Heliguy secures seat on £8m YPO drone framework contract

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Heliguy has been awarded a major contract with YPO, in conjunction with the Home Office, as part of an £8m national framework agreement.

The framework is to supply drones and services to public sector organisations, primarily to blue light clients and the emergency services.

As part of its work, Heliguy will provide drones, offer associated services and carry out repairs and maintenance.

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The company has secured a place on three parts of the four-lot contract and has been selected to provide drones; offer associated services, such as drone hire, lease options, and bespoke package bundles; and carry out drone repairs, maintenance and servicing.

Heliguy came through a tendering process to secure the deal and place on the contract, which runs until 2024.

It can be renewed after three-and-a-half years, has been drawn up by YPO – in conjunction with the Home Office – to embrace drone technology and to bridge a gap in public procurement.

The YPO framework aligns perfectly with Heliguy’s focus on enterprise clients, where it supports the drone programmes of more than 40 of the UK’s emergency services – including Greater Manchester Police – as well as industry powerhouses such as Balfour Beatty, National Grid, Costain-Skanska, Network Rail, and Sellafield Sites.

Ruairi Hardman, Heliguy’s business development manager, said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded a national framework agreement with YPO, in conjunction with the Home Office, to provide drones, associated services, and repairs and maintenance.”

Adding: “This contract award is testament to our ability to supply and support drone programmes at this level and the whole team at Heliguy looks forward to working with YPO. We are delighted that more and more public-sector organisations will be embracing drones and we look forward to helping them utilise this technology.”

YPO specialises in public sector procurement, supplying products and services to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The new national framework will support the emergency services and other public sector bodies in the purchase of drones and associated products and services.

Explaining the reasons behind the drone framework, a YPO spokesman said: “We were approached by the Home Office to discuss a gap in public procurement.

“Naturally we are very excited to be working with the Home Office and on a framework that incorporates drone technology, but we are also really pleased to be working closely with the police and fire and rescue teams.”

They concluded: “After much discussion and healthy deliberation, a lot structure was agreed, believed to be fit for purpose for all public-sector organisations, not just police and fire.

“The group involved in creating the framework has a wide knowledge base. This, coupled with different personal requirements, is what will make the framework a benefit to emergency services and the wider public sector.”

Heliguy recently won a place on the Network Rail framework.

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