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CCS awards Technology Services 2 framework

David Bicknell Published 06 September 2017

A hundred SMEs have been named to the 160 supplier strong framework, which CCS estimates could help public bodies to save more than £180m over four years

 

Although some smaller government suppliers feel as if Whitehall’s commitment to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is not what it used to be, there are still a hundred of them that have been named on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Technology Services 2 framework awarded today.

Up to £3bn is expected to be spent through the agreement, which links public sector bodies with suppliers that can provide specialist IT services - from the management of a small desktop computer estate to the replacement of critical government systems.

The agreement initially runs for two years, but there is an option to extend by two further years. The framework consists of four lots, with the fourth lot, covering programme and large projects, broken down into sub-lots, for the Government Official security classification and for above the Official classification, covering government Secret and Top Secret classifications.

The first three lots of the agreement cover Technology strategy and services design; Transition and transformation functions; and Operational services, which is then subdivided into four categories covering end user service; operational management;  technical management; and application and data management.

Suppliers who were successful on Lots 1 – 3 inclusive were automatically awarded a place on Lot 4a. Suppliers who are awarded a place on Lot 4.a, and which meet the criteria for Lot 4.b are awarded a place on Lot 4.b for “Above Official”.

Technology Services 2 replaces two already expired CCS framework agreements, Technology Services and Enterprise Application Support Services, and it is regarded as complementary to G-Cloud. Vendors who have made it onto the new framework expect it to draw in both larger opportunities and buyers who do not use G-Cloud.

Nicky Stewart, commercial director for UKCloud, which is one of the 100 SMEs on the framework, said, “UKCloud is delighted to have been awarded a place on all of the Technology Services 2 lots. CCS underwent an extensive discovery with both buyers and suppliers, and we believe that Technology Services 2 will offer new opportunity for suppliers, and flexibility and value for money for buyers.”

UKCloud said it expects to work closely with one of its sub-contractors, QinetiQ, on the Technology Services 2 framework. Steve Wadey, Qinetiq's chief executive said, "QinetiQ and UKCloud have worked collaboratively throughout the TS2 bid process to pool our expertise and experience and we believe that there will be strong demand for a unique combined capability.”

Niall Quinn, director, Technology Strategic Category for CCS, said, "This framework delivers significant commercial benefits and gives more SMEs than ever the chance to deliver specialist technology support to the UK public sector."

 








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