Procurement frameworks are designed to streamline the process of purchasing IT products and services by providing a pre-approved list of suppliers and contracts that meet specific quality standards and price points.
Some benefits of buying IT products and services through a procurement framework include:
Cost savings: Procurement frameworks leverage the collective buying power of multiple organisations to negotiate competitive pricing and cost savings for IT products and services.
Time savings: By using a procurement framework, schools and MATS can save time in the procurement process by avoiding the need to conduct lengthy procurement processes, including tendering, supplier vetting, and contract negotiations.
Reduced risk: Procurement frameworks typically provide a pre-approved list of suppliers who have been vetted for quality and compliance, reducing the risk of contracting with untested or unreliable vendors.
Overall, using a procurement framework for purchasing IT products and services in education can provide significant benefits in terms of cost savings, time savings, risk reduction, standardisation, and transparency.
The process for a Virtue Technologies to get on a procurement framework can vary depending on the specific framework and its requirements. However, some common steps that we may need to take to get on a procurement framework include:
Registration: The first step is typically to register with the procurement framework. This may involve completing an application form, providing company information, and agreeing to the framework’s terms and conditions.
Compliance: We will need to demonstrate compliance with specific quality standards, such as ISO or Cyber Essentials, and provide evidence of relevant certifications.
Due diligence: The procurement framework may conduct due diligence on the company, including verifying the company’s financial stability, checking references, and reviewing the company’s track record and experience.
Competitive tendering: In many cases, we need to participate in a competitive tendering process to secure a place on the framework.
We are currently on the following Department for Education approved frameworks:
Everything ICT Department for Education Framework
CPC:2021/2526 – ICT Networking and Storage Solutions