Published date: 15 October 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 19 November 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Printed matter and related products - 22000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

15 October 2021

Closing date

19 November 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2024

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

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

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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ESPO intends to renew its existing framework covering the supply of library stock materials. The resulting framework will feature multiple suppliers, and will include categories of print books such as, adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books and reference material.

Stock will generally be required to be supplied 'serviced', i.e. complete with stock labels, date stamps, RFID tags, etc.

Lot 1 - Adult Stock
Lot 2 - Children's Stock
Lot 3 - Adult and Children's Stock

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

ESPO has established a commercial trading company, ESPO Trading Limited, 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 Limited 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 Limited 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.

As a Central Purchasing Body as defined in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, 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 & 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:

To express an interest: (a) Go to, (b) Register (c) Search for tender opportunity '376F_22', (d) Express an interest, (e) Access the question set and download the tender from the website.

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To express an interest: (a) Go to, (b) Register (c) Search for tender opportunity '376F_22', (d) Express an interest, (e) Access the question set and download the tender from the website.

About the buyer

Contact name

Food, Communities and Technology Procurement Team


Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
LE19 1ES


+44 1162944008