Public sector procurement is frequently a costly and protracted process that makes it difficult for resource-limited public sector organisations such as local councils, police forces and government agencies to realise the true benefits of competitive procurement.
However, many of the problems can be eliminated by using the procurement frameworks and agreements that have been established by the UK Government through the Government Procurement Service (GPS). These frameworks can help to fast-track the procurement process, realise financial savings, remove risk and complexity from the supplier selection process and ensure compliance with European and UK public sector procurement legislation.
Regency has been registered for a number of appropriate public sector frameworks over time and is currently listed with both the Ministry of Defence Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS) Design and Engineering (D&E) framework and with the CloudStore G-Cloud Catalogue. Details of both of these frameworks can be found below.
The framework forms an integral part of the Government’s Procurement and Centralisation Strategies, so while it is being led by the MOD FATS team, it forms an approved framework for ‘Technical Services’ across Government. It features generic T&Cs that allow easy access and encourage its use by Other Government Departments (OGDs), Executive Agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
The link here provides a comprehensive list of the public sector bodies’ eligible to use the Framework:
The Framework covers:
It does not cover Manpower Substitution (i.e. the use of agency/temporary workers to fill gapped posts) or Consultancy requirements.
To be eligible for the framework, Technical Support tasks must be:
To ensure value for money, Competition is the default and Sole Source needs is a justified exception.
Under FATS D&E, there are 252 participating suppliers who provide a wide range of technical services including technical studies, project support and engineering support. There is a Market Knowledge Matrix (MKM) that is maintained by the FATS team, this maps the contractors’ expertise to 210 capability areas. The matrix allows potential customers to search quickly and accurately, for suitable suppliers against specific criteria and requirements. The mandated ISO 9001 accreditation for all suppliers on the Framework gives added credibility and assurance.
The G-Cloud strategy describes how the Governments intends to:
To provide access to the goods and services that are being offered under the G-Cloud Framework, the Government Procurement Service (GPS) has developed the CloudStore.
The CloudStore is a new way for Government to buy IT products and services. It is an online catalogue of information and communications services available to the UK public sector, and contains details of each of the suppliers and their services. You can use the CloudStore to select the services that best suit your needs.
All of the services listed on the CloudStore are part of the G-Cloud framework so are immediately available for the public sector to procure and use (subject to their accreditation where appropriate).
Regency IT Consulting, the Consulting Arm of Cassidian CyberSecurity, has entries in the CloudStore Lot 4; Specialist Cloud Services, for the supply of CLAS Consultancy.
Digital Outcomes and Specialists is a dynamic style framework with the specific aim of helping the public sector buy, design, build and deliver digital outcomes using an agile approach, by procuring the appropriate specialist resource to deliver agile software development.
The agreement is split into four lots:
Regency IT Consulting provide services under Lot 1 under one or more of the following capabilities: