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Who can use the framework agreements?
Are the framework agreements EU compliant?
How can the frameworks be accessed
What’s the cost to use the framework agreement?
What is the financial ceiling to the frameworks?
How do I appoint a supplier through the framework agreement?
How are the frameworks compliant to UK and Scottish Law?

How many framework are on offer?
What suppliers are on the framework?


 

1)  Who can use the framework agreements?

The frameworks agreements are available for use by a large proportion of the public sector. The public sector bodies that are generally covered include:

  • Schools, Academies, Further Education & Universities
  • Local Authorities
  • Police & Emergency Services
  • Central Government Departments & Agencies
  • Leisure
  • NHS Bodies
  • Health & Social Care Bodies
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Housing Associations
  • Registered Charities
  • Regeneration
  • Libraries & Museums

If you are unsure as to whether your organisation is covered to use a framework agreement or want to discuss your particular requirements further then please contact one of the team to discuss further.

  


 

2)  Are the framework agreements EU compliant?

Yes, all of the framework agreements are UK and EU compliant. Pagabo’s procurement practioners have many years experience of working in and for the public sector. The framework agreements that have been established on behalf of the Contracting Authorities comply with the current Public Contracts Regulations (2015) and the Public Contracts Regulations (2006) for those frameworks that were established prior to the current regulations being implemented.   Public sector bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can access Pagabo’s frameworks. 

  


 

3)  How can the frameworks be accessed?

Accessing the frameworks is a simple process. The first step is to sign a Client Access Agreement (CAA). The Contracting Authority, that hosts the framework agreement, will also sign the CAA.  Once this is complete then you can access the framework. 

Please contact one of the team to discuss the CAA, arrange for signing and to answer any questions you might have.

 


  

4)  What’s the cost to use the framework agreement?

There is no upfront cost to you as a Client Organisation to access Pagabo’s framework agreements. We do, like all other framework agreements have a rebate percentage built into the price you pay to the appointed supplier. The fee is different depending on the nature of the framework agreement, we are transparent and open about this fee and we make sure that you are made aware of this prior to engaging with any of the suppliers.

  


 

5)  What is the financial ceiling to the frameworks?

All frameworks are advertised with a genuine range of pre-estimate values based on the level of expenditure that is likely to go through the framework over its term.  These amounts vary between frameworks.  Our User Guides and information cards display the upper value within the range and Pagabo’s management team carefully monitor expenditure going through the framework agreements to ensure that these limits are not exceeded. This is important as it allows the team to plan a succeeding agreement for a seamless transition from one to the next. The upper limits are detailed in the Framework user guides.

  


 

6)  How do I appoint a supplier through the framework agreement?

Using the framework agreement is a simple process. The first step is to sign a Client Access Agreement (CAA). The Contracting Authority, that hosts the framework agreement, will also sign the CAA.  Once this is complete then you can access the framework agreement. There are a number of ways that you can engage with a supplier on the frameworks which differ slightly depending on the framework agreement. 

There are three potential processes of appointment:

  1. Further competition, where a template is provided for you to follow, or
  2. Direct award to a service provider/contractor that is on the framework where single provider is listed, or
  3. Direct award to a service provider/contractor following an internal business case

Not all of these options are available within the same framework agreement. Further details are available in the User Guides. Contact a member of the team to discuss the CAA, arrange for signing and to answer any further questions you might have.

  


 

7)  How are the frameworks compliant to UK and Scottish law?

Pagabo sought independent legal advice to ensure that the frameworks are compliant with both UK and Scottish procurement laws and that the structure and relationship between Contracting Authorities, Client Organisations, and our Service Providers/Contractors has a sound foundation. The following has been extracted from the reports provided by these top industry legal professionals: -

Gordons LLP

Gordons LLP is a top-100 UK law firm based in Leeds and has an international reach to the Middle East, Far East and North America. Established in 1884, Gordons has gone from strength to strength through partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. 

Richard Piper advises in respect of all aspects of construction and engineering procurement (public procurement, tendering, drafting and negotiating contracts, and providing strategic advice on commercial and legal risk). Richard is considered as “one of the best construction lawyers in the regional market” (Chambers, 2014). He has significant experience in commercial property development and construction, specialist civil engineering contracts, hotel and leisure facility procurement, renewable energy projects, litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has also advised on a number of PFI projects, advising local authorities and private sector companies alike on public procurement issues. Richard is Secretary of the North East Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has also for a number of years served as a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University in the Construction Law MSc Degree course. Richard spent 14 years previously at Eversheds before joining Gordons, where he was a Partner. 

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has been providing pioneering and innovative legal services for over 250 years. They provide a complete range of specialist legal services, driven by the needs of their clients and delivered by highly skilled professionals. They are trusted and chosen by government departments, education establishments, public sector bodies and commercial decision makers of many different kinds. 

Douglas is a partner in their corporate department and a highly experienced lawyer. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in EU Public Procurement Law, Douglas helps public bodies design and run successful procurement exercises. He also supports private sector tenderers who bid for these contracts. Douglas has also gained experience advising on UK and EU competition law and has advised a number of clients subject to cartel investigation by the Office of Fair Trading. Sharing the benefits of his extensive knowledge and experience, Douglas acts as an online tutor for the Edinburgh University LL.M in Innovation, Technology and the Law. 

  


 

8)  How many frameworks are on offer?

Currently there are 10 national frameworks on offer that are currently managed by Pagabo. Each one has been carefully put together with the shared needs of the public sector. We always like to be at the front of new innovation and developing compliant routes to the market for suppliers and the public sector. We also have a pipeline of new frameworks that we will be implementing over the coming months, these are based on our research that we carry out with our public sector clients’ both current and new. 

  


 

9)  What suppliers are on the framework?

All suppliers have been carefully selected for a position on a framework. They have met Pagabo’s demanding procurement process, which comply with the EU procurement directives fair, open and transparent methods. They have worked hard and are proud to be a part of Pagabo’s offering to the public sector. Pagabo’s management work closely with over 130 suppliers from many industry sectors covering both large and SME organisations. Pagabo User Guides and information cards that can be accessed from the website that covers lots of useful information including suppliers on each of the framework agreements. 

  

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