Halfords Cycle2work achieved a perfect 100% score and was recently awarded a national Framework Agreement for the supply of the Governments cycle to work scheme, which is open to all public sector organisations, by the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium (HPC).
Running for 4 years the Framework Agreement, gives access to enables all public sector bodies to take advantage of the Halfords Cycle2work scheme without being required to complete their own lengthy tendering process. Previously public bodies such as government departments, police forces, fire and rescue services, councils, universities and other public bodies had access to a templated cycle scheme under a framework agreement held by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). However this contract and framework for the cycle scheme was withdrawn by the CLG in 2010, the HPC Framework Agreement is currently the only cycle to work specific agreement in place in the UK.
This is really good news for any UK public body wishing to launch a cycle to work scheme, as it frees up resource by avoiding the traditional procurement route. Even better, Halfords have devised an offer specific to the public sector offering which gives the choice of either a range of value added services, up front cycle discount or even a revenue share provision paid back to employers as ‘cashback.’.
Not only does this present the most the most compelling and financially attractive solutions on the market, the agreement also enables employees to access bicycles and accessories through the Halfords stores as well as the growing network of independent retailers affiliated to the Halfords Cycle2work scheme. With absolute focus and commitment to scheme compliance, and a client led approach to providing a fully managed service, any employer taking advantage of this Framework Agreement can have complete confidence that the scheme they are providing to their employers is in accord with all legal and HMRC requirements (particularly in relation to end of hire term arrangements) and that it is fully supported and managed on their behalf and will not prove an unnecessary burden upon already stretched resource.
A number of public sector organisations, including Police and NHS Trusts, have already adopted the Framework Agreement, and are benefiting from the marketing leading cashback provision.
For further information visit www.cycle2work.info