Frameworks… are they worth the hassle of creating one, from a buyer’s perspective and do they really deliver what they are supposed to deliver?
Well the answer is… “it depends”, firstly let’s look at the framework for buyers to utilise. Here’s some of the advantages to using a framework
- It’s already pre-procured, so there’s usually only a mini competition or “call off” of lots
- It’s designed to already have pre allocated “deliverables” for ease of use, so for example it should provide you with a scope of service or works, supplier names, and a description of what can be procured (and how)
- It’s meant to build volume and then take advantage of the collective volumes that are bought against the framework
But it does have some disadvantages like the fact that the suppliers are pre designated (so may not include your local suppliers, or incumbent suppliers) It also has some disadvantages in terms of having to “follow everyone else” in case your needs are slightly different, or you simply want to apply pricing pressure for a particular area, which generally isn’t allowed in public sector, though is possible in private sector.
Overall framework work well if the following rules are met:
– The criteria of the goods / service matches your specification (or you are flexible enough to allow their specification to become “your” specification)
– You are happy with the pricing, or with the mini competition rules that are in place for you to adopt.
– The timescales fit with your requirement (e.g. the framework isn’t going to end 4 months after you’ve commenced working under the agreement)
Frameworks can save time, resources and deliver great results but be aware of their restrictions and their constraints when making a choice about using them.
If you want to set up a new framework and would like some procurement help and support please don’t hesitate to contact Ocurem