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  • Comment has launched its new Interim Management Framework Agreement, which will give public sector cust... has launched its new Interim Management Framework Agreement, which will give public sector customers access to sector specific interim managers from middle-management through to board-level appointments.

The new framework will deliver average savings of 7% when compared with rates on the previous S-Cat Framework Agreement.

For some requirements, the use of interim managers can be a more appropriate alternative to the use of consultants or other temporary resourcing options. Procuring temporary resources, particularly at senior levels, can be a time consuming and complex process. The Interim Managers Framework offers a pre-tendered procurement facility, allowing public sector organisations to efficiently satisfy their requirements, minimizing unnecessary delays and costs.

Through the framework, interim managers are available in five specialist areas:

* Local authorities & education

* Board/executive committee level

* Health

* Defence

* Central civil government and other public sector bodies. chief executive Hugh Barrett said:

'Demand for interim mangers has increased significantly over the last few years and we are pleased to offer public sector customers a framework agreement which continues the supply of this category of temporary staff.'

An extensive tender exercise was conducted by with service providers having to demonstrate exceptional value and capability to secure a place on the framework. The entire procurement process was carried out in accordance with EU procurement rules.

The framework was designed following consultation with the industry and evaluated with expert help and assistance from' customers, drawn from central civil government and local authorities.

Notes is the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce, which is itself an office of HM Treasury. OGC was launched on 1 April 2000 as a result of a review of civil procurement in central government. Its aim is to achieve substantial value for money improvements in the government's procurement budget and to oversee and implement the government's wider Efficiency Review across the entire public sector., launched in April 2001, provides public sector procurement professionals with a route to the products and services they need to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money.

Its contracts and framework agreements offer substantial savings through significant buying power, economies of scale and strategic partnerships. Once again, these savings are counted towards the Efficiency Review target. Rigorous tendering and evaluation processes ensure that products and services are checked for quality, price competitiveness, fitness for purpose and compliance with statutory requirements. These products and services are available through Catalist framework agreements and Managed Services.

The Catalist brand is designed to unify the framework agreements under one identifiable and recognisable brand name. Catalist incorporates a series of framework agreements which have been developed to offer our customers a broad range of goods and services aligned to their particular needs.

Managed Services are predominantly more sophisticated, requiring expertise and additional support from

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