Getting your head around some procurement terms can be difficult. At Tracker, we like to simplify things.
To help you win more public sector contracts, we are answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding public procurement.
Let’s go back to basics with our first question: “What is a public sector framework agreement?”
Public sector framework agreements
A public sector framework agreement gives buyers the flexibility to order services and products from private sector suppliers multiple times without going through the full tender application process more than once.
When setting up a framework, the buying organisation or organisations will run a full procurement exercise to select suitable suppliers and set terms and prices for a period (usually up to four years).
The suppliers are awarded a place on the framework agreement. Once places have been awarded, no new suppliers can join the framework.
When a buyer is ready to procure the product or service, it will run a ‘call off’ or ‘mini competition’, which is a much simplified procurement only open to the framework suppliers to select one or more suppliers from whom to buy the goods or services.
Why do buyers use framework agreements?
It’s simple – framework agreements save time! This is especially true for relatively simple, frequently repeated purchases, such as stationery.
Framework agreements also allow public sector bodies to choose suppliers that offer long-term value – this reduces overall procurement costs and save internal resources. Buyers also have certainty as prices are set for the duration of the framework,
How long is a public sector framework closed?
Frameworks close to new suppliers once the framework has been established – ie once suppliers have been awarded places on the framework. A framework can run for as long as 5-10 years.
Will I win more work if I am on a framework agreement?
Some suppliers that are on a framework agreement may never win work arising from that framework. While it may not guarantee success, being on a public sector framework will show others within your industry that your business is taken seriously by public sector bodies and could help your business to win work elsewhere.
Finding public sector framework opportunities
Suppliers can only join framework agreements when a new framework is being established. It is therefore important that you are aware of the contract notice that advertises that a new framework is being set up and subsequent deadline dates as soon as it is released.
In some cases, the same opportunity may not arise again for another ten years, so it is important that you have a tender alerts profile which is optimised and up to date.
How can Tracker help?
If you are already a Tracker customer we can help you optimise your supplier profile, so you will receive framework alerts as soon as they become available. Our Customer Growth Team have the experience and knowledge to help you to pick the right keywords for your business.
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