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Our new and improved framework 664-21 is now live!

Our new and improved framework 664-21 is now live!


Our previous Consultancy Services framework (664-17) proved popular with many public sector customers with over 1,000 awards - in particular local authorities - so we have launched a new and improved version to continue our support.

Over the provision of our previous framework, we helped customers with a broad range of requirements through our dependable suppliers. From the effective and efficient ways of working to improve patient care for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to supporting Suffolk County Council in successfully transforming adult social care and, delivering an effective procurement process for Somerset Waste Partnership. With our new and improved solution, we will continue to support you and your organisation across a broad range of requirements.


About the framework

Whether you’re looking to procure consultancy services for social care in adults and children or consultations on waste and recycling, Framework 664-21 has been designed to create a simple and efficient solution for public sector organisations looking to procure trustworthy advice across a broad range of areas.

The biggest improvement in this new framework has been the inclusion of Social Value during the evaluation stage - accounting for 10% of the total Tender score. Suppliers will be required to demonstrate a commitment to supporting ESPO and our customers with the improvement of economic, social and environmental wellbeing in accordance with the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

To help you find the right solution for your organisation, the framework has been split into the following Lots:

 Popular with customers

At ESPO, we understand the procurement process can be a daunting task and when it comes to procuring consultancy services it can be difficult to know where to start. To help make the process easier, we have a team of procurement experts to help you find the right solution for your organisation. Why not get in touch with our dedicated team to discuss your requirements and see how we can help support you.


Why use Framework 664?

Flexible solution:
“ESPO’s consultancy services framework is one of our most popular solutions. Customers have the flexibility to select more than one consultancy service from numerous service providers but all accessed in one place - saving time, money and your mind”. - Scott Buttress, Category Manager, ESPO


Extensive range of suppliers
Through our extensive range of suppliers covering a broad range of areas, you are able to determine which supplier best suits your needs and specifications.


Wide range of areas covered:
The solution caters for a wide range of needs from consultations on environmental and sustainability, waste and recycling, to financial services and auditing consultancy services. We have you covered!


Social value benefits:
We continuously seek and support the provision of social value within our procurement solutions for the UK Public Sector. As part of our ongoing commitment to social value practices, we have partnered with the Social Value Portal. For this framework, social value was assessed as part of the award criteria allowing social value benefits to be obtained.


Dependable suppliers:
Whether you’re looking for consultations on property and environment or health and social care, we know that putting your trust in a supplier can be a difficult decision. Suppliers on the framework were assessed during the procurement process for their financial stability, track record, experience and technical & professional ability - so rest assured you are receiving the highest of standards.


Quick and easy access:
This framework is free to access! What’s more, we can provide you with template documentation to save you time and of course our team at ESPO can assist you along the way as much or as little as you need.


Easily identify your audit service:
Our Internal Audit and External Audit services have been separated as two individual Lots so you can access the right solution easily and quickly.


Manage your costs efficiently:
We have included the category of consultant (experience level) and determine that the average day rate of a Consultant is £550. This can help you to manage costs efficiently when procuring for consultancy services.


We have created a complete framework solution that covers all aspects of consultancy services, we have embedded social value as a core element to demonstrate our commitment to supporting our customers’ requirements.

Iain McFaul, Customer Relationship Manager, ESPO

Get in touch

Looking to find out more? Click here for more information about Framework 664 or get in touch with our dedicated team to see how we can support you.

t: 0758 415 8137


Interested in finding out more?

Join our FREE webinar to find out more about our new and improved Framework 664-21. You can find out who can use the solution, the framework structure, benefits, route to market, support available and the opportunity to ask questions to our experts. Click here to register.