£184m equipment windfall for public sector

The public sector buying arm of the government has issued a contract notice for industrial kitchen equipment worth a whopping £184m.

The Government Procurement Service, which is based in Liverpool, this week opened a tender process that could see as many as 35 suppliers selected to provide equipment.

The £184m spree, which excludes VAT, will see the agency purchase a range of commercial catering and refrigeration equipment on behalf of central government departments, non-departmental public bodies, the NHS and local authorities.

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Companies interested in tendering have until May 23rd to make their submissions, which they must do through the body’s central online portal.

The tender has been broken into seven separate lots covering prime cooking; preparation equipment; fabrication; servery counters (including bespoke); tableware; warewash and waste disposal; and commercial catering refrigeration and cold storerooms.

The majority of lots have space for four suppliers, although there is scope for eight suppliers in the prime cooking section, six in warewash and five in refrigeration due to the volume and heavy duty nature of the products involved.

In its contract notice, the Government Procurement Service said its job was to put in place a pan-government collaborative framework agreement that could be used by UK public sector bodies which have a need for commercial catering and refrigeration equipment.

The framework agreement is for a period of two years, but could be extended for a further two years by the contracting authority if required.

“The estimated value figures given are estimates only for the full potential four-year period of the framework agreement,” it stated.

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