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There are many benefits of using framework agreements and they are particularly suitable if you are considering purchasing energy, fleet, office solutions, travel, ICT, professional services, facilities management, construction or food. If you are purchasing any of these common goods or services, you should first contact the OGC Service Desk for information on Government’s current procurement strategy for that category and find out about what deals may be available to you in order to obtain Value for Money.
The use of a framework agreement can be an attractive option for a wide variety of procurement needs, ranging from frequent call offs for office supplies to multi-million pound procurements for ICT services. That said, a framework agreement may not be the best commercial route for your procurement and you will need to consider whether it is the right approach in your specific circumstances.
In particular framework agreements are probably not a good match for:
In such circumstances you’d probably be better off procuring a separate contract.
Framework agreements may have Disadvantages too.