Decision details

Award of Contract - Carbon Negative Energy Systems Delivery

Decision Maker: Chief Operating Officer - York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To award a contract to Reed Talent Solutions Limited (Consultancy+) to produce a suite of three Local Area Energy Plans to provide a long-term strategic approach to decarbonise North Yorkshire’s energy system. The 7 month contract (December 2021-June 2022, £330,000) has been awarded, via YPO940 Managing Consultancy and Professional Services Framework.

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Reasons for the decision:

The award of the contract was dependent on a successful application to the Government Community Renewal Fund. The timetable provided indicated that there would be a short period between submission of applications (June 2021) and notification of funding for contract start (August 2021) coupled with the six month delivery window. Use of the Framework ensured a compliant approach was taken and that the service objective of ensuring the supplier was in place by the expected contract start date was met.

Alternative options considered:

Due to the tight timescales set by Government to submit an application for funding and the expected start date (June 2021 – August 2021), as well as the overall short delivery window (six months), meant that alternative options that impacted on the start date and delivery window were not possible. The nature and length of the delay to the announcement of Community Renewal Funding being secured did not impact upon the decision, as a revised timeline was not communicated to the Authority and thus decisions on procurement were taken with initial timelines in mind.

Publication date: 10/01/2022

Date of decision: 13/12/2021