Services Procurement

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Introduction

Our Services Procurement offering is all about finding you a better way to buy consultancy & professional services.

Spend on consultancy and professional services is often far less managed than many other areas of organisational spend. Our mission is to provide visibility and control over all types of consultancy spend: delivering you better value, generating savings, and increasing operational and supply chain compliance.

“Using Consultancy+ has been very useful over the last few years. The contract has been invaluable as we have been able to single source all our consultancy requirements under one supplier, enabling us to make substantial savings and streamline our processes.”

Lancashire Constabulary

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Managed Services for Consultancy and Professional Services

A managed service is nothing new – engaging one provider to face-off to establish a partnership relationship that delivers visibility of spend, enhanced value and control. We’ve found a way to deliver all of this for our clients across all their consultancy and professional services spend.

In this type of relationship Consultancy+ work with their client to assess, engage, onboard & manage a supply chain of providers to deliver consultancy and professional services across the client organisation. This offers multiple benefits including: a single route to supply, support in procurement of best value – often in areas that have previously been over-looked, control of the supply channel and vetting compliance, streamlined processes for invoice management, and full management information to support future decision making.

Our Services Procurement model engages suppliers through 3 methods:

  • Named provider on-boarding and management: flexibility to add and remove suppliers
  • Supplier identification and selection: our team working as an extension of your in-house team to run competitions and evaluation processes
  • Project delivery and support: access to our in-house experts to scope and define your projects before going to market

YPO 940 Managing Consultancy Solution

Our Services Procurement solution specifically designed for the Public Sector.

If you’re looking for a procurement solution that gives you control and delivers value across all consultancy and professional services categories, then our partnership with YPO will find a way for you.

The service is procured under the YPO 940 Managing Consultancy and Professional Services Framework which has been specifically designed to offer Public Sector organisations a managed service solution for consultancy and professional services. Contracting Authorities can utilise the framework for one-off requirements or a full managed service.

Framework details are provided below:

  • Framework Period: 01 October 2019 - 30 September 2022
  • Extension Opportunities: Option to extend for 12 months
  • OJEU Framework Notice: 2019/S 100-242495
  • OJEU Award Notice: 2019/S 183-446354
  • Geographic Coverage: National

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How it works:

  • Get in Touch

    We are a framework partner with a holistic approach to supporting you, get in touch to discuss what you might need and how we can help:

    1. Existing Consultant/Service Provider to be made compliant

    2. Finding a Consultant or Professional Services provider to help develop a project scope or deliver a known set of requirements

    3. Augmenting your team in Tech, HR or Care, or to discuss a requirement for us to deliver projects directly using our own in-house Associate Consultant resource

  • Specification build and scope of work

    Working with you to build a specification that will deliver the outcomes you need and engage suppliers effectively in the process.

  • Benchmarking and commercial structure:

    Deciding on cost approaches and benchmarking fees to understand where value sits against market expectations.

  • Response evaluation and contracts:

    Led by us to take on the administrative load, although we’ll work with you to detail what’s required to:

    • Initially engage potential providers
    • Agree the required content and format for responses, including evaluation criteria and Cost/Quality scoring
    • Set-up our system to enable you to provide feedback
    • Confirm the award to the selected bidder
    • Complete the contractual arrangement between us and C+ and the chosen provider
  • PMO support and spend tracking:

    Provision of reports for each project/service: tracking spend against PO, progress updates, managing checkpoint reviews and change control, along with monthly spend MI for data across all projects and consultants, using access to our system to provide full oversight and control

Statement of Works Management solution

Changes in IR35 legislation present both risks and opportunities to your organisation. It’s critical that your response applies the new rules, but also harnesses the opportunity presented by IR35.

Statement of Work (SOW) is often mooted as a solution to IR35.

Our SOW Management solution is neutral service that provides governance over your Outside IR35 contractors and enables you to effectively implement SOW within your organisation. The service includes:

  • Online project management platform to underpin service
  • Support with making IR35 determinations
  • Onboarding and compliance for your Outside IR35 contractors
  • Supply chain management consolidating direct and agency supplied Outside IR35 contractors
  • Contract management
  • Scoping and creation of SOWs
  • Flexible payment mechanisms: T&M, fixed price, milestone
  • Consolidated invoicing and advanced MI
  • Option to add project support from our in-house PMO
  • Option to access our project delivery and resourcing function