Management Consultancy Framework Three (MCF3)

Access to consultancy including business, strategy and policy, finance, HR, procurement, health/social care and community, infrastructure and environment.


Central government and wider public sector customers can access cost effective consultancy advice from a range of suppliers across 9 specific lots.

This agreement replaces Management Consultancy Framework RM3745 and Management Consultancy Framework 2 RM6008.

For a detailed description of the service lines provided under each lot, read the lot description document.

This agreement will run for 4 years and there will be no option to extend.

There is no maximum length for a call off contract under this agreement, but we recommend it should not be longer than 4 years.


  • wide range of suppliers from SMEs to large multinationals
  • all suppliers are Cyber Essentials accredited
  • standard terms and conditions
  • competitive market rates
  • maximum rates fixed for the life of the agreement and your project providing budgetary control
  • no minimum or maximum value thresholds this means you can use the agreement regardless of project size
  • comprehensive customer guidance and templates
  • choice of pricing models including: time and materials, fixed, or risk and reward
  • a tool to help you shortlist suitable suppliers
  • dedicated and knowledgeable contract management team to support you

Products and suppliers

There are 180 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: Business


80 suppliers

Lot 2: Strategy & Policy


36 suppliers

Lot 3: Complex & Transformation


30 suppliers

Lot 4: Finance


25 suppliers

Lot 5: HR


29 suppliers

Lot 6: Procurement & Supply Chain


35 suppliers

Lot 7: Health, Social Care & Community


41 suppliers

Lot 8: Infrastructure including Transport


44 suppliers

Lot 9: Environmental Sustainability & Socio-Economic Development


40 suppliers

How to buy

Before buying from this agreement you should read the customer guidance document.

You can select suppliers capable of meeting your needs by using the digital filtering tool. This tool allows you to filter suppliers by specialism.

Further competition is the default route to market for this agreement. For further details, read Framework schedule 7: call off award procedure.

Customers can access the pricing for this agreement using the digital filtering tool. If this is your first time using the digital tool, you will need to set up an account.

Further competition

You can use your own eSourcing system or you can use our eSourcing tool to run your further competition. If this is your first time using our eSourcing suite, you will need to register an account.

To run a further competition you will need to:

  1. clearly define your requirements, see template T2 Attachment 3 Statement of Requirements 
  2. identify which lot is most suitable for your needs, read lot descriptions
  3. issue a request for information (RFI) (optional)
  4. develop tender documentation
  5. identify suppliers capable of meeting your needs to do this, you can use the management consultancy digital filtering tool
  6. establish appropriate timescales for your procurement
  7. issue expression of interest (EOI) (optional)
  8. issue tender to all agreement suppliers identified using the digital tool and EOI
  9. evaluate supplier responses
  10. award a contract to the successful supplier(s) and notify unsuccessful suppliers
  11. you may wish to include a 10 day standstill period before award (optional)

Customers including central government departments and the NHS may need approval before spending on consultancy.

Please check your own internal policies and controls processes.