Helping the UK Public Sector Return to Work
RS Components has launched ‘safer working supplies’ in collaboration with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and other suppliers of non-clinical PPE and social distancing, hygiene, and cleaning and related products required for safe working.
CCS is the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK, handling the government’s business process outsourcing, purchasing and procurement of construction services. The organisation’s procurement frameworks detail services or products needed within a certain category, including the particulars of pre-assessed suppliers who can deliver against those requirements. Public sector buyers can use the frameworks to purchase goods and services compliantly, without having to go through the traditional rounds of quotations.
RS, a brand of Electrocomponents plc, is currently listed as an approved supplier under framework RM3837, ‘construction products, consumables and materials’, which includes electrical, workshop, industrial tools and personal protective equipment (PPE). It is from this framework that the new ‘safer working supplies’ initiative has been developed.
Commenting on the collaboration, Pete Malpas, Regional Vice President, RS Northern Europe, says: “When COVID-19 first emerged we, along with other suppliers in our market, held discussions with CCS about how best to service the public sector during this time in relation to building materials. This led to further conversations about returning to work safely where RS set out a proposal to CCS. Working with CCS and all suppliers on the building materials framework resulted in the ‘safer working supplies’ webpage (https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/covid-19/covid-19-buyer-information/safer-working-supplies/) being launched in May. We are immensely proud of the support we’ve given CCS during this challenging time.”
The ‘safer working supplies’ webpage is available via the CCS website. Buyers can access RS through a link from this site to reach a dedicated landing page, which shows all the relevant product details. Existing RS customers can click to go through and purchase in the normal way and new customers will be directed to a registration form which will take them through the onboarding process to become a customer.