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Neutral Vendor Framework.

Break down the barriers to fast, effective and compliant procurement in the public sector with the only nationally available framework to offer the full scope of professional services, works and goods.

The supplier/vendor market is evolving.

eXceeding are on a mission to meet that need in the public sector, third sector and suppliers to it!

Having extensively worked with public and third sector organisations, we have seen the challenges and frustrations experienced by procurement and category professionals. Our vision is to bring the best of commercial procurement into the public sector, working with both buyers and suppliers alike to create value for money and long-term win-win collaborative relationships. We want to help you achieve your strategic and political targets, supporting social value initiatives such as engaging SMEs, local suppliers, reaching Net Zero and improving sustainability.

Our mission is to create a force for good; bringing together people, processes and technology to create better outcomes through the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework.


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What is the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework?

The AEC Neutral Vendor Framework was launched in December 2019, for 6 years, and is entirely funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).*

A neutral vendor acts as a channel between a contracting authority or organisation and accredited suppliers who have been through rigorous pre-qualification and accreditation process to become framework partners.

Similar to fixed frameworks, only accredited suppliers can be appointed on to a neutral vendor framework, however, new suppliers can join at any point during the six-year term. For the buyer this opens up new opportunities, technologies, solutions and a more dynamic and larger pool of suppliers, and therefore better value for money.

As with a fixed framework, award can be direct, via further mini-competition, or full sourcing events. However, the process turnaround time for direct award could be as short as one to two working days, with mini competition within five to eight working days and full sourcing weeks quicker than Open OJEU, also known as the Find a Tender Service.

*Framework reference number: 002/1019/OET    OJEU Reference: 76070-2021     View Contract Award Notice

The framework is available to all contracting authorities throughout all administrative regions of the UK (as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015). This means it is available to all public sector organisations, including (but not limited to);

  • Government Departments and their Agencies
  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies
  • Central Government
  • NHS Bodies
  • Local Authorities
  • Emergency Services
  • Coastguard Emergency Services
  • Educational Establishments
  • Registered Social Landlords
  • Registered Charities who have a need to purchase goods, services or works.

A full list of contracting authorities can be found within the Contract Award Notice.

Regardless whether your next procurement project is business as usual, big capital spend or a strategic project for your organisation, the framework can be used to supplement your existing procurement processes and routes to market.

The Framework covers a broad range of categories including;

  • Asset Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Construction, Design & Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Education, Learning & Curriculum
  • Environmental Health & Consumer Protection
  • Environment, Sustainability & Waste
  • Facilities Management & Catering
  • Finance, Audit & Accounting
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Highways & Transport
  • Housing & Community
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal
  • Leisure, Culture & Heritage
  • Marketing, Media & Communication
  • Organisational Support
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Procurement
  • Safeguarding
  • Social Care (Adults & Children)
  • Social Value & Regeneration
  • Technology

You can view the full category list on the Contract Award Notice.

Why is this framework different?

Turn around direct awards in 1-2 days if suppliers are already on the framework, adding a couple of days extra if not.

No challenge
The framework is 100% compliant and cannot be challenged.

Good quality suppliers can be added at any time to match well-defined procurement requirements.

Public sector organisations get access to best-practice procurement. Suppliers get better defined specifications and increased win rates with lower fees that other frameworks.

The only framework to offer professional services, goods and works in one place.

Increased transparency and control of the procurement process for both parties through easy-to-use software.

What are the benefits of the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework?

Our partners and experts in professional services spend management, Constellia, were appointed sole supplier to the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework for multi-specialism services in January 2020. In June 2021, we partnered with them as official goods and works delivery partners to support public sector buyers in procuring the full range of categories under the framework.

It provides buyers with the ability to make fast and efficient direct awards or run mini competitions under a fully managed procurement process. Supporting buyers with their statement of requirements development, this framework then ensures that all bidders fully understand the buyers’ needs, meaning that submitted bids are always exceptional, competitive, and high quality.

For contracting authorities and third sector organisations.

As a contracting authority or third sector organisation, you can now access our procurement expertise for zero cost through our supplier funded model. This means you will achieve fully compliant, consistent and effective procurement in line with your strategic targets, without the challenge of budget approval.

Depending on your requirements, you can specify the level of support you require for each project; from transactional platform process management, to full sourcing support.

In line with HM Government’s Sourcing Playbook, eXceeding guarantees that every project will ensure you:

  1. Get your project right from the start.
  2. Develop robust procurement strategies.
  3. Engage flexibly – and quickly – with the right suppliers in a dynamic market place.
  4. Contract with suppliers that want to support the public sector.
  5. Have support if things go wrong.

Discover the full list benefits available to procuring organisations.

For suppliers.

As a supplier looking to work within the public or third sector, joining the framework is a quick, easy and compliant route to market. Becoming a supplier on the framework and bidding for any opportunities is free. Clients can access your services via a mini competition or a direct award process. With the opportunity to join the framework at any time, suppliers will benefit from:

  1. The chance to bid for exclusive contracts that are otherwise unavailable to the greater market.
  2. The chance to create a supplier profile to help promote and constantly develop capability within the public and third sector.
  3. The ability to build relationships with public sector or third sector clients before the opportunity goes to market.
  4. A platform for mitigating IR35 risk.
  5. The opportunity to market yourself as an accredited supplier.

Discover the full list of benefits available to suppliers.

Too good to be true?

Public sector authorities have been transacting through this framework since early 2020, the model has now existed for nearly 10 years. It’s a proven model that is increasing the resources available to the market, extending capacity and bringing more subject matter experts into the public sector environment.

If you would like more agility in your procurement processes and could benefit from additional procurement support then contact us. We promise you pragmatic guidance and advice, gained from years of working within the public sector and third sector – not a hard sell!

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