Government Communication Service wants to meet 'more diverse' agencies ahead of 2016 tenders

The Government Communication Service (GCS) and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are holding a series of events as they look for a "more diverse" range of creative agencies to bid for a variety of marcoms and PR contracts due to be awarded next year.

A Cabinet Office announcement says that the Government's Creative Solutions and Strategy & Planning frameworks are due to expire in October 2016.

These will be "replaced by new arrangements that provide maximum value for the taxpayer and aim to draw on the widest possible pool of talent from across the UK", according to the announcement, which was hinted at in last month's Autumn Statement.

"To date, nearly 70 per cent of the agencies on the existing frameworks are based in London, but the Government is encouraging agencies from outside the M25 for bid for government work," the announcement says.

To encourage this, the Cabinet Office is running a trio of events in Bristol, Edinburgh and Liverpool in the next two weeks to give agencies an opportunity to hear the GCS and CCS on the opportunities available across a number of briefs including PR, experiential marketing, campaign evalution, comms channel strategy, digital marketing and direct marketing.

Alex Aiken, the executive director for government comms, said: "The Government has saved £1bn for taxpayers since 2010 through its reforms to government communications, but millions of pounds of work is still available to creative suppliers who demonstrate that they can help us deliver innovative, outcomes-focused and-low cost campaigns.

"We‘ve introduced a more streamlined tender process for both suppliers and government communications professionals and I personally encourage agencies from all corners of the UK to attend these events and see how they can get involved."


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