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Government Seeks to Simplify Procurement

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Government Seeks to Simplify Procurement

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Called the "Solutions Exchange'/ the site allows firms to make cost-saving proposals prior to a formal procurement phase, with the Government advertising regular opportunities to assist with ongoing challenges it faces.

For example, challenges listed on the pilot of the site include how the Government could make better use of facial images in passport records to crack down on fraud - for which, it explains, there is a potential procurement process planned for later in the year.

The site also invites supplier feedback on more general 'themes', such as how to connect data from its different departments more effectively and seeking potential low-cost evaluation techniques for its communication campaigns. The opportunity content will change every three months, but also stay searchable as a database for public sector procurers in future.

Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, commented: "It can feel like Whitehall is full of faceless procurers who are unaware of what smaller firms can offer. We are turning that around and Solutions Exchange offers an easy, informal way for smaller firms to find out about emerging opportunities.

"For government it's a new way to find out what the market has to offer in advance so that we can speed up formal procurement times."

The move follows a number of other measures designed to help the government towards its ultimate target of awarding 25 per cent of new contracts to small and medium-sized businesses-including a 'Contracts Finder' website, launched in February this year, which clearly lists all public sector contracting opportunities over £10,000 (and which can be emailed free of charge). …

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