When we are required to purchase any goods or services, the process will usually be carried out through a Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework.
The Crown Commercial Service brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer.
CCS is an executive agency, sponsored by the Cabinet Office.
CCS has set up a number of frameworks that we are entitled to use, either through a direct award to one of the suppliers engaged or through further competitive tendering. Using the frameworks enables us to achieve value for money through a streamlined and efficient procurement process.
If CCS frameworks cannot deliver the requirement, we will then consider other options, such as a new procurement.