The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) aggregation services can help government, public and third sector organisations save time and money when buying common goods and services.
What is aggregation?
By combining your requirements with those of other government, public and third sector organisations we can help you make even greater savings when buying the everyday goods and services your organisation needs.
We do this by using our national buying power to bring together customers with the same or similar requirements. This helps make the opportunity more attractive to suppliers. We call this ‘aggregation’.
Our aim is to ensure all our customers get great value for money and benefit from our commercial expertise. The approach we take to each aggregation may vary. The most common routes are national further competitions and eAuctions, or a combination of both.
national further competitions
Joining one of our national further competitions will save you time, as well as money, as we run the procurement for you, so there is very little administration for you to deal with.
eAuctions enable suppliers to compete online, in real time. The auction can be based on price alone or other criteria, such as quality, delivery or service levels, can also be taken into account.
Whilst eAuctions are often used to conclude a national further competition, we also run eAuctions independently too.
Why get involved?
We have seen customers achieve some fantastic savings by taking part:
- 17 customers set to save £2.7 million on mobile voice and data services
- 95 schools saved an average of 36% on 2,200 tablets
- 11 NHS trusts saved over £800,000 on video conferencing - that’s the equivalent of 28 nurses’ salaries
- 43 police forces saved £250,000 on IT hardware
- 3 councils saved £335,000 on office supplies via an eAuction - that’s the equivalent of 19 care workers’ salaries
What our customers say
“The eAuction was a great success. CCS was beyond helpful… All of this saved us so much time. As we all know, working for the public sector, time is precious as well as the public purse. We would not have been able to achieve these savings with a conventional procurement process.”
Ruth Grehan, Corporate Procurement Manager, LGSS
“Once we had completed the template with our requirements we were able to sit back and allow the process to happen and were informed each step of the way.”
Ross Crichton, Infrastructure Manager, Ashington Learning Partnership
“…we were very surprised how easy it was for us, and how competitive the end result was. It was far easier than if we had to develop all the business requirements ourselves, and I’m certain that we would not have received such a competitive price had we worked in isolation.”
Tony Deacy, Business & Commercial Manager, IT Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council
Why not also take a look at our aggregation case studies?
How we can help you
Our customer team is here to help you access our aggregation services by providing support to help you join forces with other organisations, groups or networks - whether that is locally, regionally or nationally.
Once we understand your needs and have brought together sufficient customers looking to buy similar goods and/or services, we will help you by:
- identifying the best CCS framework to use
- collating all the necessary data
- developing the procurement documentation
- running the aggregation
- providing expert advice and guidance
Taking part is a straightforward process - and it is free of charge:
- tell us what your requirements are
- sign a Memorandum of Understanding to confirm your commitment
- validate the supplier tenders to ensure they meet your requirements
- sign a contract with the successful supplier
What we can help you buy
We currently run regular aggregations for vehicles, office supplies and a wide range of technology products, such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
We are also looking to run aggregated procurements in the following areas, subject to customer interest:
- Audio conferencing
- Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR)
- Building materials
- Data access / broadband
- Electric taxi infrastructure
- Fixed line telephony - conventional
- Laundry and linen
- Speed safety cameras
- Vehicle hire
- Video conferencing
- WAN connectivity (BT Netstream corporate)
The proposed timetable for any aggregation opportunity depends on the level of customer interest and the complexity of taking the requirement to market. If there is something you are looking to buy that isn’t on this list, but you think it would be suitable for aggregation, please let us know as we may still be able to help you.
If you have a specific requirement or would like to find out more please get in touch.
mobile voice and data services
We’re planning the next national further competition under our Network Services (RM1045) framework to put in place a mobile voice and data services contract. It will offer you a high level of flexibility by:
- establishing a zero line rental model for basic connections, so you do not incur costs for lines not used (zero usage)
- structuring services as “bolt-ons” to the basic connection, enabling you to build packages to suit your specific requirements - removing the restrictions of a “one size fits all” approach
- 30-day terms for “bolt-ons” enabling you to change your mix of services during the contract
The anticipated timescales for the project are currently:
- October-November 2017: gathering expressions of interest and compiling customer requirements
- December 2017: finalising customer requirements
- February 2018: conducting the competition
- March 2018: award to winning bidder and customers enter into contract
Our last competition saved 17 customers over £2.7 million.
If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch - simply tick the aggregation box and quote NFC81.
automatic number plate recognition
Our Traffic Management Technology 2 (RM1089) framework covers automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, and we are planning national aggregated further competitions for both police and car park ANPR. We anticipate the competitions will complete in October.
If ANPR is of interest to you please get in touch - simply tick the aggregation box and quote NFC77.
electric taxi infrastructure
£14 million of grant money has been awarded to 10 local authorities by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install dedicated ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) taxi charging infrastructure. This will support the uptake of electric and low emission taxis, particularly in cities, and back the government’s aim for every car and van to be zero emissions by 2050.
We are working with OLEV and the winning local authorities to aggregate their requirements through our Traffic Management Technology 2 (RM1089) framework, and whether you successfully applied for grant money or not, you are invited to join this collaboration if you are considering electric charging infrastructure now or in the future.
If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch - simply tick the aggregation box and quote NFC79.
We run 3 vehicle eAuctions each year as by combining customer requirements we have found we can help organisations make great savings on the whole life costs of vehicles - whether you need 1 or 1,000.
We do this by using standardised vehicle specifications and our bulk buying power to make your requirements more attractive to suppliers. We have found customers can save as much as 40% on manufacturer’s retail price.
Our eAuctions are run under lots 1 and 2 of the Vehicle Purchase (RM1070) framework and any volume or vehicle type can be considered. We can also help you if you want to lease rather than buy the vehicles.
If you would like to take part in the next eAuction, which will take place in February 2018, we will need your commitment by early January 2018.
If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch - simply tick the aggregation box and quote Fleet eAuctions.
Find out more
To learn more about how our free to use aggregation services can help you make savings or to discuss any of the current opportunities please fill in our online enquiry form.
Simply tick the box to express your interest in aggregation, and quote the reference number (e.g. NFC123) if you are interested in a specific opportunity.
We will get in touch to discuss your requirements and recommend the best solution(s) to meet your needs.
You can also get in touch with our customer service centre:
Tel: 0345 410 2222
Published: 21 August 2017
Updated: 9 October 2017
- Added details of latest mobile voice and data services competition and removed technology hardware for schools as this opportunity has now closed.
- document added
- Updated fleet eAuction section as deadline for participation in October eAuction is closed. Next eAuction will be in February 2018.
- removed details of webinars that have now taken place.
- dates updated under NHS WIFI
- Deadline for interest in NHS WiFi Services extended until 22 September
- Added details of Fleet eAuctions.
- First published.