Audit & Assurance Services (A&AS)

Scope

This framework will provide audit and assurance services for UK central government departments (including ALBs) and all other public sector bodies across the Wider Public Sector. 

This framework, in conjunction with RM6187 Management Consultancy Three, will replace both the RM3745 Management Consultancy Framework and RM6008 Management Consultancy Framework Two

Updates

03/06/2020 – We are holding our second supplier event on 7 July 2020 at 10AM in the form of a webinar.

27/04/2020 – Following extensive customer and supplier engagement we have received 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 Audit & Assurance Services (A&AS).

Supplier engagement

Following on from our first supplier event in January, we held a second event on 7 July 2020. The focus of this webinar included confirmation of our proposed lot structure, service lines and resource grades. We welcome feedback from suppliers on this event. Please send your comments to: info@crowncommercial.gov.uk

A copy of the presentation can be found below.

We held a supplier engagement session in January 2020, which was attended by 13 suppliers. The feedback received will help shape various aspects of the new framework including the lotting strategy and specification. 

A copy of the presentation can be found below. 

Customer engagement

We are looking for government customers or buyers with commercial experience or knowledge of the audit assurance category. If you fit this description and can spare some time in April and May 2021 to support the evaluation of our new Audit & Assurance Services (A&AS) agreement, we’d love to hear from you.

We have also held many customer engagement sessions. These have mostly been with central government departments on a 1 to 1 basis. 

In January 2020 we held a wider customer event in Glasgow. These engagements have been invaluable in helping to shape the strategy of the agreement and to ensure it 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

Timeline

Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement October 2019 to May 2020
Internal governance June 2020 to August 2020
Drafting procurement documents September 2020 to December 2020
Publication of OJEU January 2021
Evaluation period April 2021 to June 2021
Framework award July 2021
Framework ‘Go Live’ September 2021