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Dodd Group And Solihull Council Win Collaboration Of The Year Award At The 2013 Heating & Ventilation News Awards



In Picture: Paul Evans, Matt Lewis and John Kavanagh.


Last Thursday night the 2013 H&V News Awards winners were announced at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane with Dodd Group and Solihull Council scooping the prize for Collaboration of the Year in recognition of the way in which they have redefined their working relationship to cut waste and deliver savings.


Impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw presented the awards which are the pinnacle event in the building services calendar, recognising and celebrating outstanding talent in the industry.


Entries for this year’s awards once again exceeded expectation in quality and quantity – proving that the Partnership Team really is pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence in the building services industry. With around 60 esteemed industry experts and face-to-face interviews this year, the awards hold even more integrity and credibility, ensuring beyond any doubt that the best candidate won on the night.


Dennis Flower, Editor, Heating & Ventilation News, commented:

“The rigorous judging procedure means that this year’s finalists have even more to celebrate. Having received a further double digit rise in applications, to make it onto the shortlist is a significant accolade to be very proud of. Winners also have the supreme satisfaction of knowing that their achievement is without equal within our industry.”

Matthew Lewis, Managing Director, Dodd Group Property Care Services was overjoyed:” Dodd Group and Solihull have proved what can be achieved by working together and we are delighted that the partnership has received such as prestigious award. I should like to thank everybody involved with the Partnership for their hard work and commitment which has now received national recognition through this award”

Councillor Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull Council, added “An important element in meeting the challenges for Local Government is the building of new alliances and in particular a redefinition of the contractor / client relationship. Winning this award gives us further credibility when speaking to other public sector bodies about partnering with us. Hopefully our success can also be used to highlight the benefits of working together as a team to deliver quality services.”


Dodd Group and Solihull Council have worked tirelessly over the past seven years to create a public / private sector partnership which is based on teamwork. Working together from the same offices has encapsulated the benefits of taking an integrated approach to contract delivery. A real sense of team sprit has developed and the “them and us” culture so often found on a traditional contract has all but disappeared.


John Kavanagh, Group Managing Director, Dodd Group commented “…a collaboration of this nature is unique: not only does it demonstrate what can be achieved when two forward thinking organisations work together towards common goals, but it also offers the potential for others to make huge savings whilst enjoying exceptional levels of service.”

At a time when public sector budgets are being stretched and pressure is being brought to bear to deliver savings, the collaborative approach taken by the team has already delivered substantial savings. Over the duration of the contract the average job costs of mechanical and electrical works have been reduced by 49% and 67% respectively.


As a result of the success of the Partnering arrangement Solihull Council has recently tendered a new Out of Borough Contract for all M&E works. Dodd Group was successful in winning this new Partnering contract which enables other public sector organisations to benefit from the partnership arrangements and has already resulted in Solihull Council and Dodd Group entering into a three year service level agreement with Nuneaton and Bedworth Council to provide electrical repairs and maintenance on the Council’s Housing stock at an estimated value of £700k per annum.


It is anticipated that the partnership will deliver a guaranteed fixed cashable saving of approximately £192,000 over a 3 year period.


With advanced talks already underway with several other councils, the partnership is anticipating significant growth over the coming years

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