There are 10 lots. Some suppliers can deliver across a number of lots, others offer solutions in just one lot. The structure is designed to encourage more small businesses to participate. Each lot contains a core component which must form part of your requirement.
There are three ways to buy:
Available on all lots, direct award is suitable for straightforward requirements. Supplier offers are shown in the government eMarketplace. If you currently use Zanzibar you should already be able to access the catalogue.
Short form further competition
Use this if you do not want to amend call-off terms and your requirement can be met through one lot of the agreement.
General further competition
Use this if you need maximum flexibility, and the ability to run cross-lot competitions. This lot allows you to appoint an agent as an additional requirement.