TPPL – Covid-19 and framework activity

We wish to remind you TPPL are still fully operational to serve your needs should you require assistance, or have any concerns regarding past, present or future procurements via our Framework Agreements. Our main priority, like many others, is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees throughout these challenging times. We are pleased to confirm that we currently have a fully enabled workforce equipped and working remotely to support you should you need us to.

Much like businesses all across the UK, suppliers appointed to our frameworks have been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and we are liaising regularly with them, where possible, to obtain updates on their current operational status. Generally, many car and van dealerships across the country have closed for sales of vehicles, resulting in many manufacturers furloughing a large number, if not all of their sales staff, with immediate effect. Having said this, we still have a number of dealerships and manufacturers who are able to bid on tender opportunities, should they go to market.

Frameworks which seem to be less affected by the close down of many suppliers are those who are serving front line services such as truck dealers, specialist vehicles, refuse vehicles, sweepers, and grounds maintenance/agricultural equipment. We are also being advised most leasing companies are operating on a “business as usual” basis.

A number of builders merchants appointed to our Building Materials DPS are operating on a strict no contact collection, or delivery only arrangement. Some merchants have put contingency resource services in place for members, such as 24 hour emergency sales order line being provided by Edmundson Electrical.  Others are offering our customers a next day delivery service and non- contact click and collect only – including Rexel.

The sooner procurements are issued, evaluated, awarded and ordered, the nearer the head of the queue your orders will be when we resume normal life and suppliers recommence manufacturing vehicles. Many suppliers will be reliant on a healthy order bank when their facilities re-open to ensure business continuity.

If you have any particular queries or concerns then please contact us at where one of our team will be happy to help,

COVID-19 – update on our framework suppliers

We hope everybody is keeping well at this difficult time.

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 23rd March, a large number of framework suppliers have contacted us advising on what basis they are operating, if indeed they are operating at all. Car and light commercial vehicle dealerships are operating remotely for sales enquiries and support, however showrooms and dealerships are now closed whilst maintaining skeleton staff to provide aftersales and service support to essential and frontline workers. Some dealer groups have taken the decision to completely close on a temporary basis. It goes without saying, most, if not all dealerships have ceased to deliver vehicles with immediate effect.

Builders Merchants summary

Jewson – open on a limited basis for delivery service ONLY

Travis Perkins – open on a limited basis for delivery service ONLY

Buildbase/Grafton – closed completely at this time with discussions taking place to reopen on a limited basis to continue supply through a small number of branches

Rexel – open on a limited basis for delivery and collection service, as per guidelines on company website

Edmundson Electrical – open on a limited basis for strict no contact collections, and delivery service

Government guidance

The guidance from the government is clear, if you are a non-essential worker, you must stay at home.

It’s reassuring to see the government issue guidelines to public bodies advising them to give suppliers relief on payments during, and after, the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to ensure business continuity.

TPPL are still fully operating with a remote workforce, to discuss any concerns you may have with transactions, please contact a member of the team.

National:  01954-250517 – Head Office
Scotland: 07407-811103 – Keith Sergison
North of England: 0161-4911812 – John Lomax
South of England: 07786-383133 – Rob Kendall

If you have any other questions at this time, please call 01954 250517 or send an email to and a member of our team will get back to you.

TPPL Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Tuesday afternoon all head office staff were sent to work from home remotely, and we would like to reassure members TPPL are still operating at full capacity. Whilst this migration happened seamlessly in most areas, we have experienced issues with our telephone system and the call forwarding functionality. Therefore, to contact a member of the team please call the individuals DDI or main office number (01954 250517) and you will be met with a voice message providing the mobile number for the individual you need to reach. Alternatively, please send an email to for an immediate response or call back.

We appreciate that like us, you are probably inundated with supplier status messages at the moment, and concerns being raised from the people and industries you serve as to how your service is being affected today, and the knock on affects for the future.

Fleet Manufacturer closures

The following manufacturers have announced closure to manufacturing plants across Europe. The length of closures are being touted as between 1-4 weeks at this time.

  • Ford
  • Peugeot
  • Citroen
  • Vauxhall
  • Volkswagen
  • Mini
  • BMW
  • Toyota
  • Nissan

What happens with member procurements?

Feedback from suppliers suggests they still have the ability to submit tender responses to procurements issued, however lead times will inevitably be affected for any factory order products not available from stock. Please be mindful of anticipated requests for extension to tender deadlines, and factor in sufficient time to allow bidders to respond on any new procurements.

If you have tenders which are still under evaluation awaiting award, we advise a clarification on the lead times submitted against the tender to allow for re-evaluation if necessary. For tenders already awarded awaiting orders to be confirmed, we are recommending members progress these where possible to avoid further delays to delivery lead times. This will ensure orders are will be processed sooner when manufacturing does eventually commence.

As you will be aware, CCS have issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which essentially states authorities may need to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency. Authorities are permitted to do this using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. Regulation 32(2)(c) allows for authorities to procure goods using accelerated methods i.e. direct award, due to extreme urgency caused as a result of the unforeseen situation.

Supplier solutions for contingency

Should members wish to obtain details of solutions suppliers are offering to provide contingency during these unprecedented times please get in touch with us.

The Rental industry is being utilised to provide vehicles to frontline services, and we have already had several suppliers advise they are able to assist with expedited processes to get vehicles to the frontline with urgency. These messages have come with the advice that rental suppliers could potentially be forced to close their doors in the near future, as has happened across Europe.

Building material suppliers are providing products to members for use in emergency situations, following difficulty of obtaining building materials due to closures and skeleton staffing levels across many building merchants. One such product is an unmanned emergency pop-up stores solution provided by Buildbase & Grafton Supply Chain Solutions.

Members can contact should they have an urgent need for any of these solutions.

Find out more by reading the Cabinet Office Procurement Policy notice on responding to COVOID-19. 

TPPL & NEPO Materials DPS

The Procurement Partnership Ltd and NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) have partnered to issue a selection questionnaire inviting bidders to participate in a National Building Materials Dynamic Purchasing Solution (DPS). The DPS will be available to over 800 public sector organisations throughout the UK. Suppliers interested in participating can access the opportunity and download the documentation on the following link


The DPS comprises of six categories, covering a wide variety of products:

Category 1: Managed Store/One-Stop Shop/Dedicated Store. Including but not limited to all building materials (covering materials available under any of the other Categories detailed within this DPS) and services required by a Contracting Authority. Types of managed store/one-stop shop/dedicated store may include, but is not limited to:

– standalone bespoke branches
– dedicated counter/storage at an existing merchant branch
– remote ‘non-staffed’ stores
– fully delivered service including van-stock management

Category 2: General Materials. Including but not limited to timber, ironmongery, paints/solvents, silicone, kitchens, fasteners & fixings, paving/kerbs, small load flags, sand and all aggregates, decorative gravels, insulation, lintels, flooring, tiles, grout, adhesives, roofing, bricks and blocks, all civil/highway materials, streetscene/street furniture, asphalt, tarmac, cements, concretes, mortar, tub mortar, plaster and boarding, sundry items, doors (internal/external and timber/PVC-U), windows (timber/PVC-U), construction chemicals, handheld tools and PPE.

Category 3: Plumbing, Heating and Gas Spares. Including but not limited to ventilation, domestic boilers, gas spares/parts (e.g. pumps, PCBs etc), heating controls, expansion vessels, motorised valves & pumps, radiators, water treatment, bathroom sanitary ware and fittings, showers, copper (and plastic) fittings and tube, tanks, cylinders, brassware (bathroom and kitchen), sinks, plastic plumbing, drainage/waste pipes and fittings, rainwater goods, renewable energy products, accessibility products (e.g. grab rails), commercial plumbing, plumbing sundries and accessories

Category 4: Electrical. Including but not limited to wiring and accessories, sockets, lighting, distribution equipment, consumer units, breakers, cables and cable management, electric showers, data networking, test and detection, electrical control, fire and CO2 detection, security systems, renewable energy products, heating and cooling and mobile lighting

Category 5: Commercial Plumbing, Heating and Laundry Spares. Including but not limited to all plumbing and heating parts/spares, flues, valves and controls for commercial boilers (of any variety), water heaters and boilers, renewables, commercial flushing controls/valves, commercial sanitaryware, ducting, drainage, pipeline, grease traps, septic tanks, silage tanks, metal & plastic pipe and fittings, valves (ball/safety or other), tanks, cylinders, pumps, brassware, and plumbing/heating consumables. To also include all spares and parts for commercial laundry equipment/appliances, e.g. washing machines, dryers and dishwashing equipment.

Category 6: Modular Build. Including but not limited to off-site manufacture and supply of ‘off-the-shelf’ or bespoke designed residential and commercial accommodation. From housing (social or otherwise) and student accommodation through to commercial units for schools (or other education sites), hospitals/healthcare, offices, retail and site accommodation. Supply of materials to support the build of units. This is not for the supply of mobile homes, but specifically factory/system-built units.

All of the above categories are fully supported by TPPL, with assistance including, but not limited to:

• Ability to identify and engage with local suppliers to participate in the DPS
• Onsite time to design and shape structure of procurement, including guidance and support in defining an appropriate service specification
• Review and analysis of available transaction information to implement an appropriate core-range for the procurement process
• Guidance and support in identifying the cost model appropriate for your proposed contract, e.g. would a cost plus or return-on-sales approach be suitable
• Drafting of all necessary procurement documentation
• Creation of necessary evaluation models
• Issue of procurement documentation through the NEPO Portal for an efficient, effective and auditable electronic further competition
• Support throughout the evaluation process, including cost analysis and onsite time during evaluation session(s) for moderation purposes
• Arrangement of and presence at any site visits/interviews included in the procurement process
• Creation of feedback/notification letters to successful/unsuccessful bidders
• Creation and issue of necessary award notices to ensure compliance with Public Contracts Regulations 2015

contact us for further information

National Building Materials Dynamic Purchasing Solution (DPS)

The Procurement Partnership Ltd and NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) have partnered to issue a selection questionnaire inviting bidders to participate in a National Building Materials Dynamic Purchasing Solution (DPS). The DPS will be available to over 800 public sector organisations throughout the UK. Suppliers interested in participating can view more here

TPPL and NEPO Grounds Maintenance Equipment and Plant Framework

The annual price review and evaluation under ‘Lot 3 – Handheld tools and equipment’ has now been completed resulting in some changes to supplier rankings within the lot.

Please click on the link to view the guideline document which reflects the new supplier rankings, the refreshed Price List is available here

Business Development Manager for Scotland

TPPL are delighted to welcome Keith Sergison as our new Business Development Manager for Scotland. Keith joins TPPL with a wealth of public sector and vehicle experience to take over from Jim Brand who recently retired following a long and successful career in our industry. To arrange a meeting with Keith contact or 07407 811103.

The Government Cuts Plug in Car Grant

The plug-in car grant will be cut by £1,000 and no longer apply to hybrid cars with a range of less than 70 zero emission miles, from November 12.

The Government said the reduction in funding – from £4,500 to £3,500 – for the cleanest cars, and withdrawing the grant completely for the likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Toyota Prius Plug-in, was a sign of its success.

The 22% cut in grant value for the cleanest cars also reflected the “recent reductions in the price of electric vehicles”, it claimed.

Furthermore, the Department for Transport (DfT) warned that it would be prepared to implement the new rate before November 12, if the news sparked a rush from buyers eager to qualify for the grant at current levels. However, it has only committed to fund the “next 35,000 of the cleanest vehicles”, according to the official announcement.

First introduced in 2011, the plug-in car grant (PICG) has provided a discount to the price of more than 160,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles.

Category 1 cars, with CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles, received 35% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £4,500.

Meanwhile, category 2 cars, with CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles, as well as category 3 cars, with CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles, benefitted from a grant for 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £2,500.

It has helped the plug-in hybrid market become more established, but the Government says it now wants to focus its support on zero emission models like pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

However, the cut in funding for ultra-low emission vehicles comes after the Government had already been warned that if it is to stand a chance of achieving its Road to Zero pledge of half of all new cars being ultra-low emission by 2030, it must bring forward planned reductions in company car tax rates and provide guarantees it will stay low.

Company car drivers considering a pure electric or hybrid car face a three-percentage point increase in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates from next April, before rates fall the following year.

To see which vehicles qualify for the grant please click here

This News Post contains extracts from Fleet News please click here to read the full article.


TPPL & NEPO Grounds Maintenance & Plant Framework


The Procurement Partnership are pleased to announce the launch of our new Grounds Maintenance & Plant Equipment including Handheld tools Framework Agreement. TPPL have established this OJEU compliant Framework in partnership with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) as the lead authority.

The Framework has been designed to offer a unique solution to TPPL and NEPO members, covering an extensive range of equipment from 38 industry recognised suppliers, including dealerships and manufacturers located across the UK.

This Framework covers the following Equipment types:

Lot 1: Grounds Maintenance Equipment including options to offer spare parts and maintenance contract services (35 Suppliers)

Lot 2: Plant Equipment including options to offer spare parts and maintenance contract services (14 Suppliers)

Lot 3: Handheld Tools and Equipment (21 Suppliers)

Please follow this link to access the member’s area page which provides our guideline document for information on how to access the Framework and rankings of suppliers. The agreement page also contains links to the Contract Notice Award Notice and Framework Agreement.

If you have any questions on accessing this new Framework or would like to discuss any requirements you may have, please contact a member of the team in the office on: 01954 250517, or send an email to GM& Alternatively please contact one of our regional Business Development Managers:

Rob Kendall:  South England & Wales

Mob:  07786 383133

John Lomax: North England & Wales

Tel:  0161 4911812

Mob: 07973 325085


Jim Brand: Scotland

Mob: 07803 888324



If members cannot gain access to the member’s area of the site please email Adam Pickels:

WLTP Announcement

Dear Member,

As you are aware due to the introduction of WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) manufacturers are having to discontinue certain engine derivatives across their ranges and there is uncertainty around the CO2 figures for engine’s that are continuing in production.

Until this new testing procedure has been completed across all manufacturers and their model ranges it is creating a problem for leasing companies in providing quotes that are accurate for CO2, VED, BIK as well as an uncertainty around vehicle availability.

The result of this is where quotations are  provided via My Quote portal we cannot give any guarantee as to the availability of the vehicle quoted, also accuracy of the rental is in question as the CO2 may be different when the vehicle is registered so the VED band may change (indications are that the vast majority of CO2 values will increase under the new testing procedure) so the rental will change to reflect the difference in VED cost.

The position that we find ourselves in is not ideal and will, I’m sure, continue to cause issues over the short term. Please ensure that before placing orders based on Quotations off the portal check with the successful quotation supplier to ensure that they will accept the quotation. Following this procedure should ensure that there are no problems when placing your order.

Many Thanks

Jim Brennan