Govt framework firms frustrated by lack of work

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  • The reality of this panel, as it has been applied by public sector procurement specialists across the country, is that instead of reducing the substantial cost of procurement to the public sector it has, in most cases, increased it.
    Instead of using the framework as a guide to run mini competitions, more often than not all firms on one of the panels are invited to submit full tenders. In the case of the full commercial panel this means that up to 18 submissions subsequently require full evaulation. And of course the firms on the panel are competing as one of 18! Unsurprisingly, most firms are now being extremely cautious on which competitions to enter after a receiving very little benefit from being appointed to the framework.

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