Although we were only formally incorporated in 2013, we have been providing specialist procurement and EU contract law services to the public sector for many years, including launching our own frameworks.
We were appointed as a provider of Neutral Vendor frameworks for multi specialism services via an EU compliant tender OJEU reference 2016/S 036-059003 (see our Frameworks page for more details).
Awarded under OJEU ref 2016/S 036-059003, our Neutral Vendor Framework ref 002/1019/OET is our Public Sector/EU compliant procurement supply chain service framework, which is freely accessible to any contracting authority (or any organisation which fits the criteria of a contracting authority under the definitions contained within Regulation 2 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015)), including any third sector/voluntary organisations, within any territory of the United Kingdom.
The framework is also freely accessible to any of the aforementioned entities and all entities as listed below, whom may or may not be in receipt of regional, national or European grant funding such as the European Regional Development Fund England Operational Programme 2014 – 2020, providing this funding has been approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the aforementioned entities operate their procurement in accordance with the PCR 2015 and/or any guidance given by the DCLG, as requirements via our framework partners can either be procured by means of a direct call-off, or further competition depending on the requirements of each contracting authority, in accordance with that contracting authorities internal standing financial instructions (SFIs,) contracting standing orders, and/or procurement guidelines operating in a fair, transparent manner.
Contracting Authorities (CA) are under no obligation to join any framework, as framework agreements are non-exclusive, and thus,CAs give no undertaking that they will purchase the whole or any of their requirements for goods through the NE1 frameworks.
Permissible users of our frameworks include NDPB (non departmental government bodies) and other organisations as listed below:
With further additional CA groupings as below:-
Local authority councils:
County, unitary, district, borough, parish and community councils
Nursery school, primary school, middle or high school, secondary school, academy, special school, pupil referral unit, further education college, and University.
- Schools in England
- Schools in Wales
- Educational Establishments in England and Wales
- Schools in Scotland
- Educational Establishments in Scotland
- Schools and Educational Establishments in Northern Ireland
- England Scotland and Wales Higher Education
- Northern Ireland Higher Education
- Education Trusts
Police, Fire & Rescue and other Emergency Services:
- UK Police Forces
- England Fire and Rescue Services
- Scotland Fire and Rescue Services
- Wales Fire and Rescue Services
- Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services
- UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency
NHS bodies, the HSC and Ambulance services:
- England NHS
- Scotland NHS
- Wales NHS
- Northern Ireland HSC
- England Ambulance Service
- Scotland Ambulance Service
- Wales Ambulance Service
- Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
Central Government departments and their agencies:
- England and Wales Registered Charities
- Scotland Registered Charities
- Northern Ireland Registered Charities
Registered social landlords:
Including government funded, not-for-profit organisations, housing associations, trusts and co-operatives.
- England Social Landlords
- Scotland Social Landlords
- Wales Social Landlords
- Northern Ireland Social Landlords
Under our Neutral Vendor framework we are proud to be instrumental in not only providing value for money (VfM) solutions to contracting authorities, but generating business opportunities for both national and regional organisations (especially in consideration of the Social Value Act 2012) and in addition, providing a cost effective platform, enabling contracting authorities to conduct their own EU compliant e-tender exercises (see Procurement Outsourcing page).
We have assisted clientele in both the public and private sectors, and with particular reference to the public sector, we convey EU compliant *ancillary purchasing activities in conjunction with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) on behalf of contracting authorities under Regulation 24(3) as a Procurement Services Provider (PSP).
*Under regulation 2(1)(c) of PCR 2015, 'ancillary purchasing activities' means;
Activities consisting of the provision of support to purchasing activities, in particular in the following forms;
- (a) technical infrastructure enabling contracting authorities to award public contracts or to conclude framework agreements for works, supplies or services;
- (b) advice on the conduct or design of public procurement procedures;
- (c) preparation and management of procurement procedures on behalf and for the account of the contracting authority concerned;
In brief, some of the ancillary purchasing activities we provide for contracting authorities include;
- Free Non Pay spend analysis.
- Procurement outsourcing function (including conducting your RFQs, tenders, frameworks, etc).
- Supplier accreditation.
- Frameworks (our own, & signpost to others).
- Further/mini competitions (ours or others).
- EU Procurement guidance/support.
- E-Tender & RFQ 'end to end' web portal facility.