What the toolkit is for

This toolkit maps the processes for:

  • DECIDING whether you need a framework
  • SETTING UP a framework
  • RUNNING projects under the framework agreement(s).

it looks like all you need, but it’s not

alert-sign Although you can learn the basics from the toolkit, it is unlikely that you will succeed without professional advice and support along the way.
cekey-logo1 The toolkit is intended as a route map for you to follow with your advisors. It flags up where you are likely to need help, and offers links to advice and support via Constructing Excellence.
alert-sign Setting up a framework is a project in itself. It is very resource intensive, especially in the ‘Deciding’ phase. Experience at Manchester City Council suggests that you should budget to spend at least £50k before you get to run any projects.

The DECIDING phase is critical. Understanding your objective is the key to a successful framework.


Do not underestimate the resources you will need to:

  • APPRAISE the performance of past projects
  • ANALYSE your portfolio of proposed projects
  • CONSULT with stakeholders so that you understand their needs and they know budget and procurement options
  • AGREE shared objectives
  • ASSESS the risks and plan how to manage them
  • DECIDE whether frameworking is the right strategy

This diagram shows the phases and relative distribution of resources you will need to use the toolkit: