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New contracts to save over £50 million on UK government travel and venues

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Staff writer ▼ | September 9, 2015
UK government
United Kingdom   Developed during 10 months of consultation

Government has awarded new contracts for travel and accommodation that are anticipated to save more than £50 million.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded a suite of contracts that mark a new approach to how travel and accommodation services are sourced. Instead of a traditional framework agreement, CCS split the provision into 4 separate contracts.

This gives central government departments the ability to access much more competitive rates including special offers, and promotional rates and fares.

The successful candidates are Redfern Travel, Calder Conferences Ltd, Hogg Robinson Group, and Clarity Travel Management, a new supplier to government.

The simplified contract structure demonstrates the government’s pragmatic approach to procurement. Developed during 10 months of consultation with the market, it tailors contracts to the needs of different marketplaces. It will make government travel much better value for money, and opens the service up to small and medium-sized businesses.

A wide range of suppliers bid for the work, resulting in more competitive pricing where 3 of the 4 successful bidders are small or medium-sized companies.

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