Aggregation

Using aggregation, also known as bulk buying, CCS can get a highly competitive price and better terms from suppliers, when more customers need the same, or similar, products and services.

Aggregation brings customers together so they can make savings through their increased buying power.

By joining one of our aggregated procurements (also known as national further competitions or NFCs) we will save you time and money. We run the procurement for you, so there is also a smaller amount of administration for you to deal with.

Our aim is to make sure all our customers get great value for money, and benefit from our commercial expertise.

Current opportunities

Take a look at our current opportunities. We update this list regularly, but if you would like to join our mailing list to find out about aggregation opportunities you can send us your details.

IT hardware

With more staff currently working from home across the public sector, do you need to buy any additional IT hardware to support this, such as laptops, desktops, monitors, headsets, mobile handsets, tablets or servers?

We’re running a national further competition to help you with the purchase of IT equipment.

Why get involved?

Last year, we helped 41 customers save over £2.1m on IT hardware, with savings of 15-24% secured across a range of hardware products.

Other benefits to participants include:

  • Simplification of the tendering process leading to reduced procurement costs for buyers and reduced bidding costs for suppliers
  • Consistent application of best practice and opportunities for learning through collaboration with other organisations
  • Reduced project management and contract management costs
  • This service is free of charge to customers

Who can join?

The opportunity is available to all public and third sector organisations.

Existing consortiums, customer user groups / forums are welcome to join this procurement – where more appropriate we can work with such groups to deliver an individual procurement that aggregates only across their membership.

The project timeline is as follows:

  • end of July 2020 – deadline to return the customer requirement template 
  • August 2020 – invitation to tender
  • early September 2020: formal award / order and delivery can start

This procurement is for customers who require delivery of goods between the end of September 2020 and September 2021.

Join the opportunity

If you would like to learn more or request a copy of the customer requirement template, please get in touch by completing our form quoting ‘NFC123 IT hardware aggregation’ in the comments box and one of our team will be in touch.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

We are planning a national further competition (NFC) for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera requirements using lot 2 of our Traffic Management Technology 2 (RM1089) framework.

This may be of interest to you if you are looking to save money on solutions to help monitor and enforce traffic restricted zones such as clean air zones, bus lanes, parking zones or safety initiatives.

This short film details the full process and customer journey for the aggregation.

The structure of the aggregation is flexible – it will include a common requirement for all customers with a scope for individual requirements for each participating customer.   

Our provisional timeline is for customer requirements to be submitted by September 2020, with contracts to be awarded before the end of this financial year. Once contracts are awarded, delivery dates for participating customers can range over the course of the contract term of 2 years +1 +1 (up to a 4 year contract with extensions).  

At this stage, the timeline could be subject to change depending on customer demand, so please let us know if you have a requirement for ANPR over the course of the next year.

Join the opportunity

If you would like to view the draft specification for this aggregation and submit your requirements, please get in touch by completing our form quoting ‘NFC122 ANPR aggregation’ in the comments box and one of our team will be in touch.

Mobile voice and data services

Does your organisation need mobile voice and data services?

Our latest mobile voice and data aggregation brought together 12 customers’ requirements for mobile voice and data services, helping them achieve average savings of 73% – equivalent to £1.55million for the customers who took part.

Expressions of interest for this opportunity have now closed, however if you require more information about future aggregations for mobile voice and data services, please get in touch by completing our form and quoting ‘mobile voice and data aggregation’ in the comments box.  

Local authorities: software led technology solutions

Are you from a local authority that wants to buy software-led office systems, such as:

  • app-related consultancy services
  • software support and maintenance
  • software licences
  • maintenance services including developing, testing and implementing software updates

We’re gathering customer needs so we can increase our customers’ buying power and achieve significant savings.

This is being run as a further competition, using the lots for local authorities in the Data and Application Solutions (DAS) agreement:

  • business applications (lot 2a): revenue and benefit systems, payment processes, civil enforcement systems
  • environmental and planning (lot 2b): environmental health, property and housing management, planning enforcement, licensing, waste management
  • citizen services (lot 2c): library solutions, electoral, registrar systems, sports and recreation, burials and crematoria
  • community health and social care (lot 3c): social care case management, social care finances, home care

You can also include:

  • application hosting
  • managed application services
  • database administration services
  • disaster recovery and backup services

Join the opportunity

If you are from a local authority, and would like to know more, complete our form and quote ‘Local authorities: software led technology solutions aggregation’ in the comments box.

Payroll

Is your organisation looking for a new payroll solution?

We are considering two aggregated national further competitions for payroll solutions including installing, maintenance and training a customer team, using lot 1a of RM3821 Data and Application Solutions.

We aim to award this by the end of 2020 for the first aggregation, and award the second by the end of 2021.

Public sector bodies can access this opportunity in different ways. You can find out more in our document, Payroll – routes to procurement

Join the opportunity

To register your interest in this opportunity, complete our form and quote ‘Payroll aggregation’ in the comments box.

Water and wastewater supply

We are running another further competition for lot 1 – water and wastewater supply in early October 2020. This is following the success of our previous aggregation for water.

This further competition is open to all public sector, non-residential premises and will allow participating customers to switch their retail supplier.

Customers will enjoy high standard servicing from a dedicated customer service team.

Join the opportunity

To get involved, download and complete the switching template RM3790 Switching Template v9 and email it to water@crowncommercial.gov.uk.

We will send out a procurement strategy, at a later date, for you to sign. When you have completed this we will keep you informed through regular updates.

Fuel

Using our National Fuels framework, you can access a variety of solid and liquid fuels, including:

  • liquified gas
  • greases
  • lubricants
  • antifreeze

We are running quarterly aggregated further competitions to get you the best prices. Join the next aggregation if you:

  • are new to the opportunity
  • have joined already and would like to add new sites for the start of the next financial year

By joining this aggregation you will enjoy an easy route to market, with options for both regional and national suppliers.

Join the opportunity

To take part in the next aggregation complete our form and quote ‘National Fuels aggregation’ in the comments box.

Fleet eAuctions

We run a series of vehicle eAuctions a year. By combining customer needs, we can help organisations make great savings on the cost of vehicles, whether you need 1 or 1,000.

By using standardised vehicle specifications, and our bulk buying power to make your requirements more attractive to suppliers, customers can save as much as 40% on the manufacturer’s retail price.

Our eAuctions run under lots 1 and 2 of the Vehicle Purchase framework. You can have any volume or vehicle type. We can also help you if you want to lease instead of buy vehicles.

Join the opportunity

To find out more about getting involved get in touch, complete our form and quote ‘Fleet eAuctions’ in the comments box.

Potential opportunities

We can set up aggregations as long as there is a customer need. There are lots of potential opportunities. Take a look below for more information.

Technology

The aggregation team will consider all opportunities for aggregation in the technology category. Some of the products and services available through this aggregation are:

  • Adobe software
  • body worn cameras
  • car park Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
  • data applications for local authorities
  •  fixed line telephony
  • audio or video conferencing
  • IT hardware/peripherals/network equipment
  • IT hardware leasing
  • network connectivity/broadband
  • paging and alerting services
  • radio services
  • sector specific competitions
  • software/applications/platforms
  • traffic management technology

Join the opportunity

To join this opportunity, or find out more about it, complete our form and select ‘Technology’.

Aggregation opportunities

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