Framework Award Letter

Copy and paste the framework award letter into MS word and PDF before sending to the supplier

[insert supplier name and address]  [insert date]

Dear [insert name or Sir/Madam]

Invitation To Tender for [insert product/service]

Tender OJEU Contract Notice Reference Number [insert reference number eg eg 2008/s – xx/xxxxx]

Framework Agreement Reference [insert framework agreement reference number]

I am pleased to inform you that the [insert name of the authority awarding the contract ie xyz (the “Authority”) has made the provisional decision to select your company to be a party to the framework agreement for [insert product/service].

Your company was successful in the following Lots(s): [insert Lot number(s) and description].

With this letter, I am enclosing two copies of the framework agreement for this tender. I should be grateful if you would arrange for them to be signed where indicated (but not dated) and returned to me as soon as possible.

Under Regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended), public contracting authorities are obliged to introduce a “standstill” period between announcing a provisional decision in relation to the award of certain government tenders and entering into any form of binding commitment. We have therefore written to the other bidders explaining our decision.  Assuming the provisional decision remains unaltered as a result of any representations made during the standstill period, I will then arrange for the framework agreement to be executed on behalf of the Authority and completed once the standstill period expires and will send you one copy for your records.

You are strongly advised not to incur any expense or enter into any binding arrangements until such time as you receive the signed and dated framework agreement back from the Authority.

I hope that it will not cause you any inconvenience to bear with us for this short period that is necessary to allow us to meet our obligations under European law.


I look forward to working with you in the future.


Yours faithfully

[insert name and title]

Team Meeting Agenda

Capture information on Team Meetings so you don’t waste time by talking but not capturing actions. This Team Meeting Agenda should do the trick.

The purpose of a team meeting is to catch up on a regular basis to discuss a status update. Team members should all be aware of what workload their colleagues have on at any moment so they can provide a consistent service level to internal and external stakeholders at any given time.

Perhaps take it in turns to chair the meeting, giving everyone a chance to lead, some members of the team are naturally quieter than others so this gives everyone an opportunity to practice chairing meetings.

The optimal frequency is once a week but if you have fast moving projects you might want to have a quick 15-30 minute briefing session on a daily basis.

If you are attending a more formal meeting check whether if your company has official templates to be used or check brand guidelines if the Agenda is to be issued to a wider audience outside of the company.  Normally attendees are listed in order of seniority and its optional but you can list in alphabetical order and don’t forget to include job titles.



Location:                                                                                             Time:                   


Purpose: Review performance & plans daily    

Project Attendees:

Agenda                                                                                Project lead

Project team

  1. Resources (planned v actual)
  2. Stakeholder visits to the hub/Meetings

Daily tasks

– Review previous day

– Plan for current day                                                                                    Input from:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Meeting Rules:                                                                

Adhere to the rhythm and make sure this is priority

Everybody to have an input

No interruption of others

Respect others opinions

Ask anything

Safe environment to discuss issues

What is discussed in the room stays in the room

Everybody to note their action coming out of the meeting

Be respectful

Be open, honest and supportive

Be professional and corporate

Challenge in a positive and constructive way

Be positive and upbeat – ‘can do attitude’

What Expenses Can A Contractor Claim?

As a contractor, it can be a minefield trying to figure out what you can and can’t legitimately claim as expenses. For instance, if you’re buying a new laptop, is it pushing the mark to claim for that?

Business mileage
(use of your personal car)
You can currently claim 45p per mile for the first 10,000 business miles you do in your car each year and then 25p per mile after that. This mileage includes travelling to and from temporary locations and between different sites. Of course, you need to get valid VAT receipts for fuel and these must be kept to support your claim.

You’ve got to eat! So, while working at a temporary location, you can claim reasonable meal and drink costs supported by valid receipts. So if you buy a sandwich and coffee for lunch, keep the receipts!

There are several categories for submitting accommodation costs and here’s how they all stack up:

All accommodation (hotels and B&B’s) must be accompanied by an original receipt

If you’re claiming accommodation rental costs, your rental agreement must be made under the name of your business and must be the original signed copy. It must also meet HMRC Dual Purpose rules, which means you’re already maintaining a property and are renting a second property for the purpose of your contract

You may be able to make a claim for staying with friends or family while at a temporary work place.

You can claim rail, bus, taxi and air travel as well as other travel-related costs such as tolls, tunnel fees and congestion charges, subject to the general travel rules explained at the bottom of this document.

Parking charges
Parking can be claimed as long as an original receipt detailing the date and cost is available for each amount.

Training and tuition
Any training or tuition to do with your current trade can
claimed. Training is treated like any other deductible
business expense; it must be ‘wholly, exclusively and
necessarily’ in the performance of duties. It must also be
directly linked to existing income, if not then it cannot be
treated as a deductible expense through your
limited company.
Manuals and text books
A reasonable amount may be claimed for the cost of
manuals and text books required for business purposes
where receipts are provided.
Eye sight tests
An eye test may be claimed for as long as a receipt is
provided. The cost of spectacles may be claimed if they are
prescribed for VDU use only. This will need to be confirmed
on the receipt from the optician.
Computers and other
office equipment
The cost of hardware, software and other office equipment
essential to your business can be claimed. There’s no limit to
the amount that can be claimed.
Office consumables
Any office consumables (printer ink, pens, etc) and stationery
you use for business may be claimed. This total cost must be
for a reasonable amount and you’ll need original receipts to
validate your claim.

Itemised business calls from home or a personal mobile
phone are fully claimable, while unfortunately private calls
or line rental costs are not. To claim business calls a copy
of your itemised telephone bill must be kept. Internet
subscriptions cannot be claimed.
If the telephone/internet contract is taken in the company
name the full cost of the line rental/call charges can
be claimed.

Costs of advertising your business is an allowable expense,
so for example online search engine listings, telephone
directories or even sponsorship of a local team.

Up to £55 per week, per employee, paid to a registered
childcare provider can be claimed through your company.

You could claim for the cost of a bicycle through the Cycle to
Work scheme.
Charitable donations
Donations to a UK registered, HMRC approved, charity
are allowable.

Use of home as office
In 2012 a fixed rate of £4 a week was announced as an
acceptable flat rate claim for general costs associated with
the use of home as office, and it was confirmed that no
detailed expense claim needs to be prepared to justify such
an amount.

Staff entertaining

The cost of an annual staff function can be claimed through
your company. This should be supported by receipts and it’s
important that the receipts for this expense do not exceed
£150 per employee.

Pension contributions

Pension contributions made by an employer on behalf of its
employees are an allowable expense. I

Life insurance
You can save tax by paying for some life insurance policies
through your limited company.