Management Consultancy Framework Three (MCF3)


This agreement will provide management consultancy services for UK central government departments and all other public sector bodies. 

This agreement, in conjunction with RM6188 Audit Services, will replace both the RM3745 Management Consultancy Framework and RM6008 Management Consultancy Framework Two.  


07/08/2020 – After customer engagement and internal reviews we have defined the 3 sector specific lots for this agreement. You can find a summary of the entry criteria, supplier numbers per lot and service lines in the sector specific lot update. Please note all details are subject to change pre OJEU release.

27/04/2020 – Following extensive customer and supplier engagement we have received various feedback on the naming convention of the framework agreement. In light of this feedback, we have decided to change the name of the framework agreement to Management Consultancy Framework 3 (MCF3).

03/06/2020 – We have now conducted 2 rounds of group supplier and customer engagement, and also engaged with customers on a more specific basis to finalise our lot structure and names. Alongside this, we have been working closely with our colleagues and reviewing past spend data across CCS to ensure limited overlap of agreements. One of these changes has resulted in the removal of the IT/Digital Lot as much of this spend should be directed to one of the various technology frameworks available. As a result, we can now confirm the lotting structure for MCF3 will be:

Lot 1: Business 

Lot 2: Strategy & Policy 

Lot 3: Complex & Transformation

Lot 4: Finance

Lot 5: HR

Lot 6: Procurement & Supply Chain

Lot 7: Health, Social Care & Community 

Lot 8: Infrastructure including Transport

Lot 9: Environmental Sustainability & Socio-Economic Development

The OJEU remains scheduled for October 2020 and all further detail will be published then including the entry criteria and bidding timescales.

Supplier engagement

We have held a number of supplier engagement sessions in October 2019 and February 2020. The sessions were very well attended with over 60 suppliers in October and over 90 in February coming along. The feedback received will help shape various aspects of the new framework including the lotting strategy and specification. 

A copy of the presentations from both events can be found below. 

If you want to send us your feedback please email and include RM6187 in the subject title by the 30 April 2020.

Customer engagement

If you are a government customer/buyer with commercial experience and/or knowledge of the management consultancy category and can spare some time in early 2021 to support the evaluation of our new Management Consultancy Framework (MCF3), we’d love to hear from you.

We have also held a number of customer engagement sessions in London, Glasgow and Manchester during the same period as the supplier engagement events. The feedback has been invaluable in helping to shape the strategy of the framework. We are also engaging departments on a 1:1 basis regarding the sector-specific lots to ensure our new framework best meets the needs of our customers. 

Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) Read PIN
Contract Notice in OJEU Read Contract Notice
Tender Documents Contracts Finder Link



Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement October 2019 to February 2020
Internal governance February 2020 to June 2020
Drafting procurement documents February 2020 to September 2020
Publication of OJEU October 2020
Framework award June 2021
Framework ‘Go Live’ September 2021


RM6187 Supplier market engagement slides

RM6187 Sector specific lot update