Come together to make savings on your water

You’ve probably already heard that since April 2017 most public sector organisations in England have been eligible to switch water supplier?

Well, now is your chance to make the most of this opportunity and get the best deal through joining together with other organisations to buy.

Background

Earlier this year we joined forces with YPO, The Energy Consortium, ESPO, NEPO, West Mercia Energy, and the Ministry of Defence to launch the largest public sector water framework in the UK.

Our Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services (RM3790) framework gives you access to a range of suppliers for your water supply and waste water services (sewerage), plus additional services to help you make water efficiency savings.

Following the successful launch, we would like to invite you to make savings on your water requirements by collaborating with other organisations to purchase, through our national aggregated further competition (NFC67). The competition will be run as an eAuction is set to complete in October.

Why get involved?

Aggregating your demand with that of other organisations provides many advantages including:

  •    savings –  the more customers we can bring together the greater the savings
  •    collaboration – consistent application of best practice and opportunities for learning
  •    simplification of the tender process – leading to reduced procurement costs for buyers and reduced bidding costs for suppliers
  •    reduced project management – and contract management costs

This project will put in place a water contract that offers you increased benefits including:

  •    consolidated billing
  •    lower bills and charges
  •    enhanced customer service, from competing your supply rather than only receiving customer service from your local supplier
  •    rationalising your supplier base to one if you have sites in multiple regions, consequently streamlining your billing and administration

Interested?

To register an interest, please get in touch and mention “water aggregation” in the comments box and our team will be in touch with the documents you will need to sign up.

(This aggregation opportunity is now closed).

 

Thank you for another great Public Sector Show

Thank you to everyone who came to our stand or listened to one of our sessions during yesterday’s Public Sector Show. What a great day!

Over the course of the day, 765 visitors listened to at least one of our presentations and over 400 of you came to our stand to chat with our commercial experts. If you requested further information we will be in touch shortly, if we haven’t been already.

In a packed out main conference theatre our chief executive Malcolm Harrison spoke about delivering commercial benefits through better procurement. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the presentation, here are Malcolm’s slides.

Public Sector Show

As a key supporter of the show, we also had our own dedicated theatre where we spoke about a range of topics. View the slides for these sessions:

If you weren’t able to attend the event, hopefully we will see you at the Manchester Public Sector Show on 21 November. At this event Nick Caton will be talking about improving the procurement of services for local government.

Is there is anything we can help you with? Please get in touch.

Let our bulk buying power save you time and money

By combining your requirements with those of other public sector organisations we can help you make even greater savings. We do this by using standardised specifications and our bulk buying power to aggregate customer requirements into one procurement. This helps make the opportunity more attractive to suppliers.

We have seen customers achieve some fantastic savings by taking part, typically up to 40% on vehicles, 50% on mobile voice & data services and office supplies and 30% on tablets.

Joining one of our eAuctions or national further competitions will save you time, as well as money, as we run the procurement for you, so there is very little administration for you to deal with.

How we can help

Our customer team is here to help you access our aggregation service – either on an individual basis or by providing support across groups and networks. Once we understand your needs, our aggregation team will help you get all the necessary data, build the specification, develop the procurement documentation and run an eAuction (where appropriate).

Last call for mobile voice and data services aggregation

The deadline for registering for our next mobile voice and data services aggregation, which could see you save over 50% on the provision of mobile services against existing customer prices, is 14 July.

This project will put in place a mobile voice and data services contract which offers you a high level of flexibility by:

  • establishing a zero line rental model for basic connections, so you do not incur costs for lines not used (zero usage)
  • structuring services as “bolt-ons” which can be added to the basic connection, enabling you to build packages to suit your specific requirements; removing the restrictions of a “one size fits all” approach

The anticipated timescales for the project are outlined below, however, they may be subject to change:

  • July 2017: finalising customer requirements
  • September/October 2017: conducting the competition, award to winning bidder and customers enter into contract

Register your interest in joining the procurement by emailing aggregation@crowncommercial.gov.uk quoting NFC75.

Tell us how we can improve our service

We are also currently holding workshops to get input from buyers on the aggregation process for technology procurement. The workshops are aimed at both existing and potential new buyers to give you a chance to share your thoughts on aggregation and how we can develop our service to best meet your needs. Each workshop will last 2 hours and cover:

    • Overview of the aggregation service and processes
    • Exploration of how the service can be developed and improved to meet your organisation’s requirements. For example,  specifications, lead-times, frequency, terms & conditions, pricing, communication, templates and documentation.
  • Review timeline and develop further competition pipeline

Sign up

If you would to take part please get in touch with details of the date you would like to attend. It would be great to see you there!

  • 11 July, 10-12.30, ESPO, Leicester
  • 14 July, 9.30-12.00, YPO, Wakefield
  • 18 July, 9.30-12.00, NEPO, Newcastle
  • 20 July, 10-12.30, Hewlett Packard, Bristol
  • 25 July, 1.30-4.00, CCS, Norwich

Future opportunities

Here is a list of our upcoming opportunities – if you are interested in getting involved please let us know. Please also let us know if you have a requirement that is not currently listed or does not meet the timescales as we may still be able to help you.

OpportunityPlanned project start date
Technology Hardware for SchoolsOpen to all publicly funded schools. Gathering customer interest July 2017
Integrated Communications (Fixed Voice / IP Telephony)Open to central government and wider public sector customers
Water, Waste Water and Ancillary Services (NFC67)Gathering interest July 2017
Fire & Rescue IT Hardware (NFC74)Currently gathering interest. If you have not yet been contacted and are interested in participating, please get in touch
Technology ProductsGathering interest July 2017

We’re also considering aggregated procurements in the following areas:

    • Audio conferencing
    • Automatic number plate recognition
    • Data access / broadband
    • Fixed line telephony – conventional
    • Laundry and linen
    • Mobile voice and data services for police
    • Mobile voice and data services for education
    • Office supplies
    • Speed safety cameras
    • Technology hardware and software for health
    • Technology hardware and software for schools
    • Third party IT support for schools
    • Vehicle hire
    • Video conferencing
    • WAN connectivity (BT Netstream corporate)
    • Building materials
  • Water

The proposed start date for each of these opportunities will depend on customer interest and the complexity of taking the requirement to market. Opportunities may be added or removed from this list based on demand.

Get involved

To express your interest in getting involved in any of these opportunities, or if you would like our customer team to help your group or network plan a joint aggregation, please get in touch

New Project Management & Full Design Team Services framework launched

The new Project Management and Full Design Team Services (RM3741) framework is supporting public sector organisations with their construction projects by helping you buy-in project management, design and a range of additional technical services relating to construction.

We have consulted extensively with both suppliers and customers at pre-procurement events, bidder days and through webinars and a questionnaire, and feedback has played a central role in the design of the framework.

What the framework offers

Project Management & Full Design Team Services provides access to a suite of design, project management and advisory consultancy services, giving you access to a ‘cradle to grave’ solution for property and construction-related requirements. This includes all RIBA Planning stages of your project.

The new framework features 32 suppliers, 3 of them SMEs, over 6 lots:

  • Lot 1 – Multi Disciplinary Services
  • Lot 2 – Project Management Services
  • Lot 3 – Architecture & Design Services
  • Lot 4 – Cost Consultancy Services
  • Lot 5 – Civil & Structural Engineering Services
  • Lot 6 – Building Services Engineering

Find out more

Find out more about using the new framework 

View our brochure

Got a question? please get in touch

Placing social value at the heart of procurement

Schools saving more than 40% on printers

Our Multifunctional Devices (RM3781) framework is making buying printers easier and is helping to save schools money.

The first schools to use the new framework, which is recommended by the Department for Education (DfE) in its schools buying strategy, have saved more than 40% on their previous contract prices.

The framework is open to all public sector organisations and charities and covers multifunctional devices, from print equipment and entry-level print management software to fully managed print services, as well as content and records information management services. To find out more take a look at the brochure.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS), Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) and Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) jointly created the framework, which has 2 ‘lots’ (deals) that may be of interest:

Lot 1 Print equipment – this is a single-supplier deal for Canon UK  products. Canon has made the ordering process simple for schools through an online catalogue featuring easy-to-use search and comparison tools to select the right device(s) for you.

Lot 2 Multifunctional devices – A multi supplier deal for which we recommend schools run a further competition. This lot may appeal to schools working in collaboration, or to a multi-academy trust running an aggregation for their schools, as there is potential for further price reductions due to higher device volumes.

We have been pleased to see some excellent comments from schools who have already used the deal:

Ross Bowell at Wimborne Academy Trust said:

“We are using the new CCS framework across our trust for our MFD requirements. Lot 1 works very well for small schools such as ours with straightforward printing and scanning needs.

“We have seen lower black and white print costs but when we tested the total life costs including colour printing and lease costs against other frameworks and suppliers we found the CCS route to be the best value.”

Nicola Hall at Walnut Tree Walk Primary School said:

“I thought the process was very straightforward – so straightforward I had to check what I was doing was correct!

“Much easier to understand and see what our payments would be.The prices were amazing in comparison to what we were paying, so pleasantly surprised. Best deal by far.”

Visit the Multifunctional Devices, Managed Print and Content Services and Records and Information Management (RM3781) framework page.

Got a question? Get in touch.

New research framework: share your views

We’re developing a new framework for market, social and economic research. If you buy research services across any areas of the public sector we’d welcome your input.

Please complete this short survey by 30 June  to help us shape the new framework.

If you would like to learn more about our plans for the new framework and share your ideas, please also come along to our next customer engagement session on 20 June from 11.30am-1pm in London. Reserve your space.

Got a question? Please get in touch.

Do you use supply teachers? We want to hear from you!

 

Supply teachers are an important part of a school’s workforce, helping schools cover absences.  

The Department for Education’s (DfE) figures indicate that in 2015-16, £1.24bn was spent on supply teachers, with 70% sourced through recruitment agencies.

Working in conjunction with the DfE, we have recognised that there is a need for a commercial agreement designed specifically for schools to access supply teachers.  

Our new framework will take into account urgent short term needs and longer term assignments by offering a range of recruitment agencies. We expect the framework to be available for schools to use in early 2018.

It will provide a competitive landscape to manage costs without sacrificing teacher quality and standards, and offer standard model terms and conditions covering transfer fees and code of conduct.    

Find out more about the planned framework, including a joint presentation from CCS and DfE, and details of future market engagement activities.  

You can also sign up to our engagement webinar on 28 June, for an overview of the supply teacher strategy and an update on the procurement timelines. The webinar is suitable for buyers in schools and multi-academy trusts and professional associations, as well as unions and suppliers that cannot attend the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) or Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) industry events.

If you have responsibility for sourcing supply teachers, you may also be interested in helping us evaluate the tender responses which will decide which agencies are on the framework. Please get in touch to express your interest.

You will need to be able to commit to working approximately 5 days as an independent evaluator in October, with a further day to complete a consensus meeting in early November.

Working with NHS North West Procurement Development

I work in a customer focused team of five people dedicated to working with NHS trusts, and I wanted to tell you a bit more about our role and share some insights into how I have been successfully working with NHS North West Procurement Development.

Our team is led by Account Director, Will Laing. Will started his career as an Assistant Buyer for medical dressings at NHS Supplies North West Division in 1995 and is enjoying the opportunity and challenge of building the best ever commercial relationship between CCS and the NHS, which has always been close to his heart.

Strategic Account Leads, Jane Platts and Emma Graham, lead on a wide range of projects with the Department of Health, its arm’s length bodies and the whole of the NHS at a national, regional and local level, including the four regional customer boards and the national customer board. They are currently developing commercial arrangements with the NHS regional hubs so that we can collaborate more with them. This will mean, for example, supporting each other in the development of new frameworks and helping customers use the collaborative arrangements to maximise benefits.   

As a Business Development Manager, alongside Carmel Mannix, I work with procurement groups and individual NHS trusts to help identify financial and efficiency savings that will have a real impact for the NHS and wider health sector. As well as NHS North West Procurement Development, these groups include the Shelford Group, the Peninsula Purchasing and Supply Alliance in the south west, and the Working Together partnership.

Emma and I have been working closely with NHS North West Procurement Development for a few years now. We regularly talk to members about how we can support them and attend their quarterly Heads of Procurement meetings to discuss key category areas. We encourage members to let us know what they would like to discuss at upcoming meetings so we can bring along our category experts to present to the group. This is a great forum for us all to share information, knowledge and best practice. This collaborative way of working is really helping trusts achieve efficiency savings, as Brian Mangan, Assistant Director recently commented:

“NHS North West Procurement Development has been actively engaging with CCS to promote the benefits of their frameworks and support services.

“Telephone expense management has been a great success for a number of trusts who have identified savings that can be achieved with minimal time and effort from local NHS procurement teams.

“It is our belief that greater use of CCS is something that could help ease the pressures faced at trust level to drive savings and deal with an increasing workload.

“In partnership with the CCS customer team, we are actively developing a work plan covering areas such as mobile telephony and IT hardware.”

If you would like to find out more about our work with NHS North West Procurement Development, or indeed any of the other groups mentioned, please get in touch

Update on agency staffing frameworks

We provide NHS trusts with an NHS Improvement approved way to source all of their agency staffing needs through frameworks for both clinical and non-clinical agency staff.

Our primary NHS Improvement approved route for all types of temporary clinical staff is the Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Personnel (RM3711) framework and, for non-clinical roles, the Non-Medical Non-Clinical (RM971) framework. These are supported by a framework for workforce management (staff banks).

There are a number of updates regarding our health workforce frameworks to be aware of:

Non-Medical Non-Clinical Staff

Non-Medical Non-Clinical (NMNC) temporary staffing (RM971) has been extended for 2 years to 30 June 2019. This extension will ensure you continue to have an NHS Improvement compliant route to market for your non-clinical temporary staffing needs. We have been working with closely with some of the NHS procurement hubs to collaborate on the delivery of better value to customers through the use of this framework.

Workforce Management

Workforce Management (RM1072), for the management of outsourced staff banks, has also been extended. It will now run until 14 June 2018, and there is an option to extend for a final year to June 2019. Whether you are looking to set up a new bank, outsource your existing in-house bank or enhance and expand your existing arrangement, we can help you.

Allied Health Professionals, Health Science and Emergency Services Temporary Staff

Allied Health Professionals, Health Science and Emergency Services Temporary Staff (RM959) has been extended until 31 March 2018 to ensure continuity of service.

Locum Doctors and Agency Nurses & Social Care

Locum Doctors (RM1570) will expire on 30 June and Agency Nursing and Social Care (RM970) will expire on 31 July. Trusts with requirements for locum doctors or agency nursing and social care staff should now use the NHS Improvement approved Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Personnel (RM3711), which provides a way to source all your temporary clinical staff needs through a single framework.

Locum Doctors and Agency Nurses & Social Care

Read our case study about how 3 NHS trusts worked together to save £9 million on locum doctors by using the Multidisciplinary Healthcare Personnel framework.

If you have any questions about the frameworks or need advice and support please get in touch

Insurance services: changes to the personal injury discount rate

On 20 March 2017 the Personal Injury Discount Rate (PIDR), which is used to calculate lump sum compensation to people who have suffered life changing injuries, changed from 2.5% to minus 0.75%. This means that claimants can expect to receive more compensation, but it is likely to also mean an increase in insurance rates for your motor and liability policies.

This is because insurers, particularly those who are heavily exposed to large or catastrophic personal injury claims, will now need to pay out more expensive claims.

Brokers on our Insurance Services (RM3731) framework are ideally placed to help you deal with any issues you may face as a result of this change and we would recommend that, if you need advice, you speak to them as soon as possible to give them the best chance to help you.

We are also holding a series of insight days for customers interested in using our Insurance Services framework. At one of the recent sessions an insurance broker gave attendees useful hints and tips on what they can do to reduce the effect of this change to the rates they pay.

It is not too late to attend an event as there are still sessions taking place on 15 and 22 June, and 12 September.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for setting the PIDR rate and is currently considering public responses to a consultation on how it may be set in the future. This means that there may be further changes and we will keep you updated on developments.

Got a question? Please get in touch.

Public Sector Resourcing

Following extensive engagement with customers and suppliers, the OJEU notice for Public Sector Resourcing has now been published to procure a replacement for Contingent Labour ONE for customers with contingent worker requirements across the public sector.

The new approach will ensure greater transparency of costs and help ensure that our customers get the best workers, with the right skills, at the right price, quickly and easily. Based on customer feedback and market intelligence there will also be tailored supply chains to help you access SME suppliers.

The main features will be:

    • a range of ways to directly access workers with access to non-agency supply routes to talent (i.e. direct hire, talent pooling, pre-identifying workers and other innovative market practices)
    • stronger governance, continuous improvement, ongoing innovation and savings
    • a focus on streamlining the end-to-end process from approval to vetting to payment in line with good industry practice
    • automatic “real time” benchmarking to ensure customers are paying the right amount for workers by location and job type
  • performance management of workers

Public Sector Resourcing

Framework award is expected by the end of 2017 with mobilisation in early 2018. Implementation for the project will happen mid 2018.

In the meantime, you can continue to use both Contingent Labour ONE (RM960) and Non-Medical Non-Clinical (RM971) to access temporary staff across a wide range of business areas.

Learn more about Public Sector Resourcing and access to detailed Q&A booklet

Got a question? Please get in touch

See how we help Welsh public sector bodies save money

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been working hard to deliver great customer service and outstanding commercial value for our customers in Wales.

Did you know that as a result of the changes and improvements we have made, Welsh public sector bodies spent over £254 million on goods and services through CCS last year?

At CCS we help organisations across the whole of the public sector in Wales find the right commercial solutions. We also work closely with National Procurement Service Wales and the North Wales Shared Services Partnership.

From saving schools money on technology, to helping councils save thousands of pounds on their fleet, we provide a wide range of services.

We have a wealth of experience working with NHS trusts, local councils, police forces, emergency services, schools, colleges, universities, housing associations and charities, saving them time, resources and money in their procurement activity.

So whether you’ve worked with us before, or you’re new to CCS, why not find out how we can help your organisation save time and money today.

Find out more about the goods and services we provide.

Got a question? Please get in touch

We help public sector bodies in Northern Ireland make savings

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been working hard to deliver great customer service and outstanding commercial value for our customers in Northern Ireland.

Did you know that as a result of the changes and improvements we have made, public sector bodies in Northern Ireland spent over £107 million on goods and services through CCS last year?

At CCS we help organisations across the whole of the public sector in Northern Ireland find the right commercial solutions. We also work closely with Central Procurement Directorate Northern Ireland.

From saving schools money on technology, to helping councils save thousands of pounds on their fleet, we provide a wide range of services.

We have a wealth of experience working with NHS trusts, local councils, police forces, emergency services, schools, colleges, universities, housing associations and charities, saving them time, resources and money in their procurement activity.

So whether you’ve worked with us before, or you’re new to CCS, why not find out how we can help your organisation save time and money today.

Find out more about the goods and services we provide.

Got a question? Please get in touch

Public sector bodies in Scotland save thousands working with CCS

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been working hard to deliver great customer service and outstanding commercial value for our customers in Scotland.

Did you know that as a result of the changes and improvements we have made, public sector bodies in Scotland spent nearly £620 million on goods and services through CCS last year?

At CCS we help organisations across the whole of the Scottish public sector find the right commercial solutions.

From saving schools money on technology, to helping councils save thousands of pounds on their fleet, we provide a wide range of services. We also work closely with all of Scotland’s Centre of Procurement Expertise.

We have a wealth of experience working with NHS trusts, local councils, police forces, emergency services, schools, colleges, universities, housing associations and charities, saving them time, resources and money in their procurement activity.

So whether you’ve worked with us before, or you’re new to CCS, why not find out how we can help your organisation save time and money today.

Find out more about the goods and services we provide.

Got a question? Please get in touch