Buying Solutions, in collaboration with HMRC, have procured a Pan-Government framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies including, amongst others, Central Government Departments and their Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies; NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
Sprint ii is unique in offering a single supplier one-stop-shop for a wide range of ICT products & services. It is anticipated that SPRINT ii will fill a niche not covered by existing Buying Solutions ICT framework agreements, namely a quick route via a one-stop-shop.
The new Sprint ii framework agreement went live on 16th March 2010 and will run for four years, allowing the public sector to access IT products and services with the use of catalogue ordering, but not via further competition (as this is a single supplier framework agreement further competition is not necessary).
The products and services available under Sprint ii fall into four broad categories: Hardware; Software; Infrastructure (including Networks & Telecommunications); and Services.
Tracy Westall, SCC’s Director responsible for the Public Sector, said:
“We're delighted that SCC has been selected to provide a central supply of ICT services and solutions via the Sprint ii framework agreement. Although the company has played a role in Government procurement for several years, we are now the only UK technology company to have been awarded sole supplier framework agreement.”
The Framework tendering system was originally set up to simplify Government procurement processes and make information on accredited ICT providers more accessible within its departments. A key driver of the framework agreement is not only to keep prices as low as possible but also to keep the procurement process itself cost-effective.
Robert Macleod, Project Manager for Sprint ii at Buying Solutions, added:
“Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, SCC has been awarded a framework agreement to provide ICT to the public sector. SCC will play a key role in helping the public sector to buy a wide range of products and services quickly and easily”.
SCC is Europe’s largest independent technology solutions provider around the infrastructure, and is part of Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) plc. The Group has regional operations in seven different countries, employs over 7,000 professional staff and has delivered sustained, profitable growth for some 35 years, with annual turnover exceeding £2.5 billion.
Long term partnerships with the world’s leading solutions providers combine with SCC’s services capabilities to create a rapid return on an investment in IT. It has an enviable track record of successfully helping European-based companies and Government organisations better manage their technology infrastructure, remove cost and create business advantage.
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