COI reviews £12m live events roster

Event agencies invited to apply for new four-year framework

The Central Office of Information (COI) announced today that it is reviewing its live events agency roster, worth £12m a year, following a change in EC regulations.

The new framework will include agencies that can provide services in live-event production, creative development, management of events and exhibitions, and technical production.

Under the existing framework, set up in 2005, it was possible to invite a small selection of agencies on the framework to pitch for contracts. But a new EU Directive, which governs how frameworks are established and managed, means this is no longer allowed.

The new regulations require that all suppliers on a framework "capable of performing the proposed contract" are invited to compete for each piece of business.
 
The new framework has been divided into ‘lots' to provide easy-to-access shortlists for competition, and will include a new lot specifically for experiential events
 
COI live events director Simon Hughes, whose team is undertaking the review, said: "Over the past four years, our existing framework agencies have delivered a variety of challenging and exciting live events projects to a very high standard.
 
"We're looking forward to expanding that opportunity with our new framework, in order to ensure that the best talent in the business can continue to use their skills and expertise to reach the many audiences we communicate with on behalf of our public-sector clients."

More information on the roster is available at www.coi.bravosolution.co.uk

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