Published date: 2 May 2023

Last edited date: 10 October 2023

Open future opportunity - This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite bid applications but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible.

Approach to market date: 11 July 2024

Contract summary


  • Foreign language translation software package - 48740000

  • Public-telephone services - 64211000

  • Foreign language translation software development services - 72212740

    • System quality assurance assessment and review services - 72225000

    • Provision of services to the community - 75200000

    • Translation services - 79530000

    • Interpretation services - 79540000

    • Proofreading services - 79821100

    • Typesetting services - 79822300

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

2 May 2023

Approach to market date

11 July 2024

Contract start date

21 January 2025

Contract end date

20 January 2028

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Crown Commercial Service, as the Authority, intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of Language Services for use by Central Government and UK public sector bodies.

More information

Spend profile

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Financial year Budget
2024/2025 £62,500,000
2025/2026 £62,500,000
2026/2027 £62,500,000
2027/2028 £62,500,000

Additional text

This Prior Information Notice is updating our scope of requirements from the original PIN issued in May. It also acts as a signal of intention to continue market engagement with those within the language services industry.

Crown Commercial Service intends to hold further market engagement sessions during October 2023 onwards with suppliers interested in potentially bidding for this commercial agreement. If you are interested in attending a market engagement session please submit your details into the following GoogleForm via this link:

We will use this source to invite interested parties to our market engagement sessions and notify them of our intention to release our Invitation to Tender. If you are having any access issues you can email If the latter you must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details (email and telephone number) for the individual(s) who will participate in the market engagement.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is
[]. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

The value is an indicative value over 4 years.

The publication date is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS website page [] and monitor Find A Tender Service for the publication of the contract notice.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer


9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP


+44 3454102222