The four-year framework for public sector schemes ranging between ВЈ100,000 and ВЈ750,000 is aimed at local firms. Almost all of the contenders are regional contractors based in the Sussex region.
East Sussex Council, which is leading the procurement of the framework, is planning to appoint between eight and 12 contractors to the framework.
Framework manager Paul Benford said using local suppliers was a crucial element of the framework: "Most of the bidders are local but even those from outside the area have been asked to look at utilising smaller local suppliers in their supply chain," he said.ADVERTISEMENT
Framework members will range in size. Benford said: "It's quite a broad range because we want to ensure we get expertise in all areas. So we have firms bidding with ВЈ10m a year turnovers down to firms with annual turnovers of ВЈ400,000."
The Tier Three framework follows in the footsteps of the recently awarded ВЈ80m Sussex wide Tier Two contract which will deliver work between ВЈ500,000 and ВЈ3m.The seventeen bidders for the Tier Three deal are:Booker & Best Bramber Construction Colours Decorating Fitzpatrick Contractors Ian Williams J. Cheesmur JH Payne & Sons Mariners Building Contractors Mitie Property Services (Fareham) Patching & Son P H Beck R B Construction Group Rok Building (Eastbourne) T H Kenyon & Son Underwood Construction Walkers Construction WH Catchpole
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