Cabinet Office gears up for review of comms structure and suppliers

The executive director for government comms has revealed that the Government's comms roster could soon be under review.

Jenny Grey: said the review is set to begin in March
Jenny Grey: said the review is set to begin in March

Jenny Grey told PRWeek that the Cabinet Office will be taking its first steps towards a review of the current framework of government comms suppliers next month.

The current PR framework is due to come to an end in November. The Government Procurement Service - part of the Cabinet Office - is set to bring in a team of specialists that will lead the process of updating the Government's comms. The Cabinet Office also has a supplier event planned in the coming months.

The news comes as the COI readies itself for closure at the end of March. The COI's roster of agencies is currently being managed by the Government Procurement Service.

One former COI source suggested that the next government comms roster could see a greater focus on agencies with an integrated offering than the previous set-up with seven distinct categories.

'There's a need to have a new pan-government integrated framework, particularly in the light of the COI's framework's going to GPS and the market moving that way,' said the source.

The Cabinet Office has been looking to re-employ COI staff across Whitehall, but many have been made redundant.

Meanwhile, Downing Street and the Cabinet Office have brought in two former COI directors to help it lead government comms.

Former COI director of strategy and planning Sean Larkins joined as head of government comms policy and capability. Wendy Proctor, formerly director of the client account team and group client director, has joined as head of shared services.

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