3 signs you are ready to join a procurement framework

12/02/20

There are many reasons why public sector organisations decide to join procurement frameworks. If you or your company has been considering easier alternatives to the public tender process – the following frustrations might sound familiar.

1. You’re running out of time
Did your last tender take months and months of wrangling to get over the line? In order to comply with extensive regulation, organisations can spend a significant amount of time and money ensuring they meet both EU and UK rules. The regulations cover a range of stipulations including advertising of contracts and strict procedures for assessing company credentials. Even when a tender process is not subject to the Public Contracts Regulations, because the value of the contract falls below the threshold, they still need to ensure they apply the principles of non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency, mutual recognition and proportionality.

2. You’re tired of complicated onboarding processes
Once an organisation has chosen a supplier, the onboarding process can still be painful. Following the awarding of a contract, there is a ten-day 'standstill' period where any unsuccessful bidders are able to review the application and appeal the decision. This alone can drive organisations to choose a readymade framework. Here, the contract has been pre-negotiated and suppliers will have already been appointed. This dramatically reduces cost and hours spent on red tape. 

3. You want total reassurance – and fast
In large public sector contracts, authorities want access to excellent quality supplies quickly. In a lean and unsteady climate, public sector bodies can’t afford any downtime caused by suppliers letting them down last minute. This is why many choose to find suppliers through readymade procurement networks. These promise rapid distribution, easy onboarding and the ability to secure prices for a fixed term. A pre-existing system, built with suppliers who have already been vetted, will ensure businesses eradicate downtime and are always stocked with great value supplies that they need. 

If you’d like to find out more about the procurement process and how Aero works with procurement frameworks, take a look at our guide, Navigating the Procurement Highway.


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