Last edited 27 Apr 2020

Direct award

STAR Procurement (a shared procurement service for Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Councils), Glossary of Terms, published in May 2019, defines direct award as a: ‘Route to market for awarding a Call-off Contract under a Framework Agreement, where the Framework Agreement permits this mechanism, and the details of the supply price and quality for the Call-off Contract are pre-established.'

Where a call-off contract is: ‘A contract awarded to a supplier or number of suppliers appointed to a Framework Agreement, to deliver the particular supplies, services or works required.’ For more information see: Call of contract.

NB the Glossary of Terms also suggests that: ‘Where the detail of the issued tender has proved insufficient to select a contractor within a Framework Agreement, a Mini-competition between appointed suppliers may also be used to determine to whom the Call-off Contract will be awarded.’

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