Launching today, the new iteration of the ESPO Consultancy Services Framework. Run by the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation on behalf of all UK public services (and accessible to charities and other bodies too), we are proud to have been on this framework for ten years. This is a record year for us, though, as we have qualified for all the lots for which we bid – 17 in total:
We received first or second placing amongst bidders for:
Revenues and Benefits
Social Care (Children)
Housing and Housing Support
Community Research and Engagement
And top five placing for:
Social Care (Adults)
Regeneration and Regional Development
Marketing, Communications and PR
Leisure, Culture and Tourism (including Library Services)
We also qualified with high scores for:
Highways, Traffic and Transport
Environmental and Sustainability
Waste and Recycling
The framework is now live and runs for a period of two years.
RedQuadrant Head of Consulting, Frank Curran, said:
It’s a huge vote of confidence from the sector in our unique expertise and experience. It is wonderful to get this recognition and to be able to continue to provide excellent value through fixed-price consultancy, change support, and capability building.
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It’s been five months since I last wrote ‘it ain’t dead!’ (I checked). And I have to keep saying it.
Yet because commissioning covers that (still vital) process of deciding which services (in-house, outsourced, third sector) are funded and which are not, it still gets bracketed with procurement, outsourcing, and contract management.
Can commissioning truly start from the assets and capabilities of citizens and communities? As we inch towards the post-Covid era, what opportunities and risks are opened up by the massive release of citizen and community assets during the pandemic?