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 Constellia Neutral Vendor Solution.
A neutral vendor acts as a channel between a contracting authority or organisation and suppliers who have been through rigorous pre-qualification and accreditation processes to join the Neutral Vendors Marketplace.
Constellia were appointed as sole supplier to the AEC Neutral Vendor Framework for Multi-Specialism Services in January 2020, through a fully compliant OJEU process. Experts in professional services spend management, Constellia enables both public and private sector clients to buy and manage services through their MSP model. In June 2021, Constellia appointed eXceeding in a strategic partnership to deliver projects contracting works and goods, via their Neutral Vendor MSP, enabling public sector buyers to access the full suite of additional categories outside of professional services available under the framework.
Suppliers of services, goods and works can be registered to the neutral vendor marketplace at any point during the six-year term. For the buyer this opens up new opportunities, technologies, innovation and a larger, more dynamic pool of suppliers to choose from, resulting in better value for money.
The neutral vendor model allows buyers to move quickly. Award can be direct, via further mini-competition, or full sourcing events; with direct award in one to five working days, mini competition within five to ten working days and full sourcing weeks quicker than average public procurement timescales.
*Framework reference number: 002/1019/OET OJEU Reference: 76070-2021 View Contract Award Notice
The AEC Neutral Vendor 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);
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, this public sector framework agreement can be used to supplement your existing procurement processes and routes to market.
The AEC Neutral Vendor Framework covers a broad range of categories. Goods and works projects are delivered by eXceeding and all professional services projects are delivered by Constellia.
The categories covered by the Framework include;
You can view the full category list on the Contract Award Notice.
Turn around direct awards in 5 days if suppliers are already on the marketplace, adding a couple of days extra if not.
It’s available through a fully compliant framework that 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 than other frameworks.
It is available via a single framework, across all categories of spend.
Increased transparency and control of the procurement process for both parties through easy-to-use software.
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, the Constellia Neutral Vendor Solution enables us to ensure that all bidders fully understand the buyers’ needs, meaning that submitted bids are always exceptional, competitive, and high quality.
As a contracting authority or third sector organisation, you can now access our procurement expertise for zero cost through this 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:
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 within the Constellia Neutral Vendor Solution 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 marketplace at any time, suppliers will benefit from:
Public sector authorities have been transacting through this framework since early 2020, with the Neutral Vendor model existing 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!
We have a team of experienced and highly knowledgeable consultants that have a wealth of knowledge around public sector framework agreements. We can help you with your complex public sector needs.