Liverpool based Construction Impact Framework (CIF) launched its new £200M framework on Monday 26th March. CIF is an Official Journal European Union (OJEU) compliant framework that provides public sector organisations with a compliant route-way to procure construction works and services.
CIF is making a real difference wherever it operates across the North West by investing in much needed community services. Working hand in hand with clients CIF is making communities, safer, stronger, healthier and economically active.
It’s strategy of procuring construction services whilst simultaneously supporting initiatives that over time relieve the pressure on public sector services supports key social priorities such as health, education, employment and crime. In addition to this pioneering added value approach CIF is creating opportunities for small to medium sized (SME’s) building contractors who reported average business growth of 3.5% with continued growth forecasted.
Founded in 2015 CIF’s latest framework is a dynamic ‘one-stop shop’ providing construction works and services across 14 groups of Supply Partners. Led by Sara Lawton, former Managing Director of the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, CIF currently works with a range of clients, including North West Universities, NHS Foundation Trusts, Local Authorities and Social Housing providers.
So What is CIF?
CIF’s unique social business model has generated interest from across the country with enquiries from as far afield as London and Northern Ireland.
Director Sara Lawton, has an impressive track record in delivering change across communities and has won several awards for her work, including Merseyside Woman of the Year in 2014, Merseyside Community Woman of the Year 2014, Mazda Real Challenger 2015, Female Innovator 2017 and CIF was awarded ‘Community Impact’ Business of the year 2017 at the Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2017.
Speaking about her passion to make a positive impact across communities, Sara said:
“It’s been a really positive first few years for CIF; as a business, we have gained both respect and a reputation for ‘doing what we say on the tin’. Our collaborative approach to working has resulted in our business growing due to client recommendation and that is the best endorsement a business can hope for.
Our initial social impact report churned out lots of amazing statistics but on a personal note what inspires me the most is the fact that our small business has directly helped over 3000 vulnerable people – that is why we do what we do”.