We’ve talked before about the work we’re doing with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to improve the Digital Services framework.
Before we publish the OJEU, we want to consult with the market to seek views on whether suppliers can provide the services required under the framework. We’ll be consulting on the procurement approach and proposed contract terms and conditions, as well as elements of the Invitation to Tender (ITT).
Today we’ve issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the Digital Services framework in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The notice tells companies that we plan to start a formal procurement exercise in October 2015.
There will be a market engagement event in London on 25 August 2015 for interested organisations.
- talking about our approach to the redesigned Digital Services framework including making contracts clearer and simpler
- sharing elements of the ITT and draft framework including provisional:
- descriptions of the lot structures
- procurement timeline
- key terms and conditions within the framework agreement and call-off contract
We’d like to speak with:
- people who currently supply government or who would like to supply to government
- big, small, medium or micro companies working in the technology and digital space
- companies offering capabilities including software engineering, design, user experience, user research, copywriting, agile delivery and product management
If you’re interested in attending, you can find information and register to attend here. Any further updates to the event details will be emailed to the address provided during registration.
Due to the expected high level of interest in the event, access will be limited. We hope to allow two individuals per organisation or group, but may need to reduce this to one. Places will be offered in order of registration. In the interest of fairness, we will be sharing event content and findings on our blog after the event.
How the procurement will work
We’re expecting to issue an OJEU contract notice in the autumn and to have the framework agreement operational by February 2016. We’ll finalise our plans after the market engagement event and we’ll post more detailed information here when we have it.