TP3 Supplier Briefing Summary
Find out the latest thinking on the Technology Products 3 framework from our Sales Manager Terry, including a little name change to Technology Products and Associated Services.
On Thursday I went to a very engaging, short and sweet TP supplier briefing session, hosted by techUK and Crown Commercial Service.
It was well attended but having looked at the delegate list it revealed multiple contacts from the same companies, namely the big boys! In total 76 companies had registered for the event, but I have no idea if all were in attendance but suffice it to say, it was busy…
CCS confidently declared that they have listened to both suppliers and customers (HMRC, TFL, MOD) and as a result they have enhanced the framework as opposed to completely rewriting it. It will have an estimated value between £5-£7 billion as compared to £1 billion which has gone through the current TP2 framework.
So, what are main headlines, timelines and Lot structures I hear you cry?
- The framework has had a minor name change from Technology Products to Technology Products and Associated Services.
- The award process has been made speedier and simpler across all Lots (CCS stated a procurement could be done in 24 hours).
- We have waved goodbye to Lot 5…
- The framework will now have only 4 Lots (see below for more detail on each).
- Capped margins have been removed with the aim of it being a “self-levelling framework”
- When submitting your pricing they may well ask for further evidence (I’m guessing if too low!)
- Only requirements needed are Cyber Essentials, Case Studies (number tbd) and meeting a financial score, but the score isn’t a straight pass or fail and like NS2, they may require 2 years of accounts if the score not met. Listex may well be required for Lot 4 (MOD specific but tbc)
- Lot 6: Catalogue has been removed and will be spun out into its own framework, which will be going to tender early to mid-summer with a go live of October(ish). It will be called RM6457.
- Leasing has also been incorporated into the framework.
- Eary March: OJEU
- Mid-April: Tender closes
- May-June: Evaluation
- August: Award
- September: Go live
- Lot 1-Hardware & Software & CTB (close to the box) Services. This Lot will be capped at 15 suppliers and you will need to be able to offer a breadth of services (the feeling was this is aimed at the big boys)
- Lot 2– Hardware & CTB (close to the box) Services- this will be uncapped for suppliers provided the quality is there= YAY, SME friendly 😊
- Lot 3 – Software & CTB (close to box) Services- this will be uncapped for suppliers provided the quality is there.
- Lot 4 – MOD specific- Information Assured Hardware & Software CTS Services, Operational Services. For this Lot suppliers may need to be listex certified and this Lot has its own catalogue (no mention of supplier caps so far…).
As stated, it was a short briefing with lots of questions with the common answer being, “Can we get back to you on that?”. CCS are trying to remove the confusion and crossover between Tech Products and Tech Services.
Technology Products & Associated Services will be run using the open procedure, which lends to a shorter process, selection and evaluation at the same time, simplified bid pack, and an esourcing suite to be used.
The feeling in the room was that it will still be quite an arduous and time consuming application process despite CCS trying to make things easier.
Summary of a few of the questions raised:
Will the spend for TP3 be freely available unlike for TP2 and if so, will CCS be planning on publishing the spend quarterly or creating a dashboard similar to the one for the Digital Marketplace spend?
Ideally yes but it will be hard and we might be able provide some data but not all (tbc).
What are the certification requirements for the framework?
Cyber Essentials and a financial score which has yet tbd. The score isn’t a straight pass or fail and like NS2, they will request further details if you are below the predetermined Experian score.
Is there at threshold value of items under lot 4 MOD catalogue?
CC needs to confirm that.
How will you ensure buyers are not just buying on lowest price because people expressed concerns of buyers doing that but having no post purchase support or account management?
CCS have a meeting with buyers to explain the process to them as they are aware that PS buyers can often put too much emphasis on price alone. Buy cheap, buy twice. CCS are on a real drive to explain quality to buyers which often doesn’t mean lowest price.
So, in conclusion, it was a short, sweet and interesting briefing and my advice to SME’S is to avoid Lot 1!