Published date: 9 July 2020

Last edited date: 9 July 2020

This notice was replaced on 9 July 2020

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Opportunity (published 9 July 2020)

Closed future opportunity - This means that a potential contract has passed its approach to market date. A buyer can choose to consider any supplier interest or convert this notice into an opportunity ready for live procurement.

Contract summary


  • Food, beverages, tobacco and related products - 15000000

  • Miscellaneous food products - 15800000

  • Dietetic products - 15882000

    • Prepared meals - 15894200

    • School meals - 15894210

    • Hospital meals - 15894220

    • Prepared dishes - 15894300

    • Deep-frozen products - 15896000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

9 July 2020

Approach to market date

10 July 2020

Contract start date

1 June 2020

Contract end date

31 May 2022

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Please note this is a prior information notice and tender documentation is not available yet.

ESPO is seeking to establish a multi-supplier framework agreement for the supply of a range of ready meal
solutions. The product range includes frozen or chilled complete individual main meals, desserts, specialist diets and sundry products such as potatoes, vegetables, sauces and gravies.

The framework agreement will have the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated value stated includes the option period.

An eAuction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the framework agreement.

As a central purchasing body as defined by the EU Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the framework agreement is open for use by public bodies (defined at that also fall into one of the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: local authorities; educational establishments (including academies); central government departments and agencies; police, fire and rescue and coastguard emergency services; NHS and HSC bodies, including ambulance services; registered charities; registered social landlords; the corporate office of the house of lords, the corporate officer of the house of commons; or any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament. Details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available at:

ESPO has established a commercial trading company, ESPO Trading Ltd, whose target clients are third sector organisations such as national and local charities, public sector mutual organisations and other organisations involved in the delivery of services to or for the public sector. The successful supplier may be asked to enter into an additional separate framework agreement (the Second Framework) with ESPO Trading Ltd on materially similar terms to that found in the tender pack to be entered into by ESPO itself.
Any second framework agreement will be a purely commercial agreement and will, for the avoidance of doubt, not be governed by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. ESPO Trading Ltd may enter into the second framework agreement with the successful supplier and make it available to third sector clients who themselves are not required to follow the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. Accordingly, this is provided for bidders' information only.

To express an interest:
(a) go to
(b) register;
(c) search for tender opportunity '58_21';
(d) express an interest.

More information

Linked Notice


Spend profile

This table displays the spend profile of the notice
Financial year Budget
2020/2021 £5,000,000
2021/2022 £5,000,000

Additional text

Please note this is a prior information notice and tender documentation is not available yet.

To express an interest:
(a) go to
(b) register;
(c) search for tender opportunity '58_20';
(d) express an interest.

About the buyer

Contact name

Food and communities procurement teamE


Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
LE19 1ES


+44 1162657857