Lord Markham highlights NHP supplier opportunities on visit to door specialist

On a recent visit to Specialist Door Solutions’ (SDS) Bordon site in Hampshire, Health Minister, Lord Nick Markham CBE, was keen to emphasise the engagement opportunities open to suppliers on the £20 bn New Hospital Programme, arguing that they represent a ‘win situation’ for such companies.

Importantly, SDS points out, the programme extends ‘far into the future’, with plans stretching to 2035, 2040, and 2045, thus  offering ‘a long-term pipeline’ for suppliers. SDS said: “Lord Markham encouraged suppliers to view this as an opportunity for partnership, where they can grow their businesses while contributing to the development of a new generation of hospitals. His message was clear: maximum engagement is encouraged, especially in the context of hospital doors. He recommended suppliers explore opportunities by visiting the ‘Compete for’ website, where they can register their interest, learn about upcoming contracts, and get involved in the programme. Lord Markham stressed that a robust supply base is essential for the success of the initiative.”

SDS added that having toured its factory and witnessed some of its R&D research and development initiatives, Lord Markham was impressed with the company’s ‘innovative approach and commitment to quality.’ The company said: “We have has been instrumental in simplifying and reducing the number of door variations, recently launching Refinedoor, which has significant cost-saving implications. Additionally, our durable doors contribute to cost savings over the entire lifecycle and reduce the risk of infections, prioritising patient safety.

Lord Markham underlined the importance of considering lifecycle costs when procuring products, emphasising that ‘upfront expenses are only part of the equation’. SDS says its products align well with this perspective, ‘promoting better long-term value for healthcare facilities, particularly in the domain of high quality hospitals doors’. It added: “Lord Markham reinforced the idea that the New Hospital Programme is not just about government investment, but also about fostering innovation and partnerships with suppliers. It’s an exciting time for all involved, with opportunities for growth and collaboration.”

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