Government Procurement Service has published a contract notice inviting expressions of interest for the provision of business and management consultancy and related services. This procurement has been endorsed by the Government’s Chief Procurement Officer and the Commercial Directors in all Central Government departments.
We expect a framework agreement for the provision of business and management consultancy and related services to be available mid 2012. The framework will be called consultancyONE and is for central government contracts valued at more than £100,000. Projects under £100,000 will be procured individually via the Government eMarketplace.
The Government’s current intention is that the consultancyONE framework agreement will become the single procurement route for central government department contracts:
- for the provision of business and management consultancy and related services
- valued between £100,000 and £2 million.
We will procure contracts above £2 million using individual tenders and not using this framework agreement.
The wider public sector will also be able to use the framework. The Government intends to replace the majority of current central government business and management consultancy frameworks with this consultancyONE framework. We will consider the future use and/or termination of existing frameworks on a case by case basis.
The Government intends that all central government procurements valued between £100,000 and £2 million for business and management consultancy and related services will be procured via the Home Office Procurement Centre of Excellence. The Centre for Excellence will conduct all further competitions under the framework agreement on behalf of government departments. This will maximise spot-buying efficiencies and unit price savings.
Potential providers should note that there will be no guaranteed volumes under any framework agreement awarded. In particular, given the ever-changing wider economic context, potential providers should be aware that government is currently reviewing other options for procuring consultancy services. This may result in Government Procurement Service making changes to the:
- specified categories
- values of spend
Consequently the value of work put through this framework agreement may be lower than the estimate stated within the OJEU Contract Notice.
Government Procurement Service will be transparent about any proposed changes and when such changes are likely to take effect.
This new framework is part of the Government’s strategy to maximise:
- procurement efficiency, and
- value for money
- deliver sustainable savings by centralising, standardising and aggregating spend for consultancy services
- maximise economies of scale driving value in the supply market, and
- reduce transaction costs for government and suppliers by standardising of processes
- provide improved management information to help with demand management and compliance
- offer greater choice and opportunity for new entrants.
The framework includes categories for:
- Multi Specialism Programme Delivery
- Management Consultancy
- Functional Advice & Support
Areas not included are:
- Legal Services
- Technical Services
- Environmental Services
- ICT Consultancy and Delivery
- Estates Professional Services
- Project Management and Full Design Team Services
The contract notice and details of how to express an interest in the exercise are on Government Procurement Service website.