Published date: 10 October 2022

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: 8 November 2022, 11:59pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£0 to £7,500,000

Procurement reference


Published date

10 October 2022

Closing date

8 November 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

19 December 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Restricted procedure

A two-stage procedure, where the first stage is used to select suppliers, who are then invited to bid in the second stage.

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Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £1bn on goods and services and a population of 1.6m.

The Multiply Programme was announced by the Department for Education in April 2022 - being part of a range of initiatives that aim to boost adult skills. The programme is for 19+ adults who do not have a GSCE at Grade 4 (or equivalent) and aims to help people improve their ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work - from household finances, to helping children with homework, to making more sense of the facts in the media and improving employability / job prospects.

Full details of the Multiply programme can be found in the Multiply Investment Prospectus:

Kent County Council is looking to appoint Suppliers through a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), to provide this service. The DPS is for the procurement of social and other services referred to in Regulation 74 of the Public Contracts Regulations (2015) and as such, the intention is to use a light touch regime, rather than the full regime described in Regulation 34 (Dynamic Purchasing System).

The DPS tender was published on 10 October 2022 and will run until 31 March 2025. The initial round for applications will close on 8 November 2022, before re-opening on the 7 December 2022. The final date for application to the DPS will be the 1 January 2025.

About the buyer

Contact name

Matt Hazelton


Sessions House
ME14 1XQ
United Kingdom


+44 3000418556