Further competition

Once you have selected the CCS framework that meets your needs, you can ask the suppliers listed to bid for your business. This process is called ‘further competition’.

This may be run under any CCS framework which has multiple suppliers.

Who can use

All public sector organisations.

How to buy

You can use CCS’s free eSourcing tool to run a further competition among the suppliers listed against the framework and lot you have selected. Or you can also use your own organisation’s sourcing tool. 

The main stages of running a further competition are detailed in the buyer guidance of each agreement. Generally, they are:

  • pre-market engagement with suppliers to help you define requirements (optional)
  • define your requirements and invitation to tender (ITT)
  • invite suppliers on the specified agreement and lot to bid by issuing the ITT, requirements document and draft contract
  • evaluate suppliers’ responses
  • award a contract to the successful supplier and notify unsuccessful suppliers
  • include a 10-day standstill period (optional)

Best for

  • creating competition for high value or complex goods and services
  • anything from stationery to complex facility management contracts

Not suitable for

  • low-value purchases where the time and cost of running a further competition is disproportionate to the goods and services supplied 
  • niche goods and services which may only be offered by specialist vendors and not available through CCS agreements

Payment methods

Purchase order raised within your organisation

Time to supply

Producing your requirements and ITT documents can take from a few days to several months, depending on the complexity of the goods and services. The time between starting a further competition and delivery will depend on the complexity of your requirements and the number of bids you need to evaluate. 

You should typically allow at least several weeks to complete your further competition process. If you are running a further competition that is assisted by a CCS call-off team, there is a 30 working day service level agreement: 

  • 10 days to prepare tender documents
  • 10 days for suppliers to submit responses
  • 10 days to evaluate responses and recommend an award


  • thorough, open and fair method to find the best price for complex requirements 
  • opportunity to evaluate multiple responses over a range of prices
  • terms and conditions can be amended


  • Can be slower than direct award

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