RS Components teams up with Crown Commercial Service to support the public sector’s return to work
Published: 17 July 2020 - Rachael Morling
RS Components (RS) has announced its collaboration with the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and other suppliers, to return the public sector to work as safely and as efficiently as possible. Phase one of the initiative – ‘safer working supplies’ - has been launched, which concerns the supply of non-clinical PPE, social distancing products, hygiene and cleaning products and anything else essential to help the public sector get back to work.
CCS is the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK, handling the Government's business process outsourcing. They use their expertise to help buyers in the public sector with policy, advice or to purchase anything from a laptop to a fleet of vehicles, construction services or even legal advice.
CCS does this by providing 'frameworks' for the supply of goods and services to the public sector. Frameworks are details of services or products needed within a certain category, including the particulars of pre-assessed suppliers who can deliver against those requirements. Public sector buyers can use the frameworks to purchase goods and services compliantly, without having to go through the traditional rounds of quotations.
RS is currently listed as an approved supplier under framework RM3837, ‘construction products, consumables and materials’, which includes electrical, workshop, industrial tools and personal protective equipment (PPE). It is from this framework that the new ‘safer working supplies’ initiative has been developed.
Pete Malpas, regional vice president, RS Northern Europe commented on the collaboration: “When COVID-19 first emerged we, along with other suppliers in our market, held discussions with CCS about how best to service the public sector during this time in relation to building materials. This led to further conversations about returning to work safely where RS set out a proposal to CCS. Working with CCS and all suppliers on the building materials framework resulted in the 'safer working supplies' webpage being launched in May. We are immensely proud of the support we've given CCS during this challenging time.”
The ‘safer working supplies’ webpage is available via the CCS website. Buyers can access RS through a link from this site to reach a dedicated landing page, which shows all the relevant product details. Existing RS customers can click to go through and purchase in the normal way and new customers will be directed to a registration form which will take them through the onboarding process to become a customer.
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