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Suppliers are now able to bid for our newest framework offering, which specialises in helping the academy sector in England access a range of professional services.
The Academy Services Framework, which is valued at £89.5m, is a brand-new offering for the market and will run for up to four years once live.
Managed by Pagabo on behalf of contracting authority Red Kite Learning Trust, the framework will appoint suppliers to services including, legal, data protection officer, internal audit, external audit, health and safety, HR and payroll management, along with the associated software systems.
Jason Stapley, chief procurement officer at Pagabo, said: “We are pleased to be working with Red Kite Learning Trust, to be bringing to market a framework which has been designed and developed by a multi-academy trust, specifically for the academy sector in England. The aim is to have a range of suppliers that have got the sector specific experience and knowledge so that any clients can be confident that their requirements will be able to be met.”
Within the framework, there are spaces devoted to appointing SME suppliers, a move that Pagabo intends will improve access to the best suppliers for each requirement while also boosting the social impact generated by the framework.
Jason said: “Successful procurement is about finding the right supplier for each requirement, and there’s no one size fits all solution to that. Ensuring there’s a strong SME presence on the framework helps to widen out the options available and inject innovation into the framework and the sector as a whole.
“This commitment to fairness across the market sees a number of places reserved for SMEs across the 9 geographical locations, making sure that clients are able to access the talent and skills lying across the whole market.
“Our aim is always to make things as simple and efficient as possible for both clients and suppliers and as such the framework will allow for appointment of suppliers through either direct award or further competition. This in turn will allow academies to procure the services they need quickly and compliantly, freeing up time to focus more on their expertise of education provision.”
Interested parties are encouraged to submit their bids before 11 January 2024. Notifications of success are expected in March 2024.
Those wishing to submit a bid for the Academy Services Framework should visit the link here.