Softcat has secured a place on the new NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Digital Workplace Solutions procurement framework. Previously known as the Link: IT Solutions Framework, the Digital Workplace Solutions framework allows UK public sector bodies to purchase IT solutions from a select group of pre-approved suppliers at competitive rates.
The framework has an estimated value of £500 million and could deliver savings of up to £75 million to the public sector.The framework allows for Direct Award, enabling customers to go straight to a preferred supplier without the need for a mini competition – simplifying the procurement cycle even further. It also offers a seven-year call-off period, which means customers can benefit from significantly longer contract periods; to realise a return on their solution investments.
The company has also secured a place on the all-Wales IT Products and Services (ii) procurement framework, which has an estimated value of £300 million. The Welsh National Procurement Service (NPS) runs the framework on behalf of the Welsh public sector.