The Autumn Statement 2011 introduced a package of measures to deliver better value for the UK from public procurement. To simplify the procurement process to reduce burdens on industry, the government will make better use of pre-procurement dialogue with suppliers to ensure procurement processes are well designed and quickly carried out.
The government will complete all but the very biggest and most complex procurement processes within 120 working days by introducing the lean sourcing process from January 2012. These measures build on the government’s announcement on 20th November 2011 to publish £50 billion of potential business online, make it 40 percent faster to do business with government, and collaborate with businesses at a much earlier stage in the procurement process so they don’t find themselves excluded from opportunities.
In addition, according to the Cabinet Office the average public sector procurement currently costs around £46,000, compared to around £19,000 in France. This highlights the urgent need to make things better and easier for UK-based suppliers.
CONFIRMED SPEAKER: Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Sir Bubb will examine topics such as:
- Establishing New Models for Commissioning and Procurement: Making Public Procurement Work for Suppliers
- Impact of current procurement practices on third sector providers
- Creating opportunities for third sector organisations to be involved in the procurement process
- Implication of the Localism Act’s Right to Challenge
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