Published date: 1 August 2023

Last edited date: 6 September 2023

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: 28 September 2023, 2:59pm

Contract summary


  • Agricultural and horticultural products - 03100000

  • Cereals, potatoes, vegetables, fruits and nuts - 03200000

  • Farming, hunting and fishing products - 03300000

    • Forestry and logging products - 03400000

    • Food, beverages, tobacco and related products - 15000000

    • Restaurant and food-serving services - 55300000

    • Canteen and catering services - 55500000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference

RM6279 Contract Notice

Published date

1 August 2023

Closing date

28 September 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

12 December 2023

Contract end date

11 December 2025

Contract type

Supply contract

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.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a new Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of RM6279 Buying Better Food to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK Public Sector Bodies, including Local Authorities, Health, Police, Fire and Rescue, Education and Devolved Administrations.

This will be a national agreement developed to support a simple customer journey through an online single access point; either using a single Tier 1 supplier, a consortium of suppliers, or Special Procurement Vehicle (SPV).

We are encouraging a consortium bid that can be made up of many small suppliers - all suppliers/producers will need to meet the minimum technical, ethical and policy requirements and Government buying standards for food.

Our initial contract value is estimated to attract £100 million worth of spend over the 4-year (2 + 1 +1 ) contract period, which is a small proportion of the annual £2.1 billion public sector food spend.

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About the buyer


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