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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)

Learn more in this short film:

See current opportunities below to learn more.

“I have always been quite apprehensive about joining an aggregated call-off but the help and support I received from the team was outstanding and has filled me with confidence for the future. I would like to say thank you for such great service.”

 

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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

Are you looking to buy IT hardware?
Do you need to buy any IT hardware such as laptops; desktops, monitors, peripherals, mobile handsets, or tablets?

We’re running a national further competition to help public and third sector organisations with the purchase of IT equipment.

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. During a recent competition for the education sector, CCS secured average savings of 16% across a range of hardware products.

Who can join?
The opportunity is available to all central government and wider public sector organisations, including third sector organisations.

How to take part
The project timeline is for delivery from March 2019:

  • End of November / Beginning December 2018: Customer webinars
  • End of December 2019: deadline to return the customer requirement template
  • End January 2019: invitation to tender
  • End February 2019: formal award and order and delivery can start

To get involved or find out more please join one of our webinars:

If you are unable to attend a webinar and would like to find out more, simply complete this form by 7 December, quoting ‘NFC101’ in the comments box, and a member of our team will be in touch.

Are you looking to buy Chromebooks, laptops or desktops for your learning environment soon? Perhaps even whiteboards, projectors or interactive screens?

We’re running our fourth national further competition to bring together multiple education organisations’ requirement for IT Hardware equipment, which encourages suppliers to offer significant discounts, and in turn creates value for money for the education sector.

So far we have helped 69 education customers save a total of £207,000 on technology hardware.

Find out how aggregation works and the savings you could make by viewing our short film and case study above.

Who can participate?
The opportunity is available to all publicly funded education organisations, including maintained schools, academies, universities, colleges and free schools.

How to take part

The project timeline is for delivery from March 2019:

  • November 2018 – January 2019: gathering expressions of interest from customers
  • 21 January 2019: deadline to return your customer requirement template
  • 30 January 2019: invitation to tender
  • 5 March: formal award and order and delivery can start

To get involved or find out more, please get simply complete this form, quoting ‘NFC99’ in the comments box. You will be sent a copy of the customer requirement template to complete and return to us by 21 January 2019.

Alternatively, you can attend one of our introductory customer webinars:

We run 3 aggregations per year for Mobile Voice and Data under RM1045 Network Services Lot 6. 

Benefits are:
  • Better pricing as a result of a larger aggregate volume; 
  • CCS manage and operate the procurement on your behalf, reducing the cost and risk of the procurement exercise;
  • 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.

Scope of procurements

The suppliers will be provided with a list of services to be priced including but not limited to:

  • Voice, SMS, MMS;
  • Data;
  • Roaming voice, SMS, MMS and data for Europe, North America and Rest of the World;
  • Equipment Credits to support the purchase of devices.

Previous NFC results and case studies:

NFC60 – 17 customers saved £2.7 million – an average saving of 61% compared to the prices customers were paying. Read more in this case study.

NFC81 – 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 get involved

To get started, simply complete this form stating ‘mobiles aggregation’ in the comments box to be contacted about our next opportunity.

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 the CCS led first UK aggregated further competition for Water, we will be running another further competition for Lot 1 – Water and Wastewater supply.  

We anticipate this competition will be held early October in order to provide customers with the ability to switch supplier before the end of the year.

This further competition is open to all public sector, non-residential premises, and the deadline is 31 July.

To get involved, email water@crowncommercial.gov.uk and register your interest. 

 

 

 

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