Procurement for growth

In May 2013, the Cabinet Office published a short procurement policy note called ‘Procurement for growth: a recipe for success’. This is a checklist of practical tips for central government procurers, but there is no reason why other public authorities should not take this on board.

The aim is to use the public sector’s buying power in a way that promotes economic growth and in particular provides a level playing field for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The checklist encourages early market engagement and the use of Lean sourcing procedures to reduce time and cost. Pitfalls to avoid include using extensive selection criteria at PQQ, which prevents small firms from having their bids seen, and relying solely on financial assessment criteria at the selection stage, as this too can discriminate against SMEs, mutuals and joint ventures…

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