Furniture SMEs in line to supply to Government Hubs Programme

Two-thirds of suppliers on the new Supply, Delivery and Installation of Furniture and Associated Services agreement are SMEs.

Small and medium-sized enterprises will play a key part in supplying furniture for the government’s network of efficient, regional office spaces through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework.

SMEs make up two-thirds of the list of successful suppliers on the new Supply, Delivery and Installation of Furniture and Associated Services (RM3812) agreement. 12 of the 18 named suppliers are SMEs.

Each now has the chance to share a portion of £330 million of investment as the government transforms its estate, reduces operating costs and ensures the provision of efficient, effective public services.

SMEs received half of the £120 million spent through the previous furniture framework.

Sam Ulyatt, Strategic Category Commercial Director for Crown Commercial Service says:

"Small and medium-sized businesses played a big part in delivering the previous agreement, and we anticipate that widening the scope of the new framework will help them to play an even greater part in helping the public sector to deliver efficient services."

The Government Hubs Programme

Lot 1 of the framework has been specifically designed for suppliers to win business through the Government Hubs Programme.

The programme is transforming central government’s office estate by accommodating multi-departmental workforces in shared buildings in London and the regions.

There will be 18-22 strategic hubs across the UK, located in major towns and cities. Hubs will be modern, sustainable buildings, supported by smart technology and shared services.

The Government Hubs Programme will reduce government buildings from 800 to around 200 by 2023. Hubs will be truly shared spaces to enable efficient, collaborative and flexible working, driving engagement and staff productivity.

Hubs have already been announced in Belfast, Bristol, Canary Wharf, Cardiff, Croydon, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool.

Lot details

The framework covers the supply of furniture as well as delivery, implementation, aftercare, repair and renovation.

It initially runs for two years, with the option to extend by a further two years. 18 suppliers have made it onto the framework, with 12 of them small and medium-sized enterprises.

Lotting structure:

• Lot 1 - GPU Hub Programmes - 6 suppliers
• Lot 2 - Office Furniture - 7 suppliers
• Lot 3 - Residential Furniture - 6 suppliers
• Lot 4 - High Density Steel Storage - 6 suppliers
• Lot 5 - Repair and Renovation - 3 suppliers

To find out more, visit CCS’s Procurement Pipeline.