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2 March 2013 | Adam Leach
Purchasing professionals should see framework agreements as a means to free up their time to focus on the purchases that can deliver big savings, according to the procurement manager at the Natural History Museum.
Speaking at the London Universities Purchasing Consortium conference in London, Jim Baker, procurement manager at the Natural History Museum told the audience his two-man procurement team used the Government Procurement Service and LUPC framework arrangements to enable them to focus on the more specialised purchases.
He explained by using the LUPC agreement on temporary staff - mainly front of house and retail workers - it was able to deliver savings of over £120,000 without dedicating huge time and effort. Baker said: “Use the framework agreements for the basic things and free yourself up to focus on the complex stuff.”
The time saved using the framework, enabled him and his colleague to put their effort into securing a value for money contract for specialised display cabinets for the museum’s Darwin Room. For this contract, bidders were required to produce a prototype cabinet at their own cost, which was then assessed by the relevant stakeholders, the scientists at the museum.
Upon completion of the competition, a bidder was chosen that produced an innovative and bespoke cabinet design that met the criteria of being pest-proof and lasting 100 years, while delivering savings of £1 million.