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Supply Chain Finance

Supply Chain Finance Procurement


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A replacement of the Government Banking Service (GBS) Supply Chain Finance (SCF) system is proposed with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) replacing HM Revenue and Customs as the Contracting Authority.

The objective of the procurement is to award to a single SCF Provider to deliver SCF initially to NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) suppliers in the form of pharmacies. CCS’s SCF strategy is to focus on growing the number of pharmacies utilising the service and marketing the use of SCF to other areas of the NHS, Central Government and the Wider Public Sector (WPS). The production of an agreed marketing plan with CCS and the customer(s) will be a key feature of the requirement.

The requirement is for a suitably qualified SCF provider to offer the early payment of invoices to suppliers which are members of the SCF scheme. Early payment is to be offered after a maximum of 5 days of an invoice being submitted and the credit must be offered for up to 36 days. The SCF Provider will also be required to install and maintain a suitable IT system for the management of SCF and this is to include a paperless onboarding system.

The proposed contracting arrangements is for the utilisation of an agreement with a single provider with a five year initial term with two one year extensions.

CCS welcome input from industry experts or specialists as to the structure, nature and principles of the proposed SCF model. CCS has made every effort to construct the most effective agreement for delivery of SCF across applicable areas of the public sector, however, CCS welcomes input from industry or market specialists to ensure the most advantageous solution is delivered.

Cyber Essentials

The Cyber Essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

To participate in the procurement for the SCF contract, Potential Providers will be required to demonstrate that they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by at least Cyber Essentials for Services under and in connection with the procurement though it should be noted that Cyber Essentials Plus may be required.

Consideration to the appropriate accreditation level will be made through the market engagement period following this PIN and the final accreditation required will be notified in the Contract Notice.

Engagement Event

CCS is planning to hold a supplier briefing event on Monday the 14th of August from 12:30-3:30pm. The event is to be held in London at 1 Horse Guards Road. This will be an opportunity to ask CCS clarification questions regarding the service solution and will include a presentation to highlight CCS’s objectives for the SCF procurement.

To register for the event please contact both Paul Allison - paul.allison[at][dot]uk and Matthew Holt - matthew.holt1[at][dot]uk - please note that there is a limit of two attendees per organisation to ensure that all organisations have the opportunity to attend.

eTendering Registration

Crown Commercial Service use an eTendering System to conduct all of its procurements.  You will need to be registered to use this eSourcing portal in order to participate in any CCS procurement opportunities, this can be done online at

by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at:

Note that, by registering for the eSourcing Suite in this way, you will then be in a position to express an interest in any future procurements run by Crown Commercial Service.

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact the Crown Commercial Service Support Desk email: eEnablement[at][dot]uk

Once they become available the ITT documentation for this procurement may be freely accessed here:


Contact Details                     

If you would like to comment or ask questions please contact

both:  Paul Allison - paul.allison[at][dot]uk and Matthew Holt - matthew.holt1[at][dot]uk