Procurement at Barnet Homes isn't setting the world alight although their blocks seem to suffer more than occasional fires.
It seems that Barnet Homes are just as bad as Barnet Council when it comes to procurement; they must have been getting tips from Craig Cooper, the well overpaid Commercial Director.
Barnet Homes needed a new logo a couple of years back. Here is what they ended up with:
Mr Mustard can't work out quite what it cost but it was too much whatever it was and then everything else with a logo on it had to be thrown away and done again. Why don't we get schools involved in this sort of thing? They would get a small prize for themselves, money for their school and lots of good publicity for Barnet. If commercial production is a must then rather than using some firm in Clerkenwell, called Dogstar Design, why isn't use being made of some of the hundreds of designers who work from home or from small offices in Barnet? Ask three to bid for each job and take the best idea.
Look how much money Dogstar Design have had out of Barnet Homes since 2005.
We have attached a spreadsheet setting out all invoices ever sent to Barnet Homes by Dogstar Design and payments made by Barnet Homes to Dogstar Design. We have not been able to locate details of all design services supplied by Dogstar Design prior to May 2007.
|09/03/2012||Invoice||-840||Barnet group powerpoint template, BH letterhead|
|23/02/2012||Invoice||-2,652||Design layout & artworking|
|23/02/2012||Invoice||-1,812||Design layout & artworking|
|10/02/2012||Invoice||-120||RENT PAYMENT CALENDAR UPDATE 12/13|
|31/01/2012||Invoice||-1,200||YOUR CHOICE & BG LETTERHEAD WORD TEMPLATES|
|24/02/2012||Incoming payment||-1,848||Refund from Dog Star for overpayment|
|27/02/2012||Credit memo||1,848||Refund for inv No.1322715427, Ref 000318|
|30/11/2011||Invoice||-1,848||Logo guidelines for Barnet Grp & Your Choice|
|21/11/2011||Invoice||-2,700||Newsletter Barnet homes AtHome Dec 2011|
|03/10/2011||Invoice||-2,880||Barnet Homes Annual Report 2011|
|16/08/2011||Invoice||-2,652||BARNET HOMES ATHOME SEP 2011|
|16/05/2011||Invoice||-3,624||barnet at homes june 2011|
|29/03/2011||Invoice||-2,370||barnet homes business plan 2011-2016|
|07/02/2011||Invoice||-660||barnet homes trade-down leaflet|
|07/02/2011||Invoice||-480||barnet homes trade-down leaflet|
|15/02/2011||Invoice||-2,682||barnet homes At Home March 2011|
|07/02/2011||Invoice||-2,400||barnet furniture centre logo|
|28/01/2011||Invoice||-118||b h rent payment calendar update 2010/11|
|10/12/2010||Invoice||-94||athome posters june, sept, dec 2010|
|16/11/2010||Invoice||-2,630||barnet homes athome december 2010|
|19/08/2010||Invoice||-188||barnet homes AtHome sept 2010|
|17/08/2010||Invoice||-2,573||barnet homes AtHome sept 2010|
|18/05/2010||Invoice||-2,661||athome june 2010|
|22/03/2010||Invoice||-2,321||Barnet Homes business plan 2010 - 2015|
|17/02/2010||Invoice||-3,596||Barnet Homes At Home March 2010|
|08/02/2010||Invoice||-94||Barnet homes leaflet update|
|31/01/2010||Invoice||-711||Barnet homes leaflet update|
|28/01/2010||Invoice||-118||Barnet homes rent calendar update 2010 / 2011|
|19/11/2009||Invoice||-3,450||Barnet homes At Home December 2009|
|29/10/2009||Invoice||-598||Barnet homes welcome pack leaflet update|
|14/08/2009||Invoice||-2,697||Barnet homes At Home September 2009|
|23/07/2009||Invoice||-506||Barnet homes pen re-print|
|17/06/2009||Invoice||-2,639||Barnet homes At Home July 2009|
|10/06/2009||Invoice||-397||Barnet homes assist stationary|
|29/04/2009||Invoice||-35||Barnet homes business plan 2009 - 2014|
|25/03/2009||Invoice||-2,271||bh business plan 09-14|
|17/03/2009||Invoice||-2,726||bh at home march09|
|20/01/2009||Invoice||-115||bh rent pay calender update 09/10,|
|06/01/2009||Invoice||-285||bh talk 2 us leaflet amends|
|03/12/2008||Invoice||-3,479||bh athome dec 08 dnewsletter|
|21/11/2008||Invoice||-235||barnet homes christmas card 2008|
|20/11/2008||Invoice||-744||tenacies leaflet design|
|17/10/2008||Invoice||-65||additional costs delivery of final artwork|
|30/09/2008||Invoice||-3,490||bh annual report and statements designs|
|25/09/2008||Invoice||-1,175||bh business plan 2008-13 final artwork for print|
|27/08/2008||Invoice||-705||bh get involved leaflet update|
|27/08/2008||Invoice||-1,974||bh annual review resident newsletter|
|27/08/2008||Invoice||-2,661||bh newsletter sept08 design l|
|31/07/2008||Invoice||-2,368||bh business plan 2008-13 design|
|04/07/2008||Invoice||-1,880||bh create logo design options|
|04/07/2008||Invoice||-752||bh assist logo- sub brand guidelines|
|18/06/2008||Invoice||-4,753||bh/athome presentation design layouts|
|20/03/2008||Invoice||-106||bh_rent card amends|
|31/01/2008||Invoice||-106||bh/adaptions leaflet amends|
|17/01/2008||Invoice||-106||bh_rent pay card|
|15/01/2008||Invoice||-129||bh_update existing letterhead|
|20/12/2007||Invoice||-920||bh/adaptations service leaflet design|
|19/10/2007||Invoice||-423||bh/leaseholder update 5 sections of handbook|
|30/11/2007||Invoice||-13||bh/athomes/xmas special postage to printer|
|30/11/2007||Invoice||-1,528||bh/athomes/xmas design edition|
|19/11/2007||Invoice||-141||bh/tackling racial harrassment leaflet amends|
|12/10/2007||Invoice||-71||bh/help decorating leaflet amends|
|16/11/2007||Invoice||-212||bh/password leaflet designed|
|31/10/2007||Invoice||-2,613||bh/ amends and prepare 8x web ready pdf for welcome pack.|
|31/10/2007||Invoice||-71||bh/leaflet amends to existsing leaflet web ready pdf|
|19/10/2007||Invoice||-1,087||bh/sheltered house leaflet|
|31/07/2007||Invoice||-945||bh/athome design 6pp repairs edition|
|03/10/2007||Invoice||-35||bh/ standard page create printable image|
|12/10/2007||Invoice||-71||bh/safe leaflet amend existing leaflet|
|03/10/2007||Invoice||-3,631||bh/financial statement report 2007|
|21/09/2007||Invoice||-71||bh/right to buy leaflet amend leaflet|
|21/09/2007||Invoice||-282||bh/self assessment covers|
|19/09/2007||Invoice||-779||bh/data protect policy leaflet|
|18/09/2007||Invoice||-115||bh/business chartsfor business plan|
|18/09/2007||Invoice||-212||bh/visit for older ppl flyer design|
|31/08/2007||Invoice||-3,429||bh/business plan 2007-12, design|
|26/06/2007||Invoice||-35||have your say artwork|
|22/06/2007||Invoice||-1,528||BH/at homes_june07 design|
|05/06/2007||Invoice||-519||BH/Have your say menu leaflet|
|06/06/2007||Invoice||-212||BH_Tenancy audit leaflet,|
|05/06/2007||Invoice||-682||BH/RP Notice board posters.|
|01/05/2007||Invoice||-1,692||BH/staff recognition awards booklet.|
|26/03/2007||Invoice||-2,291||bh athome design|
|20/12/2006||Invoice||-2,319||bh athome design|
|Total paid out||163,699|
This looks to Mr Mustard to be another MetPro, another RM Countryside, another Iris Gardening, another case of complete lack of management; too busy with One Barnet to do their job properly.
So Dogstar Design have had £163,699 from the council. That should have been tendered for. It is most unlikely that Barnet Homes have overpaid for anything and very likely that they have paid through the nose unless they have been obtaining quotes from other designers who were always quoting higher prices.
Another feature in common with MetPro, RM and Iris is the contractual paperwork. Here is the answer from Barnet Homes in response to Mr Mustard's FOI request for a copy of all contracts placed with Dogstar.
There has never been a contractual arrangement between Barnet Homes and Dogstar Design.
Here we go again. Mr Mustard knows that Barnet Homes is an ALMO, or Arms Length Management Organisation.
The Arms are very long
The Management is incompetent
There is insufficient Organisation
Barnet Homes is as blisteringly incompetent as Barnet Council but that isn't really surprising as the council are the ultimate owner of the homes.
Now Mr Mustard is a busy man and can't shine the spotlight everywhere at once. It's time for a new blogger, the Barnet Homes Blogger, preferably a person who actually lives in one of Barnet Home's homes and has a head for figures and a way with words. Make up a silly name, start asking questions and off you go.
How Barnet Homes has the nerve to put themselves up (or allow themselves to be put forward) for an award in 2012 Inside Housing Awards is ridiculous when they are obviously not competent and should be concentrating on improving their procedures.
They have at least backed off on booting an octogenarian out of his lifelong home thanks to the fuss kicked up in the press after a kindly neighbour raised the alarm. It shouldn't be that way. A company dealing with social housing should have some compassion and common-sense and stay out of the local papers.
Whilst we are on the subject of Dogstar they have had more public money, this time from Barnet Council itself.
Commercial Directorate - Consulting fees
Over-using suppliers is catching in Barnet. Someone in Homes has told someone in the
unCommercial Directorate about Dogstar Design and it is doubtful that there was any meaningful competition. Suppliers are not stupid and are out to maximise their profits. They will charge what they can to gullible buyers.
Stop being so damn lazy in procurement and start vetting suppliers properly and giving some work to Barnet based companies whenever possible.