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National Software Products and Associated Services Framework

Kent County Council t/a KCS | Published November 22, 2016  -  Deadline December 19, 2016

Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of circa 1 000 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 500 000. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils.

Commercial Services is one of the largest trading organisations of its kind in Europe with a turnover in excess of 600 000 000 GBP and employing over 700 people from its base in Kent. Tracing its roots back to 1902, as an education stores department for Kent County Council, Commercial Services has subsequently grown organically to supply an ever-increasing range of best value goods and services to other publicly funded organisations. These include local government, education establishments, the care sector and the emergency services.

KCS Professional Services, is a trading unit of Commercial Services and provides a purchasing, warehousing and distribution service to a wide ranging customer base within local government and associated public bodies in Kent, neighbouring counties and across the UK.

The Central Buying Consortium (CBC) is a group of County, Borough and City Councils. The purpose of which is to improve the effectiveness, by co-ordination, of local authority purchasing with the object of effecting savings in public expenditure for the benefit of its members. CBC procures approximately 750 000 000 GBP goods and services per annum.

In accordance with best procurement practice, EU and UK Procurement Directives and Regulations, Kent County Council via KCS Professional Services wishes to create a National Framework Agreement (the Agreement) for the supply and delivery of Software Products and Associated Services.

The procurement process adopted by the Contracting Authority is based upon the ‘Open' Procedure, as detailed in the ‘Public Contract Regulations 2015’.

National Software Products and Associated Services Framework

Kent County Council | Published November 22, 2016

Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of circa 1 000 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 500 000. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils.

Commercial Services is one of the largest trading organisations of its kind in Europe with a turnover in excess of 600 000 000 GBP and employing over 700 people from its base in Kent. Tracing its roots back to 1902, as an education stores department for Kent County Council, Commercial Services has subsequently grown organically to supply an ever-increasing range of best value goods and services to other publicly funded organisations. These include local government, education establishments, the care sector and the emergency services.

KCS Professional Services, is a trading unit of Commercial Services and provides a purchasing, warehousing and distribution service to a wide ranging customer base within local government and associated public bodies in Kent, neighbouring counties and across the UK.

The Central Buying Consortium (CBC) is a group of County, Borough and City Councils. The purpose of which is to improve the effectiveness, by co-ordination, of local authority purchasing with the object of effecting savings in public expenditure for the benefit of its members. CBC procures approximately 750 000 000 GBP goods and services per annum.

In accordance with best procurement practice, EU and UK Procurement Directives and Regulations, Kent County Council via KCS Professional Services wishes to create a National Framework Agreement (the Agreement) for the supply and delivery of Software Products and Associated Services.

The procurement process adopted by the Contracting Authority is based upon the ‘Open' Procedure, as detailed in the ‘Public Contract Regulations 2015’.

SS16053 Rural Swathe, Visibility and Hedge Cutting

Kent County Council | Published December 2, 2016

Kent County Council (the Employer) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3 500 km². It has an annual expenditure of over 1 000 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 300 000. The Employer provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils. The Employer consists of three operational directorates (Social Care, Health and Wellbeing; Education and Young People's Services; and Growth, Environment and Transport) and one service directorate (Strategic and Corporate Services). This requirement is for rural swathe, visibility and hedge cutting as required by the specification. It is expected that the contract will commence upon 1.4.2017 and will continue for a period of three years unless terminated in accordance with the Conditions of Contract attached in this Invitation to Tender. The Contractor will be responsible for programmed works with flexibility for additional ad-hoc provision. The main service areas comprise; rural grass cutting (swathe) and ensuring visibility at road junctions. Cutting of rural hedges owned by KCC is also undertaken. Contractors are expected to have local knowledge and experience to deliver the service described in Schedules 6 and 7.

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