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The UK government is creating a £1bn-plus framework to allow organisations across the public sector to buy a comprehensive range of back-office software tools direct from major vendors. The framework, which will be worth an estimated £1.2bn, is due come into effect in April 2021 and will last for an initial term of two and a half years, with the option to extend this by a further 18 months. The Crown Commercial Service has published a contract notice inviting bids for a procurement vehicle covering the supply of software licences and related support. The deal, which will not be split into subsections, will include publishers that can offer one or more of an array of back-office programmes.

The aim is to allow government departments and the wider public sector to buy “directly from major vendors.” The framework will allow buyers to award deals to featured providers without any further competitive process – although the vehicle can also be used to launch secondary competitions. Read more on

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