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CCS looks to attract SME service providers

09 January 2018

Launch of the new Facilities Management Marketplace framework has been announced by Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which makes use of the new Public Sector Contract terms and conditions.

CCS stated that these will reduce the time and cost of procurement, making the application and procurement process more attractive to SME service providers.

The statement said that the new, simplified terms and conditions "could see hundreds of pages" removed.

These will either be moved online or removed from the process altogether, where the information is not required within the contract concerned.

CCS said this will apply to lower value and less complex FM deals in particular, which are typically supplied by smaller service providers.

The new FM Marketplace framework is said to be worth up to £12bn and contracts will be awarded in two phases.

Those bidding for places on phase one of the framework will be required to choose a maximum of two lots of out three available.

Service providers will then be required to balance between bidding for large, medium or small value lots and CCS said this will increase the number of opportunities emerging for smaller companies.

Developed in partnership with CCS, Government Digital Services (GDS), the Government Legal Department (GLD) and law firm DLA Piper, the Public Sector Contract will be modular and use plain English.

Both public bodies and their suppliers will benefit from the easier to understand terms and conditions, said CCS.

Core terms have been reduced to 20 pages, which will not change, and extra modules will be added where "some tailoring is required", said the statement.

CCS will hold a webinar for interested suppliers at 10.30 on 12 January, which interested parties can sign up for here.

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