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SUPC Bid Writing for Frameworks

Chris turner

Written by Chris Turner

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Jan 17, 2023

SUPC (Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping Universities in the South of England, buy smarter. They manage a range of tendering opportunities, frameworks and further competitions for their members, which are largely higher education establishments. If you are a supplier to the education sector and either based in the south or have national coverage SUPC may present many opportunities for your business to grow.

We have been securing our clients on SUPC frameworks for over 10 years, thanks to our team of professional bid writers. Providing a full bid writing and bid management service, we allow our clients to focus on the provision of their service and pricing, while we work on creating quality tender responses.

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We specialise in bid writing and bid management services for SMEs and this article is to share some of the benefits of SUPC frameworks and why it has proven so successful for our clients. To understand what a ‘framework’ is click this link to see our detailed overview.

SUPC Framework Overview

SUPC develops approved frameworks or an approved list of suppliers for their University members to use. Via their agreements, they want to help Universities across the South buy better and achieve value for money for the goods and services which they procure, through working with suppliers who share their ambitions for quality, social value and sustainability.

In the last financial year, SUPC had £389m spent through their frameworks and their membership and usage is increasing, which is only good news for suppliers of SUPC.

SUPC frameworks are broken into the following categories:

  • Computing Frameworks
  • Catering Frameworks
  • Travel Frameworks
  • Estates & Facilities Management Frameworks
  • Audio Visual Frameworks
  • Laboratory Frameworks
  • Stationary (Print and Office) Frameworks
  • Professional Services Frameworks
  • Telecommunications Frameworks
  • Travel Frameworks
  • Furniture Frameworks.

SUPC Frameworks – 177 Suppliers are SMEs

With a focus on social value SUPC are committed to an SME supply chain. Across their frameworks, they currently have 177 SME suppliers.

Social Value, creating community benefits and offering environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions, including Carbon Reduction Plans, is a big driver for SUPC. View our detailed and practical guide to Social Value here.

SUPC want suppliers to use Netpositive, which is a great tool for suppliers to manage, monitor and report on their sustainability. If you want to bid for SUPC tenders and frameworks, this is something worth investigating now to create the all-important evidence you will need in your bid.

As SUPC focus on the South of England, it does mean it is by design you do not need to be a national contractor or service provider to work with SUPC, which also helps SME bidders. If you can deliver some of the products and services below across the South, SUPC could be a great opportunity for you.

List of the upcoming SUPC frameworks planned across 2023

Please note, typical SUPC will start publishing retenders 7 – 9 months before the end date of the current framework



SUPC FRAMEWORK TITLE

START DATE

END DATE

AIR FILTERS, ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/08/2017

30/06/2023

ALCOHOL (2020) FRAMEWORK

16/01/2020

15/01/2023

ART AND CRAFT MATERIALS FRAMEWORK

01/05/2020

30/04/2023

ASBESTOS CONSULTANCY SERVICES FRAMEWORK

15/05/2019

14/05/2023

BROADCASTING EQUIPMENT AND INTEGRATION SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/07/2019

30/06/2023

CATERING INNOVATION AND CONCEPT SOLUTION (CICS) FRAMEWORK

01/06/2021

31/05/2023

CATERING LIGHT & HEAVY EQUIPMENT FRAMEWORK

13/11/2018

12/03/2023

CATERING OUTSOURCED SERVICES FRAMEWORK

19/03/2018

18/03/2023

CLEANING EQUIPMENT - SUPPLY AND MAINTENANCE FRAMEWORK

01/03/2019

28/02/2023

CONVENIENCE RETAIL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/07/2020

30/06/2023

DEBT RECOVERY SERVICES FRAMEWORK

22/10/2018

22/04/2023

EDUCATION RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING AND RESOURCING SERVICES (NATIONAL) NERARS 2018 FRAMEWORK

01/01/2019

31/01/2023

ELECTRICAL MATERIALS AND ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/02/2018

31/01/2023

EPOS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FRAMEWORK

15/04/2021

14/04/2023

FIRE ALARMS, DETECTION & SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS FRAMEWORK

01/02/2020

03/02/2023

FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES FRAMEWORK

24/02/2020

23/02/2023

FURNITURE FRAMEWORK

01/05/2019

30/04/2023

GLOBAL WORKFORCE MOBILITY SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/05/2021

30/04/2023

GROCERY, FROZEN & CHILLED FRAMEWORK

01/04/2019

31/03/2023

IT RELATED ACCESSORIES AND PARTS (ITRAP) 2020 FRAMEWORK

03/02/2020

02/02/2023

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE, DEEP CLEANING & VENTILATION DUCTING SERVICES (DPS) FRAMEWORK

01/04/2019

31/03/2023

LIBRARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES FRAMEWORK

16/04/2020

16/04/2023

LIFE SCIENCE EQUIPMENT FRAMEWORK

08/07/2019

30/06/2023

LIFE SCIENCES REAGENTS, KITS & CONSUMABLES FRAMEWORK

09/03/2020

08/03/2023

MAIL SERVICES FRAMEWORK

04/05/2021

03/05/2023

MOBILE PHONES - ETHICALLY SOURCED FRAMEWORK

17/02/2020

16/02/2023

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY RESEARCH SERVICES FRAMEWORK

06/03/2019

06/03/2023

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF FRAMEWORK

22/05/2019

21/05/2023

PLUMBING, SANITARY AND HEATING EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES FRAMEWORK

01/03/2020

28/02/2023

PRINTERS AND MANAGED PRINT SERVICES (NEPA2) FRAMEWORK

01/03/2021

28/02/2023

PROMOTIONAL MERCHANDISE FRAMEWORK

01/03/2019

28/02/2023

RESEARCH OUTPUTS REPOSITORY SYSTEMS, JISC FRAMEWORK

28/04/2020

27/04/2023

SERIALS, PERIODICALS AND ASSOCIATED FRAMEWORK SERVICES JOINT CONSORTIA AGREEMENT

01/05/2019

30/04/2023

SERVERS, STORAGE & SOLUTIONS NATIONAL AGREEMENT (SSSNA) FRAMEWORK

01/11/2016

31/01/2023

SPORTS, FITNESS & GYM EQUIPMENT FRAMEWORK

12/04/2019

12/04/2023

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES, ITS 1038 AP FRAMEWORK

04/07/2019

26/06/2023

TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT (TAP) RECRUITMENT SERVICES FRAMEWORK

20/05/2019

19/05/2023

TEMPORARY STRUCTURES (DPS) FRAMEWORK

04/05/2020

03/05/2023

VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (VLE) SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES FRAMEWORK

22/04/2021

21/04/2023

VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT SERVICE AND TOOLS SUPPLY, JISC FRAMEWORK

16/04/2020

15/04/2023

WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES (SUSTAINABLE) FRAMEWORK

11/03/2019

10/03/2023

Which public sector buyers use SUPC?

SUPC buyers who could be using your services

SUPC have 47 full members, which we have detailed below, as well as associate and affiliate members:

Anglia Ruskin University

Aston University

Bath Spa University

Birmingham City University

Bournemouth University

Brunel University London

Buckinghamshire New University

Canterbury Christ Church University

City, University of London

Coventry University

Cranfield University

De Montfort University

Falmouth University (including Falmouth Exeter Plus)

Imperial College London

Middlesex University

Oxford Brookes University

Solent University

The Open University

The University of Law

University College London

University for the Creative Arts

University of Bath

University of Bedfordshire

University of Brighton

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Chichester

University of East Anglia

University of Essex

University of Exeter

University of Gloucestershire

University of Hertfordshire

University of Kent

University of Northampton

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Plymouth

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

University of Southampton

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of Warwick

University of West London

University of Winchester

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How does an SUPC Framework work?

SUPC uses the portal EU Supply. You can use this link to register onto the portal to start bidding or to view current SUPC tender opportunities.

For more tender opportunities take a look at our comprehensive and free tender alert software, covering UK and Europe, Tender Pipeline.

Once you have found a SUPC framework you want to bid for and is available, you need to register onto the EU Supply Portal and express an interest in the specific opportunity. SUPC do also have some DPS agreements which are continually open to new bidders throughout the term of the agreement. We provide a fully detailed article explaining what a DPS is and how it could benefit your business here.

Once you have expressed an interest in the new tender, framework or DPS you will then be able to download and access the full tender information. We encourage and often support our clients to then complete a bid no bid assessment to ensure it is the right fit for the business.

If you decide to bid you will need to following the instructions in the tender carefully to ensure you present a compliant bid. There will typically be 6,000 to 12,000 words for your quality response, plus supporting documents, references and then your pricing. Once successful you will then be an approved supplier on the framework and will be invited to bid for specific opportunities with their members.

SUPC also allow you to advertise on their site as a promotion tool for your services to their members, which they charge for.

Bid writing support for SUPC Framework?

As bid writing experts, offering an outsourced bid solution, Thornton & Lowe has been helping clients win work on SUPC frameworks for over 10 years. This has included sourcing and advising on SUPC tender opportunities, provision of bid writing and tender guidance, as well as support with developing policies, case studies, CVs and the actual submission of the tender response. In addition, we will regularly help our clients secure call-offs from SUPC frameworks (further competition) to win contracts.

We have developed some bid writing top tips, which can be found here, which will help you secure your place on SUPC frameworks, covering quality, compliance and adding value.

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Bid Writing Success and Feedback:

“Superb company, very approachable, and they took the time to completely understand our business and communication was excellent throughout the process. The finished document was everything I hoped it would be, so much so, we won the business. 5 Stars, thank you” - Mike Brooks IRRV - Chairman DSL Group

To view feedback from our existing clients, click here.

Our case studies can be found here, which detail what we have helped our clients achieve.

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