Magazine article Public Finance

Business Berates Public Procurement Scheme

Magazine article Public Finance

Business Berates Public Procurement Scheme

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A new procurement procedure designed to elicit more speedy decisions is not working well, business leaders said this week.

Latest CBI research has found considerable unhappiness among businesses over how 'competitive dialogue' is working in practice.

Competitive dialogue was introduced to the public sector procurement process by the European Commission in January 2006, with the intention of encouraging better and earlier communication between procurers and suppliers. It demands significant preparation from procuring authorities, which need to develop their service specifications, agree appropriate internal policies and recruit well resourced procurement teams.

But the CBI is concerned that such preparation is either not taking place or not being done sufficiently. It is calling on the National Audit Office to carry out a study on its use, to evaluate the timescales and costs of competitive dialogue procurements against those of other schemes.

James Fothergill, head of public service procurement at the CBI, told Public Finance the organisation had been surprised by the amount of negative reaction to the process: Our members have experience [of] where the process is not being handled correctly. …

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