don’t need to do this as we have a team of six doing that for you and we spend a lot more time organising them. The system we have built will replace the daily Bulletin as email is not the best delivery method for this type of content. We hope you like what we’ve built and, as always, we welcome your feedback.

Get started with the new BIOD system

settingx30 Settings – There are four ‘Settings’ panels –

  • Current Tenders – select Regions and Trades
  • Contract Award Notices – select Regions and Trades
  • Minutes – select Regions and Topics
  • News – select Regions and News Categories

Click on the settings icon in each section to save your choices. The selections that you make here will be reflected on all ‘contract’ searches throughout the site.

table-icon-biod Select the table icon to link to the main Current Tenders and Contract Award Tables
ct-rnm-biod-grid2 Tenders and Contracts in a darker font are the latest to be posted.
view-more-biod ‘View More’ will take you to the respective table to view older Tenders, Contracts and Minutes
minutes-settings-biod Local Authority, and sometimes Housing Association, Minutes can make for very useful insights. We search all Minutes looking for information we think might be relevant to you.
mobile-biod BIOD works on your mobile as well. Revisit this old blog post to see how to add a Housingnet icon to your mobile home screen and here to learn more about the mobile version.

Welcome to BIOD from Housingnet

Please send any questions and queries to

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was last night so we’ve compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities. If you have a Housingnet Licence and are signed in you can link to the full tables here:
Housing Associations
Local Authorities

Housing & Care 21 have the unenviable position of coming top so far in the HA table with a mean and median difference between the pay of women and men of 36% and 28% respectively. This means that women’s mean hourly rate is 36% less than men and a median rate of 28% less but this would most probably be due to the various types of job role within the organisation.
Glasgow Housing Association have the lowest minus (-) figures meaning that women are paid a mean hourly rate of 25% higher than men. The most even handed Housing Association is Choices who report no difference in their mean or median pay.

Overall companies in the UK have reported a 9.8% median pay gap in favour of men with construction having the largest average difference by sector.

Housingnet registration is free to all Housing Association and Local Authority people.

* Hourly rate mean and median figures are positive when female hourly rates are lower than men.

The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire organisation so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wage and men’s mean hourly wage.
The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle; so the median gender pay gap is the difference between women’s median hourly wage (the middle paid woman) and men’s median hourly wage (the middle paid man).

Housing Organisation Stock Number of Employees Employees earning over £100,000
Female hourly rate comparison (%)*
Mean Median
Who Got a Bonus? (%)
Male Female
% of women in each pay quartile
Lower Lower Middle Upper Middle Top
Places For People Group Limited 182,725 11,365 57 6.3 -5.5 5.8 4.3 52.3 57.7 59.5 58.6
Clarion Housing Group Limited 101,393 3544 50 5 -1.8 72.4 75.3 43.3 60.9 61.6 46.2
Sanctuary Housing Association 66,878 8423 20 17.8 11.3 2.9 1.8 64 71 62 49
The Guinness Partnership Limited 55,107 2718 17 6.4 -4.8 50 58.3 51.3 53.7 59.4 48.3
The Riverside Group Limited 45,865 2710 12 8.1 6 76 74.8 61.4 70.6 70 55.3
Home Group Limited 44,197 2664 18 11.9 5.3 9.2 10.5 65.1 66 69.1 54.4
Sovereign Housing Association Limited 45,580 1862 24 5.2 7.2 61 58 61 40 42 43
Peabody Trust 43,590 1143 28 -2.4 -7.1 75.6 79.8 26.5 58.3 50.2 48.9
Together Housing Group 35,603 1300 8 6.4 10.5 0 0 65 47 35 36
WM Housing Group Limited 33,269 922 5 15.9 5.8 0 0 65.6 58.1 57.4 53.2

Housing Associations
Local Authorities

Housingnet Update February 2018

1. The League Tables are out for January and we have completed our first full year so we can start to compare month & year to date. A new ‘Construction’ table has been added.

2. Expiring Contracts – we’ve added Stock, Repairs Satisfaction, Gas Servicing %, R&M Cost per Home, Planned Works Expenditure (previous year), links to Analysis metrics and related news.


3. All new Planning Applications relating to New Build are being added to the system in readiness for the launch of our ‘Development Opportunities’ section in March.

All Brownfield registers are currently being uploaded and will be available by the end of February.

4. Market share analysis will be updated in March and then quarterly after that.

5. You all currently receive an advertising package from us worth £5000 and we are just about to ramp that up. Please hand us over to your marketing departments so we can show them the advertising opportunities we offer as part of your licence fee.

6. And lastly please remember that we have six people monitoring all daily tenders and tend to get them out quicker than the competition. We’ve not missed a tender yet so you can feel confident in using this service. Saved Tender searches can be viewed on the Current Tenders table and in the ‘Business Intelligence On Demand ’ service. You can access both from the main site Menu or on your phones at – (

Set up your Tender preferences here:

We have a lot going on at the moment but still welcome suggestions. We’re thinking about building a housing stock heatmap so you could select the stock you’re working on or are interested in and it would appear on the map as a heatmap. You could then overlay that with the stock markers for another HA/LA so you could see how easily, or not, it would be to cover the contract.

This visualisation is showing multiple organisations stock as a heat map, overlaid with Guinness Partnership stock and Jewson stores. You can show/hide the Jewson markers from the icon on the right hand side.

And this is a visualisation we built for Housing Associations which is looking at outlying stock and potential partners to swap stock with.
Click on the purple marker then select Knightstone from the box that opens.

We’re here if you need us.

Building a wall !

Hello, thank you for dropping by.

Sadly after displaying free Housing Association details on the web for the past 20 years the time has come for us to build our own wall.

We now very specifically target Contractors, Suppliers and various other companies working in the Housing sector and no longer provide, what we have always called, ‘marketing data’. Previously we would allow visitors a snap shot of the information we hold to entice them to buy from us but for the past 20 years we have spent a lot of time dealing with enquiries from the general public either thinking we were a housing association or requesting advice and information about housing.

Click here to find out more about what we do, the licences we sell and how to register.

If you are already registered, .

Unfortunately the time has come for us to close off access to the address data and our news so we can concentrate on our core product. If you followed a link from a Google search to get here this will take time to be removed but we have done all we can to speed up this process to minimise the inconvenience.

For all housing enquiries it is always best to contact your Local Authority which you can locate here.

How to: Company / Competitor Analysis

How to find information on Housingnet relating to companies, the contracts they are, or have been, involved in, contract location, Contract Registers and Expenditure Sheets.

  1. Using the Search Bar
  2. Contracts Map
  3. Contracts & Tenders Portal
  4. Company / Competitor Search

Using the Search Bar

Name Search for company contact, people and financial data from the ‘Search’ link in the header (top) bar.


The other search icons in the header relate to People, an A-Z director of organisations, the Land Registry Title Search, News and on the far right side, Reports in the Housingnet Library.


Every organisation we collect data on will have dedicated pages of information which you can access from the tabs at the top of the page.


Contracts Map
Click on the ‘Map’ tab in the image above and then select the yellow ‘View the Contracts Map’ at the top of the page.
Menu > Maps > Contract Map - Select the company from the tab on the right hand side of the map.


The contracts are colour coded according to the expiry timeframe:

Red – Less than 12 months remaining
Amber – Less than 2 years remaining
Green – More than 2 years remaining
Blue – Direct Labour Organisations (DLOs)


Contracts & Tenders Portal
Menu > Search > Tenders & Contracts

Every PIN, Contract Notice and Contract Award Notice on Housingnet can be found in the ‘Contracts & Tenders Portal’. Type in the name of the company and select ‘Winner’ from the search drop down.


Company / Competitor Search
Menu > Search > Company/Competitor
Menu > Dashboard > Dashboard


Search by Company (or Keyword such as ‘modular’ or ‘boiler’) from the search box on the Dashboard or in the Business Intelligence section of the Data Bank.



High & Low Value Contracts

There are 3 sections in the Company / Competitor section:

  1. High & Low Value Contracts
  2. Contract Register
  3. Expenditure

The first page of results will display a list of all ‘High & Low Value Contract Winners’ containing the search term you used. Either select the companies of interest to you from the list individually or ‘Check All’ to select everything. Click on the ‘Fetch Data’ button.


All current and expired contracts are displayed in the results. Uncheck the ‘Display archived results’ tick box to remove the expired contracts. Total Contract Value from the CAN is displayed alongside the number of Framework contracts that are listed.

As with all these tables the results can be exported to a spreadsheet.



Contract Register

Every local authority maintains a corporate register of contracts intended to provide schedules of contracts for keeping track of an agency’s contracts and financial commitments with its suppliers; and contract statuses which can be used by public organisations to provide transparency.




The Expenditure sheets are useful for suppliers to see which Local Authority is buying from your competitors and the value of the purchases.

Expenditure over £250 provides information of payments made by the Council to its suppliers in excess of £250 to increase openness and transparency.



As always we are on hand to help and to export any data requests. If you have any questions, comments or queries please write to us –

Free Housingnet Annual Licences

From Monday we will be opening up HousingNet for free to all Housing Association staff. Anyone with an HA email address will be able to register for our Annual Licence free of charge.

Our only requirement is that you use a work email address in registration which we will use to send you our daily Housing News (if you don’t already receive it). You can unsubscribe at any time but this will automatically cancel your Annual Licence.

We are currently in the process of designing a new ‘Housingnet News’ email and this time we will be including BI data and information we collect along with the news. Due to the addition of this data, that we sell under licence, only Housing Associations and our clients will be able to sign up for this new email.

What people are saying about us:

What you’ve got is one of the most useful and professional tools I’ve ever come across.”

Mark Waterhouse
Head of New Business
Fortem (Willmott Dixon)

“HousingNet has been a great resource for Places for People because:

  • It gives us immediate access to a broad range of useful housing information in one easy to use, intuitive platform
  • It allows us to effectively benchmark ourselves against other organisations throughout the UK
  • It is much more than statistical information, offering insight, and current news in a digestible format
  • It allows us to identify, harness and nurture strategic relationships in the sector which can underpin our development and regeneration program”

Alan Heron
Director of Procurement
Places for People

Our sector clients mainly use the benchmarking tables and the mapping project on Housingnet and we welcome any suggestions of how we can improve either so please don’t hold back.

You can upgrade to a Premium Licence for £950 +VAT (current price £8000) but there is no requirement for you to do so and this Premium offer is not open to any organisation which has a Limited Company subsidiary carrying out their Repairs and Maintenance as this would be unfair to our current clients.

Kind Regards
Gaz Summer

For any further information please get in touch:

How to add a Housingnet quick launch icon to your mobile or tablet

Add this icon to your mobile or tablet home screen to link directly to the Housingnet site.


We could write all the instructions out again but we found this page to be informative and easy to use:

Please note that only Safari browsers on the Apple products have the option to add a quick launch icon.

As always, if you get stuck, please get in touch.

Mobile Housingnet v.2

The Premium mobile version of Housingnet has had an upgrade. You told us what you wanted and we hopefully built something useful for you. Below we’ve added some screen shots of the biggest changes to help you navigate the site.

Open on your mobile phone. Select the ‘Menu’ icon in the top right and open the ‘Premium Login’ page to sign in. The Menu icon will change from green to white when you’re logged in.

Please note: if you found yourself stuck looking at the main Housingnet site on your mobile, (you would know it as it looks awful) and can’t get back to the mobile version all we can say is sorry, that was our fault. To rectify this you need to clear the browser cache. If you need help with this please call us.

Search for any Housing Association or Local Authority to view contact details, stock, contracts & news. We will connect the minutes and add all contracts for each contractor in the next version.

In the previous version we added Tenders, CANs and Expiring Contracts. Once you login any searches you have saved on the main site will be visible. To change the search criteria for any table open ‘Settings’ in Menu > Contracts > Settings

Don’t forget that further contract details and the ‘Pin’ icon (used to add a contract to your ‘Favourites’) can be viewed by clicking on the contract title – shown with the red border.

And lastly the League Tables have had a make over so they look a lot better than they did previously – we hope you agree.

As always, any questions, suggestions or frustrations should be sent to so we can keep on learning.



Details pages

HA News



League Tables


Contractors League Table – Jan to July 2017

HousingNet is a data service providing research material and business intelligence to companies selling products or services to Housing Associations and Local Authorities. In delivering this service we collect, collate and analyse information and data on People, Housing, Finance and Tenders & Contract Awards. 7 out of the top 10 contractors in the table are our clients.If you would like a demonstration of our system please email to arrange an appointment.

Social Housing Responsive Repair Contracts Won
Jan – July 2017
Contractor No. of Contracts Annual Value (£) Total Contract Value (£)
Ranking – based on Total Contract Value with places moved
July 2017 Change from June-July 2017
City Building (Glasgow) LLP 1 123,333,333 3,700,000,000 1 No Change
City West Housing Trust 1 30,000,000 360,000,000 2 No Change
Osborne Property Services 2 25,000,000 250,000,000 3 New
Mitie Property Services 5 17,627,619 237,756,278 4 1
Morgan Sindall Property Services 3 26,377,653 191,564,178 5 1
Kier Facilities Services 1 9,949,100 149,236,500 6 1
Mears 3 12,643,015 124,715,075 7 1
Ian Williams 2 8,972,219 117,583,290 8 1
MD Group 2 6,300,000 63,000,000 9 1
DW Support Services 2 4,850,000 48,500,000 10 1
Wates Living Space 3 10,800,000 43,250,000 11 1
Partnering in Property Management (PPM) Limited 2 2,550,000 28,200,000 12 1
Esh Construction Limited 1 2,800,000 28,000,000 13 1
AXIS Europe Limited 2 4,312,450 14,832,450 14 No Change
Polyteck Building Services Ltd. 1 2,630,000 13,150,000 15 No Change
Countrywise Repairs Ltd. 1 2,500,000 12,500,000 16 No Change
Novus Property Solutions 2 1,288,916 11,598,928 17 No Change
ASW Property Services 2   6,968,000 18 No Change
JC Services 2 1,000,000 5,025,000 19 No Change
WDH 1 1,000,000 5,000,000 20 1
City Building (Contracts) LLP 1 1,000,000 5,000,000 20 New
Rodgers & Johnston Ltd. 2 1,493,442 4,480,325 21 1
Neo Property Solutions Limited 1 583,333 2,916,667 22 1
L Daniels Property Maintenance Limited ** 1 1,271,693 2,543,385 23 1
3 Solutions Limited 1 175,750 1,230,250 24 1
Housing Maintenance Solutions Ltd. 1 366,667 1,100,000 25 1
Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd. 1 236,550 946,200 26 1
LCB Construction Ltd. 1 236,550 946,200 26 1
Flair Electrical Engineering Ltd. 1 236,550 946,200 26 1
TCL Group (Topcoat Construction Ltd) 1 300,000 900,000 27 New
Metworks 1 285,475 856,425 28 2
Total Solutions NE Ltd. 1 558,000 558,000 29 2
M J & K Speck t/a J K & C Wright 1   25,000 30 New
The Soper Group Ltd 1   25,000 30 New
Osborne Property Services Limited # 1   1,267,840   New
Mears Limited, Keepmoat Regeneration Limited, Axis Europe Plc, Kier Services Limited *** 1   20,000,000    
HTS (Property & Environment)* 1        
Spectrum Property Care (SPC) * 1        
*Subsidiary company of the Housing Organisation:
HTS (Property & Environment) subsidiary of Harlow District Council
Spectrum Property Care (SPC) – subsidiary of Sovereign
**Responsive repairs for Commercial properties
# Framework for Slough Borough Council for Wokingham Borough Council & Hounslow London Borough.
***Multi-winner framework for AmicusHorizon (Now Optivo)
Figures shown in Red are estimated values calculated using ‘Trade Rates’ on the Number of homes covered in the contract.
Figures shown in Green are calculated assuming the Term to be 3 years (as term is not mentioned in the contract)
The Annual value is blank where total the contract value is given however the ‘term’ is not given.

Bid Management

To attach notes to contracts of interest please follow these steps:

1. Contracts can be added to the ‘Pinned Favourites’ (we’re changing this title to ‘Bid Management Index) list from the ‘Tenders & Contracts’ and ‘Expiring Contracts’ tables.



2. Click on the grey pin to add a contract to the Pinned Favourites table



3. In the Pinned Favourites table click on the Contract Title to open the notes.



4. Added contracts will appear in the ‘Bid Management’ tab on the relevant organisations details page.



5. Content such as Meeting Notes, Bid Information, SWOT and Pestle Analysis and In-House & External contacts can be attached to the record.



We will also be automatically attaching any future notices eg. PIN, Tender and CAN to these records so all the information can be accessed from one page.

All notes are private and cannot be viewed by anyone other than the users on your account.

The PrintOut sheets have also been updated and hopefully improved.

Please let us know if you have any questions, queries or suggestions as we appreciate your feedback.