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COVID-19: Working Practices Update from Cirrus Purchasing

In the light of the recent government guidance issued on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that people should refrain from any unnecessary social contact and work from home where possible, Cirrus has made the decision for our staff to work remotely, taking meetings with our clients and stakeholders online for the foreseeable future.

Our staff have been briefed and we are confident that this decision will not negatively affect our working practices or our clients in the coming weeks. All projects and business will proceed as usual. We will continue to deliver high quality support and advice to our clients using appropriate technology solutions to replace face to face meetings. We are not reducing our availability or support offerings, simply adapting our methods of delivery to help protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients, stakeholders and the wider community.

Our preferred communication channels are currently telephone, conference calls via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, InTend tender platform and email, in addition to any specific methods used by our individual clients. We may also, going forward, implement additional communication channels to facilitate specific project activity as needed.

As a company Cirrus has always embraced remote working, having done so since the company’s inception in 2004. Consequently the Cirrus team are experienced and already have the systems in place to successfully conduct all of our work and deliver our clients’ projects remotely.

We understand how disruptive the disease and the Government’s efforts to manage it will be across society, and want to reassure our clients and stakeholders that our team are working to minimise this disruption and risk.

We are keeping up to date with daily government guidance and have adapted our service in line with their recommendations. With this in mind, our plans will come in to effect as of Tuesday 17th March.

We hope all of our clients and stakeholders stay safe and keep in good health at this time.

Please contact or 07828 143935 if you wish to discuss this matter further.

Procurement Policy Notes (PPN)

Please see the links below for the latest guidance issued from the Cabinet Office on best practice for public sector procurement in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Public Procurement: COVID-19
18th March 2020
The Crown Commercial Service has issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to provide guidance to contracting authorities who will now need to procure goods, services and works quickly, as a result of the virus.

The full PPN is available here.

COVID-19: Supplier relief
25th March 2020
The Cabinet Office has issued a further Procurement Policy Note (PPN) connected with the COVID-19 outbreak. This PPN highlights the severe impact the virus is having on businesses that supply to public bodies and outlines ways contracting authorities can support their suppliers during these unprecedented times.

The full set of guidelines outlined in the PPN to support suppliers can be viewed here.
Recovery and Transition: COVID-19
9th June 2020
The Crown Commercial Service has issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to provide further guidance to public bodies on payment of their suppliers, to ensure service continuity during the pandemic.

The full PPN is available here.

Continuity Statements

Continuity statements from our framework suppliers can be found by clicking on the supplier logos below, these will be updated as and when they are updated or posted:

Materials Framework Suppliers
Link to Bradfords website Link to CEF website Link to CPS website Link to Edmundson Electrical website Link to HSS Hire website Link to Huws Gray Link to Jewson website Link to PHC website Link to Robert Price website Link to Smith Bros website Link to Sovini Trade Supplies website Link to Travis Perkins website Link to Wolseley website Link to Yesss Electrical website

Agency Framework Suppliers
Link to Advantage website Link to BDS website Link to Building Careers website Link to Cordant website Link to Hays website Link to HCL website Link to CRG website Link to HR GO website Link to IDPP website Link to Juice website Link to Morgan Hunt website Link to Niyaa website Link to Nuco website Link to Page website Link to Randstad website Link to Sellick website Link to Service Care website Link to Social Personnel website Link to Adecco website Link to Venn website
Kitchens Framework Suppliers
Link to Howdens website Link to Jewson website Link to jtc website Link to Magnet website Link to Moores website Link to Premiere website Link to Rixonway website Link to Symphony website

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