Are you a Commissioner / Procurement Manager?
In addition to competitive prices on a range of equipment, sourcing your requirements from Direct Access Store has a significant social impact. We provide employment and training opportunities for disabled people in warehousing and distribution operations who may not have previously had the opportunity to be part of meaningful work.
Our social value is at the heart of everything we do. We reinvest in local communities such as sponsoring Nantwich Town Wolves’ Vision Impaired Football team. Our support has enabled players to take part in national competitions.
What is a supported business?
Article 19 of Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31st March 2004 previously enabled procurement officers to “reserve” contracts so that only supported businesses can compete for them. Bids from supported factories and businesses submitted under the reserved contracts arrangements were still assessed on a value for money basis, with award to the bid offering the best value for money.
Article 19 has been replaced by Article 20 Regulation 21 which allows for reserved contracts where over 30% of the workforce of organisations are disadvantaged.
Direct Access is a supported business. The BASE definition is over 50% of their workforce have a disability. This definition is recognised across Europe and referred to in European regulations.