The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement – giving the public sector access to a wide range of suppliers for their FM requirements.
In total, 47 companies have been awarded places across three value-banded lots. The winning bidders include 10 small and medium-sized enterprises, bringing diversity and competition into the market for public sector contracts.
The deal, covering expenditure of up to £12 billion over the next four years, is expected to save public bodies up to 10 per cent on the cost of procuring facilities management services like cleaning, maintenance, security and catering.
Customers will be able to require suppliers to demonstrate social value, specifying what this means to their organisation and testing the proposals, as a key part of the awarding of contracts.
It is the first agreement to make use of the Crown Commercial Service’s new, simplified Public Sector Contract, which was designed to make it easier for businesses to apply for Government contracts.
A second ‘phase’ for Workplace Services (RM6089), which includes placement of agreements in Security, Housing Maintenance and Defence FM, is being developed.