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Public sector now able to buy goods and works through Neutral Vendor Framework

An evolution in public sector procurement
By Steve Rowland on 29 June 2021

Professional Services spend management experts, Constellia, have partnered with eXceeding to enable public sector buyers to access the full range of categories under the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework.

The AEC Framework for Multi-Specialism Services is the only nationally available Neutral Vendor Framework in the UK that enables the procurement of the full scope of professional services, works and goods. Constellia, experts in professional services spend management were appointed in January 2020 on the launch of the framework on a sole supplier basis. Constellia have now partnered with eXceeding to deliver expanded category expertise, supporting the procurement and management of the works and goods element of the framework.

Rob Levene, CEO of Constellia said “As a proven procurement model that breaks down many barriers found in traditional frameworks, the Neutral Vendor model enables buyers to access the best possible deals, working to short timescales, in a fully compliant manner. Established in 2012, the Neutral Vendor model for professional services has become the procurement model of choice for much of the public sector. Through the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework it will also become a preferred route for goods and works in the very near future.”

Steve Rowland, Managing Director at eXceeding said “We are delighted at this new association with Constellia, which will enable buyers across the public sector to compliment the professional services expertise of Constellia with eXceeding’s extensive knowledge of goods and works procurement.  We are absolutely aligned with Constellia in our passion for enabling procurement best practice, value for money, social value and strong outcomes, and are looking forward to working with buyers to realise savings and efficiencies, quicker, through the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework”.

About Constellia.

Established in 2007, Constellia are experts in professional services spend management and offer a professional services MSP solution to the public and private sector. We influence over £1billion of spend across 200 subcategories delivered by an extensive dynamic marketplace of pre-vetted service providers. Constellia also operate the Consultancy Procurement Council ( – a collaborative group of professional services buyers across 150 public and private sector organisations.

About eXceeding.

eXceeding are procurement specialists with many years of combined experience across public and private sectors. Established in 2011, we hold the in-depth category knowledge needed to create win-win relationships and provide both tactical and strategic advice to contracting authorities. Our pragmatic consultancy ensures increased capability, improved efficiency, compliant processes and robust long-term procurement strategies.

For more information on how we can support your next public sector procurement project though this framework, whatever the category, book an online consultation.

Steve Rowland - eXceeding Managing Director

Steve Rowland

Before eXceeding, Steve spent 16 years working on the supplier-side of outsourcing. During Steve’s 24 years’ experience, he has worked on global and UK outsourcing deals, ensuring the creation of win-win partnerships.

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