What we do for government

Every day we help local and central government all over the UK to achieve efficiencies through our frameworks, services and expert procurement advice.

Whether you are a central government department, division of the Ministry of Defence or Ministry of Justice, or a local council for a county, city, town, borough or district, we are committed to providing you with a wide range of goods, services, frameworks and contracts to help you provide cost-effective solutions and deliver best value to your local communities and customers. 
As a member of SOPO (the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government), and with a large number of our staff MCIPS (Chartered Institure of Procurement & Supply) qualified, you can always be confident you’re in good hands.

Quick links: Take a look at our expertise and advice or product catalogue.


Frameworks are a shortcut to access a wide range of products and services available directly from hundreds of different suppliers, all compliant with the UK and EU Public Contract Regulations.

Whether you are new to procurement, don’t have an in-house procurement team, or don’t have the capacity to conduct a full tender process, ESPO’s frameworks can help you navigate through the rules and regulations, with the opportunity to save you time and money safe in the knowledge that our procurement exercise has been undertaken in a thorough and professional manner.
At ESPO we aim to be the first choice for all your procurement needs; our framework range covers all your buying essentials, from high value long term contracts to high frequency- low value purchases such as washroom services, clothing or IT consumables.

All our frameworks are free to access, and you only pay the cost of the goods or services from the supplier. ESPO doesn’t charge you anything on top of this, as we receive a percentage rebate back from the supplier directly. And we are impartial, meaning you receive completely unbiased recommendations.

Where to start

We have a wide range of frameworks available, so here are our recommendations of the most useful frameworks for local and central government:
You can view our full list of frameworks on our website, as a spreadsheet, or as a downloadable Reference Guide.

What our customers say

“We believe we have made savings of 54% by using the ESPO framework when compared to our previous arrangement. We identified a need to provide Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Services within our Authority...I am happy to endorse the ESPO electrical testing services framework.”

Alison Hurley, Facilities Services Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

Our frameworks have also won or been shortlisted for a number of nationally recognised procurement industry awards, including:

  • 653F MSTAR2 (managed services for temporary agency resource) - National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17, Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award, Finalist
  • RM1059 Local authority software applications - National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16,  Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award, Highly Commended

Industry expertise and advice

We have an in-house procurement team of over 60 people, meaning we have a diverse range of qualified and knowledgeable staff across our category teams to offer you guidance and assistance throughout the process. Our teams have nationally recognised credentials, and were shortlisted for the following awards at the SOPO Awards 2015:
  • Outstanding Savings Delivery: Library services specialist procurement project
  • Procurement Team of the Year: ESPO Food & Catering team
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Burton, Head of Category - Social Care and Health (now retired)

In addition, we have a dedicated Account Management team who can help you find the right framework, and help you procure strategically important and higher value goods and services for your department or authority. Let our team of experts assist you with any questions you may have. It costs nothing to ask, so get in touch.

Our product catalogue

We also offer a catalogue containing over 27,000 products, to ensure our customers have the best choice of products in the market. Offering office and ICT equipment through to site and safety management, we’ve got it all.

You can view our catalogue online or order a printed copy for free. Once you’re ready to order, simply apply for an account on our website. If you already have a MyESPO account for viewing frameworks, please contact registration@espo.org who will assist you in ‘upgrading’ your account to enable catalogue ordering.

We continually invest in supplying new products, improving the ranges in our catalogue, ensuring best value for you and developing procurement expertise you can take advantage of.  We continually benchmark our low prices against other supplies catalogues - something we know that is always appreciated.

Working in partnership with

Youth Sport Trust
ERA 2018
Love British Food
Feefo 2020