This agreement for ICT Solutions and Supply of Network Infrastructure has been structured to offer a complete solution for computer networking products and services for schools, colleges, academies/academy trusts and universities.

Designed for the education sector, across 6 Lots it offers a bespoke and fully compliant route to market for all your requirements including;

  • Lot 1 – Servers and Associated Equipment - Including server racking, cabinets and kernal-based virtual machines (KVM)

  • Lot 2 – Enterprise Storage - supply, install and manage Enterprise Storage including but not limited to Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN) etc)

  • Lot 3 – Back up and Archiving - Data backup and archiving solutions

  • Lot 4 - Networking Equipment and Services - Including but not exclusive to; networking equipment (including routers, hubs, and switches), wireless network systems, Local Area Networks (LAN) virtualisation, digital infrastructure, online and cloud storage solutions

  • Lot 5 – Security Hardware - Network security systems including email/internet monitoring, firewall and network intrusion detection

  • Lot 6 – Maintenance, Installation and Support - Separate maintenance, installation and support services (as a standalone requirement

It was awarded on 1st February 2017 and runs to 31st March 2021.

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The Department for Education (DfE) recommend this framework to Schools and Academies.

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Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. Competitive pricing across all equipment and services
  2. A fast and compliant route to market through mini competition
  3. Expert advice and services from suppliers to help you maximise your network infrastructure usage
  4. A bespoke user guide including template tender documentation

Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
Lot 1: Servers and Associated Equipment 14 View Suppliers
Lot 2: Enterprise Storage 15 View Suppliers
Lot 3: Backup & Archiving 13 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Action Point Technology Services 2016/1741
CDW Limited 2016/1748
Centerprise International 2016/1723
Chess ICT Burnley Limited 2016/1724
Dacoll Limited 2016/1726
Dell Corporation Limited 2016/1751
Ergo Computing UK Ltd 2016/1728
European Electronique 2016/1750
Itec Connect Ltd 2016/1736
Novosco Ltd 2016/1739
Stone Computers Limited 2016/1742
Virtue Technologies Ltd 2016/1746
XMA 2016/1747
Lot 4: Networking Equipment & Services 14 View Suppliers
Lot 5: Security Hardware 14 View Suppliers
Lot 6: Maintenance, Installation & Support 15 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
AIT Partnership Group Ltd 2016/1719
APEX Group Services Limited 2016/1720
CDW Limited 2016/1748
Chess ICT Burnley Limited 2016/1724
Circle IT Solutions Limited 2016/1725
Computeam Ltd 2016/1735
Dacoll Limited 2016/1726
Empowered SMS Limited 2016/1727
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd 2016/1734
Itec Connect Ltd 2016/1736
Softcat Ltd 2016/1743
Stone Computers Limited 2016/1742
VeryPC Limited 2016/1745
Virtue Technologies Ltd 2016/1746
XMA 2016/1747

How can I use this Framework

CPC recommends that all members should carry out a further competition, inviting all suppliers on the specific framework Lot to participate. This can be done each time a requirement arises.

We recommend that members read the provided User Guide and use the CPC Quote Tool to get access to the competitive terms agreed under this framework.

Should you wish to use your own tendering system or institutional website(s) to conduct a further competition or if you wish to contact the suppliers via email directly, please ensure that you quote the framework name on any communications you send to the supplier(s). CPC cannot be held responsible if you might have failed to get the CPC terms where the relevant reference is not provided to the supplier(s) at the time of conducting a further competition.

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If you require support in running a further competition via this framework, Tenet Services can help. Tenet offer a nationwide service specialising in assisting education establishments to complete further competitions.

Tenet are part of the Crescent Purchasing Group of Companies and operate on a not-for-profit basis.

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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 £189,330.

"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 £189,330, 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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The joining form only takes a few minutes to complete and upon registering as a member you will typically be approved within 10 minutes (during the hours of 9am and 4.30pm).

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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
Further Competition TemplateThe attached template document should assist you with running your further competition and once completed should be sent to all suppliers on the relevant framework lot. YesDownload

Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

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