11 July 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
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.
Forty-seven companies have been awarded places across three value-banded lots. The winning bidders include 10 small and medium-sized enterprises, which the CCS says has brought "diversity and competition into the market for public sector contracts".
John Kenny, CCS deputy director for Workplace, said: "The launch of the FM Marketplace allows the public sector to buy a wide range of facilities management services from the very best suppliers the market has to offer, all at competitive and sustainable prices."
Mark Fox, chief executive of the British Services Association, said: "We are pleased to work closely with the Crown Commercial Service to deliver a framework that will attract existing suppliers and new entrants alike. It is a positive step forward."
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 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.
Facilities management firm Pareto Facilities Management Ltd, has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Services framework.
Andrew Hulbert, managing director of Pareto, said it was "a major achievement for a Pareto FM as such a young SME, in an established and ultra-competitive sector".
He added: "To have a business a young as Pareto FM, outplay the established industry competition and win a place on this framework gives us great heart in what we do. We looked on with interest as many of the established service providers in the sector complained in the FM press about this process, we put our resources into creating the best bid and were successful. We believe that this shows the government is now serious about changing the way it delivers facilities services to its built environments."