Corporate software is defined as any software or set of computer programs used by organisations in order to perform back-office business functions. In the Education sector this specifically covers financial management, human resource system, payroll system, academy learner MI system, and FE college learner MI system softwares.

Institutions should allow a minimum of four weeks to allow suppliers time to bid for your requirement, ideally six weeks is recommended.

It was awarded on 1st September 2018 and runs to 31st August 2021 with a possible extension to 31st August 2022.

Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. Advantageous pricing based on economies of scale from aggregated spend
  2. Longer-term contracts lead to lower costs from supplier switching and reduced administrative effort from tendering processes and implementation of new software
  3. Detailing specific requirements in a tender process ensure that the final implemented software is bespoke to institutions particular needs

How can I use this Framework

Mini-competition – This is the only call-off method available for this framework. You should invite all suppliers capable of meeting your requirements (e.g. they are on the Lot you require) to bid for your opportunity. Where your requirement covers more than one Lot, bids from suppliers on both Lots only should be accepted. Suppliers outside of the framework cannot be a part of your competition. You should draw up an ITT and evaluate on an MEAT basis (most economically advantageous tender).

Further information can be obtained the framework User Guide & Further Competition Tempate below.

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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.

Use This Framework

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Create a User Account

To create a free user account your institution needs to be a CPC member, CPC membership is completely free for educational establishments.

When you join the CPC you will receive some amazing benefits including access to 70 frameworks and specialist procurement advice, plus you won't be inundated with lots of marketing calls and emails that you don't need.

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).

To see if your institution is already registered as a CPC member use the search bar below, if your institution is not a member click the Join the CPC button. Remember CPC membership is free for educational establishments.

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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 DocumentThe 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.

Lisa O'Shea

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