Management Consultancy Framework Three (MCF3)

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


18/08/2023: We will be holding a series of customer and supplier engagement sessions to help shape our upcoming RM6309 Management Consultancy Framework 4 agreement. The sessions will take place virtually and face to face and are listed below.

Customer engagement sessions:

Only public sector customers will be permitted to attend these events and you should sign up using your public sector email address.

Customer event taking place in Liverpool on 20 September 2023

Customer event taking place in London on 26 September 2023

Virtual customer event on 28 September 2023

Virtual customer event on 3 October 2023

Supplier engagement sessions:

Only suppliers will be permitted to attend these events and you should use your organisational email address to sign up.

Supplier event taking place in London on 27 September 2023

Supplier virtual event on 4 October 2023

Supplier virtual event on 5 October 2023



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

Carbon Reduction

Some of the suppliers for this agreement have agreed to comply with the Procurement Policy Note 06/21: 'Taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts'. If a supplier has published a carbon reduction plan, you can find it on their individual supplier details page.

Products and suppliers

There are 175 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: Business


78 suppliers

Lot 2: Strategy & Policy


35 suppliers

Lot 3: Complex & Transformation


30 suppliers

Lot 4: Finance


23 suppliers

Lot 5: HR


29 suppliers

Lot 6: Procurement & Supply Chain


35 suppliers

Lot 7: Health, Social Care & Community


40 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.

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

Further competition

If you do not have your own eSourcing system you can use ours to manage your further competition process. Register an account for our eSourcing system.

To run a further competition you will need to:

  • clearly define your requirements using template T2 Attachment 3 Statement of Requirements
  • identify which lot is most suitable for your needs, read lot descriptions
  • develop your tender documents
  • identify suppliers capable of meeting your needs, using one of the 2 options listed below (digital filtering tool or contract award service) 
  • establish appropriate timescales for your procurement
  • issue expression of interest (EOI) (optional)
  • issue tender to all agreement suppliers identified 
  • evaluate supplier responses
  • award a contract to the successful supplier(s) and notify unsuccessful suppliers

There are 2 ways to buy from this agreement. These are:

Digital filtering tool

This tool allows you to filter suppliers by service(s) and also provides access to the maximum framework rates. This will enable you to run a procurement using your own eSourcing system.

Buy using the digital filtering tool.

Contract award service (CAS)

This is a new buying option that will provide you with an online end to end procurement process. CAS will allow you to:

  • filter suppliers by lot and service line
  • issue a Request For Information (RFI)
  • run a Expression Of Interest (EOI)
  • undertake a further competition or direct award
  • evaluate supplier responses
  • validate suppliers framework rates
  • award your contract
  • provide feedback to suppliers
  • generate an audit trail for your procurement.

Buy using the contract award service.

Note: CAS is in ‘private beta’ so is subject to further enhancements. We would appreciate your feedback to help us improve the service.