Apple Equipment, Accessories and Associated Services Framework Agreement Launched

NWUPC Ltd Members can now access the new HEPCW-led Apple Equipment, Accessories and Associated Services Framework Agreement ITS6004 HW. This agreement is open to members of NWUPC, APUC, HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC and SUPC. The framework went live on the 1st November 2021 and will run for two years plus two optional 12-month extensions to 31st October 2025. It provides members with access to 4 suppliers that are Apple Authorised Education Specialists (AAES), all of whom are able to provide discounted pricing, specialist advice for the deployment of Apple technologies, and a range of services including, but not limited to, training and product support.
Apple Equipment Webinar

NWUPC Members have been invited to a free virtual 6 part series which will commence on Tuesday 22nd February. It is designed specifically for leaders and IT staff who want to innovate and introduce best practice with Apple technologies and services. The session is also open to non-IT staff who want to get a more complete understanding of managing and deploying Apple Devices.

Title - Apple Tech Tour February 2022

When - 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of February 2022 - 11am-12 pm (1 hour) and 4pm-5pm (1 hour)

Where – Online – You can find the full agenda for each hour long session and how to register here.

Introducing the New Apple Equipment Agreement Webinar recording

On Monday 6th December, HEPCW’s Howard Allaway presented a short webinar on the new Apple agreement breaking down details of the new framework for NWUPC Members. You can watch the video below or use this link. Slides from the session can also be found here. Please feel free to share the video and slides with any colleagues who may be interested.

The framework suppliers (in ranked order) are:
  • Academia
  • XMA
  • Albion Computers
  • GBM Digital Technologies (trading as Sync)

What is new:

HEPCW has built on the success of the previous framework over the years to keep it up to date and reflect member requirements. The following elements can be found in this iteration:

  • Access to Authorised Apple Education Specialists - All of the suppliers hold the Apple Authorised Education Specialist status. This ensures they have close ties to the original equipment manufacturer and receive
    • Additional discounts for sales to education customers
    • Assistance in promotion and marketing
    • Assistance in providing training to optimise the deployment of Apple technologies
    • Device Enrolment Services
    • Discounted pricing for staff and students sales
  • Higher Weighting for Basket of Goods - The basket of goods was weighted at 40% for the evaluation of the tender responses. At call-off/further competition stage, customers can adjust the weighting by up to 50% of the original criteria weighting. The basket of goods can be adjusted to represent 60% of the evaluation at call-off stage.
  • Alternative Funding Models - All suppliers are able to offer alternative funding models in addition to outright purchase. This provides institutions with options such as leasing and Device As A Service. As the equipment retains strong residual value this may be attractive along with flexible funding profiles to align with available budgets.

Benefits of using this agreement:

  • Compliant route to legal services for members
  • Average savings of 7.53% compared with the previous framework agreement
  • Competitive pricing
  • All hardware supplied with a minimum 3 year warranty
  • Discounted pricing for staff and students
  • A variety of Apple Authorised Education Specialists
  • Additional value – offering additional benefits to members
  • Suppliers evaluated on responsible procurement and social value to ensure that the new agreement meets the requirements of the sustainability, equality and diversity policies and standards of both the consortium and members
  • Robust framework management process in place

Further information including contact details, service offering and achieved scores is provided in the Users Guide available on HE Contracts.  For any further questions or queries please contact Paula Lister, NWUPC’s Computing Category Manager or call on 0161 234 8006.