This agreement delivers an efficient and compliant route to market for software licenses for colleges.

It provides value for money across the following products and services; Microsoft and associated services, Adobe software specific to ETLA Agreements, Adobe software specific for VIP/CLP Agreements, VMWare including all VMware software and licenses. miscellaneous software and license procurement including IT security software and support, software services including software asset management, software procurement, software auditing services and professional services.

All lots cover maintenance, renewal and consultancy of the relevant products:


  • Lot 1 – Microsoft and Associated Services - Microsoft software and license procurement and support inclusive of maintenance and renewal. Associated services including consultancy which is limited to the products available via this lot. This includes access to special pricing and terms and conditions by Eduserv including but not limited to EES and Select Plus agreements.

  • Lot 2 – Adobe (Sub-Lot 2A – ETLA Agreements) - Adobe software specific to ETLA agreements (site licences, multi-site or unlimited) inclusive of maintenance, renewal and associated services including consultancy specific to this agreement. This includes access to special pricing and terms and conditions by Eduserv.

  • Lot 2 – Adobe (Sub-Lot 2B – VIP/CLP Agreements) - Adobe software and license procurement and support inclusive of maintenance and renewal. Adobe CLP Agreements (perpetual licenses and optional upgrade protection) and VIP Agreements (named user/device subscription licenses) where special pricing and terms and conditions have been provided by Eduserv.

  • Lot 3 – VMWare - VMware software and license procurement and support inclusive of maintenance and renewal. Associated services including consultancy which is limited to the products available via this lot. This includes access to special pricing and terms and conditions by Eduserv (where applicable).

  • Lot 4 – Other - Miscellaneous software and license procurement and associated services plus support including maintenance and renewal. This includes but is not limited to; IT security software and support. It includes access to special pricing and terms and conditions by Eduserv (where applicable).

  • Lot 5 – Software Services - Including but not limited to; Software Asset Management procurement and associated services, software auditing services and professional services including consultancy which is limited to the products provided under the scope of this agreement.

It was awarded on 1st December 2016 and runs to 30th November 2019 with a possible extension to 30th November 2020.

Key Benefits of this Deal

  1. Provides compliance under EU Procurement Directives.
  2. A dedicated lot for software services providing institutions with access to software auditing, asset management and professional consultancy services
  3. Pricing is based on a cost plus basis and margins are fixed for the life of the agreement
  4. Pricing for professional services such as; discovery phases, implementation, training, project management and software development are fixed for the life of the agreement and includes travel and expenses
  5. A schedule of rates has been provided for the professional services under Lot 5 allowing members to manage service costs
  6. Offers access to Eduserv Chest Agreements providing best value pricing
  7. Call off contract for institutions to use as a template for contracting with suppliers.
  8. Robust performance management by setting clear KPI’s to be monitored over the life of the agreement
  9. Improved terms and conditions specific to software licensing

Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
Lot 1: Microsoft 10 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Bytes Software Services Ltd 2016/1703 Nationwide
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Civica UK Ltd 2016/1705 Regional
Comparex UK Ltd 2016/1706 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Phoenix Software Ltd 2016/1698 Nationwide
Pugh Computers 2016/1699 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
SoftwareONE UK Ltd 2016/1707 Nationwide
XMA 2016/1701 Nationwide
Lot 2A: Adobe ETLA Agreements 6 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Academia Ltd 2016/1702 Nationwide
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Comparex UK Ltd 2016/1706 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Phoenix Software Ltd 2016/1698 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
Lot 2B: Adobe VIP/CLP Agreements 6 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Academia Ltd 2016/1702 Nationwide
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Comparex UK Ltd 2016/1706 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Phoenix Software Ltd 2016/1698 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
Lot 3: VMWare 6 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Academia Ltd 2016/1702 Nationwide
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Comparex UK Ltd 2016/1706 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
XMA 2016/1701 Nationwide
Lot 4: Other 10 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
Academia Ltd 2016/1702 Nationwide
Bytes Software Services Ltd 2016/1703 Nationwide
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Civica UK Ltd 2016/1705 Regional
Comparex UK Ltd 2016/1706 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Phoenix Software Ltd 2016/1698 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
SoftwareONE UK Ltd 2016/1707 Nationwide
XMA 2016/1701 Nationwide
Lot 5: Software Services 5 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
CDW Limited 2016/1704 Nationwide
Insight Direct Ltd 2016/1697 Nationwide
Phoenix Software Ltd 2016/1698 Nationwide
Softcat Ltd 2016/1700 Nationwide
XMA 2016/1701 Nationwide

How can I use this Deal

CPC typically recommends that members undertake a further competition considering your own particular requirements. This agreement gives members three options to acquire your preferred products and services and to ultimately appoint a supplier:

  1. Option one - ranked
  2. Option two - desktop exercise
  3. Option three – further competition

Read the User Guide for further information on how to progress using each of these three options.

Should you wish to call-off from this framework agreement you can do this by means of ranking, further-competition or a combination of ranking and further-competition. Assess your requirement against the lots available to determine the correct lot to use then place a call-off contract from the framework agreement.

Member institutions of SUPC need to complete an ‘Access Agreement’ available in Appendix G) in the first instance and send to the CPC Contract Manager. Please be advised only SUPC members are required to complete an ’Access Agreement’, CPC members do not need to complete this document in order to use the framework.


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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this deal. Some are required for successful use of the deal and are clearly marked.

File Details Essential
User GuideThis is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload
Desktop Calculator ToolThe Desktop Calculator tool is referenced and explained further on page 10 of the User Guide under the heading Option 2 – Desktop Exercise Download
Appendix BFramework Specification Section 2 Download
Appendix CTender Questions asked as part of the framework tender process Download
Appendix EThis document includes the suggested Terms and Conditions for call-off. Institutions may modify the call-off terms provided that the modification does not alter the overall nature of the contract or framework agreement. Download
Appendix HPricing Download
Appendix HPricing for Lot 4 Download

Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this deal is SUPC.

Ioana Maier

  • Name: Ioana Maier
  • Tel: 0161 974 0958
  • Email: I.Maier@thecpc.ac.uk
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