Mitie has been awarded a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) contract under a scheme that acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity.
In practice, the procurement arrangements can be used by central Government departments and organisations across the public sector including local Government, health, education, not-for-profit and devolved administrations.
Following a competitive tender process, Mitie’s Total Security Management business was awarded the place on the G-Cloud digital marketplace agreement for the supply of lone worker protection, Disclosure and Barring Service/criminality checks, employee vetting and its compliance and competence management system designated Validate.
The CCS’ overriding goal is to become the ‘go-to’ place for expert commercial and procurement services. With both service delivery and advisory capability, services include contract management and supplier performance management to ensure that the Government acts as a true, single customer, in turn freeing up individual organisations to focus their procurement expertise on what’s unique to them.
Jason Towse, managing director of people services at Mitie’s Total Security Management business, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the Crown Commercial Service contract and much looking forward to seeing our work with the CCS evolve. With significant experience of delivering highly-skilled personnel in this sector and an understanding of the requirements needed to deliver specialist services, we will be fully-focused on driving efficiencies and enhancing quality of service for the taxpayer.”
The CCS is directly responsible for:
*managing the procurement of common goods and services such that public sector organisations with similar needs achieve value by buying as a single customer
*improving supplier and contract management across Government
*increasing savings for the taxpayer by centralising the buying requirements for common goods and services and bringing together smaller projects
*leading on procurement policy on behalf of the UK Government
For 2016-2017, the CCS’ main priorities are to:
*grow its wider public sector business to help more customers achieve value for money, with a target of delivering savings of between £200 million and £250 million across the wider public sector
*help save Government departments even more money, with an overall target of between £240 million and £330 million in savings attained
*implement its digital transformation programme, which will help to improve service delivery and support the launch of the Crown Marketplace
*continue to lead on the Government’s commercial policy and a range of other initiatives, including the delivery of three Manifesto commitments relating to Government spend with SMEs, signing strategic suppliers up to the Prompt Payment Code and supporting the delivery of apprenticeships right across the UK
*further strengthen its capability by way of an operational review and implementing a new wider learning and development offer as well as a programme designed to upskill strategic category teams as part of the knowledge transfer component of the Commercial Accelerator Programme