Buy through CCS

CCS has a wide range of commercial agreements you can use. Depending on what you are buying you should consider:

  • How much of it you want – do you want one item or thousands, in one location or many?
  • When you need it delivered – do you require delivery quickly or can you wait?

You can access CCS commercial agreements in two main ways: catalogues and running a competition. There are a number of buying routes for each.


Catalogues

Catalogues are for simple everyday purchases, such as office supplies, which can be bought online for next-day delivery. You will pay the price per item published in the catalogue

  • Purchasing platform

    What you can buy
    • Technology products, such as laptops
    • Office supplies, such as paper, printer ink
    • Multifunctional devices for printing, copying and scanning
    Time to supply
    From next day
    Pros
    Quick, click-to-buy, low admin
    Cons
    Limited to 3 catalogues
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  • Digital marketplace

    What you can buy
    • Cloud hosting, software and support
    • User research labs and participants
    • Digital specialists
    • Digital outcomes
    • Datacentre space
    Time to supply
    Depends on complexity of requirements, for example, 4 weeks to supply a digital specialist
    Pros
    Wide range of digital services and people, flexible agreements
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  • eMarketplace

    What you can buy
    • Traffic management technology
    • Fuels for heating and transport
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Office supplies for central government and the wider public sector
    • Sector specific software solutions (for example Local Authority lines of business)
    • Multifunction devices (print, scan, copy)
    • Network and telecoms services
    Time to supply
    From next day, depending on procurement route
    Pros
    Quick direct award mechanism
    Cons
    Limited to 8 frameworks
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Frameworks

You can use frameworks to buy a range of common products and services, from simple to complex requirements and from low to high volumes of products. Frameworks comprise a description of the requirements, a list of suppliers and standardised contract terms. They are often divided into lots by product or service type.

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  • Further competitions

    What you can buy
    • High-value or complex goods and services: anything from stationary to complex facility management contracts.
    Time to supply
    From a few weeks to several months depending on complexity of requirements
    Pros
    Thorough, open and fair way to compare suppliers. Lower prices possible by committing to spend
    Links
  • Direct award

    What you can buy
    • Anything you can buy through a framework that permits direct award
    Time to supply
    Depends on the type of goods or services required. Common stock items could be delivered in 1 or 2 days.
    Pros
    Quick for off-the-shelf goods and services
    Cons
    Does not demonstrate competition
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  • Dynamic Purchasing System

    What you can buy
    • Research, fleet vehicle conversions and health and social care network connectivity services
    Time to supply
    Depends on complexity of requirements. Simple requirements can be quoted within 10 days
    Pros
    Suppliers can join at any time, unlimited number of suppliers
    Cons
    Buyers have to check supplier credentials
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  • eAuctions

    What you can buy
    • Items which benefit from bulk buying
    Time to supply
    Depends on the complexity of requirements, evaluation process and number of customers aggregated
    Pros
    Maximises commercial advantages
    Cons
    Requires upfront commitment from customers
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