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Management Consultancy Framework

Contract ID: RM3745

Start Date: 04/09/2017

End Date: 03/09/2021


The Management Consultancy framework (MCF) provides a compliant, cost effective way for central government and the wider public sector to access a variety of consultancy advice from a wide range of suppliers.

Lot 2 (Finance) and Lot 3 (Audit) have been awarded and are available for use.

Lot 1 of the Management Consultancy framework, which covers business consultancy services, has not been awarded. A further procurement exercise will be run on business consultancy services, where the scope of services will be broader, to ensure that the framework can meet all of our customers needs. The new prior information notice (PIN) will be issued shortly as part of our ongoing engagement with suppliers.

Refer to the “How to access?” section for alternative routes to market for business consultancy services.

The advice available under this framework has been categorised below.

Phase 1:
Finance - Lot 2
Audit - Lot 3

Phase 2: (available October 2017)
HR - Lot 4
Health and Community - Lot 5
Education - Lot 6
Infrastructure - Lot 7
ICT and Digital - Lot 8


This agreement delivers a number of benefits including -

  • Maximum rates capped for four years – which may be reduced during the further competition process
  • Value thresholds removed (formerly above £100k and below £2m on Consultancy ONE)
  • Large number and range of suppliers providing effective competition
  • Expanded framework scope including sector specific focus
  • Standard Terms and Conditions agreed with suppliers
  • Alternative pricing models allowable
  • EU compliance

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Should you wish to access the MCF agreement there are a number of helpful documents and templates available on the website. It is recommended that customers read the guidance document prior to using the framework.

Alternative routes to market for Lot 1 Business Consultancy services are:

  • the Consultancy ONE (RM1502) framework - available until December 2017
  • the MCF (RM3745) lots as they award in 2017

The new prior information notice (PIN) for Business Consultancy services will be issued shortly as part of our ongoing engagement with suppliers

A number of customers including central government departments and the NHS require approval prior to spending on consultancy. You may want to check your own internal policies and controls processes to ensure adherence to your standard operating procedures.

Further competition is the default route to market under this framework. See Schedule 5 of the Framework Agreement for details of the call-off procedure.

Customer should review the Supplier Service Matrix which sets out services by lot and supplier, to clarify the capability offered. This will aid with call-offs from the MCF agreement.

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The maximum day rates which can be charged under this framework have been fixed for the entire four years of the agreement following an open procurement to achieve market competitive rates.

Further competition provides suppliers the opportunity to reduce these market rates further. 

In addition to time and materials “day rates” the framework allows for alternative pricing methods such as risk and reward.

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The framework provides customers with a compliant route to market for acquiring consultancy advice and audit services and replaces Consultancy ONE, finance and audit services. 

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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
All suppliers 30 - click here to view suppliers
2 Finance Professional Services 22 - click here to view suppliers 03/09/2021
3 Audit Professional Services 20 - click here to view suppliers 03/09/2021

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Customer Service Desk

0345 410 2222

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