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How Crown Commercial Service is Supporting Local Authorities

From programmes of repair and maintenance to major refurbishment and new build projects, CCS is helping local authorities bring power to their construction procurement.

Crown Commercial Services

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) plays an important role in helping the UK public sector save money when buying common goods and services.

We’re the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK. We use our commercial expertise to help buyers across the public sector on a range of issues including building and maintenance agreements.

How CCS is supporting local authorities

We know that local authorities are under pressure to make their budgets work harder.

We focus on saving you time and money allowing you to get on with what matters most; providing the best possible outcomes for your local communities.

We work with individual local authority colleagues, regional and national sector networks across the UK, as well as important stakeholders such as the Local Government Association to support the sector.

You’ll be supported throughout the buying process to ensure you make the most of every pound spent.

What is a framework and what benefits can they bring to public sector buyers?

CCS frameworks help public sector buyers to procure goods and services from a list of pre-approved suppliers, with agreed terms and conditions and legal protections.
They can remove the need for customers to run their own lengthy and expensive tender processes.

Frameworks are often divided into ‘lots’ by product or service type. The number of suppliers varies, depending on what is being offered. Some frameworks have only one supplier offering complex, end to end services, while others will have many more.

What can you buy through a framework?

In addition to tens of thousands of common goods and services, CCS offers a number of building and maintenance frameworks covering: construction, modular buildings, management and maintenance, waste management and energy supply. So whether you’re building a new school or carrying out repair work we are likely to have a framework for you.

What protections do frameworks give?

Frameworks can help you identify a list of suitable suppliers who have signed up to pre-agreed terms and conditions.

This means all you need to do is follow the award process in the contract or in the customer guidance that CCS provides for its frameworks.

Supporting your construction projects

We offer the largest number of construction commercial agreements in the country. Our construction agreements include all of the policy areas set out in the Construction Playbook, giving you the assurance that you are contributing to a more robust and sustainable industry, which can help the economy to grow.

Our frameworks have social value at their core, to ensure that what you buy creates additional benefits for society, whether that is creating more apprenticeships for young people or assuring supply chains are free from modern slavery and many have been designed to help you work towards your net zero targets.

To find out more, visit the CCS website or download our updated digital brochure. For news and updates straight to your inbox, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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