What is aggregation?

By using our national buying power to bring together customers with the same or similar requirements we can make the opportunity more attractive to suppliers. We call this ‘aggregation’ Our aim is to ensure all our customers get great value for money and benefit from our commercial expertise. The approach we take to each aggregation may vary. The most common routes are national further competitions and eAuctions, or a combination of both Joining one of our 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. eAuctions enable suppliers to compete online, in real time. The auction can be based on price alone or other criteria, such as quality, delivery or service levels, can also be taken into account. Whilst eAuctions are often used to conclude a national further competition, we also run eAuctions independently too. Find out more about aggregation (PDF brochure)

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Why get involved?

We have seen customers achieve some fantastic savings by taking part: • 17 customers set to save £2.7 million on mobile voice and data services • 95 schools saved an average of 36% on 2,200 tablets • 11 NHS trusts saved over £800,000 on video conferencing • 3 councils saved £335,000 on office supplies via an eAuction

How we can help you

Our customer team is here to help you access our aggregation services by providing support to help you join forces with other organisations, groups or networks – whether that is locally, regionally or nationally. Once we understand your needs and have brought together sufficient customers looking to buy similar goods and/or services, we will help you by: • identifying the best CCS framework to use • collating all the necessary data • developing the procurement documentation • running the aggregation • providing expert advice and guidance

Current Opportunities

Is your business looking to purchase IT hardware such as laptops, desktops, or mobile handsets over a call off period longer than 12 months? Why not join our latest aggregation which could help save your organisation time and money.

Why get involved?

Bringing together requirements from multiple organisations across the country leads to larger volumes. This encourages suppliers to offer significant discounts, which in turn delivers better value for money.

Through aggregating demand, we have helped 233 customers save a total of £60M so far this year.

Who can participate? The opportunity is available to all publicly funded organisations.

How to take part: The project timeline for deliveries from end of June 2019 is:

  • January 2019: gathering expressions of interest from customers
  • 4 April 2019: deadline to return your customer requirement template
  • 17 April 2019: invitation to tender
  • 5 June 2019: formal award; order and commencement of delivery

To get involved or to find out more, please complete this form, quoting ‘NFC107’ in the comments box. You will be sent a copy of the customer requirement template to complete and return to us by 4 April 2019.

Does your organisation need payroll services, or will your current contract be expiring over the next 4 years?

We are considering running a series of aggregated procurements for payroll services.

If enough interest is expressed by customers, the first aggregated procurement – national further competition 106 (NFC106) – is anticipated to out to tender in April 2019.

Further NFCs for payroll services are being considered as follows:

  • In 2020 – call for expressions of interest Sep-Oct 2019, tender Feb 2020 for award around May
  • In 2021 – call for expressions of interest Jan 2021, tender May 2021 for award around August
  • In 2021/22 – call for expressions of interest May 2021, tender Oct 2021 for award around Jan 2022

View our short film and case study above to find out more about how you could save time and money through aggregation.

To speak to a member of our team, simply complete this form quoting NFC106 in the comments box.

Are you looking to make savings on mobile voice and data services for your organisation?

We recently helped 13 customers (totalling over 20,000 connections) save £1.9m – an average saving of 50% compared to the prices customers were paying.

Benefits include:

  • Co-terminus contract term meaning all connections will cease on a common end date ending ragged contract end dates.
  • A phased migration approach over a 1 year period (of 80% of nominated connections); allowing Customers, who are still in contract for many of their connections, to migrate over time without incurring early termination charges;
  • A ‘Build Your Own’ Tariff approach, with a base connection with no line rental charge, negating zero-use costs.

Who can participate?

To determine whether mobile aggregation is right for you and to make the most of the opportunity customers should:

  • Have a requirement for mobile voice and data services now, or a requirement that will need fulfilling within the next 12 months;
  • Be able to accept the network coverage from the suppliers listed under Lot 6 of RM1045;
  • Be confident that you will fulfil your requirement via the aggregated competition; 
  • Be sure that the content and structure of the service description meets your needs (when determined and shared); and
  • Be in a position to migrate your requirement onto the new contract by the end of the first year.

Customer case studies:

17 customers saved £2.7 million – an average saving of 61% compared to the prices customers were paying. Read more in this case study. 13 customers saved £1.9m – an average saving of 50% compared to the prices customers were paying. Read more in this case study.

How to take part

The project timeline is for delivery from October 2019:

  • May 2019 – initial customer engagement
  • June 2019 – 1st stage customer webinars
  • Mid June – July 2019 2nd stage customer webinars
  • July 2019 – 3rd stage customer webinars
  • Mid August 2019 – Customer decision point – to participate or not to participate
  • September 2019 – tender with committed volume of connections
  • Mid October – award
  • December – service available
To speak to a member of our team, simply complete this form quoting ‘Next Mobile NFC’ in the comments box. 

Our National Fuels framework gives you access to a variety of solid and liquid fuels, including liquified gas, greases, lubricants and antifreeze. We are running quarterly aggregated further competitions to deliver you the best prices, and recommend you consider joining the next aggregation if you have new requirements, or would like to add new sites to your existing arrangements for the start of the next financial year. By joining an aggregation you will benefit from an easy route to market, with options for both regional and national suppliers. If you are interested in taking part in the next aggregation please get in touch – simply tick the aggregation box and quote RM3801 – National Fuels.

We run a series of vehicle eAuctions a year as by combining customer requirements we can help organisations make great savings on the whole life costs of vehicles – whether you need 1 or 1,000. We do this by using standardised vehicle specifications and our bulk buying power to make your requirements more attractive to suppliers, meaning customers can save as much as 40% on manufacturer’s retail price. Our eAuctions are run under lots 1 and 2 of the Vehicle Purchase framework. Any volume or vehicle type can be considered, and we can also help you if you want to lease rather than buy vehicles. To find out more about getting involved please get in touch – simply tick the aggregation box and quote Fleet eAuctions.

Our Traffic Management Technology 2 (RM1089) framework covers automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, and we are planning national aggregated further competitions for both police and car park ANPR. If this is of interest to you please get in touch – simply tick the aggregation box and quote NFC77.

Following the success of CCS led aggregated further competitions for Water, we will be running another further competition for Lot 1 – Water and Wastewater supply at the end of April.

This further competition is open to all public sector, non-residential premises and will allow participating customers to switch their retail supplier.  We will combine the requirements of participating customers to increase buying power to secure the best retail margin for water and wastewater services. Customers will also benefit from high standard servicing from a dedicated customer service team.

To get involved, visit our aggregation page, download and complete the switching template and Memorandum of Understanding and return both documents to info@crowncommercial.gov.uk by 7 March 2019.

Once signed up, CCS will keep customers informed during the process and will confirm results from the competition in early May.

If you would like more information, please get in touch – simply tick the aggregation box and quote Waste Water.

Find out more about planned and considered technology aggregation opportunities in our PDF here.

How buying through CCS works

Our extensive range of commercial solutions provide you with a number of different ways to buy. We’ve put together some brief guidance to help you to find the right approach for your buying needs.

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