Incumbents Banner and XMA have successfully rebid for the £250 million ($351 million) Crown Office Supplies framework agreement for the UK public sector.
The new Crown Office Supplies framework agreement replaces the current Government Office Supplies contract which expires at the end of this month. Banner and XMA were each awarded one of the two available lots on that contract in 2011. The government said that it had achieved savings of almost £22 million over the contract’s duration.
Similarly, the new Crown Office Supplies framework has been divided into two lots, Lot 1 comprising office supplies (including general office stationery, office paper, catering supplies, janitorial and washroom supplies and small office machines) and Lot 2 for electronic office supplies (EOS), mainly ink and toner cartridges.
Lot 1 of the soon-to-expire Government Office Supplies contract included the provision of a closed loop service for the recycling of office paper, although this does not appear to be included in the new contract.
EVO Group’s Banner has been awarded Lot 1 and Westcoast-owned XMA Lot 2. The framework runs for a maximum of four years, with an initial two-year period followed by up to two one-year extensions. The government’s procurement service estimates the total value of the framework to be between £240-£265 million, split 50-50 between the two lots.
“The Banner team has worked tirelessly in winning this bid and I look forward to increasing the number of organisations joining and to benefit from the added value which this new agreement offers the public sector,” commented Banner Managing Director Richard Costin.