The Live Group has announced it has secured a place on both Lots of the new Crown Commercial Service framework for event management and production services. Agencies had to submit their tenders to Government procurement by last September.
The new agreement is designed to provide the public sector customers with a simplified access model and reduced supply base. The roster is unlikely to hold more than two dozen agency names.
The Crown Commercial Service revealed on 22 May that The Events Planning, Delivery and Related Services agreement (RM1049) would go live in early June 2014 for a term of two years with the option to extend for a further two one-year periods.
The new agreement supports a new centralised approach to communications and comprises of two Lots:
Lot 1 – Event Planning, Management and Delivery Services
Lot 2 – Audio Visual (AV) Equipment, Services, Design and Integration.
Government procurement is attempting to make the most of the public sector’s buying power with
It is estimated that the new agreement will deliver savings of up to £1m a year for the taxpayer.
Crown Commercial Service Chief Executive, Sally Collier, said: “I am delighted to confirm the award of the Events agreement. This is a fundamental part of the vision set out in this year’s Government Communications Plan to work together across the public sector and spend taxpayers’ money responsibly. It’s also great news for a diverse and vibrant supply base with 89 per cent SMEs.”
Live Group MD Toby Lewis (pictured) added: “The presence of The Live Group on both Lots is significant. Public sector clients will now have the opportunity to procure all of their event needs directly from an SME with specialist in-house teams, real financial stability, a track record in the public sector stretching back almost 40 years and fully integrated award winning digital tools. They can benefit from a wealth of free professional advice on how to include these effectively into their communications plans, in line with the government’s digital strategy.”
“We’re delighted to be part of this centralised agreement,” Lewis added. “Not least because it will be open to customers across the whole public sector, including central government departments, executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, NHS bodies and local authorities. We understand that public sector clients need to connect with their audiences and we can help them in a host of new and different ways, with far better results than ever before.”
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