Trust in legal dispute over multi-million pound procurement deal

The HSJ reports that an arrangement between Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust and Procure Partnerships Framework Limited (PPFL),a procurement service provider, has been challenged in the High Court by rival provider Pagabo, which claims the trust broke regulations when entering the deal.

For a private company to offer procurement framework services to public bodies it needs a public sector authority to host the framework and the tendering process to set it up.

Alder Hey has hosted PPFL frameworks in this way before, dating back to at least 2019, according to the government contracts finder service.

Both Alder Hey and PPFL derive an income from the frameworks they set up and run, by charging fees from suppliers that successfully win contracts through the frameworks.

Pagabo has filed a legal claim that says the trust broke procurement regulations in the way it awarded the contract to PPFL.

Full story in The HSJ, 27 June 2024

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