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The Agile Route to Market

The Agile Route to Market (ARM) provides customers with a route to market for sub-OJEU / low value communication services work (below £100,000). For suppliers, including small agencies and sole traders, it reduces the cost and time burden when competing for public sector business.

Managed and administered by the Crown Commercial Services (CCS), the ARM is not a framework agreement but a route specifically for sub-OJEU work. It complements and supports the full range of communications framework agreements. Further information on what constitutes ‘sub-OJEU’ is provided below.

Syndicate Communications is a supplier on the Agile Route to Market.

Scope of Work

The ARM provides access to a full range of communication related services in the following categories:

  • Integrated Marketing
  • Public Relations and Related Services
  • Events and Exhibitions
  • Production Services
  • Brand and Design
  • Writing and Editorial
  • Photography
  • Digital Marketing Services
  • Direct Marketing Services

Each category is divided further into specialist service areas.

Who can use the ARM?

The ARM can be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

Benefits of using the ARM

  • Customers can search for suppliers based on key criteria such as location and capabilities
  • Customers can interact directly with suppliers through Contracts Directory
  • Customers can access a wide range of marketing disciplines (also known as lots) ensuring a comprehensive sub-OJEU communications service
  • Suppliers can promote their services to customers using individual profile pages

Accessing the ARM

The Agile Route to Market can be accessed through Contracts Directory.

About the Crown Commercial Service

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has brought together Government’s central commercial capability into a single organisation, amalgamating Government Procurement Service with other commercial teams from the Cabinet Office and central government departments.

CCS is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office and operates as a trading fund under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973. Their remit is to work with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery.

The CCS goal is to become the “go-to” place for expert commercial and procurement services. With both service delivery and advisory capability, services include contract management and supplier performance management to ensure that the Government acts as a true, single customer; freeing up individual organisations to focus their procurement expertise on what is unique to them.

CCS is a public sector organisation working on behalf of the public sector to save money for the public sector and the taxpayer. CCS’s value for money, commercial procurement solutions are fully EU compliant, saving customer’s time and money.

For more information on the Agile Route to Market, please contact the Crown Commercial Services.


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