• Audio Visual Supply and Installation
Work has started on the renewal of the Audio Visual Supply and Installation Framework Agreement, by the time you read this the first tender working party meeting will have taken place. The strategy has been produced, and the Invitation to Tender documents are being drafted.
• Cleaning & Janitorial Supplies
Work continues apace on the renewal of this regional agreement. The initial timeline has been subject to some delays with efforts continuing to ensure that the forthcoming agreement is best able to meet the needs of all stakeholders.
• Courier Services
The Courier, Parcel and International Mail Services agreement has been renewed and replaced by a Courier Services agreement. The new lot structure is as follows:
Lot 1 – UK Domestic Courier Services
Lot 2 – International Courier Services
Lot 3 – Transport of Dangerous and Hazardous Goods
International Airmail has been removed from within the scope of the agreement. The International Airmail Lot from the previous version of this agreement has been extended until February 2020 to allow the National Postal Working Party to develop a sector specific Postal Agreement which will ultimately incorporate this requirement. Please note that there are suppliers with outstanding non-compliance who are yet to be awarded to the agreement.
• Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment, Supplies and Associated Services
Work has commenced on the renewal of the NWUPC Plumbing agreement, the Tender Working Party is planned to meet at the beginning of October.
• Electronic Components
The Electronic Components and Associated Products tender has now been advertised. This Framework is being retendered 11 months early due to feedback from members. The new Lot structure is as follows:
Lot 1 – Electronic Components including Development Boards and Associated Products
Lot 2 – Tools and Fixings
Lot 3 – Test and Measurement Equipment
Lot 4 – Batteries
Lot 5 – Multi-purpose Lot
The new Agreement is due to start on 1st December 2019.
• Office, Computer and Library Supplies
The National Framework went live on 1st August 2019. This was split into three lots in a similar format to the previous iteration. The LUPC Framework is live until 31st October to allow for transition onto the new Framework. The awarded was as follows:
Lot 1 - Office, Computer & Library Supplies: BT1 Saving 5%
Banner Group Ltd
Lyreco UK Ltd
Office Depot UK Ltd
Staples UK Ltd
Lot 2 - Computer Supplies: BT1 Saving 14%
ACS Business Supplies
Lot 3 - Library Supplies: BT1 Saving 2%
Demco Europe Ltd
• IT Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP)
Work is underway on the renewal of this SUPC led agreement. The agreement is due to go live 1st February 2020 and will run concurrently with the existing agreement for four months. The structure of the agreement will mirror that of the current agreement, comprising of a single product lot. New areas incorporated into the agreement include virtual reality technology and telecoms equipment (in light of the discontinuation of the NWUPC led Telecoms Equipment Framework).
• Recycling Bins and Street
The renewed Recycling Bins and Street Furniture Agreement is live from 1st October 2019. The lotting structure follows that of the current agreement;
Lot 1 - Recycling Bins
Lot 2 - Street Furniture
Further information on the scope, awarded suppliers and calling off from the agreement is available on HEContracts
• Gas Equipment Maintenance & Repair Services Agreement
The new Gas Equipment Maintenance & Repair Services Agreement is now live and commenced on the 1st August 2019. This is now a national agreement with a number of regionalised Lots available. Further details are available on HEContracts
• Portable Appliance Testing Agreement
The new Portable Appliance Testing Agreement is now live and commenced on the 1st August 2019 for Lots 1 and 2 and the 6th August 2019 for Lot 3. This has been split into three Lots covering the following regions England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, further details are available on HEContracts
• Fixed Wire Testing Agreement
The new Fixed Wire Testing Agreement is now live and commenced the 13th August 2019. This has been split into two Lots covering England, Northern Ireland and Wales and also Scotland, further details are available on HEContracts
• Signs and Signage Agreement
The new Signs and Signage agreement led by NEUPC commenced the 1st September 2019. This now covers one lot for the provision of signs and signage products. Further details are available on HEContracts
• High Value Laboratory Equipment
The High Value Laboratory Agreement has now being awarded and started on the 1st August 2019. There have been a number of areas of non-compliance which NWUPC have being working through. Full details are available on HEContracts
• Financial Services Agreement
The Financial Services Agreement is now live and started on the 1st August 2019. NWUPC are working through a number of non-compliance matters. These conversations are ongoing and are of high priority.
• Travel and Student Travel Services Framework Agreement
The new Travel and Student Travel Services Framework Agreement is now live and started on 18th August 2019. Full details are available on HEContracts
Shared Datacentre (JISC)
JISC are in the process of invoking the next five-year term on this agreement with Virtus. Further information will be available on HEContracts when this process is completed.
NWUPC are joining the next iteration of the NEUPC regional Window Cleaning Agreement. The documents for the retender are now available to the market. The process has enjoyed active tender working party participation from NWUPC members.