posted: July 28th, 2011
Colin Cram, Guardian Professional warns that, if public procurement processes remain unchanged, by 2050 we will be 5 places behind Mexico in GDP. This follows a parliamentary report by the Science and Technology Committee Public procurement as a tool to stimulate innovation.
To read Colin’s article in full, click here.
posted: July 27th, 2011
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Central Procurement Directorate have issued a summary of their joint guidance on ensuring equality of opportunity and sustainable development at each stage of the procurement process.
For more information, click here.
posted: July 26th, 2011
It’s come straight from government with Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude saying that public procurement must enter a “new world” that takes advantages of the innovative solutions available from small to medium enterprises. While speaking at the Innovation Launch Pad Product Surgery event last Tuesday, he also called on government buyers to search out the brightest and best products and services on offer in the marketplace, whether from large-scale contractors or small start-ups.
To read more about what Francis Maude said and the Innovation Launch Pad finalists, click here.
posted: July 20th, 2011
Great news from our telecomms client! They have made it through their first PQQ (pre-qualification) with Moat, a leading housing association in the South East!
We supported them through the PQQ stage and are now eagerly awaiting the ITT!
posted: July 18th, 2011
As a follow up to an earlier blog (27 June 2011) on searching for tender opportunities, here are some useful links to how some central government departments currently carry out their procurement, the tender processes they use and information for suppliers on e-procurement:
These pages provide information about purchasing and tenders within DH and the NHS, and also serve as a guide for submitting proposals; for research and development, and cover public private partnerships (PPP), whose two main areas are the private finance initiative (PFI) and NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT).
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Supplier Focused Website, a single point of access to guide you around commercial functions within the Department. This website is designed to encourage greater two-way communication and enable you to do business more easily with DWP.
This section of the Department for Education’s website includes an introduction to the Department’s policy on procurement as well as guides for companies preparing bids.
The procurement section of the BIS website outlines their key procurement objectives and as well as providing suppliers and buyers guides, current opportunities and more.
The NePP has produced quality guidance for local authorities and suppliers that is available through this website. Their guidance overview sorts the guidance by topic and then by type of information (including guidelines and ‘how to’ papers, case studies and templates and sample materials).
posted: July 15th, 2011
Great news for our Graphic Design client. They have made it through the PQQ (pre-qualification) stage of the tender process with Warrington Council.
We supported them through the PQQ stage and are gearing up for the ITT (invitation to tender) stage now!
posted: July 6th, 2011
More great news! Our manufacturing client that we highlighted in our blog on 16 May 2011 has become a YPO approved supplier for noticeboards and display systems.
We supported them through the tender process.
posted: July 5th, 2011
Great news from one of our building contractor clients. They are through the PQQ (pre-qualification) stage of a tender with Manchester University.
We supported them through the PQQ stage and are now getting ready for the ITT (invitation to tender)!
posted: July 4th, 2011
More good news for our publishing client, they have been awarded a contract with NHS Wales. We supported them on both the PQQ and ITT.