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New agreement to save £4.8m on public sector office management services

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded a new contract to an American engineering and procurement company that intends to save the public sector £4.8m on office management services through smarter purchasing.

The Facilities Management (FM) Assurance agreement, granted to Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), will offer a single helpdesk to public sector customers to manage their FM services.

Customers across central government and the wider public sector will be able to access a “comprehensive range” of FM services, including ‘hard’ services such as mechanical and electrical maintenance, control of asbestos, water hygiene service and mail services. Other ‘soft’ services are also available, such as cleaning, security and waste management services.

John Manzoni, chief executive of the Civil Service, said: “This new contract is great news for the taxpayer and for the government bodies that will use it.

“The new agreement will make substantial savings by providing value for money services that keep our offices and staff safe and supported.”

The contract is set to add to an FM Services agreement launched in July, which aims to amass £200m in FM savings by the end of this Parliament by focusing on better buying, combining requirements and standardising service provision.

To enable this, CCS has appointed several suppliers to provide services that meet customer needs at a “competitive rate”.

In July, the government announced that, as part of the FM Services agreement, public sector organisations would have access to standard FM services.

The agreement sought to provide up to 15% savings, a common set of service level requirements, terms and conditions and pricing, and improved management information through better cost benchmarking.


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