Great news for businesses of all sizes – contracts have been published for the £7Bn Department for Education 2021 Construction Framework. The four-year framework is for the delivery of both education and non-education projects across the public sector.
The framework supports the delivery of the Department for Education’s school building programme, with an emphasis on achieving net zero carbon in operation.
Following a rigorous selection process, 26 contractors have been selected nationally to deliver projects ranging from small works at £500k to £6M, to medium value works at £6M to £12M, and to high value works over £12M.
The new framework will be available to local authorities, schools, academies, further education colleges, universities, and other public bodies that provide educational facilities in England, while also being available to central government, including government agencies.
What are frameworks?
For suppliers that are already working with the public sector and would like to expand the opportunities available to them, winning a place on a framework agreement can help them participate in national and large collaborative procurements where the framework is often divided into specialist or geographical lots.
Although winning a place on a framework agreement is no guarantee of work, it can significantly enhance a supplier’s reputation and prestige, and can bring smaller suppliers (businesses like yours) the opportunity to work with high-profile buyers (procurement heads).
Sustainability and social value
Midlands contractor GF Tomlinson, one of the selected partners, found their strong focus on sustainability and social value helped them secure a place on the framework, highlighting an ever growing need for SMEs to invest in their business processes, so they remain ethical and responsible.
Chris Flint, Managing Director at GF Tomlinson, said: “The DfE framework places decarbonisation at the forefront of every scheme. Our standardised school solutions comply with the DfE’s Output Specification and meet the zero carbon requirements for new schools.
“We will work with the DfE, their technical advisors and the schools themselves to ensure schemes continue to respond to the climate emergency and achieve the Government’s net zero targets.”
Opportunities on frameworks
With the Government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions in all its buildings, now is a great time to approach the market with new green innovations.
Having a social value or environmental plan already in place for your business can help larger organisations meet their targets and give you a stronger case when bidding for projects. Sustainable tendering has never been more important.
Where do me and my business come in?
The obvious question we hear you asking is ‘so, where do me and my business come in?’. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there exist a plethora of opportunities within frameworks across a wide variety of areas – and you don’t even need to find them yourself, thanks to the potential offered by S2G.
S2G can help you find tenders and give you market sector advice tailored to your organisation.
It’s important to build relationships with the supply chain to ensure you don’t miss out on a place on these large government projects
Find new opportunities
S2G can help you find new tenders in the public sector – and those who haven’t traditionally supplied to the sector will be encouraged to do so with such heavy investment from government.
Start your free trial or ask for a demo today to begin your journey in supplying to government.