The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) was set up on 1 April 2014 to replace the Government Procurement Service. It aimed to centralise £13.4 billion of central government spend on common goods and services and carry out direct buying services on behalf of all departments. In doing so, it would improve government’s management of commercial contracts. It would also provide framework agreements to enable both central government departments and the wider public sector to purchase common goods and services. The direct buying service and the purchases through framework agreements would total £22 billion. CCS is also responsible for central government’s procurement policy and building commercial skills across government. It provides advice and support on complex transactions and negotiates with government’s strategic suppliers.
22 March 2017