Once you have selected the CCS framework that meets your requirements, you can ask the suppliers listed to bid, a process called a further competition. This may be run under any CCS framework which has multiple suppliers as an alternative to a direct award.
How to buy
Use CCS’s free eSourcing tool to run a further competition among the suppliers listed against the framework and lot you have selected. Or use your own organisation’s sourcing tool.The main stages of running a further competition are detailed in the buyers’ guides 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)
- Creating competition for high-value or complex goods and services: anything from stationary to complex facility management contracts.
Not appropriate 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 via CCS agreements
- Urgent requirements
Purchase order raised within your organisation
Who can use
Any UK public sector organisation, registered social landlords (Housing Associations), and charities.
Time to supply
- Producing your requirements and ITT documentation can take from a few weeks 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 allow at least 6 – 8 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 documentation; 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
- Reduced timescales in comparison to an OJEU procurement
- Opportunity to evaluate multiple responses over a range of prices.
- Terms and conditions can be amended
- Slower than direct award
- Higher administration time and cost than direct award