The new Facilities Management procurement framework developed by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use simplified terms and conditions and increase SME participation by restricting the number of Lots on which suppliers can bid for places.
CCS is set to issue a contract notice for the Facilities Management Marketplace – potentially worth up to £12 billion – in January 2018, with a second phase contract notice for additional services in May 2018.
Suppliers bidding for places on phase one will have to choose to bid on a maximum of two lots out of the three available. This means that suppliers will have to balance between bidding for large, medium or small value lots – increasing opportunities for smaller suppliers to compete for public contracts.
The Marketplace will be the first CCS agreement to make use of the new Public Sector Contract, developed in partnership with Government Digital Service (GDS) and Government Legal Department (GLD).
The Public Sector Contract reduces government contracts by hundreds of pages, cutting out unnecessary or generic terms and conditions and tailoring contracts on a modularised basis.
Framework contracts and call-off contracts will carry the same terms and conditions – an innovation for public contracting – removing the unnecessary legal expense of knitting the two together.
The Facilities Management Marketplace will be available to all central government departments, charities and wider public sector bodies like NHS Trusts, schools, universities, colleges, local authorities and the Police and Fire Services.