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18.69% Saving Demonstrated in Desktop Hardware Framework Benchmark Exercise

Our latest benchmarking activity results from June.

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New Water, Waste Water and Ancillary Services Framework Agreement

New framework agreement in the UK for water supply, waste water and ancillary services.

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CPC Supports the DfE Schools Buying Strategy

How we can we help our members achieve the recommended outcomes as the Department for Education's (DfE) Schools Buying Strategy outlines.

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Feedback Needed For New Corporate Software Framework

Your feedback will help us ensure the framework is the best it can be for your use.

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Feedback Needed For Print and Related Services Framework

Your feedback will help us ensure the framework is the best it can be for your use.

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Lantei Compliance Services to Host Duty Holder Seminars

One of our suppliers is hosting seminars this month for Duty Holders.

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Vehicle Hire, Car Club and Leasing Framework Live on Website

The framework is now available on the CPC website and is split into 3 lots.

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We're Recruiting: Part Time - HR Assistant (12 Month fixed term contract)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time HR Assistant to join a growing Organisation based in Salford.

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We're Recruiting: Finance Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Assistant to join a growing Organisation based in Salford.

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Cut Paper & Specialist Printing Paper Framework

If you have received any correspondence about price increases please ignore it.

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Mini Competition Template Available for Members

New mini competition templates are now available to support members.

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Office Furniture Review Meetings

Office furniture review meetings in June.

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Soft Furnishings Framework Review Meetings

If you have used the framework please complete the survey.

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Modern Slavery – One Year On

The first twelve months’ of the modern slavery and trafficking statements.

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New Off-Payroll Worker Regulations and Impact on Procurement Activities

New rules regarding liability to pay the correct amount of employment taxes for off-payroll workers.

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CPC Supporting Crown Commercial Services Language Services Framework

CCS Language Services Framework available for CPC members to use.

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Corporate Services Manager Karen Stout Has Left CPC

Wishing Corporate Services Manager Karen Stout all the best for the future.

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Supplier Chess ICT to Host Event

If you're interested in e-Learning strategies then this event could be of interest.

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Crescent Purchasing Consortium Acquire Tenet Services

The exciting acquisition of Tenet Services means CPC can provide a complete service to members.

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Office Supplies Framework Lot 1 – Non renewal of Lyreco Contract

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.

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Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

Guidance on the new public sector apprenticeship target.

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Waste Services Framework Tender Deadline Extended

Suppliers now have more time to register their interest.

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New Insurance and Associated Services for Colleges Framework

Insurance and Associated Services for Colleges framework is now available.

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Hair, Beauty and Wigs Tender Evaluation

Hair, Beauty and Wigs tender is still currently being evaluated.

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Institution Half Yearly Annual Spend Report 2016/2017

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.

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Interview with The Walking Dead Artist and Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard

We spoke to the UK's new Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard.

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Apprenticeship Reforms – A Guide for Schools

Department of Education publish guide on Apprenticeship Reforms and the impact on schools.

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We're Recruiting: HR Manager (Part-time, 25hrs pw) Competitive Package

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.

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Cash and Valuables in Transit Services Framework

Cash and Valuables in Transit Services supplier performance review survey.

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Increase on RRPs Across Non-core Pricing from Supplier Godfrey Syrett

Update on the office furniture framework price increases.

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Brand New Waste Services Framework

Tender documents are now available and due back on 12th April 2017.

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Removal, Relocation, Archiving and Secure Storage Services Framework Renewal

If you have used this framework please send us your feedback.

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Brand New Building Security Framework

Tender documents expected to be ready soon for brand new Building Security framework.

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Meet the CPC Apprentices

Find out about our two apprentices working in the CPC office.

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Benchmarking Activity Results

Our latest benchmarking activity results from February.

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New Provision of Insurance & Associated Services for Colleges Framework

New framework due in April 2017.

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Ensuring Procurement Practice is Best Practice

CCS’s Mystery Shopper team is now actively following up to check how contracting authorities implement their recommendations.

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A Reported £1.25m Pay Out in a Procurement Arbitration

Importance of recording keeping and procurement regulations.

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New FAQ to Accompany the CCS Standard Selection Questionnaire

Standard Selection Questionnaire FQAs to help provide clarity.

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Update from NWUPC on Office Furniture Framework Price Increases

Some of our furniture suppliers provide evidence justifying the proposed price increases.

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Cyber Crime Incident in The Education Sector

Example of recent incident and why you should be more savvy when it comes to cyber crime.

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We're Recruiting: Financial Controller (Full-time or Part-time) Competitive Package

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).

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CPC Frameworks Support Modern Slavery Due Diligence Activities

Guidance on Modern Slavery Statements and how CPC frameworks can help.

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Feedback Request Ahead of Desktop Hardware Framework Review Meetings

Desktop Hardware framework review meetings in March and April.

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Tender Documents for Hair, Beauty and Wigs Supplies Now Available

Tender documents are now live on In-Tend and are due back on 16th March 2017.

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Launch of Audit Services Framework

Audit Services framework is now live on the website.

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New Tender Opportunity for Total Facilities Management Service Framework

Exciting new tender opportunity for framework with a return date of 22nd March 2017.

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Feedback Request for Promotional Products Review Meetings

Feedback needed for review meetings to take place in February 2017.

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Extension of Print and Related Services and Temporary and Permanent Staffing Frameworks

Two of our frameworks have been extended.

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New ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure Framework

New framework for ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure has launched.

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Congratulations to Julie-Ann Garton on Her New Role as Managing Director at NWUPC

Good luck to Compliance Manger Julie-Ann Garton in her new job.

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Feedback Requested Ahead of Estates Framework Review Meetings

Framework review meetings are taking place and we need your feedback.

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Feedback Request Ahead of Estates Framework Review Meetings

Framework review meetings are taking place and we need your feedback.

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New ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure

Tender assessment completed for ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure.

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New Branded Hair Products Framework

Evaluation process now complete for Branded Hair Products framework.

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New Washroom Services Framework

Washroom Services framework scope and supplier details.

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How to Receive Sufficient Number of Quotations/Tenders from Suppliers

Four steps to help you increase your quality and number of suppliers when requesting quotes.

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Forthcoming Tenders for Total Facilities Management and Waste Services Frameworks

Tender documents underway for two new frameworks.

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New MFD Framework Documentation Being Drafted

The MFD framework is now available for our members to use.

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Contract Review Meetings

Your feedback is wanted about the performance of our supplier.

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CPC’s Sponsorship with Walking Dead Artist in His New Role as Comics Laureate

Our exciting two-year sponsorship with the UK's new Comics Laureate.

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Audit Services Framework Live on Website

The framework is now live on the CPC website.

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Social and Environmental Considerations in Tender Procedures

Guidance about implementing social and environmental aspects into procurement procedures.

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MFD Framework Live on Website

Multifunctional Devices and Associated Print Services and Supplies framework live on CPC website.

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Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy new year.

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Office Furniture Framework Review Meetings

Review meetings are due in January 2017.

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Onerous Practices in Procurement and Contracting

Procurement Policy Note from Crown Commercial Services.

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Legal Services Framework Extension

Legal Services framework will now be extended until 31st January 2018.

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Grounds Maintenance Framework Now Live

The replacement Grounds Maintenance framework agreement has officially launched.

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Electronic Communications in Above Threshold Tenders

Guidance on electronic communications in tenders over the EU threshold.

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Washroom Services Framework Launch Date Extended

The launch date for the Washroom Services framework has now been extended.

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CPC Membership Rewards Scheme

We have a brand new exciting rewards scheme for our members.

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Fresh New Look for Our Estates & Facilities Category Handbook

We have a brilliant, brand new handbook with updated information for you.

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Lifts: Consultancy, Maintenance and Refurbishment Framework is Now Live

The new framework is split into two lots.

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Re-Tender of Grounds Maintenance Framework

Tender returns are now in evaluation stage.

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Electronic Components and Associated Products Framework Launch

The new framework is split into four lots.

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Re-Tender of Audit Services Framework

We are hoping to finalise the tender assessments this week.

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Disclosure Barring Services Framework

We have a brand new potential framework for 2017.

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We're Recruiting: Contracts & Procurement Officer

Based in Salford, Greater Manchester Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracts & Procurement Officer to join our Contracting Team.

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Tender Documents for Branded Hair Products Now Available

Branded Hair Products Framework is now open for tender.

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Correct Process for Evaluation of Tenders

Example of a recent procurement case and the importance of understanding tender evaluations.

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Lantei Compliance Services to Host Duty Holder Seminars

One of our suppliers is hosting seminars this month for Duty Holders.

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Brexit’s Effect on Procurement Directives

The effect of Brexit on Procurement Directives

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Congratulations to the Customer Satisfaction Survey iPad Winner

We have a winner...

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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016

It's time to have your say! The CPC customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 is here.

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Institution Annual Spend Report 2015/16

Annual spend report is now available to view.

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Benchmarking Activity Results

Our latest benchmarking activity results from October.

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Supplier on Library Resources Framework Offer Amazing Autumn Promotions

One of our suppliers is currently running back to school promotions.

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Benchmarking Activity Results

Our latest benchmarking activity results from September.

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Washroom Framework Agreement Launch

New framework to be launched next month

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Have Your Say in the CPC Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016

It's time to have your say! The CPC customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 is here.

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Member Milestone Celebration

We have reached an amazing 4,000 members!

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New Guidance Documentation with Frameworks

We like to look after our members. Here's a little something extra to help you when using our frameworks.

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Vist the Bett Show 2017

The Bett Show is coming to London in January.

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New Mandatory Standard PQQ to be Used When Conducting OJEU Tenders

Crown Commercial Services publis a revised Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

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The Future of the In-tend FE Shared Portal

In-tend issue statement regarding Lite Users and Lite + Users.

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Feedback on Lyreco Services

Have you used our supplier Lyreco? If so, we want to hear from you.

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Re-Tender of Grounds Maintenance Framework

The Grounds Maintenance Framework is due to be updated by November

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Re-Tender of Audit Services Framework

The Audit Services framework is due to be updated by next month.

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New Contracting Manager Joins CPC

A huge warm welcome to our new Contracting Managing Pat Condon.

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Launch of Structured Cabling Framework

The Structured Cabling Framework is now live.

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All contracts with Ocean Integrated Services novated to Kingdom Security Services Ltd

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

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Do you Need New Fitness Equipment in Time for the New Academic Year? Order Now!

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.

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We have placed the OJEU Notice for the Washroom Services 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.

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Procurement of Qualifications and Exam Services

A very useful FAQ has been produced by CCS regarding the project for developing an agreement for the provision of awarding body services

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Reminder of the Legal Requirement for Colleges to publish information on Contracts Finder

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.

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CCS framework for Occupational Health services, Employee Assistance and Eye Care

CPC are in full discussion with Crown Commercial Services (CCS) about supporting their forthcoming Framework covering Occupational Health services, Employee Assistance and Eye Care.

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CPC working collaboratively with Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

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.

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Network Hardware and Services

The framework for the Network Hardware and Services including Servers and Data Storage has expired.

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New Staff Absence Insurance Framework Now Live

CPC are delighted to announce the launch of the first known OJEU tendered framework agreement for Staff Absence Insurance.

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Re-Tender of Grounds Maintenance Framework

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.

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Launch of Library Resources Framework Agreement

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.

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Access Control and Smart Card Framework

The Access Control and Smart Card framework will expire on the 31st August 2016.

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Structured Cabling Framework

We are in the final stages of evaluating the Structured Cabling tender submissions.

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Software Licence Resellers Framework

We are working closely with SUPC on the Software License Resellers Agreement for FE Colleges.

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Corporate Software

The Corporate Software Framework is due to expire at the end of August 2016.

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CCS Media Develop New IT Sales Apprenticeship

Our supplier CCS Media have co-developed an exciting new IT Sales Apprenticeship program

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New Audit Services Framework

Our New Audit Services framework is expected to be ready for November 2016.

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New Staff Absence Insurance Framework To Launch Soon

Our New Staff Absence Insurance framework is expected to be ready for September 2016.

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Quote Tool Changes

Our Quote Tool has recently been updated with some interesting changes.

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Library Resources Framework Tender Deadline

The deadline has now passed for the Library Resources Framework Tender.

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Southerns Group Makes Major Strategic Acquisition

Broadstock Office Furniture Ltd have joined Southerns Group.

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New Staff Absence Insurance Framework

The new Staff Absence Insurance framework is due to launch soon.

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Multi-Functional Devices Framework

The updated version of the Multi-Functional Devices framework is due to be ready for August.

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TUPE Procurement Guidance

Importance of TUPE in the various stages of a procurement project.

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Desktop and Hardware Framework 6-Month Review

If you have used the Desktop and Hardware Framework then we want to hear from you!

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Benchmarking Results - Institution Makes Savings

Our latest benchmarking activity results.

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Team CPC Visit Supplier Hettle Andrews

Our Contracting Team went to visit Hettle Andrews.

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Zip Range by Godfrey Syrett

New contemporary range from one of our suppliers on the Office Furniture Framework

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Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment Framework

Suppliers on the Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment Framework have updated their price lists.

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Team CPC Visit Supplier Jangro

CPC Contracting team visit supplier on Estates & Facilities Supplies framework.

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Access Control and Smart Card Framework

If you have used the Access Control and Smart Card Framework then we want to hear from YOU

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The EU Referendum, OJEU and CPC - Keeping Up-To-Date

Following the result of the EU Referendum we have launched a dedicated news area about how it may affect procurement practice.

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Senator International Ltd – National Roadshow

Senator national roadshows are coming to the North-West this July.

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Re-Tender of Library Resources Framework

Re-Tender of Library Resources Framework now Open for Suppliers

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Expiry of the National Education Furniture Framework

The National Education Furniture framework expires on the 30th June 2016.

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Tenders Submitted for White Goods Framework

White Goods framework tender deadline passed.

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NERARS Framework - Student Related Marketing Services

Statement from the Universities Advertising Group (UAG) regarding the Resourcing Services 2014 (NERARS) Framework.

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Office Furniture Framework - Essentials Range

Brand new Essentials range of furniture.

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Benchmarking Activity Results

Positive benchmarking results from the Office Supplies Framework.

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Last Chance to Have Your Say and Win an iPad Air!

Our CPC Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 ends soon. Complete now and you could be the lucky winner of an iPad Air!

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CPC Conference De-Brief

Thank you to everyone who attended the CPC Conference on the 11th & 12th May 2016.

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OJEU Notice for Lift Maintenance Framework Tender

Lift Maintenance Framework expected to be available by late August.

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Suppliers Contacting Members on Price Increases

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.

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Benchmarking Activity

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.

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PPE and Clothing Tender Now Available

The PPE and Clothing tender framework is now on the website and available for use.

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The Senator Group Site Visit

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...

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It’s Time to Finalise Your Summer Refurbishment Plans

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...

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Help us to help you – have your say in the 2016 CPC Customer Satisfaction Survey

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...

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We're Recruiting: Contracting Manager, competitive package

Based in Salford, Greater Manchester Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracting Manager to join our Senior Management Team...

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Confirmation that Sixth Form Colleges are exempt from Contracts Finder Regulations

The Public Procurement Amendment Repeals and Revocations Regulations 2016 have now been published and apply after 18 April 2016...

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Make the CPC Quote tools work for you!

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...

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Office Supplies Framework Agreement

Academic Diaries for 2016/17 are now available to order from Lyreco

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Desktop and Hardware Framework Reviews

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.

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Corporate Software 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..

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44.93% Saving on Office Supplies Framework

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)

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A Reminder to Publish your Payment Performance Statistics

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.

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We're Recruiting: Contracting Manager, competitive package

Based in Salford, Greater Manchester, Crescent Purchasing is looking for a full-time Contracting Manager to join our Senior Management Team.

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Delegate Day Rate for only £50 ex VAT

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.

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Academies Insurance Tender

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.

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Standstill Period Now Passed for Estates & Facilities 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 25th April 2016...

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Catering Framework for Academies in Collaboration with Pelican

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...

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Framework for Audio Visual Equipment Now Available

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...

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Re-Tender of the Library Resources Framework

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...

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Opportunity for Suppliers of White Goods

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...

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PPE Tender

CPC have issued the intent of award letters for the new Provision of PPE & Clothing framework and we are currently in the standstill period...

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Staff Absence Insurance Tender

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...

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Desktop Hardware - Lot 2 Portable Devices Launched

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.

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Awarding Organisations Project Customer Engagement Events

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...

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Conflicts of Interest

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.

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New Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment, Supplies and Associated Services Framework

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...

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New Procurement Regulations for Concession Contracts.docx

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...

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Site Maintenance

The CPC will be performing some planned maintenance to upgrade our web servers across the CPC network on the following days...

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Sharing the CPC Experience in South Korea

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...

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Customer Engagement Event in London

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...

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Expiry of Payroll Services Outsourced Framework

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...

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Tender for Staff Absence Insurance

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...

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Awarding Organisations: Customer Engagement Event in London

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.

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Launch Date for Re-Tender of Security Services - Manned Guarding

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.

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Engagement with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s)

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.

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15-19% Average Savings Found in Recent CPC Benchmarking

Please see the fantastic results that have been achieved in the benchmarking exercises that have been carried out during January and February 2016.

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Update on the Awarding Organisations Project

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.

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CPC Invited to Present at Procurement Event in South Korea

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.

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Procurement Case: Lightways (Contractors) Ltd v Inverclyde Council 2015

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.

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New OJEU Forms have been published

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.

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Opportunity for Suppliers of Academies Insurance

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.

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Offer on Discontinued Kitchen Unit Carcasses

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.

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Supply Teacher Guidance and Good Practice - Request for Information

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.

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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...

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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:

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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 helpdesk@thecpc.ac.uk and we will set up an account for you.

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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.

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205 Responses to Recent Survey on Awarding Organisations

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.

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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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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Let Us Know Your Experiences of the Office Furniture Framework

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.

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Benchmarking Activity This Month – We’ve Been Busy!

Please see the table below which show the fantastic results achieved in the benchmarking exercises that have been carried out during November.

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Expiry of Occupational Health Services Framework

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.

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Extension of AV Equipment Framework

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.

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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.

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What Should I Tell An Unsuccessful Bidder?

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.

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Farewell From Ranjana

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.

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Award of Recycling Bins & Street Furniture

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:

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Spending Review 2015: Too Soon to Celebrate for FE?

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".

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Opportunity for Security Services Providers

Our Security Services – Manned Guarding framework is due for renewal February 2016....

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The Surprising Benefits of Sit-To-Stand Workstations

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.

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Ground-Breaking Exam Procurement Project with CCS and AOC

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.

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EU Audit - Errors in Procurement will lead to funds being withheld

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)).

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Breaking Down Barriers to Collaborative Purchasing in Schools ...

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.

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We're Hiring: Senior Contracts & Procurement Officer, Salford, circa £26k-£29k per annum

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.

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Average Saving of 25% on Toilet Tissue for CPC Member

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...

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Tips on incorporating apprenticeship and skills into public procurement

Last month CCS issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) that may be helpful to member institutions who are considering this issue...

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Importance of record keeping when evaluating tenders

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...

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What Do You Need from Access Control and Smart Card Systems?

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.

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Office Furniture Framework

We recently attended review meetings at NWUPC offices with all five suppliers on the Office Furniture Framework...

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6.12% Saving on Office Supplies 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.

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Staff Absence Insurance Framework

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...

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Changes to A levels Impact on Library Resources

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...

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Catering: Light & Heavy Equipment Framework

The CPC Catering: Light & Heavy Equipment Framework is proving to be a very popular framework with Members...

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Member Experiences of Using CPC Frameworks

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Building and Estates Supplies Framework Agreements

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...

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Lessons to Be Learnt from an IT Procurement

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.

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Want to Work for Us? We Have Two New Opportunities…

If you are looking for either a finance or a customer support role, then we may have the opportunity for you...

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New Scores and Ranking on Lot 2 of Staffing Framework

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 ...

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Do We have to Advertise Contracts Over £25,000 on Contracts Finder

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

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Deadline Extended for the Rexel Renewables Award 2015

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.

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Announcing CPC Conference 2016 – Two Days of Procurement for Education at only £150

Join us again at The Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 11th and 12th May 2016 for what promises to be our best conference yet.

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7.05% Saving on Supply of Toilet Tissue & Paper Related Products Framework

Please have a look on the website to see the results of benchmarking exercises that have been carried out ...

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23% Saving on Beauty Consumables & Kits, 49% Saving on Branding Hair Products & Kits

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...

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CPC and DfE Launch New Legal Services Helpline

DfE (Department for Education) have been working with CPC (Crescent Purchasing Consortium) knowing that many Academies and Schools often want simple Legal Advice...

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Crescent Learning - Your Go To Place for Procurement Resources

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...

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Is Your Library Supplier Still Covered on Our Framework?

The Library Resources Agreement has been extended for the final year of the agreement to 15th April 2016 with the following suppliers...

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Supplies Team Merge With Banner Business Services

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...

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CPC and NPG Tailor Forthcoming Postal Services Framework to Education

CPC are pleased to give members advance notice of its forthcoming Postal Services framework that we are working on in collaboration with NPG...

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Strengthened Cabinet Office Mystery Shopper Service

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...

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91% Overall Satisfaction from Lyreco Users

We are pleased to announce the outstanding results from the customer satisfaction survey conducted by Lyreco recently...

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PAG is now on LinkedIn – come join the discussion

The Purchasing Advisory Group for Further Education (PAG) is passionate about ensuring that CPC provides exceptional value and service to the FE sector.

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New Merger Creates a Perfect Partnership

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.

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Have You Seen Our New Dedicated User Guides?

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.

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Our Payroll Framework is Being Reviewed – We Need Your Help!

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

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Arthur J. Gallagher withdrawal from CPC FE College Insurance Framework

CPC have received notification from Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) of their request to be removed from CPC’s FE College Insurance framework

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You’ll be floored by the offerings on our new 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.

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5 Things to consider when you are purchasing software

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.

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Benchmarking Activity This Month – We’ve Been Busy!

A comparison exercise was undertaken results showed a staggering average saving of 145.30%

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We’re building a new framework for Estates and Facilities and we need your help

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.

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You asked, we listened – PAT & Fixed Wire testing now available on one framework

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.

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CPC’s New Energy Solution – a partnership with TEC, The Energy Consortium

To complete the partnership CPC have undertaken with YPO to provide energy coverage for academies, we have now also partnered with The Energy Consortium (TEC) in order to provide our FE college members with access to EU-tendered energy frameworks.

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News from the CPC Office

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.

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Staff Strategy Day

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.

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Our Building Cleaning Framework is here - just in time for some Spring Cleaning

We’ve finished putting the final touches on our Provision of Building Cleaning Services framework agreement and it is now ready for use.

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Reinvigorating our Training Seminars: Let us know what works for you

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.

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We’re putting the final touches to FELP

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.

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Crescent Learning – it’s nearly ready!

The new Crescent Learning website, which will host all of our training and procurement resources, will be launched in April.

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The Public Contracts Regulations 2015

The updated EU Regulations came into force on 26 February.

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Our PPE Framework is being reinvigorated – we need your help!

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.

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Great Results from Recent Benchmarking Activity

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.

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It’s not too soon to start planning 2016 – or buying your 2016 Planners…

The academic year 2015/16 diaries and planner are now in stock and available to order from Lyreco now.

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"Free" purchasing services: Do they exist?

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....

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CPC 3000th Customer

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...

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Crescent Learning

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.

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Salon Equipment, Furniture, Supply and Maintenance

An update on the tendering and evaluating of supplier responses reggarding this framework and details on the important dates.

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Crescent Learning

A new range and existing resources available for you all in one place on our brand new bespoke website for training and procurement resources

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FELP

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.

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National Education Recruitment Advertising and Resourcing Service (NERARS) Agreement

Details on the NERARS re-tendering awarded and relevant suppliers information now available on the CPC website.

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Voting Results and Latest Framework Suggestions

The latest voting results for frameworks with details on how to vote yourself.

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CPC FE Insurance Framework

Begin peppering your insurance tenders now in order to make huge savings.

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YPO Energy

YPO are providing provision of energy working in partnership with CPC for academies and schools.

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Office Supplies Framework – Lyreco

Take advantage on behalf of your institution in saving with the updated Lyreco with the office supplies framework.

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DfE Business Managers Procurement Skills Survey

If you are a school business manager, for the best support on the skills required for procurement of goods DfE would like you to let us know how we can best support you.

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Dutch Auctions - why take the risk?

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.

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FELP – A Helpful New Resource for You, From CPC

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.

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Sports, Fitness & Gym Equipment

Tender documents now available via the CPC electronic tendering website In-tend, the OJEU notice was placed on the 15th of December 2014.

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Lift Maintenance framework

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.

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Do you really need to specify the hardware brand?

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.

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Government Opportunities Public Sector Supplier Summit

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.

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Outsourced Catering Services Framework

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.

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NEW - Signs and Signage framework

CPC have been working with Joint Contracting partners NEUPC for the new Signs & Signage framework. To begin 10th November 2014.

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Audio Visual installations

In the coming months NWUPC in collaboration with CPC and the other JCG consortia will be holding Review Meetings for the Audio Visual Equipment Framework

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Contracting Pipeline

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.

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Emergency Inhaler Kits

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.

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and Fixed Wire Testing (FWT) Framework Amalgamation.

We have decided to amalgamate the existing Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and Fixed Wire Testing (FWT) frameworks. These frameworks expire 31/1/2015.

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A New Way to Purchase Software Licencing, Built For CPC Academy and School Members Like You

Software licences are not the easiest thing to procure.

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Construction Workshop and Estates Supplies Framework

We are pleased to inform you that Construction Workshop and Estates Supplies Framework has been awarded to seven suppliers.

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CPC Website redesign

The redesigned CPC website has now been live for a month and the feedback we have received so far has been very positive.

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Website Contracting Pipeline

There is a lot to see on the new CPC website; one of the key developments is the new Contracting Pipeline.

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Tools, Fasteners, Fixings, Adhesives and Ironmongery Framework

We are delighted to inform you that the above EU compliant re-tendered framework agreement has now been awarded.

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CPC Launches Redesigned Website

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.

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Two new frameworks for Software Licences

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.

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Musical Instruments Framework

We are pleased to inform you that the Musical Instruments Framework has been awarded to six suppliers.

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Arts and Crafts Supplies Framework

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.

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Office Supplies Framework

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.

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Review of Electronic Components Framework

Adrian recently attended the working party review meeting for the Electronic Components framework with representatives from the HE Consortia and Universities.

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National Telecommunication Framework

The framework is a best value EU compliant framework, providing a one-stop-shop for a Members' telecoms requirements from across twelve lots.

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Government Purchasing Card Framework

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...

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New EU tendered Promotional Products Framework

The new EU tendered Promotional Products Framework started on 1st March 2014 and replaces the current Promotional Merchandise negotiated agreement...

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Arts and Crafts Supplies Framework

Capitalize on the savings that can be achieved by utilizing this EU compliant framework agreement...

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Soft Furnishings Framework

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.

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Direct Awards Update

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.

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The Print and Related Services Framework Launched

Further to last month's article we were delighted to be able to launch the Print and Related Services Framework on Monday 13th January.

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Temporary and Permanent Staffing Framework

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.

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National Education Furniture Framework

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.

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Colleges Take Control of Purchasing With Their Own Consortium

Colleges will soon be able to experience even greater savings as they are now the new owners of the largest FE purchasing consortium.

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Have Your Say: Corporate Software

The Corporate Software framework is due to expire in August 2016 and we have the option to either re-tender or extend...

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