The use of the CCS purchasing platform for mobile phones within the public sector
I would like to know 3 things: -
a.) is it mandatory to use the CCS purchasing platform to purchase mobile phones?
b.) if you do use it - have the delivery response times been good?
c.) if you do not use it, what option do you use to conform to the public sector procurement regulations in terms of aggregated spend in relation to purchasing mobile phones for your company?
You may also wish to consider the aggregated mini-comps CCS hold as you can combine spending power with other organisations to leverage a more competitive deal.
Thank you Helen. Yes, I think because we can't forecast our aggregated spend means that this is the only option for us. I'll get the delivery lead times from the stakeholder (which is the complaint in question) and go back to CCS with the query. Thank you for your help.
We used the CCS framework for calls and handsets. The process was good and we made a saving. I don't think it's mandatory for any public body to use the CCS frameworks/marketplaces unless of course your organisation's procurement policy says you have to. Delivery times were good given we were giving all our care at home staff a handset. The category lead at CCS would probably be a good person to speak to about this (contact info is on the website)
I would always use the CCS contracts even if I was going to run a competition (call off a framework) between suppliers as this means all the EU/legislative compliance is in order.