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CPC typically recommend that members undertake a further competition considering their own particular requirements, however please see the user guide for further details.
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When you join the CPC you will receive some amazing benefits including access to 71 deals and specialist procurement advice, plus you won't be inundated with lots of marketing calls and emails that you don't need.
The joining form only takes a few minutes to complete and upon registering as a member you will typically be approved within 10 minutes (during the hours of 9am and 4.30pm).
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This article provides an update following the email to members on 22nd June which informed them that Dawson Books have gone into administration.
These two frameworks are due to expire next year and we would really appreciate your feedback on them.
A simple, yet effective pre-ordering app is helping institutions implement a truly contactless service that allows kitchens to run efficiently and safely. Read on to find out how you can access the tool with a 75% discount.
The new handbook will apply from 1st September and CPL Group can help your Academy or Academy Trust comply.
CPC currently have a tender opportunity to establish a framework for the Provision of Insurance and Associated Services for Academies and Schools.
The new ICT Hardware and Peripherals framework agreement has been awarded and began on the 1st July 2020.
This article details what we are doing to support members with the procurement of PPE with statistics on usage compared to the old framework.
CPC are pleased to announce that tender documentation for the retender of the Library Resources and Associated Services framework is now available on the Multiquote platform.
Following DfE’s guidance on reopening schools and colleges, consider how procurement might be called upon to support getting all students back in September.
NWUPC has extended the current White Goods and Associated Products and Services agreement until 28th February 2021.
The Cabinet Office have issued a new Procurement Policy Note (PPN) that updates and builds on previous policy notes in relation to payment of at risk suppliers.
This article aims to provide some practical tips for including social value in procurement.
Read an interview with two of our Contracting Team who are collaborating with other procurement professionals to source PPE in the fight against COVID-19.
Car parking facilities at Preston College and Hopwood Hall College have been converted into temporary coronavirus testing facilities and many other colleges are collaborating with their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are delighted to announce that our new, EU compliant Security Services framework launched on Monday 13th April 2020.
Providers on the audit framework have increased their prices due to changes in the audit market over the past few years.
While institutions are unable to open fully, how can you ensure your disadvantaged pupils are getting access to the educational tools they need?
We are pleased to share some tips which may benefit users of CPC's Multifunctional Devices framework who have a lease which is due to expire in the next few months.
CPC’s new PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework is went live on 10th May. The new framework has an updated lot structure with more items available from a wider range of suppliers.
NWUPC have reviewed the tender timelines for our forthcoming agreements and have extended the Washroom Services agreement.
NEUPC has launched a new framework for Firefighting Equipment and Associated Services to deliver an efficient and compliant route to market for members.
Suppliers on the Library Resources Framework have provided an update of what they are doing in order to help member institutions out at a time of social isolation.
CPC have launched a new framework which allows members to work with a single contractor capable of delivering their full Mechanical and Electrical requirements.
CPC have launched a new framework which will meet the Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies needs of CPC members.
Price increases have been confirmed by Crown Paints. Crown have provided rationale for these increases.
The framework will serve as a route to market for any members with a requirement for a variety of security services.
The new agreement for Audio Visual Equipment and Installations Services has been awarded and started on the 1st March 2020.
Electrical Materials, Plumbing, Building Materials and Tools framework suppliers have provided branch opening times and delivery options.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and reduced economic activity, Crude Oil prices have collapsed leading to a 4 year energy market low point.
The Cabinet Office have issued a Procurement Policy Note setting out information and guidance for all public bodies concerning payment of their suppliers to assist with service continuity during and after the current Coronavirus outbreak.
A series of FAQs for utilisation of CPC frameworks while we navigate the COVID-19 crisis
CPC members will be aware that the latest round of grant funding applications launched in February 2020 and was scheduled to be open until April 24th 2020.
The Cabinet Office have published a Procurement Policy Note with information and guidance on the public procurement regulations and responding to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
Please read this important update regarding Coronavirus and how our group will be operating during this period.
The conference is at an advanced level and is aimed at procurement professionals who regularly run their own tenders subject to The Public Contracts Regulations.
Aon have designed a guide for CPC Academy Members as an introduction to what cyber and data risk is, and what schools should be considering when arranging cyber insurance.
The framework covers the construction, installation, refurbishment, servicing and maintenance for all manner of external sporting facilities.
The new frameworks are for Photographic Equipment and Consumables and Broadcasting Equipment and Integration Services.
Have you tried to include Social Value in any of your commodity tenders? We did and we got a surprising list of offerings.
We are delighted to announce that we have over 7000 member institutions!
We are currently in the standstill period before awarding the new framework which is designed to meet the Mechanical, Electrical & Building Fabric Maintenance needs of our members.
Our brand-new framework which is focused on fire safety systems is due to launch on 3rd February
Screwfix are a supplier on two CPC frameworks and they are looking for future tradespeople who are currently undertaking an apprenticeship.
A recent article in FE Week appears to feature a potential procurement challenge from an independent learning provider.
he DfE have published a report evaluating the impact of School Resource Management Advisers.
This article looks at a case where a procurement challenge was made and provides a summary of facts.
Social value begins with the supply chain and procurement. Economic and environmental considerations provide the opportunity to help strengthen your local community.
We’re out to tender for a new framework for janitorial and cleaning supplies and it offers social value.
An update from our Contracting Team on our frameworks and our contracting pipeline.
Three new training videos are available plus a new CPL Group funded training course.
Thank you for your support, CPL Group’s next major funding round opens soon.
CPC always appreciate your feedback and sharing it is crucial for improving performance.
CPC members can register for complementary tickets to The Electrical Safety Network seminars
The recruitment agency SYK Recruitment have terminated their place on the framework
This simple checklist is available to help guide you through your mini-competition process
New public procurement thresholds will be in place on 1st January 2020 for all contracts advertised from this date.
We advise members to act now if your energy is due for renewal in April 2020
ICI Paints Akzonobel (Dulux) has made some changes to their pricing structure.
Two CPC members received cheques at the Schools & Academies Show for student events and activities
A new free CPD accredited procurement course ‘Understand need – market and options assessment’ is now available.
A big thank you to everyone that entered our member survey and congratulations to the prize draw winners.
CPC have been owned by the education sector for 10 years and we're officially 20 years old! Find out more about our 20 years in the sector...
CPC in partnership with NWUPC are pleased to confirm the launch of our new, EU compliant, Recycling Bins and Street Furniture Framework.
CPC are delighted to announce the launch of our new, EU compliant, Flooring Supplies and Services framework.
Access the slides from the Tendering Outsourced Services - Procurement Hints & Tips presentation at the Schools & Academies Show
Fixed wire testing framework goes live on the CPC website for UK members
CPC are pleased to announce the launch of our PAT testing framework.
CPC’s Utilities Supplies and Services framework celebrated its one year anniversary at the end of October achieving a combined £1 million of savings for our members.
CPC will be joined by Tenet and CPL group at this year's show in Birmingham
New guidance on identifying and managing the risks of modern slavery in your procurement activity.
Carr Hill High School in Kirkham has been awarded £20,000 towards new Chromebooks after successful application to CPL Group for sponsorship for student events and activities.
ICI Akzonobel (Dulux) set to close members accounts by end of year due to changes
CPC are delighted to announce the launch of our new, EU compliant, Supply, Installation & Maintenance of CCTV Systems and Equipment Framework.
Extension to framework announced.
CPC and Tenet confirm attendance at the Schools & Academies show 2019 in November.
Due to popular demand new dates have been added for our funded CPD accredited procurement training courses.
Guide for institutions whose energy contracts run until October 1st 2019.
Company strategy changes at IBM result in supplier withdrawing from the framework.
Many suppliers require a month's termination notice. Prepare for your energy renewal period if it is fast approaching.
CPC are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new, EU compliant, Minor Works framework.
Calling on the future Guardiola’s, Klopp’s and Pochettino’s. The footballing season is almost upon us, who will be crowned champion of the CPC & Tenet Procurement League!
CPC members can purchase directly from Banner using an exclusive price list for stationery and education supplies that is simple and EU compliant.
CPC are giving members the chance to win £1,000 worth of goods when you complete our annual members’ survey. Your feedback is important to us which is why we have 16 individual lots up for grabs.
Assessing your contract guidelines to ensure your institution is not left short by the financial shortfalls from your suppliers.
FE will need to contend with scrutiny from The Office for Students to access funding prescribed by The Augar Review
On 22 May 2019 Hadlow College became the first College to be placed into Education Administration following an application by the Secretary of State
The Act offers procedural exemptions under section 14, relating to repeat and vexatious requests; and section 12, relating to excessive costs
The Court of Appeal recently held that there is no breach of the implied term of trust and confidence where there is reasonable and proper cause to suspend
We have some new Legal Services blog articles available which inform CPC members on legal issues in the education sector.
Traditional telephone lines are are set to be switched off and replaced by VOIP solutions. How will the ISDN switch off affect schools?
The tender opportunity is now live on Multiquote for the Supply, Installation & Maintenance of CCTV Systems and Equipment framework.
CPC are seeking suppliers to take part in pre-market engagement so that we can build an appropriate specification for a new framework.
CPC are pleased to announce a new HR & Payroll Services framework to provide our members access to a range of industry leading HR suppliers.
Opportunity to cover the cost of your next student event or activity with a funding package worth up to £20,000.
We would appreciate it if members could inform suppliers that the documents are available and that they can register on our e-procurement portal.
The new offering provides members access to more suppliers, increasing the level of competition and the opportunity to gain best value for money.
Guidance on outsourcing has been published which provides useful information to consider when outsourcing a service such as catering or cleaning.
Now is the time to purchase your energy and save money before the energy market peaks later in the year.
The results are in and the winner of the League of Procurement 2018/2019 is….
CPC are delighted to announce that our new framework offers office furniture for mainland UK, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland members plus residential furniture for Northern Ireland members.
Tenet Education Services’ On Demand Tender Support service is currently available at a substantial discount for education establishments, courtesy of funding from the registered charity Crescent Purchasing Limited.
This fantastic saving was made through the “one-stop-shop” which has been specifically designed for schools and academies.
The re-tender of Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment has been successfully finalised and awarded and it provides members with access to more suppliers across the lots than the previous iteration.
Our latest CPC training webinar session will provide an in-depth analysis of the key considerations of managing contracts and will take place on Tuesday 4th June 2019.
Due to popular demand we have added additional dates for two of our Public Procurement Law Conference and our Evaluation Techniques Course.
Ensure your institution is well prepared for the student enrolment period with our Entrance & Access Control framework to stock up on ID cards, PVC card printers, ribbons and lanyards.
The new guidance includes a good practice guide on leasing arrangements and highlights the importance of dealing with reputable leasing companies - this is where the DfE recommended CPC Leasing Services Framework can help.
Guidance published by the EFSA focusses on how to find and appoint an auditor and recommends the CPC Audit Services Framework Agreement. This CPC framework is also recommended by the DfE.
The new framework covers hair and beauty salon equipment and furniture as well as service, repairs and maintenance.
FE Protect have now replaced Butterworth Spengler on the CPC Insurance and Associated Services for Colleges framework.
CPC will be running the first of our training webinar sessions for CPC members on Tuesday May 7th 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The session will provide an in-depth analysis of the types of insurance covers and will highlight key considerations.
NWUPC are inviting CPC members to attend the annual NWUPC conference taking place at the University of Manchester on Thursday 18th April 2019.
CPC are delighted to be able to give members access to the North West University Purchasing Consortium’s new framework for Promotional Merchandise.
Banner the sole supplier on the CPC Stationery and Education Supplies framework was 41% lower in a recent benchmarking exercise.
The CPC & Tenet team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported us and donated to Cancer Research UK.
We would be extremely grateful if you would take part in our CPC ICT Strategy Member survey. Your answers will help to formulate CPC’s ICT Strategy and define the scope of the new Desktop Hardware framework.
CPC are delighted to announce the launch of our new framework which covers the supply and distribution of water dispensers.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced some important news on raised control standards for welding fumes...
CPC has received notification from The Education Broker that they no longer wish to be a part of the CPC framework for Staff Absence Insurance
The re-tender is now live for the new Office Furniture framework and suppliers can register their interest on the Intend portal.
Would you like to enhance your procurement skills? We have a range of CPD accredited training to suit your needs
Tenet Managing Director, Darren Lowe will be speaking at the event and the CPC and Tenet team will be giving away prizes and goodie bags.
Canon has launched its E-Store to CPC members who use the DfE approved Multifunctional Devices and Associated Print Services and Supplies framework
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all members for choosing CPC and for your continued support.
The Cabinet Office have issued a reminder of the Regulations concerning excluding bidders from tender processes.
CPC and Tenet staff are raising money for Cancer Research UK by strapping on our trainers and walking 10,000 steps a day, every single day throughout March
Due to the strong level of response for the new Building Cleaning Framework we require additional time to complete the evaluations of the returned bids.
An interview with Jordan Robbins who has successfully completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship through our Procurement Apprentice scheme
The energy consultancy Utilitywise have gone into administration.
The tender opportunity for the new framework is currently live and the deadline for returns is 7th March 2019.
Arena Group have launched Mstore for MATs which allows student records to be managed across multiple sites.
Should you wish to have your new catering service in place at the start of the new academic year, now is the time to start the procurement process.
School, academy, college and university members can put themselves forward for the School Procurement Award to demonstrate the fantastic savings they’ve made during 2018-2019.
We’d love to find out what month would be best for you to attend and what you would like to see at our next ProcurEd conference.
We advise members to get in touch as early as possible if your energy contract is due to expire in April for the best opportunity to optimise your costs and protect your budget.
Complete the member spend report and you could receive cashback if your spend has not been reported by a supplier
The tender documents for the new drinking water framework are now available for suppliers on MultiQuote
The tender documents for the new building cleaning framework are now available for suppliers on MultiQuote
College members saved an average of 25.41% on their annual insurance premiums in 2018.
Due to cost increases since the framework launched in May 2016, L A Clothing Solutions Ltd’s pricing will increase by 3.9% on Monday 14th January.
The tender documents for the new Salon Equipment, Furniture, Supply and Maintenance framework are now available for suppliers on MultiQuote.
Meet the CPC and Tenet team on Wednesday 30th Jan at The Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
Do you have a supply contract due to expire in April 2019? The current period of pricing and supply stability may present an optimal time to reprocure your energy supply if your current supply contract is due to expire in April 2019.
Godfrey Syrett Limited, a supplier on the NWUPC Office Furniture agreement and the NEUPC National Furniture Supply and Installation agreement were put into administration Wednesday 9th January.
Ofgem, who administer the Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme are closing the scheme to new entrants with a strict deadline of 1st April 2019.
LCC’s suspension has been lifted and they have been added back onto the Building Cleaning Services Framework.
Following feedback from suppliers and contracting authorities the Mystery Shopper Service has been rebranded as the Public Procurement Review Service.
Brand new Entrance and Access Control Framework launched
Congratulations to the winner of the CPC Member Survey who won the latest iPad!
A supplier has been suspended from the Outsourced Cleaning framework due to ongoing contractual issues with CPC.
Following the launch of the framework we understand that Banner have transferred their existing customers who were procuring through the old CCS/CPC agreement, onto the new framework.
Cloud computing remains a key technology trend across UK education and the wider public sector.
A brief guide to the transfer of employees who are members of a Local Authority Pension Scheme
We are currently undertaking pre-market engagement in the lead up to the re-tendering process to ensure that the new agreement covers all necessary requirements.
The ESFA issued a letter to MAT chief executives emphasising that their role as accounting officer is about ensuring budgets are used as Parliament intended.
A new DfE school resource management self-assessment tool has been published for academies and trusts.
Our brand-new framework has launched and it caters specifically for the energy needs of education establishments.
All procurements that exceed the EU threshold must be conducted electronically post 18 October 2018.
Recommendations have been recently announced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle the problem of sexual harassment at work.
The decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Capita Customer Management Limited v Ali provided welcome clarity on shared parental leave pay (“ShPP”)
The government’s post 16 area review programme required colleges to consider their future, with increasing encouragement to merge.
Tenet Education Services have helped South Devon College save £1 million, positively impacting both the college and its students.
A reminder of the importance of adhering to your stated procurement process and of adequate record keeping.
The next iteration of the Corporate Software framework is now live on our website and ready for members to use.
Our Paper: Print & Specialist framework prices are held until the end of December despite a volatile market.
Our new Outsourced Catering framework has launched which gives access to innovative solutions from expert catering suppliers!
CPC’s newly launched Software Licenses & Associated Services framework for Academies & Schools is recommended by the Department for Education and provides a compliant route for institutions requiring new software and licensing.
We would be grateful if you could please provide any information that you wish to be considered for inclusion in the tender for a new Building Cleaning Services framework.
Any member who identifies unreported framework spend that results in CPC receiving the marketing premium income, will be rewarded with a 25% share of that income.
Look out for the latest Legal Services blog articles in the CPC Newsletter and on social media each month.
All your educational supplies under one Banner - a one-stop-shop for all of your stationery and office supplies.
ProcurEd North is the procurement conference and exhibition for education. Reserve your free advance CPC member delegate ticket today!
We would be grateful if you could please complete a short survey about our DfE recommended MFD (Photocopiers & Printers framework.
Each quarter CPC reports the findings of the CCS Mystery Shopper scheme and this quarter we focus on the rules governing public sector the use of framework agreements.
We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete a short multiple-choice survey to help us to continually improve our service and tailor it to your needs.
Shoosmiths, one of the suppliers on our Legal Services framework are running seminars in November focused on key elements of regeneration projects.
All procurements that exceed the EU threshold must be conducted electronically from 18 October 2018.
Follow these simple steps and within a few minutes you can notify all suppliers of the outcome of your quote request. Awarding can also alleviate any potential missing spend on your institutions spend reports.
Members can contact other procurement staff in the Education Sector using the CPC Communicator
CPC have identified an opportunity to develop a route to market for Minor Works. We would appreciate your feedback detailing your existing approach to Minor Works procurement by completing a short survey. Responses will help us to tailor any resulting frameworks to our members needs
Bronte Water Coolers Ltd are no longer an approved supplier on the Supply and Distribution of Drinking Water Dispensers and Related Services framework.
A new framework launched on 1st September 2018 for all paint and decorating related consumables.
The Department for Education are recommending four CPC deals to schools and academies with more to follow.
New paper prices are coming into effect as pulp prices have increased by 21% since the Paper: Print & Specialist framework launched.
CPC and Tenet have set up a fantasy football league! Come and join the League of Procurement.
Mystery shopper results have been released which highlight the importance of the role of presentations when evaluating bids.
The new Temporary and Permanent Staffing Framework is live and it covers academic, non-academic and administrative staff.
The results from our member surveys show that over 50% of respondents achieved savings of between £1,000 and £10,000.
Educational establishments can now receive expert procurement support with no upfront costs.
Please save the date for our procurement conference at Hopwood Hall in November.
The framework agreement is due to launch to members on 9th August and 11 suppliers have been awarded a place on the framework.
Schools Week magazine has reported that the Education Secretary Damien Hinds has promised a tough approach and a more robust process to manage related-party transactions made by academy trusts.
Lord Agnew has encouraged schools to drill into their photocopying charges by removing the colour printing option from printers.
CPC are working on a new framework which is designed to act as a one stop shop for all energy supply requirements.
A new framework is being developed to offer a one-stop-shop solution for the supply, installation and maintenance of new and legacy Access Control Systems.
Software Licenses – Academies & Schools Framework supplier submissions are currently being evaluated and it is anticipated that the new framework will launch in August.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re moving!
Wright Landscapes are the new supplier on this framework...
Enhanced GDPR guidance issued on how the regulation affects contracts with suppliers...
The majority of suppliers have agreed to extend the framework until 12th April 2019…
The Cabinet Office have published Policy Notes, Consultations and Legislation to support SMEs…
CPC had a tender go to standstill and it created a very interesting conundrum…
The re-tender is now live on CPC Sourcing Cloud for suppliers to bid for…
The new Paint and Decorating Supplies framework is designed to act as a one-stop-shop for all paint products and supplies…
A price review has been completed across the Office Supplies agreement...
We would love your feedback and ideas for the new framework...
We would really appreciate any ideas you may have to help shape the new framework...
This year has flown by following the merger between CPC and Tenet. What a year it has been for the new group!
Please invite your incumbent suppliers to download the tender documents...
Further information on the guidance issued by the Cabinet Office...
The two companies have been removed from their respective frameworks...
We've compiled a list of handy hints for framework users...
The two frameworks will expire on the 31st August 2018...
The new framework was launched at the start of March...
The new framework is now out to tender...
We are delighted to have so many of you on board...
We would be especially grateful if you completed the survey...
This month the European Commission published revised guidance for procurement practitioners involved in procurements that are funded by European Structural and Investment Funds.
The current agreement for Software Licenses – Academies & Schools is due to expire on 31st July 2018
In October last year Crescent Learning launched an apprentice funding scheme to place 15 procurement apprentices in colleges across the country.
The extension will cover till the new framework is launched in May...
A case study on MLS (Overseas) Ltd v The Secretary of State for Defence 2017...
The new framework launched at the start of January...
Hints and tips to get the most out of your library resources...
The framework has been extended for its final year...
We are here to provide support with insurance renewals due in August...
We are very proud to support the great causes chosen by this year's prize winners...
We're hoping the new research group will help us improve even more...
We hope you'll love it as much as we do...
This new feature should make it even easier to find your favourite frameworks...
Welcome to the first ever edition of the new CPC monthly blog.
A framework is a contract awarded normally to several suppliers (usually 3 or more), although technically it could be awarded to a sole supplier.
How to increase the quality and number of responses you receive from suppliers when you submit requests for quotations
The new framework has been launched for CPC members...
The closing date for submissions is Monday the 5th of February...
Tender documents now available to download...
NWUPC and Senator agree a deal on pricing changes on the framework...
The new framework is due to be launched on the 15th of January...
The Cabinet Office have published a Procurement Policy Note to remind the sector of their responsibility to promote transparency in their procurement activities...
More information on GDPR and how it relates to procurement activities...
Register your complimentary place at this event today...
New EU Public Sector Procurement thresholds have come into effect from January 1st 2018...
Register now to attend this Microsoft in Education event...
Register on MultiQuote now to access this opportunity...
Review meetings to be held during January and February 2018...
We would very much appreciate your help during the review process...
An update on our efforts to bring you a solution to your Waste Services needs...
Important information regarding Millenium Business Systems Ltd...
The new user guide should provide accurate pricing to ensure value for money...
The new framework has gone live for CPC members...
An update on how to take advantage of the funding available to primary schools...
We need your help to ensure the framework continues to meet your requirements...
More information on our new tender tool...
As Marius will soon be finishing his apprenticeship, we sat down to discuss his time at CPC and his hopes for the future...
The new framework is available now to CPC members...
Renewal of the framework expected for the new year...
Important update regarding Misco UK Ltd...
Amongst the cat memes and photos of friends you haven't seen since secondary school...
We would love it if you would take the time to complete a feedback survey on the Building Cleaning Services Framework...
Increase to pricing on the PPE and Clothing Framework...
We need your feedback with the Desktop Hardware Framework review process...
We would really appreciate your help with our ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure Framework...
We are launching a new tender tool to provide improved functionality to our members...
To assist our members we've put together a template for running a Further Competition on the Building Cleaning Services framework...
Have you completed the 2017 Member Survey yet?
We are on hand to help you identify unreported CPC framework spend...
Our comprehensive new Cashless Payment Systems framework is available now to our members...
If you think cyber security isn't your problem, think again...
We would really appreciate your thoughts on the Washroom Services framework ahead of the review meetings in mid October...
Additional guidance from The Energy Consortium...
The recently launched CCS Technology Services 2 framework is now available...
Tender documents for suppliers available for the Print & Related Services framework re-tender...
We've been working hard on compiling a thorough user guide for the Total Facilities Management Framework...
The yearly annual spend with CPC suppliers is now uploaded on our Spend Reporter...
We will soon be undertaking our annual contract review meetings with all our College Insurance framework providers...
Supplier submissions for the Removal, Relocation and Additional Services Framework are being evaluated...
We have researched and collated a list of some of the consortia who specialise in Design and Build Construction Projects frameworks...
Farewell and good luck to our friend and colleague...
The agreement for Legal Services is due to expire in January and we want your feedback...
Information on the Crown Commercial Service Mystery Shopper service as College reported for investigation...
The Total Facilities Management framework was launched on the 14th August.
Information regarding the Public Contracts Regulations.
If you have used the framework, please could you complete the Framework and Supplier Review form.
The framework is due to expire on 18th August 2017 and we are working to get a replacement framework in place ASAP.
Further Competition Template documents available for Desktop Hardware framework and Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure framework.
The Leasing Services framework is due to launch to members on 18th September 2017.
The Print and Related Services framework is due to expire on 12th January 2018.
CPC frameworks can always be used to procure goods which are required to be financed by a lease
Due to their unsatisfactory credit score CPC advise members to avoid using the supplier for now.
Tender returns are currently being evaluated.
The framework is due to launch on Monday 14th August 2017.
Thank you to everyone who informed suppliers of the potential new framework opportunity.
CPC would like details from any members who have used Travis Perkins through one of our frameworks.
The framework is currently out for tender with tender returns due back by 10th August.
The framework is currently out for tender with tender returns due back by 12pm on Monday 21st August 2017./p>
Feedback needed from members who have used this framework.
If you use Banner then you need to inform your IT Department about the changes.
Guidance on tender evaluations.
A bidder hasn’t submitted all the information I requested in my ITT, what should I do?
Tender return deadline is 17th July 2017.
What to include in your Payment Statistics report.
New tool will be available from the 1st September 2017.
The CPC In-Tend Tool is no longer available.
Ahead of the review meetings with suppliers we need your feedback.
We will be going back out to market next month.
Our latest benchmarking activity results from June.
New framework agreement in the UK for water supply, waste water and ancillary services.
How we can we help our members achieve the recommended outcomes as the Department for Education's (DfE) Schools Buying Strategy outlines.
Your feedback will help us ensure the framework is the best it can be for your use.
Your feedback will help us ensure the framework is the best it can be for your use.
One of our suppliers is hosting seminars this month for Duty Holders.
The framework is now available on the CPC website and is split into 3 lots.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time HR Assistant to join a growing Organisation based in Salford.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Assistant to join a growing Organisation based in Salford.
If you have received any correspondence about price increases please ignore it.
New mini competition templates are now available to support members.
Office furniture review meetings in June.
If you have used the framework please complete the survey.
The first twelve months’ of the modern slavery and trafficking statements.
New rules regarding liability to pay the correct amount of employment taxes for off-payroll workers.
CCS Language Services Framework available for CPC members to use.
Wishing Corporate Services Manager Karen Stout all the best for the future.
If you're interested in e-Learning strategies then this event could be of interest.
The exciting acquisition of Tenet Services means CPC can provide a complete service to members.
In January 2017, due to unsustainable profit margins, Lyreco terminated 136 CPC members from the NWUPC / CPC framework contract moving them to a new “Lyreco contract” without the consent of CPC.
Guidance on the new public sector apprenticeship target.
Suppliers now have more time to register their interest.
Insurance and Associated Services for Colleges framework is now available.
Hair, Beauty and Wigs tender is still currently being evaluated.
Identify any unreported framework spend that results in CPC receiving the marketing premium income and you will be rewarded with a 25% share of that income.
We spoke to the UK's new Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard.
Department of Education publish guide on Apprenticeship Reforms and the impact on schools.
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester, Crescent Purchasing is looking for a part-time HR Manager to join our Senior Management Team. The role will be approximately 25 hours per week.
Cash and Valuables in Transit Services supplier performance review survey.
Update on the office furniture framework price increases.
Tender documents are now available and due back on 12th April 2017.
If you have used this framework please send us your feedback.
Tender documents expected to be ready soon for brand new Building Security framework.
Find out about our two apprentices working in the CPC office.
Our latest benchmarking activity results from February.
New framework due in April 2017.
CCS’s Mystery Shopper team is now actively following up to check how contracting authorities implement their recommendations.
Importance of recording keeping and procurement regulations.
Standard Selection Questionnaire FQAs to help provide clarity.
Some of our furniture suppliers provide evidence justifying the proposed price increases.
Example of recent incident and why you should be more savvy when it comes to cyber crime.
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester, Crescent Purchasing is looking for a Financial Controller to join our Senior Management Team. The role will be 29 - 36.25 hours per week (0.8 FTE up to full-time).
Guidance on Modern Slavery Statements and how CPC frameworks can help.
Desktop Hardware framework review meetings in March and April.
Tender documents are now live on In-Tend and are due back on 16th March 2017.
Audit Services framework is now live on the website.
Exciting new tender opportunity for framework with a return date of 22nd March 2017.
Feedback needed for review meetings to take place in February 2017.
Two of our frameworks have been extended.
New framework for ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure has launched.
Good luck to Compliance Manger Julie-Ann Garton in her new job.
Framework review meetings are taking place and we need your feedback.
Framework review meetings are taking place and we need your feedback.
Tender assessment completed for ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure.
Evaluation process now complete for Branded Hair Products framework.
Washroom Services framework scope and supplier details.
Four steps to help you increase your quality and number of suppliers when requesting quotes.
Tender documents underway for two new frameworks.
The MFD framework is now available for our members to use.
Your feedback is wanted about the performance of our supplier.
Our exciting two-year sponsorship with the UK's new Comics Laureate.
The framework is now live on the CPC website.
Guidance about implementing social and environmental aspects into procurement procedures.
Multifunctional Devices and Associated Print Services and Supplies framework live on CPC website.
Wishing you all a happy new year.
Review meetings are due in January 2017.
Procurement Policy Note from Crown Commercial Services.
Legal Services framework will now be extended until 31st January 2018.
The replacement Grounds Maintenance framework agreement has officially launched.
Guidance on electronic communications in tenders over the EU threshold.
The launch date for the Washroom Services framework has now been extended.
We have a brand new exciting rewards scheme for our members.
We have a brilliant, brand new handbook with updated information for you.
The new framework is split into two lots.
Tender returns are now in evaluation stage.
The new framework is split into four lots.
We are hoping to finalise the tender assessments this week.
We have a brand new potential framework for 2017.
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracts & Procurement Officer to join our Contracting Team.
Branded Hair Products Framework is now open for tender.
Example of a recent procurement case and the importance of understanding tender evaluations.
One of our suppliers is hosting seminars this month for Duty Holders.
The effect of Brexit on Procurement Directives
We have a winner...
It's time to have your say! The CPC customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 is here.
Annual spend report is now available to view.
Our latest benchmarking activity results from October.
One of our suppliers is currently running back to school promotions.
Our latest benchmarking activity results from September.
New framework to be launched next month
It's time to have your say! The CPC customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 is here.
We have reached an amazing 4,000 members!
We like to look after our members. Here's a little something extra to help you when using our frameworks.
The Bett Show is coming to London in January.
Crown Commercial Services publis a revised Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
In-tend issue statement regarding Lite Users and Lite + Users.
Have you used our supplier Lyreco? If so, we want to hear from you.
The Grounds Maintenance Framework is due to be updated by November
The Audit Services framework is due to be updated by next month.
A huge warm welcome to our new Contracting Managing Pat Condon.
The Structured Cabling Framework is now live.
All contracts with Ocean Integrated Services on the Building Cleaning Services Framework and the Mechanical, Electrical and Building Fabric Maintenance Services frameworks have been fully novated to Kingdom Security Services Ltd
If you're planning on starting the new academic year with up to date fitness equipment don't leave it too late, get in touch with the suppliers on our Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment Framework.
We are pleased to let members know that we have placed the OJEU Notice for the Washroom Services framework. The new framework should hopefully be available to members in November this year.
A very useful FAQ has been produced by CCS regarding the project for developing an agreement for the provision of awarding body services
The Crown Commercial Service issued a Procurement Policy Note in July 2016 to remind contracting authorities of the legal requirement that has been in place since February 2015, to publish certain contract opportunities over the value of £25,000 on Contracts Finder and all contract award opportunities over £25,000 on Contracts Finder.
CPC are in full discussion with Crown Commercial Services (CCS) about supporting their forthcoming Framework covering Occupational Health services, Employee Assistance and Eye Care.
We are pleased to announce that Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is working collaboratively with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to ensure the education sector can access best value deals.
The framework for the Network Hardware and Services including Servers and Data Storage has expired.
CPC are delighted to announce the launch of the first known OJEU tendered framework agreement for Staff Absence Insurance.
The OJEU notice for the Grounds Maintenance Framework has been placed and the tender documents are now available via the CPC electronic tendering website. The tender is being carried out using the Open Procedure and has been split into thirteen regional lots.
We are pleased to inform you that the new Library Resources Framework Agreement was launched on 9 August 2016 and is now ready for you to use.
The Access Control and Smart Card framework will expire on the 31st August 2016.
We are in the final stages of evaluating the Structured Cabling tender submissions.
We are working closely with SUPC on the Software License Resellers Agreement for FE Colleges.
The Corporate Software Framework is due to expire at the end of August 2016.
Our supplier CCS Media have co-developed an exciting new IT Sales Apprenticeship program
Our New Audit Services framework is expected to be ready for November 2016.
Our New Staff Absence Insurance framework is expected to be ready for September 2016.
Our Quote Tool has recently been updated with some interesting changes.
The deadline has now passed for the Library Resources Framework Tender.
Broadstock Office Furniture Ltd have joined Southerns Group.
The new Staff Absence Insurance framework is due to launch soon.
The updated version of the Multi-Functional Devices framework is due to be ready for August.
Importance of TUPE in the various stages of a procurement project.
If you have used the Desktop and Hardware Framework then we want to hear from you!
Our latest benchmarking activity results.
Our Contracting Team went to visit Hettle Andrews.
New contemporary range from one of our suppliers on the Office Furniture Framework
Suppliers on the Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment Framework have updated their price lists.
CPC Contracting team visit supplier on Estates & Facilities Supplies framework.
If you have used the Access Control and Smart Card Framework then we want to hear from YOU
Following the result of the EU Referendum we have launched a dedicated news area about how it may affect procurement practice.
Senator national roadshows are coming to the North-West this July.
Re-Tender of Library Resources Framework now Open for Suppliers
The National Education Furniture framework expires on the 30th June 2016.
White Goods framework tender deadline passed.
Statement from the Universities Advertising Group (UAG) regarding the Resourcing Services 2014 (NERARS) Framework.
Brand new Essentials range of furniture.
Positive benchmarking results from the Office Supplies Framework.
Our CPC Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 ends soon. Complete now and you could be the lucky winner of an iPad Air!
Thank you to everyone who attended the CPC Conference on the 11th & 12th May 2016.
Lift Maintenance Framework expected to be available by late August.
NWUPC, the contracting authority for the Cut Paper & Specialist Print Paper, have been notified by Antalis that they are proposing a price increase and had information that Elliot Baxter and Premier Paper have approached members directly on the same matter.
Our benchmarking activity during May has included carrying out a small exercise on behalf of a member Institution in the West Midlands region on the Office Supplies Framework.
The PPE and Clothing tender framework is now on the website and available for use.
As part of our contract management procedures all contract managers are encouraged to undertake supplier site visits. I recently had the opportunity to visit The Senator Group showroom and manufacturing plants in Lancashire...
Whilst the summer holidays may seem a long way away, May is the ideal month to start planning any major refurbishment according to David Hall, Group Sales Director at Godfrey Syrett...
Continuous improvement is at the heart of what we do, to enable this we need you to tell us how we are doing and what we could do differently...
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracting Manager to join our Senior Management Team...
The Public Procurement Amendment Repeals and Revocations Regulations 2016 have now been published and apply after 18 April 2016...
One of the many advantages of using an EU tendered framework agreement is that the risk of non-compliance is greatly reduced, providing of course that you follow the rules that apply to the framework...
Academic Diaries for 2016/17 are now available to order from Lyreco
As you know we recently launched the new Desktop and Hardware Framework and it’s now been in place for a number of months. As part of the Contract Management I will be conducting Supplier review meetings.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been meeting with suppliers and conducting review meetings of the Corporate Software Framework.These meetings are a really effective way of building up relationships with your suppliers..
Our benchmarking activity during April has included carrying out an exercise on behalf of a member Institution in the West Midlands region on the Office Supplies Framework (Lot 1: Office Supplies and Electronic Office Consumables)
On the 21st March 2016 the Crown Commercial Services published their latest Procurement Policy Note (PPN), reminding all contracting authorities of the annual publication requirements under Regulation 113(7) of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR), relating to payment performance statistics.
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester, Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracting Manager to join our Senior Management Team.
We recognise that our members are busy professionals and it can be difficult to commit to a two-day conference away from the office. So you'll be pleased to know that at CPC Conference 2016 we also have Day Rates available for only £50 ex. VAT.
CPC are currently assessing tender responses received for the new Academies Insurance Framework that will be due to commence upon expiry of the existing agreement on 1st July 2016.
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 25th April 2016...
Progress is being made on the development of the specification for the catering framework for our Academy members. CPC have developed a range of products which include the provision of Grocery, Frozen and Disposable products, which total some 750 lines...
We are pleased to inform you that the Supply, Delivery and Installation of Audio Visual Equipment Framework is now live and has been awarded to eleven suppliers...
The current Library Resources Framework expired on 15 April 2016 and all current suppliers have agreed to extend the current agreement on the existing terms until Monday 1 August 2016 to provide coverage for CPC members whilst the replacement tender process is completed...
We are pleased to let members know that we have placed the OJEU Notice for the White Goods Framework Tender. The new framework should hopefully be available to members in late June this year...
CPC have issued the intent of award letters for the new Provision of PPE & Clothing framework and we are currently in the standstill period...
CPC have this week posted the contract notice for the Provision of Staff Absence Insurance tender and we hope to have the framework in place with effect from 1st September 2016...
It’s been a long process but we are delighted to now have a complete Desktop and Hardware Framework fully launched. Lot 2 – Portable Devices has now been launched so all members can request quotes either through CPC’s on-line quote Tool, through members In-Tend or via their own purchasing systems.
Further to last month’s update we hope you will have seen the news updates during March with the details of the first Customer Engagement Events for the Awarding Organisation Project...
It has always been important to ensure measures are taken to prevent conflicts of interest occurring when spending public funds. However with the introduction of The Public Contracts Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) last year, and a recent case brought before the UK Courts involving a challenge for breaching duties relating to conflicts of interest, the importance of managing conflicts of interest has been strengthened.
The re-tender of the Plumbing Supplies framework has recently been concluded by NWUPC on behalf of the Joint Contracting Group. We are delighted to announce that the new framework has been awarded to...
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) issued a Procurement Policy Note announcing that the Concessions Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 have been laid in Parliament and will take effect from 18 April 2016...
The CPC will be performing some planned maintenance to upgrade our web servers across the CPC network on the following days...
Last month we announced that CPC had been invited to present about UK Education Sector Procurement and to engage with suppliers at a Procurement Partnering Conference Event taking place in South Korea on 13th May...
Further to this month's CPC news article about the planned Customer Engagement Events we have an update on the work CCS have been doing to find suitable locations and venues...
The above framework is due to expire on 31 March 2016. We have taken the decision that we will not be renewing this framework for the time being. However...
CPC expect to be in position to invite tenders for Staff Absence Insurance within the next two weeks. This will be an exciting new framework...
Hot on the heels of this month's CPC news article about the planned Customer Engagement Events we have an update on the work CCS have been doing to find suitable locations and venues. From this we are now planning to hold one in Leeds (with details to be confirmed shortly) and one in London.
We are pleased to inform you that the new Security Services – Manned Guarding Framework was launched on 22 February 2016 and is now ready for you to use.
The new EU regulations proactively encourage increased engagement with SMEs which is something that CPC has always endeavored to do. On two frameworks recently carried out under the new EU regulations approximately a third of successful suppliers declared themselves an SME. We believe this is a positive indication that our tender process facilitates SME participation.
Please see the fantastic results that have been achieved in the benchmarking exercises that have been carried out during January and February 2016.
The project to set up a framework for working with Awarding Organisations is progressing well. In January the steering group ran a supplier day in London. A variety of suppliers attended either the morning or afternoon session and there was a great deal of discussion about the project which was been extremely valuable to the group.
CPC are delighted to announce that we have been invited to present about UK Education Sector Procurement and to engage with suppliers at a Procurement Partnering Conference Event taking place in South Korea on 13th May. The aim of the conference is to promote engagement between UK and South Korean suppliers and manufacturers.
In 2015 Inverclyde Council held a mini-competition for street lighting services under a framework agreement and awarded the contract to Amey Public Services LLP, however it was Amey OW Ltd that was party to the framework agreement. Lightways (Contractors) Ltd (not a supplier on the framework) challenged the award on the basis that this was unlawful direct award made without advertisement in the OJEU.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 introduced changes to the information that must be published in an OJEU Notice and required new forms, for example, the new contract notice and award notice for procurements falling under the Light Touch Regime.
CPC are currently inviting tenders for the new Academies Insurance Framework that will be due to commence upon expiry of the existing agreement on 1st July 2016. The opportunity for suppliers to express an interest is available at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/cpc/aspx/Home.
TradePoint (B&Q), one of our suppliers on the Tools, Fasteners, Fixings, Adhesives and Ironmongery framework is currently running a time limited offer on discontinued kitchen unit carcasses which may be of interest if you use them as part of a course.
NAHT, ASCL and DfE would like to develop some guidance for Schools and Academies on good practice in recruiting Supply Teachers and working with Supply Teacher agencies. They would be keen to hear from you what that guidance should cover and more importantly, they’d like you to send through any advice, tips, good practice you could share with other Schools and Academies.
For insurance renewals due 1st August 2016, now is the perfect time to start preparing your insurance tenders for the CPC FE Insurance framework...
Crown Commercial Services (CCS) have issued guidance on the changes in The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 that affect the way in which contracting authorities communicate with tenderers during a tender process for contracts above £164,176 in value
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.
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.
CPC, CCS and AoC would like to thank all member institutions who kindly completed the recent Survey about Awarding Organisations. The project group were delighted with the number of returned surveys as we received 205 responses containing extremely useful information to help with the project.
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.
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.
We are pleased to inform you that the Photographic Equipment & Consumables Framework has been awarded to seven suppliers as below:
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.
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.
The CPC, along with NWUPC and members of the Furniture Commodity Group are due to hold review meetings with suppliers on the Office Furniture Framework in January 2016.
Please see the table below which show the fantastic results achieved in the benchmarking exercises that have been carried out during November.
The above framework expired on 30 November 2015. Having reviewed the low use of the framework over the last four years and having had very few enquiries about this framework the decision has been taken not to re-tender it at this time.
The Audio Visual Equipment and Equipment with Installation framework has been extended until 29th February 2016. The framework is to be re-tendered with a contract notice to be published in the OJEU on 1st December 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.
A procurement challenge brought by European Dynamics earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of giving reasons to unsuccessful bidders when carrying out procurements subject to The Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
You'll have seen in last month's newsletter that we've recently been recruiting for a Senior Contracts and Procurement Officer; this is because we are shortly to be losing Ranjana Kapur to pastures new.
We are pleased to inform you that the Recycling Bins & Street Furniture Framework has been awarded. We believe that the new framework will not only offer a wider choice of suppliers but also cover our members' requirements comprehensively. The framework is split into the following lots:
The public sector has become accustomed in recent years to an impending sense of doom ahead of budget or spending review announcements. Following FE budget cuts in real terms of 14% in the last parliament, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan conceded in September that the FE sector was in a "fragile" state. Amid recent ministerial statements that FE would not be protected from cuts, 125 FE College principles wrote to the Government warning that further cuts would tip them "over the precipice".
Our Security Services – Manned Guarding framework is due for renewal February 2016....
The level of interest in sit-to-stand workstations is growing with significant media interest in 2015 about the health benefits of being active within the workplace. While over 90% of workstations in Scandinavia are sit-stand, in the UK this is less than 1%. The traditional barriers to buying this type of solution have been around cost and uncertainty about whether UK employees will embrace this new way of working.
CPC are delighted to have recently joined a project with AoC, CCS and a number of colleges who have been working on the development of an agreement for procuring from Awarding Organisations under the new EU regulations.
The EU Court of Auditors investigated how member states conduct procurements under The European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (now the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF)).
A recent article in Supply Chain Management raised a number of issues schools are having with embracing collaborative purchasing. We'd like to share our experience of how these can be overcome by using a purchasing consortium
Do you have a passion for helping the Education sector make savings and achieve best value for money? Are you MCIPS qualified with a good knowledge of EU procurement legislation? If so we may have the perfect opportunity for you.
A small exercise was carried out during September on behalf of a member Institution in the South East Region comparing the price of one regularly purchased product on the Toilet Tissue and Related Paper Products Framework...
Last month CCS issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) that may be helpful to member institutions who are considering this issue...
Two recent high court decisions have highlighted the importance of keeping clear and detailed written records of the evaluation process and the reasons for the decisions made...
We are in the process of organising reviews for the suppliers on the Access Control and Smart Card System Framework. To assist us in that process we would appreciate if you could take a few moments and fill in a short online questionnaire.
We recently attended review meetings at NWUPC offices with all five suppliers on the Office Furniture Framework...
Our benchmarking activity during August has included carrying out an exercise on behalf of a member Institution in the South East region on the Office Supplies Framework (Lot 1 : Office Supplies and Electronic Office Consumables.
CPC had hoped to have this framework set up and ready for Members to access from 1st August 2015 but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances there is now going to be a delay to the launch...
As you may already be aware, from September 2015 there will be changes to the format and assessment of A Levels and new A Levels will be rolled in over a period of time...
The CPC Catering: Light & Heavy Equipment Framework is proving to be a very popular framework with Members...
The CPC have a number of frameworks offering estates departments access to a range of supplies including, plumbing, tools, fasteners & fixings, construction supplies and electrical materials and components...
The European Court ruled on a case referred to it by the Romanian Court, where a supplier of computing systems and equipment challenged a contracting authority in Romania for rejecting their tender on the basis that its computing equipment with an AMD 3.6 Ghz processor, was not up to current market standards.
If you are looking for either a finance or a customer support role, then we may have the opportunity for you...
The new rankings for the suppliers on Lot 2 will be applicable with effect from 1st August 2015 and have been included within the revised user guide ...
Since the introduction of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) on 26 February 2015, one of the questions that members are raising is whether they have to advertise contracts over £25,000
The deadline for applications has been extended to the 14th August 2015 and the eventual winner will receive the RRA Award at BRE House in Watford in September/October 2015.
Join us again at The Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 11th and 12th May 2016 for what promises to be our best conference yet.
Please have a look on the website to see the results of benchmarking exercises that have been carried out ...
Our latest benchmarking activity has included carrying out two exercises on behalf of a member Institution in the South West region on two separate frameworks...
DfE (Department for Education) have been working with CPC (Crescent Purchasing Consortium) knowing that many Academies and Schools often want simple Legal Advice...
The team behind CPC have been working in procurement for many years and we know that the goalposts are always moving; new EU Legislation and changes in best practice can make it difficult to keep up to date and to know that you are doing the right thing, which is where CPC can help you...
The Library Resources Agreement has been extended for the final year of the agreement to 15th April 2016 with the following suppliers...
Customers of Supplies Team will already have been contacted to advise you of the change to their company brand following their recent merger with Banner Business Services...
CPC are pleased to give members advance notice of its forthcoming Postal Services framework that we are working on in collaboration with NPG...
The Mystery Shopper Service investigates and addresses concerns raised about public sector procurements (including those carried out by colleges, schools and academies) and undertakes spot checks of procurement processes and documentation...
We are pleased to announce the outstanding results from the customer satisfaction survey conducted by Lyreco recently...
The Purchasing Advisory Group for Further Education (PAG) is passionate about ensuring that CPC provides exceptional value and service to the FE sector.
Moore Stephens LLP will remain a supplier on our Audit services framework and we are certain that the merger will result in a higher level of service offering going forward.
We’re shortly going to release a second User Guide, this time for anyone running procurements from the Finance department. Again, the focus is on the most useful frameworks to focus on and how to engage the suppliers involved or find the guidance needed.
Please let us know of any feedback, good or bad regarding the performance of the suppliers on the framework and any other feedback that you think may be relevant. All responses will be raised at the review meeting
CPC have received notification from Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) of their request to be removed from CPC’s FE College Insurance framework
CPC is pleased to announce the launch of the National Education Flooring Supplies Framework. The EU compliant framework commences on 1st May and represents a best value solution for all your flooring supplies requirements.
With the overwhelming variety of software packages available these days and the differing needs you have to consider for each department at your institution, putting a tender together to purchase software could seem like a daunting prospect. Our Senior Contracts & Procurement Officer, Yvonne Winskill, has put together a useful checklist for you to refer to.
A comparison exercise was undertaken results showed a staggering average saving of 145.30%
If you have any suggestions on how the lots should be structured or what could potentially be included that’s not covered under the existing frameworks please send it to us to consider.
Many of you requested that we look into combining the PAT testing framework with the Fixed Wire testing framework to make it easier to procure these services and CPC are happy to announce that the new streamlined framework, Portable Appliance and Fixed Wire Testing is now ready to use.
We are very pleased to have Karen Stout back from maternity leave. In other news, Alyx Buckley will shortly be leaving us to work for a content marketing agency in Manchester.
The CPC team recently visited the picturesque Buile Hall for their annual Staff Strategy Day. There were some admittedly odd scenes, including our catering expert wielding a banana whilst dressed head to toe in chef’s gear.
We’ve finished putting the final touches on our Provision of Building Cleaning Services framework agreement and it is now ready for use.
We are working on a new delivery method for our training seminars, so if you have any suggestions please get in touch and tell us what you want to see.
you will soon have access to the latest purchasing news and guidance in one comprehensive portal, which will be accessible to all CPC members and to any FE colleges who are not CPC members.
The new Crescent Learning website, which will host all of our training and procurement resources, will be launched in April.
The updated EU Regulations came into force on 26 February.
Your feedback at this juncture is invaluable, as we need to make sure that we can ensure the new framework agreement meets your requirements precisely.
Did you know that CPC offer a benchmarking service? Well, we do! We’ve done a number of comparison exercises recently and we think you’ll find the results an interesting read.
The academic year 2015/16 diaries and planner are now in stock and available to order from Lyreco now.
Clarification on what a 'free' purchasing service is and the specific characteristics that each of them have to offer. Further details on Issues that need to be considered for legal protection, EU compliancy and financially when using these services....
We are pleased to announce we have reached our 3000th Member. After fifteen years CPC are just as enthusiastic with ever growing subject knowledge and are still welcome new members...
Information on the arrival of Crescent Learning and what the website will have to offer. The relaunch of FELP and details on the Public Contracts Regulations.
An update on the tendering and evaluating of supplier responses reggarding this framework and details on the important dates.
A new range and existing resources available for you all in one place on our brand new bespoke website for training and procurement resources
The Further Education Library on Procurement's development is making huge progress and will be fully available for you to take advantage of very soon.
Details on the NERARS re-tendering awarded and relevant suppliers information now available on the CPC website.
The latest voting results for frameworks with details on how to vote yourself.
Begin peppering your insurance tenders now in order to make huge savings.
Take advantage on behalf of your institution in saving with the updated Lyreco with the office supplies framework.
Getting the best possible value for money for your institutions by thinking outside of the box. Innovation and pushing boundaries are essential in order to continue to improve and deliver an effective procurement service to your institution.
A wealth of procurement guidance and advice for best practice by The Further Education Library on Procurement's (FELP)database. An extremely useful resource that was maintained by the AoC Procurement Team.
Tender documents now available via the CPC electronic tendering website In-tend, the OJEU notice was placed on the 15th of December 2014.
The Lift Maintenance framework expired in October this year and work is under-way with our Joint Contracting partners NEUPC for the replacement tender exercise. We would really appreciate member involvement & feedback to ensure that the new framework meets all of your wide ranging requirements.
CPC are always looking at ways to achieve better value for money for our members, as such we have regular meetings with our suppliers to make sure that they are offering competitive prices as well as a good service. However, one thing that suppliers do say is that it’s very difficult to do offer competitive prices when members specify a particular brand.
Adrian Davies had the pleasure of presenting at the Government Opportunities Public Sector Supplier Summit on 14th October in London. The presentation was about 'Working with Further Education and Academies', aiming to engage with delegates and encourage new suppliers to work with the sector.
Following the great success of the previous Outsourced Catering Services framework we would like to highlight that the new Outsourced Catering Services framework has been recently launched.
CPC have been working with Joint Contracting partners NEUPC for the new Signs & Signage framework. To begin 10th November 2014.
Back in 2012 a project group was formed to review a mechanism for establishing and prioritising the contracting pipeline. The group explored and identified ways in which our members could feed into the contracting pipeline with ease.
Lewis’s Medical Supplies, one of the suppliers, listed on Lot 2 First Aid Kits & Accessories of the PPE and Clothing Framework have advised us of a new ruling issued recently in relation to the use of emergency Inhaler kits.
We have decided to amalgamate the existing Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and Fixed Wire Testing (FWT) frameworks. These frameworks expire 31/1/2015.
We are pleased to inform you that Construction Workshop and Estates Supplies Framework has been awarded to seven suppliers.
The redesigned CPC website has now been live for a month and the feedback we have received so far has been very positive.
There is a lot to see on the new CPC website; one of the key developments is the new Contracting Pipeline.
We are delighted to inform you that the above EU compliant re-tendered framework agreement has now been awarded.
CPC is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website “www.thecpcac.uk”. Over the last few months, we have been working to redesign the face of CPC. We have listened to the member feedback to learn what is working well on the website and what we needed to take away and improve.
We are delighted to inform you of two new frameworks for Software Licences that launch as of 1st August 2014. The frameworks will provide members with a compliant route for all your general software licenses that are sold through the reseller channel.
We are pleased to inform you that the Musical Instruments Framework has been awarded to six suppliers.
Do you have need of Arts and Crafts supplies? CPC is pleased to provide members this excellent solution for all your Arts and Crafts Supplies.
We are delighted to announce that the Office Supplies Framework has now been awarded. The new framework replaces the Stationery framework and Computer Consumables- Virgin ink & Toner Cartridges framework.
Adrian recently attended the working party review meeting for the Electronic Components framework with representatives from the HE Consortia and Universities.
The framework is a best value EU compliant framework, providing a one-stop-shop for a Members' telecoms requirements from across twelve lots.
Crown Commercial Service’s (previously Government procurement Service) Government Purchasing Card framework expired in January 2014. Work is in progress to re-tender the above and the contract notice is due to be placed in first week of April...
The new EU tendered Promotional Products Framework started on 1st March 2014 and replaces the current Promotional Merchandise negotiated agreement...
Capitalize on the savings that can be achieved by utilizing this EU compliant framework agreement...
Further to the article placed in the February newsletter I am pleased to be able to inform you that the Soft Furnishings Framework was launched on Monday 3 March 2014.
There is some uncertainty around Direct Awards when using a framework agreement, we would like to clarify the legal view on this method of using framework agreements.
Further to last month's article we were delighted to be able to launch the Print and Related Services Framework on Monday 13th January.
We are pleased to announce that the re-tendering of the Temporary and Permanent Staff Services Framework is now complete and the new agreement was formally awarded on 13th January 2014 to 29 suppliers.
CPC have adopted the National Education Furniture Framework let by the National Procurement Group (NPG) which offers members Furniture previously not covered in existing Frameworks.
Colleges will soon be able to experience even greater savings as they are now the new owners of the largest FE purchasing consortium.
The Corporate Software framework is due to expire in August 2016 and we have the option to either re-tender or extend...