This framework agreement has been designed to provide schools and academies with a one-stop solution for buying a range of computer software licences and associated services, including:

  1. Academic software licences for schools and academies, including Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, Acronis, Corel, Nuance, and VMWare
  2. Security, web-monitoring and anti-virus software such as Sophos, Symantec and Kaspersky
  3. Specialist education and learning management software
  4. Software support, maintenance and upgrades
  5. Professional services and software licensing support including software auditing services

The software licenses and associated services are available across four lots:


  • Lot 1 – Microsoft – This lot includes but is not limited to the following services: the initial supply and renewal of a range of Microsoft licensing types plus it covers additional services associated with Microsoft licensing including; the identification of types of licenses required, providing ongoing advice, deployment of licenses, ongoing support and guidance to ensure members have the correct licensing solution for their institution.

  • Lot 2 – Adobe - This lot includes but is not limited to the following services: the initial supply and renewal of a range of Adobe licensing types plus it covers additional services associated with Adobe licensing including: the identification of types of licenses required, providing ongoing advice, deployment of licenses, ongoing support and guidance to ensure members have the correct licensing solution for their institution.

  • Lot 3 – Other off the Shelf Software - This lot includes but is not limited to the following services: the initial supply and renewal of a range of other off the shelf software ranging from security, antivirus and backup software through to music/film editing software and speech recognition software. It also covers additional services associated with software licensing including: the identification of types of licenses required, providing ongoing advice, deployment of licenses, ongoing support and guidance to ensure members have the correct licensing solution for their institution.

  • Lot 4 – One Stop Shop - Suppliers that were successful in lots 1 – 3 have been awarded a place on lot 4 which offers a one stop shop.


"CPC offer an overall excellent service. Our Regional Procurement Advisor Sara King has been a huge help over the last few months, offering expert knowledge, and expert advice. The whole Team are friendly, and supportive."

Rachel Smith, Procurement & Purchase Ledger Assistant, Stoke on Trent College

Key Facts

Start date
9th August 2018
End date
8th August 2022
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The Department for Education (DfE) recommend this deal to Schools and Academies.

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Key Benefits of this Deal

  1. Competitive pricing and special conditions exclusive to education
  2. Substantial discounts on academic software, licences and software services
  3. A fast and compliant route to market through mini competition
  4. Full compliance with EU Regulations and the Public Contract Regulations 2015
  5. The framework is easy to use and saves administration time

Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
Lot 1: Microsoft 8 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Academia Ltd 2018/1950
Bechtle Direct Ltd 2018/1951
Boxxe 2018/1955
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 2018/1952
Phoenix Software Ltd 2018/1960
Softcat Ltd 2018/1956
Stone Technologies Limited 2018/1957
XMA (Viglen) 2018/1959
Lot 2: Adobe 8 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Bechtle Direct Ltd 2018/1951
Boxxe 2018/1955
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 2018/1952
Phoenix Software Ltd 2018/1960
Pugh Computers 2018/1953
Pure Technology Group Limited 2018/1954
Softcat Ltd 2018/1956
Stone Technologies Limited 2018/1957
Lot 3: Other Off The Shelf Software 8 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Academia Ltd 2018/1950
Bechtle Direct Ltd 2018/1951
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 2018/1952
Phoenix Software Ltd 2018/1960
Softcat Ltd 2018/1956
Stone Technologies Limited 2018/1957
Virtue Technologies Ltd 2018/1958
XMA (Viglen) 2018/1959
Lot 4: One Stop Shop 5 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Bechtle Direct Ltd 2018/1951
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 2018/1952
Phoenix Software Ltd 2018/1960
Softcat Ltd 2018/1956
Stone Technologies Limited 2018/1957

How can I use this Deal

You have two options when using this framework agreement that comply with EU Regulations:

  1. Conduct the mini-competition exercise utilising the Further Competition Document template and step-by-step guide provided within the User Guide
  2. Direct award – please use the Direct Award Agreement document when a direct award is issued through the framework

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If you require support in running a further competition via this deal, Tenet Services can help. Tenet offer a nationwide service specialising in assisting education establishments to complete further competitions.

Tenet are part of the Crescent Purchasing Group of Companies and operate on a not-for-profit basis.

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Get a Quote

The CPC Quote Tool is free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on our deals for purchases that fall below £189,330.

"The Quote Tool was easy to use and time saving, resulting in a straightforward process where we just had to put the details in once and could then use the reputable suppliers already recommended."

Deborah Anderson-Dixon, Finance Manager at Sir William Romney's School

For purchases that exceed £189,330, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about CPC Sourcing Cloud.

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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
Further Competition DocumentThe attached template document should assist you with running your further competition and once completed should be sent to all suppliers on the relevant framework lot. YesDownload
Direct Award AgreementThis document is to be used where a direct award has been issued through the framework. YesDownload
Mini Competition ChecklistIt is recommended that members utilise this checklist when undertaking a mini-competition process to maximise the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory quantity and quality of bid responses from suppliers YesDownload

Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this deal is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Jane Edwards

  • Name: Jane Edwards
  • Tel: 0161 8231860
  • Email: j.edwards@thecpc.ac.uk
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