Capita, Bray Leino and Grass Roots make the Crown cut

Capita Travel and Events, Grass Roots and Bray Leino are the latest agencies to announce they have won a place on a framework to provide events planning, delivery and related services for the public sector.

The two-year agreement, worth at least £40m, has been created to provide central government departments, their arms-length bodies and the wider public sector, with event services. The government hopes it will also lead to savings of up to £1m for the taxpayer. The agreement is due to go live on 9 June.

Making the most of the public sector’s buying power, the Crown Commercial Services (CSS) rosters are designed to allow departments to access the services they need quickly and to drive greater savings.

Anita Lowe, Director of Meetings and Events at Capita Travel and Events, said: “As the lead agency on many strategic meetings and events programmes for UK and international organisations, we’ve worked with multiple suppliers to deliver creative and value based events. We’re also a contracted provider of choice for public sector travel management services, with decades of expertise in overcoming public sector challenges and achieving efficiencies.

“This events agreement could see us working on everything from public sector event design and production, venue sourcing, delegate management, return on investment valuation and financial management to the design of bespoke audio visual systems, event broadcasting and live video streaming, webcasting and multi-site video-conferencing. We’re looking forward to helping many public sector organisations drive down the cost of their events activity and supporting their new centralised approach to communications”.

Devon-based agency Bray Leino has been appointed to two lots on the new CSS framework. For Lot one, Bray Leino says it is one of 15 agencies approved to supply event planning, management and delivery services.

It is also on Lot two, with 10 other agencies, ready to supply AV equipment, services, design and integration.

Bray Leino’s events and conferencing specialists delivered over 300 events around the world last year. Giles Lee, the agency’s Executive Chairman, said:“We have a fantastic team who I know are really looking forward to the opportunity to deliver outstanding conferences and events globally on behalf of the Public Sector.” Bray Leino partnered in its bid for this appointment with the events agency Brandon Hill, and the bespoke AV service DB Systems.

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.”

Head of Grass Roots Meetings & Events, Des Mclaughlin, added: “The public sector is responsible for some of the most innovative and creative live events within the UK, and so it’s hugely exciting to be a part of the framework.

“Our ability to offer a complete suite of event-related services through a single business means we are extremely well positioned to offer efficient and effective solutions that will help government departments engage with their audiences and achieve the cost savings that underpin the premise of the framework.”

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