Be prepared! The current two-year framework agreement for business and management consultancy and advisory services ends in Q1/2018. The Office of Government Procurement is conducting market research (deadline to respond is 18th August) prior to re-tendering. It is highly likely that contracts below €25,000 will be excluded from scope; good news for small businesses if this change in policy is applied in other categories.
Companies who are short-listed will be asked to engage with the OGP in Q4 by way of a competitive dialogue for the provision by a single supplier of banking services across Government. The volume of transactions is valued at around €140 billion.
The OGP is progressing tender competitions between now and the end of the year for the following:
- Laundry and linen services
- Building supplies
- Office furniture
- Media planning and buying (international)
- Print broker services
- Fuel Charge Card
- Fire engines (Class B)
- Foreign travel insurance
There are over 110 framework agreements in place so the main area of procurement activity relates to on-going mini-competitions and direct drawdown contracts.