The following news articles are specific to Academies. Further articles that may be of interest can be seen in the main CPC site.

Date Article
1st Feb 2016 Desktop Hardware Framework

After a number of months evaluating the 67 tender submissions we are pleased to announce the launch of the framework that hopefully will not only satisfy your ICT needs but exceed them.

1st Feb 2016 How the CPC can help with electronic procurement

Using a CPC framework avoids the need to invest in an e-tendering system as we offer members access to our e-tendering systems free of charge. For mini competitions via a framework that exceed £164,176 we recommend using the CPC Intend Mini Tender Tool. This tool complies with all the requirements of the Regulations including those that come into force after 18 October 2018. If you would like access to the portal please email the CPC Helpdesk at and we will set up an account for you.

1st Feb 2016 Electronic procurement – new guidance on the regulations

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) have issued guidance on the changes in The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 that affect the way in which contracting authorities (i.e. schools, academies and colleges etc) communicate with tenderers during a tender process for contracts above £164,176 in value. The full guidance document can be viewed from Further Education Library of Procurement (FELP), however as a reminder below is a summary of the regulations and the date upon which they apply:

1st Feb 2016 Planning Ahead Could Save You Up to 28% on Insurance Renewals

For insurance renewals due 1st August 2016, now is the perfect time to start preparing your insurance tenders for the CPC FE Insurance framework...

12th Jan 2016 New Member of Staff Joins the Contracting Team

We are delighted to let you know that Sheila Smith joined the CPC team this month as one of our Senior Contracts & Procurement Officers, taking over the frameworks that Ranjana previously managed.

12th Jan 2016 New Contract Value Thresholds effective 1 January 2016

New thresholds for the application of the various public procurement regimes come into force on 1 January 2016. For supply and service contracts awarded by education establishments the new threshold above which the public procurement regime will apply is €209,000, or £164,176, for public works contracts its €5,225,000 or £4,104,394.

12th Jan 2016 A new addition to the CPC family

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Mon-Yee Ackers (CPC Management Accounts Officer) and her husband Russell have a new addition to their family, Mon gave birth to Alyssa Mae on Monday 28 December.

12th Jan 2016 7 Suppliers Awarded on Photographic Framework

We are pleased to inform you that the Photographic Equipment & Consumables Framework has been awarded to seven suppliers as below:

12th Jan 2016 Launch of Mechanical, Electrical and Building Fabric Maintenance Services Framework

We are pleased to inform you that the Mandatory Standstill Period has now passed without challenge and providing we receive the necessary paperwork back from the successful suppliers we are hoping to launch this framework on 11 January 2016.

12th Jan 2016 We've changed out contact details

We have recently changed our telephone and IT infrastructure, and as a result we have new email addresses and telephone numbers for all CPC staff.

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