UK government selects six agencies for comms roster

The UK government has fired the starting gun on a new wave of communications work with the selection of six agencies for a major roster.

The UK government has fired the starting gun on a new wave of communications work with the selection of six agencies for a major roster.

PRWeek UK understands that Engine Group, Munro & Forster, Consolidated, SKV Communications, Unity, and Syndicate Communications have been appointed to the roster for PR work worth more than £100,000, or about $152,000.

Nearly 60 agencies are thought to have competed to get on the latest of the newly created frameworks, which have replaced the UK Central Office of Information roster.

PRWeek UK understands the government sent letters to those affected this week, but the final appointments will not be fully confirmed until a “standstill period” passes. 

“A contract announcement will be made following the successful completion of the standstill period,” a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said. “The framework will not be live or official, and we will not be commenting on speculation until that point.”

The new line-up follows the UK government's announcement last year that it had appointed agencies to compete for work worth less than £100,000 in a framework named the “Agile Route to Market.”
The procurement process for both frameworks was launched last year after the Central Office of Information closed in May.

Winners for the creative, direct marketing, and digital framework are also understood to have been announced.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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