CIPR welcomes new public sector communication frameworks
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today welcomed the introduction of two new Government communication frameworks; Campaign Solutions and Communications Services.
The frameworks, which are expected to be in place by November 2016, offer a new and improved way for communications agencies to bid for public sector contracts.
Developed in consultation with the CIPR and other representative bodies, the new model drastically reduces the length of the application process for agencies, making it easier than ever for small consultancies to offer their services to Government.
Public relations agencies will also no longer be required to have undertaken previous work in the public sector and bids will be welcomed from organisations based throughout the UK.
Tendering for public sector business has historically been a major cost for large agencies and a barrier to smaller and newer suppliers. These new arrangements change that overnight.
It's a major achievement by the Government Communications Service. The fact that they involved the CIPR and other industry bodies has helped achieve a positive outcome.
I hope that organisations that still have complex and time consuming arrangements for tendering like local government, the BBC and even some large private sector companies will see the advantages of a streamlined process and follow the government's lead.
More information on the frameworks can be found Government Communications Service website.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR was granted its Royal Charter by the Privy Council in February 2005. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of public relations, it is the largest body of its type in Europe.
The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).