This framework is for electronic components including development boards, test and measurement equipment and batteries. The scope is not exhaustive, but broadly covers the following equipment:-

Diodes, cables, capacitors, resistors, switches, transistors, voltage regulators, fuses, jack plugs, circuit boards and components, development boards, bulbs, silicone, grease, pastes, digital storage scopes, oscilloscopes, power supplies, probes, test kits, microwave leakage detectors, probes, non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, PP3), coin cells, button cells, lead acid batteries, camera, laptop and phone batteries, emergency light batteries, tool batteries.

Please note Lots 2 & 5 are not being encorporated by CPC as they clash with the Building Materials, Tools and Hardware Supplies framework.

Key Facts

Start date
1st January 2020
End date
30th June 2024

Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. Advantageous pricing based on economies of scale from aggregated spend
  2. Reduced administrative effort and associated cost savings
  3. You have the ability to call off from the agreement as and when required rather than needing to undertake a full tender process

How can I use this Framework

The framework can be utilised via one of the three following options:

  • Direct Award - Where your requirements meet those outlined in the original tender documents, you may choose to contract directly with the highest scoring supplier. You may choose to award ad hoc or for a longer term arrangement. Orders should be placed in writing quoting your purchase order form and referencing this framework agreement. Framework terms and conditions or your own terms and conditions should also be sent, and minot points negotiated where appropriate. If the highest scoring supplier is unable to provide for your requirements you would then move on to the second highest scoring supplier, then the third etc.
  • Direct Award through Desktop Calculator - Where time is of the essence and terms do not require amendment of additional conditions, you may amend award criteria to reflect your requirements by a maximum of 20% of the criterion. Please see the desktop calculator for additional for additional information. The calculator will inform you of which supplier you should direct award to, and then the guidance for direct award above should be followed.
  • Mini-competition - You may choose this method where requirements set out in the framework agreement are not sufficiently precise. You should invite all suppliers capable of meeting your requirements (e.g. they are on the lot you require) to bid for your opportunity. You should apply the framework criteria (additional criteria should not be included), and may amend the weightings (by a maximum of 20%) to align with your requirement. Suppliers outside of the framework cannot be part of your competition. You should draw up an Invitation To Tender and evaluate on the basis of MEAT (most economically advantageous tender), questions asked to suppliers within the framework tender process should not be repeated.
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Get a Quote

The CPC Quote Tool is free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on our frameworks for purchases that fall below £213,477.

"The Quote Tool was easy to use and time saving, resulting in a straightforward process where we just had to put the details in once and could then use the reputable suppliers already recommended."

Deborah Anderson-Dixon, Finance Manager at Sir William Romney's School

For purchases that exceed £213,477, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about CPC Sourcing Cloud.

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this framework. Some are required for successful use of the framework and are clearly marked.

File Details Essential
User GuideThis is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload
Invitation To TenderThis document details all questions put to suppliers in the invitation to tender Download
Call Off Terms and ConditionsThis document includes the suggested Terms and Conditions for call-off. Institutions may modify the call-off terms provided that the modification does not alter the overall nature of the contract or framework agreement. Download
Mini Competition ChecklistIt is recommended that members utilise this checklist when undertaking a mini-competition process to maximise the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory quantity and quality of bid responses from suppliers YesDownload
Pre-Tender Warm Up LetterIt is recommended best practice to warm up the market in advance of your mini-competition process. Once completed, members can attach this document to a request for quotation in order to contact potential suppliers. YesDownload

Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is NWUPC.

Keeley Blackburn

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