FRC awarded prestigious Procurement Hub contract as sole supplier on Furniture and Homeware framework

Thursday 04 March 2021 - Jayne Kennedy, FRC Group



After a fully compliant OJEU tender exercise, FRC including interior design senior living specialists Buckingham Interiors, have been awarded as sole supplier to Procurement Hub members on the Furniture and Homeware framework.  The framework is for 4 years.


Procurement Hub is part of Places for People, one of the UK's largest property management, development and regeneration companies. Places for People are responsible for more than 200,000 properties and over 120 leisure centres across the UK, so their procurement expertise is second to none.



FRC is an experienced and reputable national supplier of contract furniture and homeware to housing providers, local authorities, care sector, students, construction, education and NHS.  FRC and its senior living brand, Buckingham Interiors, have over 20 years of experience working in these sectors and work with customers to develop an interior design and furniture solution to suit budget and design aspirations.  


The FRC way is to provide flexible and practical purchasing solutions, meaning customers are able to buy, rental or lease furniture packages.  They have a proven track record in providing excellent customer service, quality products and dedicated account management.  Their ISO9001 QMS underpins all their services.  They have safe working practices around Covid, and operated throughout the pandemic supplying essential items to customers nationally.   

FRC has fit for purpose contract standard product ranges to suit all accommodation types including a range for people living with dementia.   Products are tested and certified to British Standards for contract quality giving complete confidence in the suitability of the ranges available and that they comply with all the necessary Health and Safety and Fire Safety regulations, as well as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

They provide a top-quality interior design service, for new builds and scheme refurbishments, helping you realise the final image you want to achieve whilst selecting the right contract standard products.  Their resident consultations and full turnkey project management service is second to none, and they have a list of stocked items for fast delivery by their in-house delivery team – many of which are available on a 5 day lead-time from one of their national depots.  


Social Value is at the heart of what they do.  Funded entirely through contributions from the supply chain, the social value fund is equivalent to 1% of the turnover generated through the framework and can help make a real difference to the lives of residents.

With FRC and Buckingham Interiors the Furniture and Homeware framework offers value for money and a unique service helping to achieve two key goals – getting the very best service and high quality products within tight budgets, and delivering social value through the supply chain to help improve the lives of residents.

Helen White, Director at FRC commented:

“We are delighted to win this contract and continue to partner with Procurement Hub in the delivery of this essential framework.  We are excited about future opportunities that the framework brings and the ability to continue delivering social value in our contracts”


Chris Harrison MCIPS, Senior Buyer at Procurement hub commented “We're looking forward to working with FRC again following their successful appointment to the framework. Their expertise and knowledge of the sector along with the ability to provide services such as interior design to complement their vast product offering via a direct award is an attractive proposition for our members."




Furniture Resource Centre (FRC) are one of the leading suppliers of contract standard furniture in the country, working with housing associations and local authorities across the UK for over 25 years.


We provide a full one-stop service for all furniture deliveries and we have the experience and expertise to meet all our clients’ needs, providing the highest quality products at the right price and always with the very best customer service.


At FRC, we know and understand the housing sector and we are the top ranked furniture supplier on a number of frameworks, leading the way in furnishing homes and residential settings throughout the UK.


We offer quality, durable products that provide excellent value for money. Our furniture is built to last with full guarantees on all our wooden furniture, beds, white goods and upholstered items.


We offer upholstered fabric choices, different wood finishes, and window covering and flooring choices, as well as different designs and colours – whatever your tastes or needs, we have the right product for every environment, with a number of ranges to suit all budgets.


Buckingham Interiors are committed to delivering the very highest quality furniture and beautiful designs, all tailored to meet your needs.


We have over 20 years of experience in delivering stylish, lasting, and comfortable furniture and we understand the unique needs of operators and managers of sheltered accommodation, care homes, and extra care homes.


The Buckingham Guarantee


Product Quality Guaranteed 

Expert Advice Guaranteed 

Value for Money Guaranteed 

Wow Factor Guaranteed 

Free Delivery & Installation Guaranteed 

Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do at Buckingham Interiors. We want to do everything we can to deliver you the very best prices, service, products, and design so we have created the Buckingham Guarantee.

The Buckingham Guarantee demonstrates our belief that we put our customers first and we offer you the very best – Guaranteed. 


Furniture Resource Centre and Buckingham Interiors are part of FRC Group.


About FRC Group


FRC Group’s vision is of a society where people can obtain good quality, affordable furniture without experiencing the devastating impacts of furniture poverty – no bed to sleep on or unmanageable debts.


Our social mission is to reduce and ultimately eradicate furniture poverty, so we campaign to raise awareness of furniture poverty and create practical solutions to get furniture to people who need it. We work to also create sustainable employment and better futures for people.


Our Objectives are to:


Understand and highlight the reality of living in ‘furniture poverty’.

Lobby and campaign for the eradication of ‘furniture poverty’.

Develop and run successful social businesses that tackle furniture poverty.

Train and develop people out of poverty and into sustainable, well paid jobs and careers.

Use our core skills to develop and run successful and sustainable commercial businesses Buckingham Interiors and FRC, using the profits to create social value across FRC Group.